Hello, everybody. I am member of Instructables for few years now, but this is my very first instructable. I'm posting it so it can be entered in the UP! Contest and if you like it, give it a vote
My instructable is about wire sculptures made out of speaker cable. Also I intend of selling the sculptures in order to raise money for a 3D printer so you can leave a comment with what would you like me to make for you :D
Step 1: Tools and Parts
For tools you will need just some:
- Wire stripper
- Soldering iron
- Sloder and solder paste or flux (your choise)
- Small translucent ruler
- Helping hands
For parts, well... speaker cable, off course :)), some super glue, electronic parts, mecanical parts, bits and pieces that you will use for your sculptures
Also, being away from my workshop, I don't have my helping hands so I had to improvise some holers for the wire. If you have yours you can skip the next step.
Step 2: The Improvization
For this rig you will need:
- wood board
- 2 metal clamps
- small spring
- 3 or 4 screws
Found some scrap wood from an old cabinet, just perfect for my use :D
I've screwed one metal clamp on the board and I attached the spring to the other, then screwed the spring on the board. The distance between the clamps is yours to decide just remember that it determines the lenght of the wires that you will work with.
Step 3: Preparation 1
Ok, now that you have your rig or helping hands prepared it's time to get started!
Frist, you measure the distance between the metal clamps and cut the cable slightly shorter than that lenght.
Next, strip the wires and twist them tight.
Repeat this process until you think you have enough for your model.
Step 4: Preparation 2
After you have enough wires stripped It's time for the solder magic :D
Put one wire in the fixed metal clamp and close it firmly. take the other end and put it in the other metal clamp, the one with the spring. If you have cut the wires shorter, now the spring should be in tension and the wire should be straight.
Now apply solder paste or flux on the full lenght of the wire, next with the soldering iron apply the solder.
Step 5: Preparation Final
After you tin the wire, take it out of the clamps and clean the excess soldering paste with a cutter, then cut the ends with the pliers.
Repeat step 4 and 5 until you have all the wires done, then you're good to go!
Start bending the wires and soldering them to form structures, and let your imagination take over.
At this step I'll show you what I'm working on, a vintage war biplane. Keep in mind that it's work in progress :D