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I have been experimenting with innertubes for years and sold lots of result on art fairs. But nothing sold as well as the crows. I made so many that i'm "tyred" of them. So, for everybody that likes them: They are no longer for sale, Make your own. Here's how:
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Step 1: Cutting shapes

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You will need:
One bicycle inner tube
Dark Grey machine yarn (polyester stays better when the crow is placed in the garden)
Scissors ( not the best textile scissers,as they will go blunt)
sewing machine ( preferably with double transport)
strong metal gardening wire about 3 mm thick.
Something to cut the metal wire 

Start cutting out 8 "drop"shaped parts for the body and 8 circle shapes for the head. The body parts should be about 16 cm long. The head parts are 6 cm. All parts are cut on the edge so the foto shows them folded in half

Step 2: Bodyparts

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Sew 4 bodyparts to eachother. with small diagonal seams on top and bottom. Look closely at the picture and you will know what i mean. There are never more than 2 layers of rubber under the needle. Do the same for the other 4 bodyparts. Don't put the two halve of the body together yet. go on to the next step.

About sewing innertyre: You are lucky when your sewing machine is able to grab the material from underside and on top to every next stich.( double transport). The yarn has a tendency to make loops. Set the yarn tension to a higher number! Don't use leather needles, but normal all purpose. Number 90 or 100 works best.

Step 3: Headparts

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The head is assembled in a similar way. But now connect 5 parts for one "half", and 3 parts for the other "half". They are connected with very small diagonal seams , just like the body. Sorry for the not so clear picture.
ynze2 years ago
Pretty! Are you familiar with Maria Blaisse's inner tube hats, she made for Issey Miyake?



mh76dk ynze2 years ago
I have to say that, going by just this image, Ruud's creations are by far much nicer (though it might also have to do with me not "getting" fashion)
turbonegro mh76dk10 months ago

I have to agree with mh76dk i do not understand the "fashion" side of inner tubes

Think it could get rather hot on a warm summer day ;-)

Ruud van Koningsbrugge (author)  turbonegro10 months ago

Could be a hot look on any day!

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turbonegro2 years ago
Very nice will try asap
If the sewing machine isnt up to it
Perhaps one could try staples
Did the staples work?
A rather late reply im sorry
Yes staples worked great coloured ones are available but could not find black ones
Used regular shiny silvery staples but it still looked kinda nice from a distance
Since i have given that first one to a nice relative of mine a 90 year old man
I will have to make a new one i miss it badly
And this time around i vill sew it for a cleaner look
One thing i did was to "twine" four wires together for the legs and then make Three toes and a heel out of that on each side
It worked really well and stands ok indoors
Nice to hear you have succes with my idea. And good advice to everyone thet staples do the trick as well. I think the legs idea is a winner too! Thanks for the improvements!
Or use a different (recycle)material - or go oldskool and sew it manually (oh the horror, i know :-)
ianmi1 year ago
I love these, could the layers be held together with staples?
Ruud van Koningsbrugge (author)  ianmi1 year ago
Never tried it, but why not? May be it ads some sparkle.
this is too cool! I like innertube!
PaganRaven2 years ago
I absolutely love these! Thank you sooo much for this 'ible...I would have never thought of upcycling inner tubes to make one of my favorite birds! Huzzah!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
You could enter this in the Father's Day Challenge!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
This is awesome.
l8nite2 years ago
really cool !
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is fantastic! Such a cleaver idea, well done!
badrescher2 years ago
Very cool!
ceanes2 years ago
Gorgeous, congratulations
rimar20002 years ago
They are beautiful, Ruud!