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Cost:
About $6

Supplies:
  • Plenty of 16 Ga. Dark Annealed Wire (I bought the 2lb reel). OKay. So now that this project is done, I can tell you I HATE THIS WIRE for this project. It is too stiff and hard to shape and really beat up my hands and fingers! I suggest a covered clothesline wire or floral wire. I saw some colored floral wire at the Dollar Store and am going to try it out again with that I think. But, for the sake of accuracy in the tutorial, I used the 16 Ga. wire from Home Depot for this project.
  • Wire cutters.
  • Pliers or jewelry tools are helpful for twisting the wire ends.
And thats it. Simple and cheap. Now the fun part…
 
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Step 1: Making the Base

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1. The first thing I did was make a wire circle to use as my base. Depending on how large you want your animal head you can determine the size of your base. I also was sure to add a little loop up at the top of the base for hanging.

Step 2: Building the Neck

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2. The next thing I did was build a neck. I used 4 equal lengths of wire and attached them to the base. I curved them slightly so that they weren’t sticking straight out of the base but concave in a bit as a neck of an animal does. Then I made another circle (slightly smaller than the base circle) and attached it to the ends of the neck wires.

Step 3: Start Building the Head/Face

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3. Then I started building the head. Following somewhat my inspiration pic, I built the head using curving pieces. First, one coming up from the neck to form the chin piece, then two others curving down from the top of the head to the chin piece.

Step 4: More Head Building

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4. Next I added a long piece of wire that connects all three of those new parts together.

5. Then I added another wire that curved a bit and came down forming the front of the face from the base of the neck to under the chin.

Step 5: Starting to Look Like Something...

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6. See how its starting to kinda look like something? Even if it is a little whompy. ;) Then I added a couple more curvy piece to either side on the center wire on the face and made and added ears. From here you could probably make this into a variety of different horned creatures. Although I originally wanted to make an antelope with swirly cool horns, after several attempts, it just wasn’t working for me and I decided to make my little guy a deer instead. Maybe if I had used easier wire, I could’ve done it. Meh. Another day…

Step 6: Making the Antlers

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7. Next I made the antlers. To do this I took two really long pieces of wire cut to the same length. I folded them in half (at the same time), and started forming the “branches” up the sides of each. Then I pulled them apart and attached them to the top of the head inside each ear. I had to mess with them a bit to get them to look somewhat symmetrical.

Step 7: A Few More Details...

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8. Then I stepped back and took a look and decided the face needed a little more so I added a cross wire across the nose of the face and also decided to give him nostrils. This was the finished result!
cathyfranco2 years ago
This is awesome and such an inexpensive $6 design solution! I have been looking at deer heads on http://www.whitefauxtaxidermy.com but they seem a tiny bit out of my price range for now. I think I'll stick to the wire one you have made for now and hang him up outside, since like he would very likely handle the weather. Thanks again!
Now just add a blinking LED nose and you got your Christmas decorations started for the year! Part of me likes this and part of me thinks it's missing something, but I can't quite figure it out. Either way its cool and might be on the to do list.
sunshiine3 years ago
Clever idea! Thanks for sharing.
l8nite3 years ago
I've been working on a display for halloween and have ruined 3 large chunks of styrofoam trying to get the head I liked, I never thought of a wire frame...duuuuuuuuuuuuh. Very nicely done and thank you for the imagination booster !
scoochmaroo3 years ago
I LOVE this. Please send to Sarah at Instructables HQ! :D