Bendable Solder Guys

Intro: Bendable Solder Guys

You know those over priced little joe bender guys,right? Well, these are super easy and cheap to build alternatives. Perfect as a present or stocking stuffer.









sorry about the pictures my camera doesn't have macro

Step 1: Get Materials

Here are the materials:
1 Roll of Solder
1 Soldering Iron
Optional:
Spray Paint
Hot Glue Gun
Cloth/Felt

Step 2: Body Parts

To create the legs cut an approx. 1 1/2 in. piece of solder. To create abdomen cut an approx. 1 in. piece of solder. For arms cut an approx. 1 in. piece of solder. Finally, bend solder around a pencil or pen for a head. If you want a bigger solder guy make pieces bigger.

Step 3: Making It

To make the lower part, make a small blob of solder and put legs and abdomen into it. Then make another small blob and press top of abdomen and head into it. For arms, make another small blob and press abdomen into it then quickly press arms into it. Finally for feet, make two pinky finger-nail size blobs and stick ends of legs into both.

Step 4: Finishing Touchs

You can then spray paint it and/or take hot glue and put on felt or cloth for clothes.

Step 5: You're Done

Now you can wrap it, put it in a stocking or play with it. Good job!


ps-After I was finishing instructable I thought of gluing magnets on the feet. Since I don't have any small and strong magnets I decided to leave it out.

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    snowpenguin

    9 years ago on Introduction

    If that's a piece of paper as your workbase you're crazy! Funny little guys. 4*

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    Derin

    10 years ago on Introduction

    the small one looks like how my friend draws people:)

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    randName

    11 years ago

    I think a better alternative is to use capacitors as the body, diodes and resistors for the limbs, and a big LED as the head. I dunno if there is already an instructable about it?

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    mettaurloverrandName

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    body: 9-volt battery holder w/ small switch for power. head: 2 LEDs and a disc-capacitor. arms: resistors wired to head LEDs and 9-volt holder, with small capacitors for hands. legs: innards of a 9-volt, with 10uf capacitors as feet. Impressive? it actually lights up.

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    zjharvarandName

    Reply 11 years ago

    yeah in holiday gifts by chr

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    mettaurlover

    10 years ago on Introduction

    you can, if you have it, use that liquid rubber stuff for the handles of tools to coat them. and, i agree with ultrauber's idea.

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    ultrauber

    10 years ago on Introduction

    You should use paper clips, and only use solder to attach them together. That way, you don't have to waste your valuable solder.

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    zjharvaultrauber

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    yeah i know....... i have'nt made these in a while, but if i did i was gong to do that

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    i made one of these, and i have to say dont use a mini 'Mega pocket scuba torch', for this :-P it was really hard to do it with a blow torch

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    !Andrew_Modder!

    11 years ago

    Cool!! BUT!! USE ACID FREE, LEAD FREE SOLDER!!!!!! (lead, and its burning fumes can cause cancer....eek!) I reccomend using the radio shack brand, or dutch boy :-)

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    _soapy_

    11 years ago

    In the EU (Europe) lead solder is now illegal, so we can play with all these toys without fear. I don't think the ban is that great an idea, as few come into contact with lead solder, but hey... If people start making these as toys and gifts, then perhaps it was prescient.

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    mever

    11 years ago

    i love these little guys, great instructable! This would be a nice project for anyone wanting to practice their soldering skills to. Soldering is not hard to do but the more you do it the better you get.

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    Jesus10555

    11 years ago

    or like what has been said a bunch of times, get lead free solder

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    impishsatyr

    11 years ago

    You could always dip them into the tool-handle-coating-liquid and see what you get. If I get around to playin' with this idea in the shop I'll let you know how it goes...

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    felonius

    11 years ago

    No *all* solder contains lead. There's a fair portion of lead free solder, which may cost a *little* more, is still not significantly expensive, and is approximately as maleable. They have to have lead free solder, how else would they solder drinking water pipes together? ;-)