Marble Snails

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Introduction: Marble Snails

About: Making the most of things by making the most out of things.

A little while ago I came across a Marble Snail made of clay and I knew I needed a fleet of them!

And so the 3D printed Marble Snail was born. It takes about 15 minutes to print and a little longer to decorate, so the only thing holding me back from a very slow world domination now is not enough marbles!

Step 1: What You Need

  • Mini Drill (Pin Vice)
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Paperclips
  • Stick on gems (for the eyes)

Step 2: Designing the Snail

I designed the snail based off the measurements for my marbles which were 15mm in diameter.

In order to print well, make sure there is supporting material beneath the head where it overhangs.

The .stl file for this snail is attached to this step.

Step 3: Adding Eyes and "Ears"

Use the pin vice to drill two small holes in the top of the head just big enough for the end of a paperclip to fit in.

Use the wire cutters to cut two equal lengths from a paperclip about 20mm long. Use the pliers to twist the ends of the wires into spirals while still leaving a good length of straight wire.

Add some superglue to the holes and insert the wire, positioning them to the angle and direction that you want.

Add two stick on gems (or whatever you would like to use for eyes) and the look is complete.

Step 4: Snailed It

Enjoy your beautiful snail army!

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11 Comments

Hi there! I did your craft and I love these little nippers! I plan on using this idea for a teen craft at our library in March 2021. I'll be sure to credit you with the idea. :-) I do have one question: could you share where you purchased the stick on gems for the eyes? I used jewelry beads that I had laying around but was wondering if the stick on gems would look/work better. Thanks!

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EstherS37
EstherS37

9 months ago

These are SO cute! I don't have a 3-D printer, but would like to copy this with clay. One idea would be to also use marbles that have the crackle affect.

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snowbiscuit
snowbiscuit

Reply 9 months ago

Great idea! It has definitely made me want to get some fancier marbles :)

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WUVIE
WUVIE

9 months ago on Step 4

Squeeeeee! I absolutely love these! So cute! I'm going to make a big pocketful, and plant them everywhere. Thank you!

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snowbiscuit
snowbiscuit

Reply 9 months ago

They're already hidden all around my house!

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elainebanks
elainebanks

9 months ago

The grandchildren and I will make an army of them - brilliant - thank you

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barnard47
barnard47

9 months ago

“Snailed it” 😃

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littlebadwren
littlebadwren

9 months ago

These are adorable! Thank you for sharing!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

10 months ago

These are cute :) What program did you use to design the snail body?

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snowbiscuit
snowbiscuit

Reply 10 months ago

Thanks! I use OnShape to design 3D models