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Hello Instructablers, humans, dogs on the internet and aliens doing reconnaissance on the earth.

In this Instructable I will be telling and showing you how to make the adorable animals pictured below.

As usual I like to include a short story of how this Instructable came to happen, a while back I saw these amazing sculptures of animals made from wire and for months wanted to make them, one day I bought a pack of wire to make earring findings only to find out it was not suitable for this purpose. DAMN! But being the non wasteful so and so that I am I decided to make these small animals.

I hope you enjoy and let's get started!

(I first spotted this on an etsy store the link to which is below)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/wireanimals
 
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Step 1: What You Will Need!

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For this project there is very little that you will need, namely:
  • A drill- optional- If you would like the spiral on the wire that mine has you will need the drill
  • Wire-  The cheapest will do here no need to break the bank, I'm using 22 Gauge garden wire
  • A variety of cylindrical object with ascending circumferences- For example a small round file, a pencil, a hot glue stick, a pen
  • A way of cutting the wire- I used my multi-tool
  • Needle nose pliers
     

Step 2: Spiralling The Wire

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If you are not using the drill then feel free to skip this step but if you would like to practise your reading skills you may also stay.

Anyways, to achieve a nice constant spiral pattern follow the pictures and instructions which follow:
  1. Cut a length of wire around 5 feet long
  2. Put both ends of the wire in the drill chuck and secure them tightly
  3. Find the half way point and put a pencil on the inside and hold it as shown in the second picture to prevent the wire slipping
  4. Put the drill on and watch the spirally magic
  5. Chop off the loop at the end

Thrasym1 year ago
Haha, I like the Stag. Well done. Your style looks like they would be really well suited to be card, note or picture holders. Perhaps with the slightest modifications to cinch the paper between wires, for office or home desk tops?

NOTE: be careful using the drill to twist wires. Any stiffer metal will tend to snap with the slightest hand pressure when twisting, so, with a drill, that's a dangerous little sharp knife spinning around when it breaks. If it's got any memory, stiffness, rigidity, like brass or many of the steel wires in the automotive section or the dollar stores, if it cracks when you bend it a couple times, etc, it'll probably be the type to avoid using the drill on.

Did you ever see that woven/braided bird on the YouTube video? It's my uh...out of reach goal...if you're so inclined, I think I can find it pretty quick, yup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJsEV0sLoWQ

I'm currently working on a fire breathing dragon watching Harry Potter with my son.

Cheers
The Science Guy (author)  Thrasym1 year ago
I have run out of wire at the moment but I will comment with picture when I do get round to trying what's in the video, yours seem far superior to mine.
I wouldn't call my stuff superior to yours, just different. Yours are certainly more fun to look at, in my opinion.

I'd love to see how you get on with the braided wire stuff, like in that video. I haven't been able to do jack squat with that technique as of yet.

You can get cheap rolls/paddles of wire at the art/craft/floral/automotive/picture section of most stores. If you're looking...
Kiteman2 years ago
Haha, in the second photo of step 4, I spy buffalo chips!

By the way, that twisty thing with the drill, Kitewife does that with yarn to make cords.
The Science Guy (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
That was purely accidental!

Ah I never thought of using it in that way.
Weird and awesome!
The Science Guy (author) 2 years ago
Thanks!