Introduction: Make Fork Bugs (Magnets)

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I recently came into the possession of a lot of forks. Like, 30 or so. I had no idea what to do with them, so I started looking around online. I found lots of cool sculptures and models of animals made out of recycled metal, so I figured I'd give that a shot. While I didn't end up making a giant sculpture of a dragon, I at least had an idea to work with. After a little screwing around I came up with these fork bugs. I made a couple, and they're all unique; since each fork is slightly different, each bug has a different look to it.

Step 1: What You Need:

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- A flat piece of metal (to make bending the tines of the fork easier; don't use a file like I did)

- A fork with four tines (prongs)

- Superglue

- A magnet

- Pliers (wrap the pliers in duct tape to keep from marking up the metal)

- A vise

- Soft jaws

Step 2: Bending the Tines

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- First, straighten out the fork using the vise.

- Bend the outer two tines over so they are flat against the base of the tines and point towards the bottom of the fork.

- Clamp the fork in the vise just below the base of the tines and use the flat metal bar to bend the two middle tines out sideways.

Step 3: Bending the Shaft

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- Bend the shaft back at it's narrowest point. Bend it so the shaft is centered behind the two middle tines.

- Bend the shaft down between and over the two middle tines so it is more or less centered between the two outer tines.

Step 4: The Legs and Antennae

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- Use the pliers to bend the part of the two outer tines that extends past the base back at about a 30 degree angle (image 1).

- Use the pliers to bend the bottom 1/4 inch or so of each of the outer tines until it is parallel to the body of the bug (image 3 should help).

- Use the vise to bend the ends of the antennae straight out to the sides, or into a gentle curve.

Step 5: Adding the Magnets

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- Glue a magnet to the back of the bug.

- That's it, you're done! Of course, you don't have to do it exactly like I did; I'd love to see whatever cool variations you can come up with.

Comments

Snibril (author)2014-08-01

Neat idea. I've made three now. I bought a cheap set of forks so they're all similar but changing the antennae and body bends makes a noticeable difference.

And now to hide one in my parents' house next time I visit for tradition's sake. Last time it took them months to spot the clip-on budgie on the curtains. :)

M3G (author)Snibril2014-08-01

That sounds like fun, good like hiding it!

Snibril (author)M3G2015-05-29

I've made a few more, and decided they suit the name "Scutleri". Seems to fit to my mind. :)

And yes, the bug did successfully hide on the side of a beam just above eye level for a couple of months.

M3G (author)Snibril2015-05-29

Awesome work!

MartyK1 made it! (author)2014-07-30

My first attempt. I found once the fork is bent, do not attempt to bend it back, it cracks (cheap forks... $0.98 for a 4-pack at Walmart). Drilled a hole in the large area to be able to hang it from a small nail.

M3G (author)MartyK12014-07-30

Awesome work! Thanks for sharing!

Snowberry (author)2016-03-30

Interesting, I'll be keeping my eyes open at garage sales for different patterned forks. Thanks for the great design idea

HollyMcC (author)2014-10-31

Love this can't wait to try!!
Since we have 4 children...mostly older...i was always coming up short on silverware, so over the years have had many sets. Recently have purchased a new nice set, so I have several of the mis~matched to work with! Thank you for the tutorial!! Great idea!! :)

M3G (author)HollyMcC2014-10-31

Thanks! I'd love to see how they turn out!

petetgrosswi (author)2014-08-04

Awesome idea I found ten cent forks and they go really nicely on our fridge! Thanks for the great idea!

M3G (author)petetgrosswi2014-08-04

No problem! I'd love to see a picture!

pumpkinseed456 (author)2014-08-01

For those that don't have forks laying around that could be used, check out a thrift store.

ottawafm (author)2014-07-31

That's really cool! I voted for ya! Got any more stuff like this?

M3G (author)ottawafm2014-07-31

Thanks a lot! I've got a few more ideas for stuff to do with forks, hopefully I'll be able to post something soon.

boatingman (author)2014-07-29

This is both clever and ingenious, not to mention WONDERFUL. Thank you for sharing.

M3G (author)boatingman2014-07-29

Thank you!

sriggs1 (author)2014-07-29

very clever idea! really like these, thanks for sharing!

M3G (author)sriggs12014-07-29

Thank you!

Willie Kruger (author)2014-07-28

Wow! Very cool!

M3G (author)Willie Kruger2014-07-29

Thanks!

seamster (author)2014-07-28

These are neat!

M3G (author)seamster2014-07-28

Thank you!

bricobart (author)2014-07-28

One good idea can be so much better then days of welding. I declare this project as my favorite in the metalworking contest. Make my day!

M3G (author)bricobart2014-07-28

Thank you so much!

tw86 (author)2014-07-28

great idea I will try my hand at it soon.... I may try with some plastic ones too

M3G (author)tw862014-07-28

I look forward to seeing how they turn out!

poofrabbit (author)2014-07-28

This is really very cute. I would also suggest using E6000 glue, when it dies it dries rubbery and less brittle than a super glue. This could make a cool pendent or broach as well. Very nice work!

M3G (author)poofrabbit2014-07-28

Thanks (and thanks for the glue suggestion)! A smaller fork would make a great pendant!

Verticees (author)2014-07-28

This is really clever!

M3G (author)Verticees2014-07-28

Thank you!

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-07-28

These are awesome!!

M3G (author)emilyvanleemput2014-07-28

Thank you!

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