The hidden secret is a binder clip glued beneath his head, which lets you clip papers in his "mouth" so he can hold them out of the food.
In this Instructable, I'll walk you through building a giraffe recipe holder, or you can tweak my design to any animal you can think of!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- 22 gauge steel sheet
- 1/8" diameter rivets
- Graph paper
- Acrylic paint
- Binder clip
- Epoxy for metal
- MIG welder (you could use epoxy as a substitute)
- Tin snips
- Ball pein hammer
- Center punch
- Drill with 1/8" bit
Step 2: The Design
Mark holes where we will put rivets through to connect the two pieces. Make sure the holes are the same distance from the bottom of the feet.
Cut out the designs to use as templates for the metal. Use a scriber tool or a sharp metal implement to transfer the outline onto the steel sheet. Use a center punch to mark the rivet holes.
Step 3: Cutting
If the metal becomes warped from the edges of the tin snips, just smooth it out on the top of the anvil with some light hammer blows.
Drill 1/8" holes where marked for the rivets.
Step 4: Smoothing and Shaping
Once thats done, place a piece of raw leather or a thick folded cloth on the top of the anvil, and use the ball side of the hammer to being adding a small curve to the chest of the giraffe.
Use the horn of the anvil to shape the neck into a gentle curve. Use your hands to bend it into the tighter curve you want.
Step 5: Welding, Riveting and Epoxy
Next, Thread the rivets through The front of the giraffe, then through the legs. Cut the rivet so ~5mm remains protruding from the metal. Using the ball side of the hammer, strike the cut end of the rivet so that it mushrooms and "peens" into a head similar to the opposite side of the rivet. Peen until it is tight and strong.
Tape or clamp the binder clip in place behind the giraffe's face. Mix up some metal-binding epoxy and generously spread it over one handle of the binder clip, surrounding it well. Wait 24 hours for it to cure.
Step 6: Painting
Let him dry, then coat him with a clear enamel spray to make the paint shine and improve durability. Be sure to tape off the clip, as the clear coat will probably chip off it when you flex it open.
Step 7: Super Cute Giraffe Complete
IF you have any questions or comments, feel free to message me or post them below. Thanks for reading!