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Some time ago I saw a wire scorpion for sale in a souvenier shop. Fascinated, I bought one, determined to figure out how to build my own. Many trials and errors later, I figured it out. I'm not sure this is exactly how the "proffesional" one was made, and there is a bit of room for improvement, but this is definately a guide to get started.

Materials needed:
Soft wire (20g from WalMart's craft section in this case)
Wire snips
Pliers (to aid shaping)

Now, lets go through my first instructable.
 
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Step 1: Gather wire and build tail-

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If using 20g wire, cut 14 pieces of wire 7inches(17cm) long. If using thicker wire, allow a little more length. (less for thinner wire)

Gather 6 pieces of wire together, find the middle, and wrap 1 strand around the rest. Repeat until two wires are left uncoiled. Twist these to the end.

To twist wire, bend wires to make a 90 degree angle, place between thumb and finger, and twist, making sure to keep wire at 90 degree angle.

Step 2: Adding legs-

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Bend the remaining 8 pieces of wire in half, these will be your scorpion's legs. Begining at the end of the coil (middle of the bundle), wrap the end of a bent wire around the bundle (see picture to clarify), and pull tight. Repeat for all 8 wires. Be sure each wire crosses in the same order (ie: left over right or vice versa).

Step 3: Build body-

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Flip scorpion over, and... How to explain...? Take the furthest 'back' pair of wires, and wrap them 'forward' over eachother (make sure the are each in the same order again), and then around the bundle again (see pictures to clarify). Repeat 7 times.

Step 4: Building legs-

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Flip scorpion over again, and twist together pairs of legs.

Step 5: Building mandibles and 'arms'-

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Take remaining 6 wires, and seperate into 3 pairs. The bottom most pair, top left most pair, and top right most pair.

Twist the top right pair together, and the top left pair as well.
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BlueS32 months ago

YAY! But the wire twist is kind of one around the other. To twist both around each other, push each wire in a half twist. So push the right wire around to the left, then the new right wire back to the left; looks better.

spylock1 year ago
Being it looks like your a pro at making these cool creatures,how long does it take for you to complete one?That will give me an idea of what it will take me.
aleluky3 years ago
hi i want to know how I can make a spider with wire, because I have tried and not come out. anyone can put as is done step by step? thanks!
taria aleluky3 years ago
I made a spider with beads on it a while back, I even hate spiders so I was creeping out as I made it. I still have it too. :)
thanx!
garyflann4 years ago
they are so cool. i have to know how they are made . i am goimg to make me one
Mirage_6624 years ago
You can make the tail look more real if you put spaces between the wire wrapping.  Every time you use a new wire leave 1/8" space. 
laccerbero4 years ago
gracias viejo por severo aporte
ditto
wicked
yes can u please speculate
jdogsbart5 years ago
In the second "stanza" what do you mean, i dont understand
ward2u5 years ago

Wonderful,
Wonderful
thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssss'
ruckerr5 years ago
Here are my copy attempts...annealed wire, with a copper wire in the middle...spider, horned toad and tarantula. I used river rocks as base inside spider's abdomen.
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bowmaster5 years ago
I'm totally going to sell these.
got confused at stage 2 and tried going only to fail even more
do not give up
I didn't and i did so well i have worked out how to make giant tarantulas so watch this space for an Instructable XD
goosezilla6 years ago
Very fun!
nando866 years ago
this looks a bit difficult
zeppo76 years ago
wire art

Hello M F here is a link to my wire art page
How do you make the green mantis? It is awesome!!!!
Thank you, I will post pics on how to do it as soon as i can
bowmaster6 years ago
That. Is. So. Cool!!!!!
punkinsed6 years ago
How do you make the green mantis? It is awesome!!!!
jgrv_4046 years ago
when i was little my dad made all kinds of animals with wire, giraffes, poodles, scorpions.... well he taught me how to make them and this is how it came out. and i added a hook, to hang it up.
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M F jgrv_4046 years ago
looks like a lasso. giddyapp!
zeppo76 years ago
thanks for the great instructions I had a broken foot and was stuck sitting around allot so I started making them I took your same concept and created some other things like a spider,paying mantis,lizard,dragon fly,butterfly and even a deer.
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M F zeppo76 years ago
can you put up some pictures of them and a instructable? I'd like to make some of those too.
how do you make this?
This is my scorpion and dragonfly....i think its ok
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do you have instructions on how to make the dragonfly? It's awesome.
ernestoaug6 years ago
artista
Jor2daje6 years ago
I love this project it is fun and relatively easy, the product is just awesome. Here is my first one it sorta sucks all I had was insulated wire, but it still turned out alright.
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DemonDad6 years ago
Great Tutorial!! My wife has one made at a local shipyard and yours looks just like it. Do you know of a spider like this?
now all you have to do is solder a rumble motor on the bottom like the " wire spiders " instructable and you are ready to scare people with Arachnophobia.
toogood7 years ago
cool! just goin off to try and make one (after breakfast:p
toogood toogood7 years ago
done! ive made 3 Scorpions and a dragon fly now my fingers hurt!!:-(
Xamu toogood7 years ago
Ooh! A dragonfly? That sounds cool. Got a picture?
toogood Xamu6 years ago
hear is the dragonfly and a minny scorpion ,sorry about the wait:
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