An Elastrator is a tool most commonly used to castrate livestock, however if you are a Redneck Crafter looking to make some inexpensive toys for the children this Christmas this tool may take up new residence in your crafting supply box.
These fun foam Alligators are simple, inexpensive, and make good use of some of your barn yard clutter.
Step 1: Supplies
`A couple Castration bands
`A pair of needle nose pliers
`A brazing rod (from welding supplies) I used a brass 1/8" x 36"
`An old foam cushion (about a 15" square 2" deep will make 2 gators )
`A pair of Sharp scissors
`Scrap fencing wire (about a yard)
`A can of green spray paint
`A pair of craft eyes
`Some green Rick Rack
Note: If you have to BUY an Elastrator & all these supplies then this project can be rather expensive. However if you are already well rehearsed at Elastration (castrating animals with an elastrator), have scrap fencing wire, and brazing rods already laying around, well then, these little critter would be ideal!
Step 2: Cutting
`1 body about 3" X 15"
`2 leg pieces 1.5" X 15"
`2 pieces of fencing wire 18"
Then cut the body piece into an "icicle" shape
Step 3: Prepping
`Thread the two wire pieces through the center of the foam legs. Use your fingers to guide the wire. Make sure to keep the wire straight & work slowly. Then fold the ends over with the pliers to secure them.
`Once the legs are threaded lay the body & legs out and give them a nice green coat of paint.