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Wire Scorpion
by OniTora on June 7, 2007 Table of Contents Wire Scorpion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: Wire Scorpion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 1: Gather wire and build tail- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 2: Adding legs- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 3: Build body- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4: Building legs- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 5: Building mandibles and 'arms'- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 6: Trim and bend- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 5

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Intro: Wire Scorpion
Some time ago I saw a wire scorpion for sale in a souvenier shop. Fascinated, I bought one, determined to figure out how to build my own. Many trials and errors later, I figured it out. I'm not sure this is exactly how the "proffesional" one was made, and there is a bit of room for improvement, but this is definately a guide to get started. Materials needed: Soft wire (20g from WalMart's craft section in this case) Wire snips Pliers (to aid shaping) Now, lets go through my first instructable.

Image Notes 1. Wire snips and pliers 2. 20g WalMart craft wire 3. Example scorpions

Step 1: Gather wire and build tailIf using 20g wire, cut 14 pieces of wire 7inches(17cm) long. If using thicker wire, allow a little more length. (less for thinner wire) Gather 6 pieces of wire together, find the middle, and wrap 1 strand around the rest. Repeat until two wires are left uncoiled. Twist these to the end. To twist wire, bend wires to make a 90 degree angle, place between thumb and finger, and twist, making sure to keep wire at 90 degree angle.

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Step 2: Adding legsBend the remaining 8 pieces of wire in half, these will be your scorpion's legs. Begining at the end of the coil (middle of the bundle), wrap the end of a bent wire around the bundle (see picture to clarify), and pull tight. Repeat for all 8 wires. Be sure each wire crosses in the same order (ie: left over right or vice versa).

Step 3: Build bodyFlip scorpion over, and... How to explain...? Take the furthest 'back' pair of wires, and wrap them 'forward' over eachother (make sure the are each in the same order again), and then around the bundle again (see pictures to clarify). Repeat 7 times.

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Step 4: Building legsFlip scorpion over again, and twist together pairs of legs.

Step 5: Building mandibles and 'arms'Take remaining 6 wires, and seperate into 3 pairs. The bottom most pair, top left most pair, and top right most pair. Twist the top right pair together, and the top left pair as well.

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Step 6: Trim and bendCut legs, tail, arms, and mandibles to appropriate lengths, and bend into desired pose. If you want, take the suggestion of another Instructable I saw, and dip it in PlastiDip for a bendy toy scorpion. Enjoy!

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aleluky says:

Jan 20, 2011. 1:09 PM REPLY hi i want to know how I can make a spider with wire, because I have tried and not come out. anyone can put as is done step by step? thanks!

rednivarpuff says:
thanx!

May 5, 2010. 12:35 AM REPLY

garyflann says:
they are so cool. i have to know how they are made . i am goimg to make me one

Feb 4, 2010. 10:06 AM REPLY

Mirage_662 says:

Jan 14, 2010. 7:42 AM REPLY You can make the tail look more real if you put spaces between the wire wrapping. Every time you use a new wire leave 1/8" space.

laccerbero says:
gracias viejo por severo aporte

Jan 3, 2010. 5:06 PM REPLY

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superhubbardman says:
ditto

Aug 31, 2009. 10:22 PM REPLY

dragonsniper says:
wicked

Aug 4, 2009. 5:50 PM REPLY

Dr. Tarantula says:
yes can u please speculate

Aug 2, 2009. 8:52 PM REPLY

jdogsbart says:
In the second "stanza" what do you mean, i dont understand

Jul 31, 2009. 2:00 PM REPLY

ward2u says:
Wonderful, Wonderful thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssss'

May 3, 2009. 3:54 PM REPLY

ruckerr says:

Feb 20, 2009. 5:59 AM REPLY Here are my copy attempts...annealed wire, with a copper wire in the middle...spider, horned toad and tarantula. I used river rocks as base inside spider's abdomen.

bowmaster says:
I'm totally going to sell these.

Feb 5, 2009. 5:14 PM REPLY

weloveclover says:
got confused at stage 2 and tried going only to fail even more

Dec 8, 2008. 11:49 AM REPLY

jacobzman says:
do not give up

Dec 19, 2008. 5:33 PM REPLY

weloveclover says:
I didn't and i did so well i have worked out how to make giant tarantulas so watch this space for an Instructable XD

Dec 25, 2008. 8:16 AM REPLY

goosezilla says:
Very fun!

Dec 6, 2008. 10:49 AM REPLY

nando86 says:
this looks a bit difficult

Dec 6, 2008. 10:02 AM REPLY

zeppo7 says:
wire art Hello M F here is a link to my wire art page

Oct 16, 2008. 2:50 PM REPLY

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punkinsed says:
How do you make the green mantis? It is awesome!!!!

Oct 19, 2008. 11:58 AM REPLY

zeppo7 says:
Thank you, I will post pics on how to do it as soon as i can

Oct 19, 2008. 6:29 PM REPLY

bowmaster says:
That. Is. So. Cool!!!!!

