Introduction: Make a Desktop Scorpion (using a Dead Mouse and Clips)

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So you broke the mouse of your office's computer. SHAME ON YOU! Don't you know you must care for the company's assets?

What? Will you throw the mouse to the garbage can? DOUBLE SHAME! The mouse will polute the environment!!!

Well, no problem! I will show you a way to transform that dead mouse into an useful and decorative accesory for your desktop. You will need some paperclips and other stuff for transforming that mouse into a scorpion with magnet for keeping the clips and pincers for the notes.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
You will need:
  • 1 dead mouse
  • 10 paper clips (In Colombia, we call this kind of clips "Butterfly Clips")
  • 3 screws
  • 3 nuts
  • 3 packing rings (the metallic ones)
  • 3 pincers (like the kind you use in electronics)
  • 1 magnet
Dremel Rotary Tool
Wire cutters

And don't forget:

1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock
6. Enjoy!

Step 2: The Legs

Picture of The Legs

Bend the clips on the way indicated on the pictures. Make eight legs. Cut them in the point indicated.

Step 3: Hacking the Mouse

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Open the mouse. Use a sonic screwdriver. If you don't have one or you don't know how to use it, use a normal screwdriver.

Keep the circuits and the wire. You will need the upper circuit. Ypu can use the bottom circuit and the wire for another project.

In the bottom part of the mouse case, drill 14 holes:
  • 8 for the legs
  • 2 for the pincers
  • 1 for the tail
  • 3 for the screws where you will fasten the clips

Step 4: Fasting Legs, Arms and Tail

Picture of Fasting Legs, Arms and Tail

Carefully (you could break the mouse), insert the clips in every hole and fasten them in this order:

Front screw: pincers clip, first pair of legs.
Center screw: second and third pair of legs.
Back screw: fourth pair of legs and tail clip.

Step 5: Scorpion's Back

Picture of Scorpion's Back

Remember the upper circuit I told you to keep? Well, remove it and insert the magnet. Now, fasten the circuit again. Check the magnet is strong enough for attracting clips across the mouse plastic case.

Now, join the upper and the bottom parts of the mouse.

Step 6: Pincers and Stinger

Picture of Pincers and Stinger

Remove the rubber cover of the electric pincers.

Bend the end of arms and tail and insert the pincers. Adjust carefully using pliers. If the pincers are a little loose, use a bit of superglue.

Now, you have your Desktop Scorpion!

Step 7: Other Models

Picture of Other Models

If you want something more stylized, change the arms and tail clips with covered copper wire, and the legs clips with iron pieces for picture frames. You can make your very own swarm of scorpions!


Linkin_J_Knex (author)2016-05-07

Great idea I have an old mouse!


M.C. Langer (author)2015-11-30

I didn't see the movie

MelordFabella made it! (author)2015-08-08

I made my desktop scorpion lamp. THANK YOU.

MelordFabella made it! (author)2015-08-08


M.C. Langer (author)2014-04-22

Thats awesome!!! Good job!

NickTheGamer (author)2014-03-24

I am going to do this to my mouse that I use,but it still works so I won't break it open I will just tape the legs to the sides

M.C. Langer (author)NickTheGamer2014-03-24

I want to see it when you finish it!

Cleopatran (author)2013-04-03

THIS IS AWESOME :D. I got a spotty mouse atm, getting pretty sick of it. When I've found all the materials i'm going to do this to it!

M.C. Langer (author)Cleopatran2013-04-03

Thanks Cleopatran!!! :-)

pokemech (author)2013-03-24

I love these types of things, when I get a gaming mouse, I'll do this to my current one :)

M.C. Langer (author)pokemech2013-03-24

Great! :-)

aprakash7 (author)2012-10-15

NIce WOrk....

I like IT........

M.C. Langer (author)aprakash72012-10-15

Thanks Aprakash!

dismissie (author)2012-10-14

I love this!- your stuff is amazing!

M.C. Langer (author)dismissie2012-10-14

Thanks Dismissie! :-)

sunshiine (author)2012-09-27

Congrats on being runner up!

M.C. Langer (author)sunshiine2012-09-29

Thanks Sunshiine! :-)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-09-24

These are awesome! Nice office desk decoration and functional!

Thanks Penolopy! :-)

doodlecraft (author)2012-09-21

So clever! Love the sonic screwdriver reference as well! :)

M.C. Langer (author)doodlecraft2012-09-22

Thanks Doodle! I love Doctor Who, and I wanted to do a little homage to him :-)

vbolivar (author)2012-09-18

Done my dear

M.C. Langer (author)vbolivar2012-09-18

Thanks my dear! :-)

BIOhazard_inc (author)2012-08-24



Thanks Biohazard! :-)

AussieAnglerGal (author)2012-08-25

i am defiantly voting for this :)

Thanks AussieAnglerGal!! :-)

black hole (author)2012-08-23

You've got my vote!

mygibzone (author)2012-08-23

This is FANTASTIC! I think I'll try this for a christmas gift this year. THANKS!

M.C. Langer (author)mygibzone2012-08-23

You are welcome, Mygibzone!

M.C. Langer (author)black hole2012-08-23

Thanks Black Hole! :-)

bajablue (author)2012-08-21

This is very cool!!! ;-)

M.C. Langer (author)bajablue2012-08-21

Thanks Bajablue! :-)

Dusk Shadows (author)2012-08-20

Wow that is soo cool

M.C. Langer (author)Dusk Shadows2012-08-20

Thanks Dusk Shadows! :-)

Dusk Shadows (author)M.C. Langer2012-08-20

So k

mattnord (author)2012-08-20

Sonic Screwdriver???

M.C. Langer (author)mattnord2012-08-20

Yeah! Fantastic tool. It is very good at opening doors, too.

AUG-5OM3 (author)2012-08-20

Sweet! Might try and build one today.

M.C. Langer (author)AUG-5OM32012-08-20

Thanks Aug! :-)

sunshiine (author)2012-08-20

A great conversation piece. This is an awesome build! I think I could make one of these! Thanks for sharing!

M.C. Langer (author)sunshiine2012-08-20

Thanks to you, Sunshiine! You're the best! :-)

ChrysN (author)2012-08-20

The purple one looks cute, the other models are a bit more scary, great job!

M.C. Langer (author)ChrysN2012-08-20

Thanks ChrysN!! :-)

jessyratfink (author)2012-08-19

I can't decide if they're cute or terrifying. :D

M.C. Langer (author)jessyratfink2012-08-19

Maybe both! :-)

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Bio: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia, former Navy officer and BSc in Naval Sciences. Right now I'm Technical Director and Technology Lead Teacher ... More »
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