Here's to a first project post! Who wouldn't want an aluminum elephant sitting on their desk? I saw this little guy from Can Do Planes and was inspired.
He's not perfect, but it was a quick, fun project. And hey, it was a fun way to recycle.
My little guy:http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y165/cherrypineapple/DSC06267.jpg
If you want to make one, here's how I made mine (I winged the whole thing, and I know that's a workable method, too):
What you'll need:
- an aluminum can; soda pop, juice, beer can, whatever. And yes, you only need one
- needle nose pliers
- a pair of scissors; the aluminum cuts surprisingly easy. I used a pair of office scissors, but a pair of straight nail scissors would probably work best
- GLUE. I used some heavy duty do-it-all glue. Super glue would probably work just fine
- a needle large enough to poke a hole that your wire will fit through
- possibly a sharpie to write on the can. Or freestyle cut
- something to hold the pieces together. Crafting wire like some for jewelry would probably be best. I tried paper clips. Unless you are immensely patient, DON'T use these.
1. Puncture the side of the can near the base. Cut around the edge of the can near the bottom. Use the pliers to fold down the sharp edge into the can base, working around the circumference.
2. Draw your creature. Either draw it on a piece of paper for a pattern, making sure that you mind the length of the can, or freestyle cut on the can.
- Note: For the elephant, I only cut slits (rather than cut out the section between his legs) where the legs went up so I could bend the side to be his stomach.
- Note #2: Give his legs (or just back legs) a little more length so you can fold down a bit to glue to the base.
3. Flip your pattern (so you don't have to fold out the can bend) and cut out the second side of your creature.
3. Cut in any features. For my elephant, I cut a slit for the mouth.
4. Find a part of the can unused and cut out a rectangle that will fit into the base to hold up your critter. Mine fit that it didn't need any glue, but I had to trim it.
5. Create ears and tail (and whatever else). My tail was a thin strip and the ears were vague rounded triangles with the V cut in and then folded in half.
Bring your pieces together. Fold up the underbelly and glue the two flaps. Pinch together the trunk, poke holes in a few places and insert the wiring to hold it together. Poke holes for the ears and put those in, too. Then, at the top, thread wiring to connect the two sides with some room in between.
6. Cut out a piece for the top of the elephant. It will need to taper along the shape of your elephant. Free hand is probably best.
7. Glue/wire down all missing pieces, and you're set!
That's probably far more ridiculously detailed than necessary, but I hope that helps your aluminum animal endeavors. Phew! And it's a lot easier than it looks to bend and cut the aluminum, so just have fun with it!
I'd love to see if anyone creates any other fun creatures.