Meet Malcolm the Mantis

Marlene KindredJune 13, 2012

Well, DH has been collecting materials for quite some time for his latest creation and finally had everything he needed to create our latest garden junk family member. We call him Malcolm the praying mantis! He stands about 4 1/2 feet tall and we have him in the pines to welcome visitors. He's made of a variety of things...an old bike seat for his head, a huge glass bottle for his belly and old glass light fixture globes for his neck. His body is from old tractor parts, plumbing fittings and corrugated roofing. His wings are topped of with another pair of the great swirlies I found at the dump over a year ago. His eyes are two cooking spoons donated from my kitchen.

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cnm1(6 Oh)

OH MY!! That is just amazing!!!!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2012 at 9:28PM
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sunnyca_gw

Malcolm is the sweetest praying mantis & perfect color too! I find 1 occasionally in my yard & enjoy watching them. Against the law to kill one & who would want to, they kill the bad bugs!! He looks like the real deal!! Great job!! Jan

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 12:36AM
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tinfoilhat

That is FANTASTIC!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 1:45AM
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trashydj

oh he is so cool loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee him great job

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 5:34AM
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cnm1(6 Oh)

What is the serrated stuff attached to the rebar? Did your husband weld it together? In my dreams, this city girl will find everything to make one - umm- not likely:(

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 6:19AM
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luvs2click

Oh my! That is amazing! The bottle part is just fantastic - what a perfect find!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 8:10AM
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Marlene Kindred

Yes, his arms have old saw blades welded to them!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 10:25AM
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oldcrafty(8)

WOW>>>>>WOW>>>>>and WOW!!!!! He's awesome.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 11:37AM
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diggery(z8)

I was prepared for 'amazing' but this is SPECTACULAR! Love Malcolm! Methinks dh has outdone himself this time. Now, if only Malcolm would fly away to my house, lol.

blessings,
~digger

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 11:44AM
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toomuchglass(5)

wow ........that is BEYOND cool ....

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 11:47AM
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marylee_2010

Marlene, Marcolm is marvelous and so is your husband for creating such an amazing mantis. Marylee

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 2:16PM
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jeannespines

WOW! Malcolm is HUGE ... AMAZING ... & I am above his 'color' right now w/envy! What an imagination...creativity...you & DH had for this one! Glad you ID'd some of the parts! That glass neck/throat area...ingenious! WOW! & another use for those recycled curly cues! LOL! TFS, marlene! Tell hubby,it's stupendous!!! Jeanne s.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:32AM
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nonacook(8bFL)

I LOVE him! What a great thing for your
DH to make for your garden. The mix of
glass and metal is awesome.
The preying mantis is one of my 'most'
favorite garden bugs. We had them when
I was growing up, but rarely seen in my
community now. I brought some from Indiana
(also brought walking sticks and
grandaddy longlegs)
and had them for awhile here, but haven't
seen one lately.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 8:44AM
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bookjunky4life(5 Central IL)

THAT is to die for! That is not garden junk, that is garden art! I definitely can find an old bicycle seat and we have ALL kinds of farm junk around, so I'll start searching, and my husband can weld. I agree that the color is perfect.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 4:13PM
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rosiew

One of the very best I've ever seen. Know y'all will love it for years and years.

Rosie, Sugar Hill, GA

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 8:22PM
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cnm1(6 Oh)

I showed this to people at work - they were VERY impressed. Actually I showed alot pictures from this site and people loved all ideas.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 9:40PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Good Job! He must be amazing to see in person!!!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 12:08PM
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jlily(Z6)

What a remarkable specimen! He is beautiful for a mantis. Such thought and care went into his making. TYFS Jlily

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 12:15PM
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tehuti

There is little left to say about this marvelous creation.
The first mistake I made when constructing a mantid was in the leg count (I gave him an extra set, not counting the "weapons" as a pair of legs). I am very impressed at the mix of materials. Excellent piece.

Robert

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 12:25PM
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kacram

so very cool!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 2:59PM
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bookjunky4life(5 Central IL)

Marlene- I am going to start collecting materials to try to build something similar to this. Can you provide me with the dimensions--lengths of the different body parts? I will probably be using different materials but want to get the proportions similar to your praying mantis, as I think it looks correct to the eye.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 12:57AM
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oldgraymare(4 WI)

I love it!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Marlene Kindred

Malcolm stands about 5 feet tall. His face is an old bicycle seat and his belly is a large glass bottle we found at Hobby Lobby. The bottle is about 24 inches tall and we went from there. We used pictures from the internet to gauge the rest of his body parts. My DH welded his skeleton together and we used light globes for his neck and saw blades welded together for his forearms. His eyes are old kitchen spoon utensils.

Hope that helps. We found it helpful to go from his belly size since that was the first piece we bought and we just kind of eyeballed the rest until it looked right to us.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 1:41PM
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lacensuch

I'm in love! Such a great sculpture.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 6:34PM
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ohtobedone

This creation is awesome!!!! Your a very lucky women!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 9:44AM
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freki(5a)

WANT!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 1:53PM
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tracey_nj6(6)

Wow, he's amazing!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 2:40PM
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kathyjb(8)

this is awesome. I wish my husband had time to weld something like this?

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 11:55PM
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