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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.

 
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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

- 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.

MartyK1 made it!4 months ago

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.

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M3G (author)  MartyK14 months ago
Awesome work! Thanks for sharing!
HollyMcC1 month ago
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)  HollyMcC1 month ago
Thanks! I'd love to see how they turn out!
petetgrosswi4 months ago
Awesome idea I found ten cent forks and they go really nicely on our fridge! Thanks for the great idea!
M3G (author)  petetgrosswi4 months ago
No problem! I'd love to see a picture!
Snibril4 months ago

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)  Snibril4 months ago
That sounds like fun, good like hiding it!

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

ottawafm4 months ago
That's really cool! I voted for ya! Got any more stuff like this?
M3G (author)  ottawafm4 months ago
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.
boatingman4 months ago
This is both clever and ingenious, not to mention WONDERFUL. Thank you for sharing.
M3G (author)  boatingman4 months ago
Thank you!
sriggs14 months ago
very clever idea! really like these, thanks for sharing!
M3G (author)  sriggs14 months ago

Thank you!

Willie Kruger4 months ago

Wow! Very cool!

M3G (author)  Willie Kruger4 months ago
Thanks!
seamster4 months ago

These are neat!

M3G (author)  seamster4 months ago
Thank you!
bricobart4 months ago

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)  bricobart4 months ago
Thank you so much!
tw864 months ago
great idea I will try my hand at it soon.... I may try with some plastic ones too
M3G (author)  tw864 months ago
I look forward to seeing how they turn out!
poofrabbit4 months ago

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)  poofrabbit4 months ago
Thanks (and thanks for the glue suggestion)! A smaller fork would make a great pendant!
Verticees4 months ago

This is really clever!

M3G (author)  Verticees4 months ago

Thank you!

These are awesome!!

M3G (author)  emilyvanleemput4 months ago
Thank you!