The Burnt Out Pigeon (metal-trash Art)




About: Let's all do some off grid living to stick it to the 'man,' man!

-   Ever found yourself rummaging through your trash? Do you have some sort of creative cell in your brain? Dou you have a pile of nails, paperclips, wire, or other metal detritus? If "YES!" or even "yes..." was your answer to any of these questions, then you can bend and shape this metal into creative or just plain insane peices of art. 

-   In this Instructable I will show you how to make a simple metal-trash art pigeon. There is no welding, braising, soldering, gluing, or melting of any kind in this build... Just bending and twisting.

-   Some people would say that technically "aluminum (aluminium) is not a metal, it is a metaloid", then I counter with "aluminum is being used as a metal for building/artistic purposes."

-   All of the materials in this project can be substituted for other materials to make it free to build! It doesn't have to be a pidgeon eather.

-   As always, if you somehow find a way to harm yourself or others in the act of metal-trash art making or you creation ever harms someone, I take no responibility for your actions or the consequences.

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Step 1: Tools, Materials, + Safety

-   Tools for metal trash art very for what you are planning on making, but for this project all we need are some pliers for bending, some nippers, and some scisors.

-   Materials needed for your personal metal-trash pigeon are:
     >One light bulb (incandescent, unless you want to make some crazy looking birds) burnt out or not.
     >About 5 paper clips
     >An aluminum welding rod
     >aluminum foil

-   Safety for this project basically is close your eyes when you are using the nippers. If you need to use those little rounded over safetyscissors, then do so.

Step 2: Step One

Materials needed for this step:
     -light bulb
     -aluminum welding rod

Tools needed for this step: 

Bend one end of the welding rod around the light bulb following the skrew. Leave a little at the end to be made into the beak (see photo).

Step 3: Step Two

Materials needed for this step:
     -The assembled part

Tools needed for this step:
     -The pliers you chose for bending

Putting the pliers between the welding rod and the light bulb, bend the welding rod around the shape of the light bulb in sections. Once you get to the top of the light bulb, bend the rod away from the light bulb to form the tail and trim it to size (not shown in the photo).

Step 4: Step Three

Materials needed for this step:
     -The paper clips

Tools needed for this step: 
-The pliers you chose for bending

Un-bend the paperclips. You could use your hands, but it's alot easier to use the pliers so that when you scweeze the handles, the paperclip forms a near strait line. Then use the pliers to bend the paperclip wire into feet.

Step 5: Step Four

Materials needed for this step:
     -The assembled peices

Tools needed for this step:

Loop each leg around the welding rod and twist the ends together. Bend the legs so that the project stands on its own.

Step 6: Step Five

Materials needed for this step:  
     -The part of the welding rod you trimmed off
     -The assembled part

Tools needed for this step:

Bend the part of the welding rod you trimmed off (if the isn't enough then use your "mind's eye") in half to form a 'V' shape. Then, using pliers, wrap to paper clips like wat's shown in the photo to make an 'X' shape. This part will be the main "bone" structure of the wings. Then twist the ends of the paper clips till the "wings" are tight to the light bulb. Wrap the part you just twisted around the welding rod (photo 3).

Step 7: Step Six

Materials needed for this step:
      -Aluminum foil
      -The assembled part

Tools needed for this step:

Cut same-size triangles of aluminum foil for the wings (and optional tail). Attach the aluminum foil to the "bone structure" of the bird by folding the ends and then the long side of the tin foil around the welding rod. If you want to you could add some paperclips to the short side of the aluminum foil triangles.

Step 8: Fin.

That's it! take some twisty ties and tie a bunch of these things to plants, planters, wire, and fences all around your garden! If you end up making a lot of these Burnt Out Pigeons please show me a picture cause I would love to see.

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    this is really prettyful =) and i am utterly in to turning metal waste into peice of art.
    please check my post hereunder and let me know your thoughts on my attempt of reusing and upcycling old electric random parts:
    all the best