Here is how I made some bike taxidermy wall hooks from dead bike parts and wood.
I am now aware that Picasso made it first thanks to it being pointed out to me several times, I am sure he wouldn't mind people making their own versions and recycling dead bikes!
You will need:
Used inner tubes.
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Step 1: Get Some Old Handle Bars and Saddles.
Use your own dead bike, or ask your nearest community d.i.y. bike workshop, or nicest bike shop for their dead bits on the way to the scrappie's.
Step 2: Match Up the Handlebars and Saddles to Make Cool Horned Skull Shapes.
I am making three sets in one go.
Play around with making different pairs of handle bars and saddles until you get some good looking bull-like horned skull shapes.
Step 3: Fasten the Horns to the Saddles.
Turn each pair of handlebars and saddles over, and secure them together with cable ties. Snip the cable tie tails off.
This makes them pretty secure, strong enough to hang coats or helmets off of, for example. I have seen some bike taxidermy wall hooks used to hang bikes from, but I am assuming that the handle bars are welded together.
Step 4: Reinforce Cableties by Wrapping the Joins in Inner Tubes.
I can't express how much I love dead inner tubes.
I think hiding the cable ties is good, as it looks like it's all completely made out of dead bike bits, and it does give the fastenings a bit more strength. There will still be some movement in the handlebars though, that's why I'm not going to try and hang anything too heavy off the finished pieces.
Step 5: Make the Trophy Mount From Hardboard.
Get yourself some hardboard.
I wasn't too precious about the accuracy of the trophy shape, keeping the rusty d.i.y. wonkey vibe, I think it adds to the dead bike feel.
I made a rough template and drew it on the hardboard and cut it out with a jigsaw. I'm sure there's lots of Instructables about how to use jigsaws if you need that info.
Step 6: Fasten Your Horned Bike Skulls to Your Hardboard Trophy Shapes.
Again, don't be too precious, a bit of wonkeyness never killed nobody. I think.
I lined all the pieces up on the backings so they were more or less straight, marked a few dots either side, then drilled holes through the dots big enough to poke more cable ties through.
Step 7: Paint the Trophy Shape, and Mount Your Bike Taxidermy.
I painted my three hardboard bits silver, and fastened the skull shapes to the boards with more cable ties.
Then I hung them on the wall, with more lovely cable ties, and there they are!
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