He's made almost entirely from reused materials, and can be used as a small but thoughtful gift for your maker friends.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- a small box that sugar-free mints come in
- some thick insulated copper wire
- some thinner wire, can be copper or otherwise
- two harddisk magnets. If you don't know how to get them out of and old harddisk, look here and here.
- two of something, anything, that's round, shiny and metallic and will work as eyes
- contact glue
- hot glue
- pliers for stripping, cutting and bending wire
- a hammer
- a nail
- paint stripper and an old brush to apply it
- a hot glue gun
- a heat gun
Step 2: Remove the Paint
Wear gloves for this step, and be sure to wash the tin very well afterwards. We don't want any remaining paint stripper.
Step 3: Make Some Holes and Add Eyes
As you can see mine are not very well placed, and rather asymmetrical, but that's fine, it won't show.
Glue the eyes on, using contact glue.
Step 4: Add Antennas and Legs
Strip the insulation off of the copper wire. Make the legs in a similar way as you made the antennas. Then secure antennas and legs with some glue (can be contact or hot) from the inside of the box.
Step 5: The Most Important Step
Stick your harddisk magnets to the inside of the lid, and secure them with glue all around them.
Step 6: More Hot Glue Is Always Good (except When It's Not)
You can do the same with the inside of the lid, and seal the magnets in nicely, but beware: any glue that happens to get on the inner edges of the lid will make the lid hard, or impossible, to close. So leave the edges completely glue-free.
(Yes, I made that mistake. My BitsBug lost his eyes in the process of removing the excess glue. But he got them back and gained some cute eyelashes, so in the end, it all worked out.)