My Octopus Instructor'able

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Introduction: My Octopus Instructor'able

So as many have been doing - I've been spending a little more time that usual with Netflix. Recently, I found myself watching "My Octopus Teacher". I was amazed at this emotional and beautiful documentary. I was astonished at the intelligence, curiosity and hardships of this incredible creature. I just felt I had to create something to keep these thoughts close at hand. So I started building my own octopus out of some materials I found around the house.

Supplies

Here is what I used:

Tank float

PVC pipe 1 - 2" diameter

wooden block: 2x4

8 wooden toy snakes

ThermoMorph plastic

spray paint

great stuff foam

glue

drill

Step 1: Tank Float and PVC Pipe

The first step I took was to cut a 2-3" section of PVC pipe. Then I simply glued the PVC to the tank float. I glued the PVC to the end of the float where the metal rod would normally be inserted.

Step 2: Create Mounting Block for the 8 Arms

The second step I took was to shape my block of wood. I rounded one end and then drilled 8 holes around the perimeter. These holes will be used as insertion points for the 8 snakes to create flexible octopus arms. The snakes head should be inserted into the holes. NOTE : do NOT glue the snakes into the block yet. If you do - it's ok it might just be a little more difficult to mount the wood block to the float and PVC assembly.

Step 3: Float+PVC+Wood Block

Next, I simply mounted the wood block to the float and PVC pipe assembly with drywall screws. Then I added some great stuff foam to fill in the gaps.

Step 4: Gluing Arms and Adding Suction Cups

Normally an octopus would have hundreds of suction cups on each arm. I tried to simulate this by sanding and shaping divots on the end of each arm. At this point I also glued the snakes in the wood block.

Step 5: ThermoMophing

Now this is the fun part. If you have never used ThermoMorph, it is a great product. It starts as small plastic beads and has a very low melting temperature. When the beads start to melt they will stick together and can be molded very much like clay. The beads also change from white to clear when ready to mold. However, when ThermoMorph cools it becomes a very solid plastic. It can also be reheated and remolded over and over again.

So in this step, I heated my ThermoMorph in an old pot of just below boiling water. Once the beads melted, I removed it from the water and started molding the body of the octopus. As the ThermoMorph started to cool, I used a heat gun to keep it warm and moldable.

Step 6: Painting

Once I molded the body, it was time to paint. I used spray paint and tried a number of different colors until I landed on a bronze/silver color. Use a lot of layers and you can get some pretty cool effects.

Step 7: Displaying

Once the paint dried, I found an old large piece of coral I once used in an aquarium. It seemed to be the perfect mounting option for the octopus. Hope you've enjoyed this instructable and feel free to ask any questions!

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    18 Comments

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    ron.handyman.walker

    I really enjoyed the doco, and you have made a great acknowledgment- well done Love the ThermoMorphing work.

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    YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO
    YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO

    1 year ago

    I do not have access to the plastic, so I think mine will be carved out from wood, maybe make the whole think from scratch even.

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    throbscottle
    throbscottle

    1 year ago

    That's amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1alembic
    1alembic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

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    1alembic
    1alembic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you.

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    1alembic
    1alembic

    Answer 1 year ago

    I had seen this video in the past. And where I found out about ThermoMorph.

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    justin_the_jack
    justin_the_jack

    Question 1 year ago

    It looks really cool. Where did you get the eyes?

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    1alembic
    1alembic

    Answer 1 year ago

    I found eyes on Etsy. When on Etsy just search for "octopus Eye" Lots of options. :)

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    JimInRadfordVA
    JimInRadfordVA

    1 year ago

    <sigh>Adding yet another project to the list. Thanks!

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    1alembic
    1alembic

    Reply 1 year ago

    :) - lol!

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    Sylverfern
    Sylverfern

    1 year ago on Step 7

    Amazing ingenuity and skill! As could be said about the creature teacher that inspired this project, LOL. Not the kind of thing within my abilities but, wow, what a tribute to the little octopus in MOT. Yay you.

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    1alembic
    1alembic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you. And I agree. very amazing animal!

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    MatthewM425
    MatthewM425

    1 year ago on Step 7

    Loved the doco' and love the look you have achieved - great proportions and expression. Now I just have to gets me some ThermoMorph!

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    1alembic
    1alembic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you. And yes - the ThermoMorph is pretty cool stuff and can be used for SO many different projects!

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    Emerald04
    Emerald04

    1 year ago

    Wow! This is really cool! Well done!

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    1alembic
    1alembic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!