Well you get the Steampunk Violin Beetle.
It has fully articulate legs and wings, with a carapace that opens and closes.
You can even use the legs to wear the Violin Beetle on your back.
Update: - I decided that this was missing something, I had been playing around with various parts for the head, I suddenly found a piece I had lost and was originally planning to use. Hence we have a updated picture to reflect the new addition. There is also a bonus picture featuring my beautiful wife modelled the beetle when worn on a back.
The main body is made from an old violin whose back was splitting away from the body, I was planning to take the back off so I could glue it back on, however the back then came off in its two halves and in a moment of inspiration I decided to make this.
So read on to see how I went about it, and be sure to vote for me in the Hurricane Laser contest.
(you may be thinking, well, he has laser cut bits there? Well, I use a shared laser cutter that does not belong to me, and I have to travel over an hour to get to it while paying $15 for train tickets)
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Old Violin (Try and find a broken one, its a shame to ruin a working instrument)
- Metal Bearings
- Assorted Nuts/Bolts
- Laserable Plywood
- Stiff Brass hinges or Lego Bionicle Parts
- Varnish/Wood Wax
- Wood Glue
- Hole Cutters
- Access to a laser cutter
- Hot glue gun
- Stanley Knife/Boxcutter