Make Alexander Calder’s famous mobile.
by Todd Oldham | October 24, 2011
Alexander Calder was the king of mobiles. This center-hung mobile is a breeze to balance.
You will need:
- Assorted colors of adhesive foam
- 6 feet of string
- Wire cutters
- 2 wire hangers
Ask an adult to cut 2 hangers using wire cutters into 3 pieces each. 4 short and 2 long total.
Place two sheets of adhesive foam back to back. Cut through both layers of foam at the same time, making leaf-like oval shapes in various sizes. You’ll need a total of 12 pairs.
Remove the sticker from the back of the foam piece and lay a wire 1 1/2 inches in. Remove the sticker on the matching piece and stick the two together.
Match similar-sized foam shapes to the ends of each wire. Make a slight bend in the middle of each wire and stack them as shown.
Double-knot at the bottom of the wires, bend and trim. Tie knots around the wires every few inches, leaving 4 feet on the end for hanging. Adjust the balance by lightly bending the wires.
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