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Hi Instructables!  This is the actual ible for the slideshow that I posted a few days ago showcasing my Fork Art.  I wanted to share the way that I make fork snails.  I will also probably post another instructable on how to make a fork musician, but I don't have time for that now.  So, lets get started!

 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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To make your very own fork snail, you will need:
-a vice
-a hammer (carpentry or metalsmithing hammer will do)
-needlenose pliers
-a propane torch
-fork(s*)
-work gloves (unless you're feeling dangerous)

Once you have all that gathered up, head out to the garage and set up!

*in case you decide to build an entire snail army

Step 2: Making the Shell

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Lets start with the shell.

First flatten your fork with the hammer.

Then place the flattened fork in your vice, with the decorated side facing you, and making sure that only about 7mm of the fork is above the grippers.

Hammer the fork to create a 90` angle, making sure that the bend goes away from you.

Loosen the vice and reposition the fork 1/2cm higher.  Then keep hammering until the angle is nearly 180`.

Reposition the fork 1/4cm higher and begin to hammer a new curve.  Try to hammer straight down on the curl yet sort of slide it along the top of the curl at the same time.

Keep curling the fork handle until you reach the prongs of the fork.  The end will take a few heavy blows to the curl to stretch it all the way.

Step 3: Creating the Tail

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Now we will hammer back two of the prongs to make the tail.

Place the fork in the vice like it is in the image, with one prong above the grippers.

Then hammer back the prong.  Make sure to position the tip of the prong in the middle of the back so that the other half of the tail wont overlap too much.

Do the same for the other side.

Very creative!