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I was inspired by the rubber origami instructable to play around with Plasti Dip. One of the things that I chanced upon turned out to be a great deal of fun and so I'm posting it here in order to spread the cheer.

This is a quick and dirty way to make your own bendy stick figure toys. They provide hours of fun and entertainment. Really.
 
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Step 1: Go get stuff

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To do this you will need:

- any metal wire that will hold its shape when you bend it
- tinfoil (optional)
- Plasti Dip (available in any hardware store)
- a hot glue gun (optional)
- a drying rack (or something to hang a wire from)
- a well-ventilated work area

Step 2: Be an intelligent designer

Create any stick figure person or creature that you can envision using the wire (and tinfoil).

Just make sure that from one of the feet (or other extremity) you leave at least 8" of extra wire for dipping your finished creation into the Plasti Dip.

You can fashion your creation into shape simply by twisting it all together or by using the hot glue gun method shown below. Anything goes in terms of creature design so long as it will stay together long enough to be dipped into the Plasti Dip.

You can create large flat surfaces by attaching tin foil over enclosed gaps before you dip it (such as done to the head of one of the bendy figures in the image below).

Step 3: The Elixir of Life

Go to your well-ventilated area and position your makeshift drying rack (I used an old shopping cart as my rack).

Open the Plasti Dip.

Basically, all you need to do is follow the directions on the packaging which says to insert whatever it is you want to coat at a rate of 5 seconds for every inch until fully submerged and then remove it at the same rate.

Dip your creature and then hang it to dry upside down by the excess wire. Be careful not to get any of the Plasti Dip on you when it's wet (if you do, wash off immediately).

Leave it for thirty minutes and then come back and dip it a second time. Leave it again for thirty minutes.

When you come back next, cut off the extra wire. Carefully wrap this extra wire around the opposite end of the figure and dip it so that it only covers the little spot you just made by removing the wire from the foot.

Let it sit for 4 hours.
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OjoeMDC8 months ago
wow!! Really awesome!:)
cool! Really fun!
Would you say this is a good project for beginners? I've been looking for a good instructable to begin with and this is the coolest ever! Thanks for posting it :D
nhl4 years ago
Thanks for this great idea!  Just made 42 of these using magnets on the hands and feet, as well as a bunch of magnetic accessories to go with the figures. Passed them out to my fifth graders today for Valentines Day.  They loved them!
kcls nhl4 years ago
42?!?!?
nhl kcls4 years ago
 42 bendy figures, thank goodness not 42 students.  I wanted the kids to have 2 figures each.  I only have 21 students this year--the smallest class I've ever had.  Next year back up to 28!
I love that number! I plan to make some soon as gifts for Christmas. :D
Jerrsh3 years ago
What kind of wire did you use? I wanted mine to be a little thick (about the size of the wire used on a coat hanger), but still be bendy. Any suggestions?
randofo (author)  Jerrsh3 years ago
Use aluminum armature wire. Comes in a variety of sizes and can typically be found in art supply store. It is for creating bendable clay models. You can also just buy aluminum wire from mcmaster.com and it should be roughly the same.
these are good for stop motion if you at clay to them
TheStott3 years ago
that's really cool
kei104 years ago
This is looking awesome.
Sadly my country doesn't have such tools and materials found easily.
smallman985 years ago
what\ does plasti dip do. do i absoulutly have to use it?
randofo (author)  smallman985 years ago
It gives it the rubbery coating. Otherwise, you just made a wire figure.
Is there anything i can use instead of plasti dip? I couldn't find it.
P.S.- A long time ago, Klutz had these things with magnets. There was a dog, a guy named Joe, and a girl. I used to have them until they broke. I think these will hold up longer. :)
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Clayton H.4 years ago
they look like xkcd characters.
 can you use the plasti dip spray on the stick figure instead of the regular plasti dip?
Clayton H.5 years ago
Ah, I remeber when this was put on the make magazine wed site of to the side where they display some of these projects and when I saw this there, that is what got me hooked. Thank You for making this.
JakeTobak5 years ago
I made one of these when I had the PlastiDip out to fix my controller. Here are some images of mine from when it was drying, before I cut off the hook, and the finished product. It looks a little odd in the last picture, but it has a better pose on my desk and looks fine.
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randofo (author)  JakeTobak5 years ago
Cool! I've been meaning to make more of these for a while. They're kinda fun to have around.
Chuck P.6 years ago
Awesome i'm buyin plasti dip asap. Idk if they sell it at home deopt, that's the problem.
It's been about 7 months, so I assume you've already checked the store, but the plasti dip website lists retailers and Home Depot is one of them, as well as Lowes and Ace Hardware.
Well, the instructable said any hardware store, so you should be good.
jady5 years ago
Love your bendy toy very much! Thanks for sharing. I would like to know, how well can you stretch the plastic? Will it crack or over bend?
awk812926 years ago
u know what u could do to the arms and legs is put magnetic paint so you can stick to metal.
yea thats a good idea the real brand name bendy toys do that. but i dont think the paint is magnetic i think the wire inside is. you should also tell us how to make our own accessories for the bendies! ooh! ooh! and the collectible tins too
Hatake075 years ago
dude you are a genius!
you're my hero
sniff..happiness...sniff ___________(___ ( swords 4 all!
no wait...
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better.
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Chuck P.6 years ago
or maybe at Mihaels Craft store?
I love that place
whiteoakart7 years ago
Cool- So simple. Looks like a good source for stop-motion animation characters. You might also try hotmelt gluing little round rare earth magnets on the feet before dipping, then they can scale your refrig AND you have an entry for the refrig magnet challenge!
yea
lol. u should have done that urself. put the magnets on the back of the feet, or bend them back so you can see the whole thing. nice instructable too. now to get some plasti dip...
this is great!
Quickdraw7 years ago
what kind of wire can be used?
randofo (author)  Quickdraw7 years ago
Solid wire. Not stranded wire.
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