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« on: November 18, 2008 09:54:16 AM »

Hi guys, first time poster.
Thought I'd share with you a couple of the creepy crawlies I make out of wire.

They're fairly easy to make if you have the patience. My first ones took me up to six hours, but now can womble through one with ease at about 2-3 hours.

The buggy one is about 7 inches long and 10 inches wide, and the dragonfly is roughly 12 inches long.
The wings are made from sandwich bags wrapped several times around a wire frame blasted with a heat gun. You cant really tell from the picture but it looks like layers and layers of the cobwebs you get in the corners of your ceiling sometimes!

I can't be the first one to come up with this idea, so would love to see if anybody has done anything of a similar vein?

Anyway, here they are!

And a teeny 3 inch across one. I sat on him by accident. He was engulfed by my bottom and it broke his back leg as you can see. I should fix him really.

Bit more detail how they are made, as requested by pizzacravings.
I have such trouble describing things - thought it would be better to draw it instead.
To see the higher res version so you can figure out what my scrabblely writing says click here http://fc86.deviantart.com/fs38/f/2008/324/4/c/tut_by_aimee_spoons_possoms.jpg

Thanks for looking.

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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008 10:00:20 AM »

Hey, I like the dragonfly.  There was a fellow who used to make something like this at a local outdoor market, only his were made from copper wire and some kind of cloth for the wings.  I think I like yours better.

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008 12:47:35 PM »

Hey - very cool - and yes, looks like it might require lots of patience!  I love all the little curly-q's!

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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008 06:52:38 PM »

WOW! those are pretty neat. I wish I had the patience to do something like that.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2008 07:31:24 PM »

i love love love the dragonfly! i grew up with a backyard pond and hundreds of them. and the dark wire makes them look amazing.

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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008 02:11:26 AM »

these look amazing! could you explain a bit of how you made them Huh the wings are awesome!

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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2008 06:58:58 AM »

Updated with another tiny bug, and a half arsed tutorial  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2008 10:11:10 AM »

I get it!Thank you! Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2008 07:46:47 AM »

OMG. These are blinkin' AWESOME!!!

And with a half arsed tutorial!!! Tongue

I like the little eyes on the 2nd bug. 
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2008 09:10:08 AM »

i used to make people figures this exact same way. come to think of it, i should try and do that again. Your bugs look great by the way. they'd look so nifty in a garden i bet. i think i'd expect them to walk off as i was looking at them.
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