Check out all the pictures in this instructable if you are interested, and if you haven't seen enough see www.ruudvankoningsbrugge.nl
All original pieces were put together on a sewing machine. But for these models a stapler will do.
If you want to try the sewing machine you will need upper and under transport, more tension on the thread and no leather needle ( cuts slits) but an all purpose ( no.100) one.
Step 1: What's needed?
Old bicycle tyres, preferably different kinds and sizes.
some iron wire (2-2,5 mm approx.)
A pair of scissors
Some pliers for the iron wire
A stapler ( best is a pliers one, not this table model)
On the second photo the basic plan for a human out of bicycle tire.
for the bicycle : soldering gear
Step 2: The body
You will need a piece of 23 cm. Cut it lengthwise open on the inside of the bow. hold it open and check the width. It should be 7 cm approx. Fold it double. To hold it in place cut a small ring out of a 3-4 cm wide flat tire and pull it over the loose end to form a belt.
Step 3: Arms
The position depends on the model you want to make.
To attach the arms in the body cut off little triangles at the top of the upper arm. Again the shape is defined by position of the arm in end result.
Step 4: The legs
Notice that the foot is cut out of flat tire and will spread at the toes.
Attach the upper part of the leg between the layers of the body. If you place the front part of the body in the middle and cover it on both side with the backside the leg will be in a perfect position. Secure it with a staple.
Step 5: The head
Step 6: Don't lose your head
Put the staples on the shoulders and not in the middle of the neck. For the next step it should be possible to insert a piece of iron wire through the neck
Step 7: The backbone
Step 8: The bike
-The pin downward at the back wheel is for securing it in a piece of wood or stone.
-There is no saddle, the longer piece of wire is inserted in the body.
-Part of the steering wheel is double for better soldering.
-The long handles are inserted in the arms.
-The peddles also have longer pieces of wire to insert in the legs.
Construct the whole bike. Set it in a piece of wood or stone. May be you want to attach the front wheel as well to the base.
Then place you puppet over the pins with body, legs and arms.
In stead of soldering you could use tape or wind some thinner wire around the joints. May be your glue gun works..
Step 9: Hurray!
www.ruudvankoningsbrugge.nl . Under "mens en dier" ( man and animal) you can find new ideas. But every item on the menu from binnenbandkraai ( also an instructable! "innertube crow") to mens en dier is made of bicycle tires.
Now witch of your friends is an enthusiastic bicycler and has a other hobby ? Make him or her a tennis-player, stilt-walker, skateboarder, opera singer e.g. from rubber tires.