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Plastic Bottle Bee by chaitanyak on July 28, 2010

Table of Contents License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Intro: Plastic Bottle Bee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 1: stuff you'll need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 2: start cutting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 3: cut the legs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 4: Optional: longer back legs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 5: cut the wings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 6: locking the abdomen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 7: locking the back flap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 8: painting: base coat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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step 9: done! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) Intro: Plastic Bottle Bee Make a cool Bee decorative model out of an old plastic bottle!

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step 1: stuff you'll need 1)old plastic bottle.. i used a gatorade bottle coz it was all i had left in the house this week :) you can use any 500ml bottle(works best with smal bottles) 2)scissors 3)paint as required. i used acrylics, but you can use enamel or a spray can

step 2: start cutting 1) cut off the bottom. 2) make one vertical cut down the middle(see pic)

step 3: cut the legs UPDATE: I realised that it could have longer(more accurate looking) back legs by making some trickier cuts.. if thats what you want to make then skip this step and go to the next step. draw a triangular shape.. this will be the chest area.. the legs will come next.. then 3 legs on either side.. see pics and further instructions on the pics

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Image Notes 1. chest/thorax whatever you want to call it.

Image Notes 1. leg 1 starts here 2. leg2 3. leg3

Image Notes 1. leg 1 foldsed out..

Image Notes 1. leg1 folded forward..

Image Notes 1. these two legs can be left pointed outwards.. just let the third one point a bit to the back

Image Notes 1. do the same here

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step 4: Optional: longer back legs NOTE: This can be a difficult step for some of you, as cutting these shapes is a bit tricky (especially in small bottles).. if you find it tough, avoid it and go back to the previous step with the simpler legs draw a triangular shape.. this will be the chest area.. the legs will come next.. then 3 legs on either side.. For longer back legs.. basically you have to cut the back legs differently (see pics) the rest of the instructable stays the same.. regardless of wether you do short or long legs.

Image Notes 1. chest/thorax whatever you want to call it.

Image Notes 1. the back leg is longer, so cut this "L" shape

Image Notes 1. fold them out.. and they should look like this.. if not just fiddle with the fold a bit.

Image Notes 1. might have to make a fold here to make it point the right way 2. might have to make a fold here to make it point the right way

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step 5: cut the wings first cut a long strip.. all the way from where the wings will start to the end.. see the first pic for the shape.. this will be the back.. see pics for more details

Image Notes 1. wings will start from here.. (this will be where they will stick out from) 2. wing starts here 3. try and maintain this shape, coz it will help in the end when we do some "locking slits"

Image Notes 1. wing shape.. 2. don't make this space (between the two cuts) too thin..

Image Notes 1. fold outwards 2. fold outwards

step 6: locking the abdomen this is the tricky part.. we need to "lock the two abdomen flaps so that it makes the model more sturdier.. see images for detailed description. will add diagrams to make it simpler to understand. note: if your having trouble, just skip this step and use sticking tape to stick the abdomen flaps.

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Image Notes 1. draw two line like this 2. the goal is to overlap and attach these two flaps.. to make a stronger and narrower abdomen

Image Notes 1. make a slit here 2. and a slit here

Image Notes 1. difficult to see, but the two flaps have overlapped, and the two slits are interlocked

Image Notes 1. i made a simpler single slit on both flaps.. a little towards the end, and interlocked it here too

step 7: locking the back flap this is where we add some finishing cuts and then lock all the loose ends.. first start with the side profile, and cut the back pointy bits off.. try and get that silhouette in the first pic.. note: again, if your having trouble, just skip this step and use sticking tape to stick the abdomen flaps to the top flap.

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Image Notes 1. taper it off gradually.. 2. discard these bits

Image Notes 1. now you have this flimsy flap between the wings.. 2. and this abdomen bit..

Image Notes 1. add a slit here.. try and make them both parallel to the base 2. add a slit here

Image Notes 1. then pull this down and interlock it to the slit on the abdomen bit.. on either side

Image Notes 1. if you have to .. make newer cuts on the lower flaps.. so that when interlocked.. its nice and tight.. alternatively just use sticking tape if you want to.

Image Notes 1. done! all locked and ready to go

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step 8: painting: base coat as usual i like to put a base coat of white.. so that all my colors really "pop" note the wings - you can either paint em or leave em transparent(with some detailing) like i did in the right wing. now once the base coat is dry, go ahead and slap on whatever colors you like.. and for final touches/detailing you can use a marker.

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step 9: done! Thats it! i hope you enjoy it!

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Image Notes 1. looks pretty good transparent too.. but difficult to photograph :(

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