Introduction: Wire Scorpion

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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.

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.

Step 6: Trim and Bend-

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Cut legs, tail, arms, and mandibles to appropriate lengths, and bend into desired pose. If you want, take the suggestion of another Instructable I saw, and dip it in PlastiDip for a bendy toy scorpion.



Chelc-A (author)2016-08-25

Gave it a try for the first time, very first wire anything! Added a stinger by makig thebbasic shape and using 0.3mm wirentomweave around it. Thanks, great fun!

sengrath (author)2015-02-11

HI I started building this , but stuck on step 3, which furthest back wires ? i have now 6 loose ends in the front for mandibles and arms , and 8 ends on each sides for the legs..right?.

BlueS3 (author)2014-10-10

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.

spylock (author)2013-04-22

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.

aleluky (author)2011-01-20

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 (author)aleluky2011-05-30

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. :)

rednivarpuff (author)2010-05-05


garyflann (author)2010-02-04

they are so cool. i have to know how they are made . i am goimg to make me one

Mirage_662 (author)2010-01-14

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. 

laccerbero (author)2010-01-03

gracias viejo por severo aporte

superhubbardman (author)2009-08-31


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Dr. Tarantula (author)2009-08-02

yes can u please speculate

jdogsbart (author)2009-07-31

In the second "stanza" what do you mean, i dont understand

ward2u (author)2009-05-03


ruckerr (author)2009-02-20

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.

bowmaster (author)2009-02-05

I'm totally going to sell these.

weloveclover (author)2008-12-08

got confused at stage 2 and tried going only to fail even more

jacobzman (author)weloveclover2008-12-19

do not give up

weloveclover (author)jacobzman2008-12-25

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

goosezilla (author)2008-12-06

Very fun!

nando86 (author)2008-12-06

this looks a bit difficult

zeppo7 (author)2008-10-16

wire art

Hello M F here is a link to my wire art page

punkinsed (author)zeppo72008-10-19

How do you make the green mantis? It is awesome!!!!

zeppo7 (author)punkinsed2008-10-19

Thank you, I will post pics on how to do it as soon as i can

bowmaster (author)2008-10-19

That. Is. So. Cool!!!!!

punkinsed (author)2008-10-19

How do you make the green mantis? It is awesome!!!!

jgrv_404 (author)2008-01-24

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.

M F (author)jgrv_4042008-10-14

looks like a lasso. giddyapp!

zeppo7 (author)2008-03-07

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.

M F (author)zeppo72008-10-14

can you put up some pictures of them and a instructable? I'd like to make some of those too.

punkinsed (author)zeppo72008-10-04

how do you make this?

MakerBreaker (author)2008-06-03

This is my scorpion and dragonfly....i think its ok

punkinsed (author)MakerBreaker2008-10-03

do you have instructions on how to make the dragonfly? It's awesome.

ernestoaug (author)2008-09-25


Jor2daje (author)2008-09-22

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.

DemonDad (author)2008-02-25

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?

FunkNattidelic (author)2008-02-06

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.

toogood (author)2007-06-09

cool! just goin off to try and make one (after breakfast:p

toogood (author)toogood2007-06-09

done! ive made 3 Scorpions and a dragon fly now my fingers hurt!!:-(

Xamu (author)toogood2007-06-15

Ooh! A dragonfly? That sounds cool. Got a picture?

toogood (author)Xamu2008-01-05

hear is the dragonfly and a minny scorpion ,sorry about the wait:

toogood (author)Xamu2007-06-17

no sorry my camera lost the will to liv

gotja (author)2007-10-20

umm yea icool i made a wire bee before i moved and i have no idea where it is lol

Sharn (author)2007-06-17

A friend taught me how to make these a couple years ago. He learned it from a pro at a fair. Anyway, his are slightly different. I think they look a little better, so I'll try to explain the difference. On the tail, instead of wrapping the wires around at the base, cut one a little ways up the tail, and wrap the very end around, cut the next up a little farther and wrap the end of it around too. Re peat until all the wires are used. It will gradually get smaller until only one wire is left.

Just my little contribution. Hope someone makes one up and posts a pic, I don't really have a good camera. =\

OniTora (author)Sharn2007-06-18

I thiiiiiink I know whatcha mean. I'll give it a whirl, see what I come up with. I'll post a pic if anything good comes of it.


pyro13 (author)OniTora2007-09-14

hey man, i finally got the wire dragon instructable up! the only down side is that i couldnt find my digital camera to take high quality pictures. hopefully i will be able to fix those soon... but still look at it!

pyro13 (author)OniTora2007-07-20

Hey! i sat down with some wire and got creative... and made a dragon! it uses the same concept and steps as yours, so i wanted to get your permission before a post an instructable on it. please get back too me!

OniTora (author)pyro132007-07-21

Of course! Have at! I can't wait to see.


Mr. Rig It (author)2007-09-09

Nice and crafty, thanks for th instructable, i will have to give it a shot.

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