This is my latest artisitic endevour: The Scrap-a-dactyl. A pterodactyl made from garbage. Sort of a modern relic juxtaposed with the ancient past of the base. The best part for me is that the Scrap-a-dactyl can actually flap his wings. What follows is the process of how I made it.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Here's a list of the materials and tools I used to create this piece. Since the materials were salvaged you probably won't have exactly the same things in your parts collection I did. So you may have to do some creative substitution to make your own Scrap-a-dactyl.

  • Broken corkscrew (bit missing)
  • Beater
  • Steam iron plate
  • Hard drive arm
  • Radio antenna
  • Big rock
  • Rubber foot (optional)
  • Epoxy putty
  • E-6000
  • Clear spray paint

  • Drill
  • 1/4" masonary drill bit
  • 7/32" drill bit
  • Drill bit sizer
  • Reciprocating saw w/ metal cutting blade
  • Hacksaw
  • Bench vise
  • Clamps
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Awl
  • Torch
  • Utility knife
  • Diagonal cutter
  • Hammer
  • Files
Best documentation and clearest photos I've seen. I don't spend a lot of time here but I wander around ocaisionally-- well done.
Wow guy,it caught my eye so had to check it out.Nice job.
great imagination !
Cool, I like the way it moves.
I love it! The motion is great and it looks wonderful!
This is neat, particularly the motion.<br><br>Now if only you could combine it with the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Bowling-Ball-Fountain/">Bowling Ball Fountain</a>...<br>
I've got some ideas for a fountains with bits moved by the water flow.
Awesome!<br />love the concept, and the base it perfect.
Thanks! This piece was a perfect confluence of crap that had been collecting dust in the workshop for several years. I always knew I could do something with it...

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Bio: I'm cheap and like to use what I have on hand and I really enjoy taking things apart to salvage parts. Rather than be ... More »
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