Step 1: make the wire paratrooper
I was surprised by how much excitement this little wire paratrooper got. Apparently being able to pose it is a big plus for kids. A good feature about the hands is that when the man gets tangled up in the risers, you can easily remove the cord for an easy untangling.
Start by wrapping a section of wire twice around a socket. Bend the free ends at 90 degrees at the same point in the loop. With the loop on the socket, twist the ends a couple times as shown.
Next straiten one of the ends directly away from the head while bending the other one perpendicular for an arm. Grab another piece of wire and put a 90-degree bend in it.
Place the bent wire right up to where the other arm is. Use vice grips to hold it in place. With another pair of pliers twist in the body. Check out the pictures.
Now all that’s left is to shape the hands and feet. The feet and formed over the jaws of the pliers while the hands are wrapped 3 times around a screwdriver.
File off any sharp edges for safety’s sake.