31_Cork bender

22 Aug

If you´ve broken a few toys trying to arrange them in strange postures, then this one is definitely for you.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

It will take you between 20 and 30 minutes. Easy, quick and really cool.

What you`ll need to make a cork bender:

_A few bottle corks. (Strictly speaking you need 3 but there are pieces of cork that are too hard to pass the wire through so it´s better to be prepared)

WARNING TO PARENTS: This toy might appear appealing because it encourages adults to drink a few bottles of wine. Please drink responsibly (or wait until the effects of the wine have disappeared before you decide to make the Cork Bender with your children)

_Steel wire

_Knife of cutter


_2 pins with a black top or 2 small brads to make the eyes.

How to make your Cork bender:

1. Using your knife or cutter, cut a piece of cork by half. The two halves will make the feet.

2. Cut 2 slices, about 6mm thick from another one. These are the hands.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

3. With the pliers, cut 3 pieces of wire, about 12cm, 15cm and 3cm long.

4.Get another cork to make the body of the Cork Bender; use the short piece of wire to pierce a hole all the way through the middle of the cork. This will allow you to pass a wire to make the arms.

5. Do the same, closer to the bottom of the cork, to make a hole for the wire that will make the legs.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

6. Pass the 12 cm long wire through the hole in the middle of the cork.

7. Pass the 15 cm long wire through the hole closer to the bottom.

8. Insert the 2 slices of cork at the end of both ends of the top wire.

9. Insert the 2 halves of the first cork you cut into the ends of the longer wire.

10. Bend both ends of the bottom wire -the legs- down to make the Cork Bender stand. Arrange the arms any way you like.

11. Get the 2 pins or brads and push them into the body of the cork to make the eyes of your character.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte


Now you can make your Cork Bender sit down….

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

… or make a head stand

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

… all bend back

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

… lie down

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

…or whatever you like ….

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

You can still get creative: what would a dog bender look like? or a giraffe?

Happy bending!



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