Picture of The Bits Bug
This is a cute little buggy buddy for any maker or crafty person. His magnetic back will helpfully hold screws, nails, paperclips, needles or safety pins while you tinker. Inside, you can store that incredibly small but also incredibly important part that would otherwise get lost in the process.

He's made almost entirely from reused materials, and can be used as a small but thoughtful gift for your maker friends.
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Step 1: What you'll need

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  • 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
Please wear gloves when using paint stripper. This stuff is nasty.

Step 2: Remove the paint

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Apply a generous coat of paint stripper to soften the paint, then remove it with, for example, a pot scrubber or similar.
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

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Use a hammer and a nail to make eight holes: two in the lid for antennas, six in the bottom for legs.
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

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Now thread the thinner wire through the holes in the lid so the ends are on the outside. Cut the ends to an equal length. Use your pliers to curl them into antennas. Your bug is now starting to look cute!

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.
My dad would probably love this. I love it too. :D
Moem (author)  Treasure Tabby2 years ago
Thank you very much!
GabbieZee2 years ago
This is too cute! Good job!
Moem (author)  GabbieZee2 years ago
Glad you like it, and thank you.
fartislav2 years ago
it is interesting
sunshiine3 years ago
This is very cute, I would make one of these. I am voting.
Moem (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Aww, that is sweet.... thank you so much!
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice, it is cute and helpful, I like it!
Moem (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thank you :-)