Make Fork Bugs (Magnets)





Introduction: Make Fork Bugs (Magnets)

I recently came into the possession of a lot of forks. Like, 30 or so. I had no idea what to do with them, so I started looking around online. I found lots of cool sculptures and models of animals made out of recycled metal, so I figured I'd give that a shot. While I didn't end up making a giant sculpture of a dragon, I at least had an idea to work with. After a little screwing around I came up with these fork bugs. I made a couple, and they're all unique; since each fork is slightly different, each bug has a different look to it.

Step 1: What You Need:

- A flat piece of metal (to make bending the tines of the fork easier; don't use a file like I did)

- A fork with four tines (prongs)

- Superglue

- A magnet

- Pliers (wrap the pliers in duct tape to keep from marking up the metal)

- A vise

- Soft jaws

Step 2: Bending the Tines

- First, straighten out the fork using the vise.

- Bend the outer two tines over so they are flat against the base of the tines and point towards the bottom of the fork.

- Clamp the fork in the vise just below the base of the tines and use the flat metal bar to bend the two middle tines out sideways.

Step 3: Bending the Shaft

- Bend the shaft back at it's narrowest point. Bend it so the shaft is centered behind the two middle tines.

- Bend the shaft down between and over the two middle tines so it is more or less centered between the two outer tines.

Step 4: The Legs and Antennae

- Use the pliers to bend the part of the two outer tines that extends past the base back at about a 30 degree angle (image 1).

- Use the pliers to bend the bottom 1/4 inch or so of each of the outer tines until it is parallel to the body of the bug (image 3 should help).

- Use the vise to bend the ends of the antennae straight out to the sides, or into a gentle curve.

Step 5: Adding the Magnets

- Glue a magnet to the back of the bug.

- That's it, you're done! Of course, you don't have to do it exactly like I did; I'd love to see whatever cool variations you can come up with.



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Neat idea. I've made three now. I bought a cheap set of forks so they're all similar but changing the antennae and body bends makes a noticeable difference.

And now to hide one in my parents' house next time I visit for tradition's sake. Last time it took them months to spot the clip-on budgie on the curtains. :)

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I've made a few more, and decided they suit the name "Scutleri". Seems to fit to my mind. :)

And yes, the bug did successfully hide on the side of a beam just above eye level for a couple of months.


A friend of mine made these 6-legged bugs with 2 antenna by combining 2 forks into a single sculpture! Nice hah? :)

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Wow, those look fantastic!

Interesting, I'll be keeping my eyes open at garage sales for different patterned forks. Thanks for the great design idea

Love this can't wait to try!!
Since we have 4 children...mostly older...i was always coming up short on silverware, so over the years have had many sets. Recently have purchased a new nice set, so I have several of the mis~matched to work with! Thank you for the tutorial!! Great idea!! :)

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Thanks! I'd love to see how they turn out!

Awesome idea I found ten cent forks and they go really nicely on our fridge! Thanks for the great idea!

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No problem! I'd love to see a picture!

For those that don't have forks laying around that could be used, check out a thrift store.

That's really cool! I voted for ya! Got any more stuff like this?

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Thanks a lot! I've got a few more ideas for stuff to do with forks, hopefully I'll be able to post something soon.

This is both clever and ingenious, not to mention WONDERFUL. Thank you for sharing.

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very clever idea! really like these, thanks for sharing!

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