Metal Peacock Made Of Spoons And Other Metal Things Found At Home
Peacocks aren’t terribly metal, but this university student made one worthy of a rock album cover. What’s more, she used only found metal and spent just $50. Going by “liddlenomnom” on reddit, this gal from Northern Michigan University, made the metal peacock as her final project, spending over 120 hours in total. Spoons, 1300 feet of wire, a portable vegetable steamer, and a gravy boat were all consumed in the process. The result is a bird that weighs 23 pounds, with a whopping 9 pounds just for the tail. The tail is so heavy that it has to be attached to the pedestal and not the bird.
Liddlenomnom was very happy for the oppornity to make the bird, since the idea had been haunting her for two years.She felt that she finally had the skill to do it, and the school facilities greatly helped, too. Liddlenomnom is now planning to show the peacock at the ArtPrize exhibition, after which she might sell the bird. $3000 is her ballpark estimate after all the time, material and workshop hours are accounted for.
We probably would have lopped off our fingers three hours into the process.
More info: reddit.com
” The start of a feather!” The start of everything..
“The spoons were brazed to the wire teardrops.”
“Here I realized how much longer each strand would need to be and just how much wire I as going to be using… “
“I spent about two hours arranging spoons and handles, trying to figure out the layout I liked best. I settled on this one…”
“After much searching, I finally found the perfect head: a gravy boat!”
“Starting to shape and attach the neck pieces. These were just tack welded on with the wire-feed”
“The neck is done and the entire thing is finally wrapped.”
“FINALLY! Never again.”
“For anyone wondering what it looks like up a peacock’s butt. Those are all rivet backs and washers.”
Success!! I was slightly afraid that 3 drywall screws would not hold the weight and cantilever pull of the tail but it held in this spot for 4 days and passed the test.
“This really started out as a hobby but with the fun I’m having and the interest it has gained just from the show, I’m certainly going to continue my work once I get the necessary tools and studio space I need.”