Mink Toilet

About: Artist, Woodworker, Laser Marquetarian www.christyoates.com

I wouldn't use this toilet for its intended purpose when you're done... ew, but it makes a great conversation piece in your living room!

My mink toilet is in response to Meret Oppenheim's Object piece, a fur-covered cup and saucer which takes the functionality away from the object.  More information on that piece here: http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=80997

To make this fabulous mink toilet, you only need a few tools:

Toilet (preferably new or at least scrubbed clean!)
3M Spray 77
A fur coat 

1. Find the perfect fur coat at a thrift store. The one I used was long-sleeved and shin length.  I had a little bit left over after covering the entire toilet, including the back and seat.  I got mine for $30 - it had a big stain on the front, so it was perfect for my "commode" project.

2. The basics of this project are fit, cut, glue, fit, cut, glue... there's no pattern to follow, and no sewing.  I started with large pieces on the back and other straight areas of the toilet, and used smaller pieces to fit around the bowl. Just fit, cut, and glue as you go along.

3.  To adhere the fur to the toilet, use your spray 77 and spray the area on the toilet and the fur at the same time, wait a few minutes and stick it on.  Make sure you read the directions on the can.

4.  Also be sure to mask off already glued areas with masking tape or paper as you don't want to get over-spray all over the fur.

5.  This is a messy job - you will have fur everywhere by the time you're done, so I would suggest doing this in an easy-to-clean area.

6.  When your mink toilet is finished, it's best to mount it to the floor with some screws, or at least some sort of board or pedestal so it doesn't tip over.  

7.  When you have guests over, make sure you let them know this toilet is for sitting, not "going"

This instructable is entered in the Sew Warm challenge to win a sewing machine and serger; your votes are much appreciated!

I also have an instructable entered in the ShopBot challenge here, and other instructables posted under my profile.
More of my furniture and artwork is at www.christyoates.com



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    5 Discussions


    2 years ago

    This is stupid prdictable animal cruelty!


    2 years ago

    This is stupid prdictable animal cruelty!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I always asked for one and nobody even tried to make me one … Then you came !!!… LOL
    Thumbs up !…
    All readers of this post should visit christyoates website !!!…


    7 years ago on Introduction

    "I wouldn't use this toilet for its intended purpose when you're done... ew" I was thinking the same thing, when I saw the picture. Nice conversational piece. =)

    I would suggest pictures with the steps or a video presentation, like you have on the www.christyoates.com site.

    By the way.. the "The E-waste Project" is amazing!!

    1 reply

    Thank you. I should have taken process pictures, but too late now! Putting it up as an instructable was an afterthought...