Oct 19, 2008. 12:46 PM REPLY

punkinsed says:
How do you make the green mantis? It is awesome!!!!

Oct 19, 2008. 12:00 PM REPLY

jgrv_404 says:

Jan 24, 2008. 8:29 PM REPLY when i was little my dad made all kinds of animals with wire, giraffes, poodles, scorpions.... well he taught me how to make them and this is how it came out. and i added a hook, to hang it up.

M F says:
looks like a lasso. giddyapp!

Oct 14, 2008. 8:14 PM REPLY

zeppo7 says:

Mar 7, 2008. 5:24 PM REPLY thanks for the great instructions I had a broken foot and was stuck sitting around allot so I started making them I took your same concept and created some other things like a spider,paying mantis,lizard,dragon fly,butterfly and even a deer.

M F says:
can you put up some pictures of them and a instructable? I'd like to make some of those too.

Oct 14, 2008. 8:13 PM REPLY

punkinsed says:
how do you make this?

Oct 4, 2008. 4:02 AM REPLY

MakerBreaker says:
This is my scorpion and dragonfly....i think its ok

Jun 3, 2008. 6:06 PM REPLY

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punkinsed says:
do you have instructions on how to make the dragonfly? It's awesome.

Oct 3, 2008. 9:57 AM REPLY

ernestoaug says:
artista

Sep 25, 2008. 7:36 PM REPLY

Jor2daje says:

Sep 22, 2008. 6:55 PM REPLY I love this project it is fun and relatively easy, the product is just awesome. Here is my first one it sorta sucks all I had was insulated wire, but it still turned out alright.

DemonDad says:
Great Tutorial!! My wife has one made at a local shipyard and yours looks just like it. Do you know of a spider like this?

Feb 25, 2008. 7:02 PM REPLY

Luki101 says:

Feb 6, 2008. 6:05 PM REPLY now all you have to do is solder a rumble motor on the bottom like the " wire spiders " instructable and you are ready to scare people with Arachnophobia.

toogood says:
cool! just goin off to try and make one (after breakfast:p

Jun 9, 2007. 1:36 AM REPLY

toogood says:
done! ive made 3 Scorpions and a dragon fly now my fingers hurt!!:-(

Jun 9, 2007. 7:53 AM REPLY

Xamu says:
Ooh! A dragonfly? That sounds cool. Got a picture?

Jun 15, 2007. 3:07 PM REPLY

toogood says:
hear is the dragonfly and a minny scorpion ,sorry about the wait:

Jan 5, 2008. 1:47 AM REPLY

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toogood says:
no sorry my camera lost the will to liv

Jun 17, 2007. 1:45 AM REPLY

gotja says:
umm yea icool i made a wire bee before i moved and i have no idea where it is lol

Oct 20, 2007. 10:49 AM REPLY

Sharn says:

Jun 17, 2007. 11:58 PM REPLY A friend taught me how to make these a couple years ago. He learned it from a pro at a fair. Anyway, his are slightly different. I think they look a little better, so I'll try to explain the difference. On the tail, instead of wrapping the wires around at the base, cut one a little ways up the tail, and wrap the very end around, cut the next up a little farther and wrap the end of it around too. Re peat until all the wires are used. It will gradually get smaller until only one wire is left. Just my little contribution. Hope someone makes one up and posts a pic, I don't really have a good camera. =\

OniTora says:
I thiiiiiink I know whatcha mean. I'll give it a whirl, see what I come up with. I'll post a pic if anything good comes of it. -=Nash=-

Jun 18, 2007. 3:28 AM REPLY

pyro13 says:

Sep 14, 2007. 1:45 PM REPLY hey man, i finally got the wire dragon instructable up! the only down side is that i couldnt find my digital camera to take high quality pictures. hopefully i will be able to fix those soon... but still look at it! Jul 20, 2007. 4:29 PM REPLY Hey! i sat down with some wire and got creative... and made a dragon! it uses the same concept and steps as yours, so i wanted to get your permission before a post an instructable on it. please get back too me!

pyro13 says:

OniTora says:
Of course! Have at! I can't wait to see. -=Nash=-

Jul 21, 2007. 10:07 AM REPLY

Mr. Rig It says:
Nice and crafty, thanks for th instructable, i will have to give it a shot.

Sep 9, 2007. 10:37 PM REPLY

themasteroftheuniverse says:

Jul 2, 2007. 12:54 PM REPLY also i have found that you can make your lengths longer and when making ribs/legs go over twice istead of once it makes the scorpion have more depth and plus it just looks meaner

pyro13 says:
how much longer do you make them?

Jul 6, 2007. 1:08 PM REPLY

themasteroftheuniverse says:
i made my lines about 8.5-9in long ill post pics when i get them

Jul 6, 2007. 4:38 PM REPLY

pyro13 says:
also, do u know how to make dragons or crickets?

Jul 6, 2007. 6:59 PM REPLY

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themasteroftheuniverse says:
no i made a ghetto dragonfly and it looks like crap though

Jul 7, 2007. 1:49 AM REPLY

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