(Updated) What do you get if you take one broken violin, a little free time, some steampunk and a gmjhowe?

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

Materials Needed
  • 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
  • Sugru
  • Varnish/Wood Wax
  • Wood Glue
  • Drill
  • Hole Cutters
  • Sandpaper
  • Access to a laser cutter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stanley Knife/Boxcutter
Oh, and if anyone is worried about me destroying an 'expensive' violin by mistake, I actually checked the name on the label(shown) with my friend who is an expert on instruments. He said he never heard of a maker by the name of 'Cremonenfis', I explained it had a '170' followed by a lightening bolt, and he said that didn't ring any bells either.
<p>I have an old violin I used about 6 or 7 years ago its too small for me and one string in broken off completely and the others are loose and waaay out of tune. Would this be bad to break? Its just a stentor so it would only cost 160 for a brand new bigger one and I'm already getting that.</p>
good one
Absolutely Awesome!!! I was considering doing a SP Violin as a crossbow...Thanks to you it with definitely be a bit more 'Oganic'!!!
Wow, this is just too cool. I love when relatively ordinary objects are made into something incredibly creative like this, well done!
Hey! Thanks! <br> <br>Also, where have you been? You have come out of hiding for the past two years to make this comment! Does this mean you are making a come back? Get yourself back in the secret chatroom if you can remember where it is.
Yeah, I am an instrument expert myself, and Cremonienfis does not sound familiar. Probably a cheap Italian knock-off of a nice Yamaha violin.
You're an instrument expert and you've never heard of Stradivarius? I really hope you're joking...
Your sarcasm detector appears to be off :-D
very nice , though i would have turned the neck/head of the violin into the head/horn of the beetle
You should make a transformer violin next. :)
Thats not a bad idea at all, I can use very similar legs, I just cut the violin up so that it unfolds with the legs.
yep no worries about this violin. Here is what I found on the label. <br>Have you found a violin with the label &quot;Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis&quot;? Keep cool. It's almost certainly a fake. Labels such as &quot;Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 17&quot;, followed or not by circles with crosses,
Thank you sir.
<sub>(But, wait, where are the photos of it being worn?)</sub>
<sub><sub>(Working on those today, along with another notable improvement!)</sub></sub><br>
<sub>(Oh? Settles back in anticipation.)</sub>
Oh! I like the update!
ZING - Updated with more personality and a back mounted picture.
this reminds me a Russian children's story book character, Great work!
Thanks, which children's story book is that?
Possibly something by <a href="http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/stories/kafka-e.htm" rel="nofollow">Kafka</a>?
very cool piece of art. ... kinda' reminds me of stuff my grandfather used to make.... but none of his had moving parts like that.
Thanks! Do you have any pictures of his things to share?
Good idea!! Very nice!
I like the book press in the background of one of your photos. Do you repair books as well? I have lots of old ones, some from the 1700s, that need attention.
Thanks, its a lovely bit of equipment to have, I don't restore books, but I do occasionally bind them. Also very useful for a lot of things that need pressure applying. Despite its smaller size, this thing weighs more than my wife! Cast iron from what I can tell.
Now, I won't be able to sleep with my old violin in the same room. (shiver) <br> <br>Great job! And congratulations on being &quot;Featured&quot;!
I like the piece, I just feel bad destroying any kind of musical instrument.
I agree, this is why I make a point of telling people to repurpose broken cheap instruments instead of ruining one that works. This violin have both a split back, and a broken headstock. While a broken neck can be repaired fairly easily the break was in the headstock and the tension of the strings would have rebroken it too easily. I could have ordered a new neck, but the cost of a new neck would have been more than buying a violin of better quality.
Regarding the label, this link has a bit more information about what exactly the 'cremonensis' part means, but why you shouldn't worry anyway: http://www.holeintheweb.com/drp/bhd/StradivariusViolins.htm
Well neat
wow, really nice work! love the surreal gif too!
Thanks! It was originally a video, but I decided it needed to be a gif. <br> <br>Plus gifs look great in the new picture layout.
With regards to the picture of the label, that says Stradivarius, basically the most famous violin maker of all time. If it was a genuine Stradivarius, it would be extraordinarily rare and expensive. Don't worry though, it's almost certainly fake.
Nice job! Happy to see it was only a 308 year-old&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stradivarius" rel="nofollow">Stradivarius</a> you repurposed and not something really valuable -- like a prop from The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Violin" rel="nofollow">Red Violin</a>;-)&nbsp;
I'd take the end of the neck, the scroll and tuning pegs area and use them as a head bolted in the already available hole.
Thats a really nice idea, I think if my scroll had not been broken I might have tried that. Afraid it got lost months and months ago though!
Okay... that is pretty awesome. I am impressed.
I know I must be doing something right if I am impressing randofo. Plus I was well overdue for an awesome project.
I love this it looks fantastic now it is finished, well done bro, :) <br>

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