Introduction: Wire Scorpion

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To start off, I am not claiming to have created this myself or be the first to post this info here on Instructables. The story behind me learning this art is not a long one. My supervisor at work has made these for quite some time. One day I was sitting at his desk looking at them and thought "I can make that". So I did. 

After a few google searches I found that this is not a very uncommon thing to be able to make either. Like I mentioned earlier, another user posted a "Wire Scorpion" instructable a few years back.

Here is the URL:

My take is just slightly different. Take a look here and the other instructable and figure out what is best for you!!

Step 1: Supplies Needed

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There aren't many supplies needed:

-Wire (I used 22 gauge, but any solid wire will do. The larger the wire, the bigger the scorpion)
-Pliers for help with bending and cutting
-Some sort of measuring utensil

If you are using 22 gauge wire, you will need 16 - 10 inch pieces. If you are using thicker wire, you will need longer pieces of wire. 

Step 2: Build the Tail

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This is one of the main differences between this and the other instructable here, how the tail looks. The great thing about this is that you can make it look however you'd like. I like mine segmented as it shows here. Start the first wrap and with each subsequent wire, add two additional wraps. For example, my first segment where I added my second wire started out with three wraps. Each additional wire also increased by two more wraps. 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 17.

Make Sense?

Step 3: Add Wires for Body/Legs

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You will take your remaining eight wires and wrap them one by one around your other wires. This will be "braided" to make the body of the scorpion (in the next step) and will then turn into the eight legs of the scorpion. 

Step 4: "Braid" the Body

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Take the furthest wire to the back of the scorpion (mine was on the left) and bring it across the top (to the right for me) and then under and back behind (behind the scorpion returning it to the left side). 

Repeat and alternate for every wire till you finish all 16 wires (eight on each side of the scorpion).

Step 5: Twist Wires to Form the Legs

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Now take your 16 wires and twist them together two at a time to form your scorpions legs. Try to twist them so they turn out evenly twisted all the way to the end. 

Step 6: Form Pincers and Mouth

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Now it's time to form your scorpion's pincers and mouth. You should have eight wires coming out this end of your scorpion. Form the bottom four into your scorpion's pincers. Remove (or keep) two of the wires in the middle (you can keep them if you'd like four wires for the mouth instead of just two. The scorpion pictured had the two wires removed).

Step 7: Shape, Form, and Cut Legs

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The last thing you want to do is to shape and form the legs to the desired shape. There isn't anything right or wrong here, just whatever you like best. 

Step 8: Final Product

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This is the final product. This particular scorpion measures about three inches tall and three inches long with a tail that is about five and a half inches long. It's a fun project that is easy to make, cool, and doesn't take too long to build.


Builders Shed (author)2015-12-23

Wow that's sick! Thanks for sharing!

NihilFB made it! (author)2015-10-27

Thanks for posting that 'ible - it filled in a moment of "Don't want to do any jobs but want to do something other than read" on Sunday.

Will have another go at this in the future - probably with thicker wire - and, you never know, I might get the braiding for the body right this time! :-)


tomatoskins (author)NihilFB2015-10-27

I don't know what you're talking about, that looks great!

toufik.bth1 (author)2015-03-29

it's very cool look at mine
a big spider (20/20cm) atacking a man :)

tomatoskins (author)toufik.bth12015-03-29

That's so cool! How much does it weigh?

primosanch (author)2015-03-19


Mr AbAk (author)2015-02-06

Nice ible....

hiredgun (author)2014-12-07

I used 18ga for the first try then used rebar tie wire for the second. Both ended up with no mouth but I think they still look cool. GREAT INSTRUCTABLE! Very neat idea.

tomatoskins (author)hiredgun2014-12-07

Those turned out great! And that's the great thing about making things, you can make them however you want!

Fikjast Scott (author)2014-12-01

this is a great project, well done

I'm glad that you like it! It's one of my favorites to make over and over again.

Hinkiepunk (author)2014-11-28

Awesome! Try using a drill to twist the wires by clamping them in the drill and running it lowly.

rtthg6 (author)2014-11-26

There's an easy way to twist the legs, if you clamp the wires in a drill and spin it slowly it will twist the wires almost perfectly every time

tomatoskins (author)rtthg62014-11-26

I've never thought of that. I'll need to try it next time I make one. Thanks!

Sajjad Ahmed (author)2014-11-25


Wow, this is so cool!

seamster (author)2014-11-25

This is freaking awesome! You are amazing.

amansinghaljpr (author)2014-11-20

awesome man !!! i really liked it

Thanks! The great thing about this is it's scalable to almost any size! I made one for one of my friends birthdays that was about a cubic foot in size. 12 gauge copper wire is tough stuff to bend!

do you know to make anything else with this art i will definitely pleased to make that!!

charchar123456 (author)2014-06-21

I like it

Zadiac70 (author)2014-01-04

looks really cool!

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Bio: My name is Troy. I'm a Mechatronics graduate studying Mechanical Engineering. I love making things and doing anything outdoors (especially SCUBA diving). I am ... More »
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