Straw Shrimp

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About: I'm a stuff maker. Sometimes I nail it, sometimes I don't, but I keep moving forward. I'm in a constant seek for new materials and technics to use in further projects.

Intro: Straw Shrimp

I'll show you how to make a shrimp out of a bending straw. Its very simple and takes less than five minutes to make it.

Step 1: Materials

you are going to need only three things:

* A bending straw
* Scissors
* A permanent marker

You also are going to need to know the parts of the straw, check the second image to do so.

* Every time it says UP we are talking about the external side of the straw, and the inner side everytime says DOWN.

* The reference point is always the bending of the straw. Its easyer if you work with the straw on the straight possition rather than with a bended one. Its up to you how to use it.

Step 2: Tail

we'll start making the tail because its easier. For this part de are going to use the shorter staw and we'll cut as shown un the image. Then we'll fold out the tail and fold again following the lines in orange on the picture. Don't use the marker on this step.

Step 3: Head

This step is a little tricky but its really easy. Whithout using marker cut as shown on the image the larger part of the straw.

Use the marker to draw the shrimp eyes.

Step 4: Vend

At this point you can bend the straw, doit carefully, if you did right the previous step you don't want to ruin your work by pulling too hard. Also the head is a little sharppie now.

Step 5: Final Step

You are done, you can use your shrimp to play in a glass of water or whatever.

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20 Discussions

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Waldemar Sha

1 year ago

Really nice. I'd like to see some other creatures like this.

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xxlauraxx

3 years ago on Introduction

Such a fun and clever idea. Thank you for documenting it so clearly and sharing!

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criztosfeatherwurm

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Thanks, its very kind of you. I just realized you can have a more realistic appearance if you cut the excess of the bending tube in diagonal to the tail, and also squeeze a little the shrimp by the sides to make it a little flat.

Hope you got fun doing your shrimps!!

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marbetucriztos

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Hi, i dont understand what you mean by cutting hte excess of hte bending tube in diagonal to the tail. Have you got a photo or sketch by any chance. Dying to try it with my kid. :-)

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criztosSunglowart

Reply 3 years ago

I think you can add some weight inside the shrimp since it is just a tube. like a little metal ball or even adding some cupper wire simulating the feet of the srimp.

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thunder_ir

3 years ago

great
I think it is real
goooood work

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Sunglowart

3 years ago on Introduction

Wow!! i couldn't have guessed it was made looks so much like a real shrimp.

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spunk

3 years ago on Introduction

This is awesome! I'll have to search for orange straws asap!

It'll be an great prank to fool my godchildren ;)

(BTW: You should add your instructable to the unusual uses contest, I think it fits the criteria. Good Luck ;) )

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eidylon

3 years ago

Very cool! ?

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wpredator

3 years ago

This is neat ;)