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Step 5. Using the xacto knife whittle out a tail from a small dowel or twig. Look at the photo above of the pig parts. The tail piece is near the center and looks like a tiny dumbbell with two pointy ends. It should be only about 1/2 inch long. The other dumbbell-like parts in the photo are the ears and eyes. You can use painted on eyes to save some work. The center section of the tail piece should be skinny enough to fit loosely in the tail hole. the two ends should be slightly larger than the hole. Push one end of the tail into its hole. It should be snug and a bit hard to push in but not so large that it will not push through the hole. Once fitted in the hole, it should move around freely and should not be so long that it hits the bottom inside the nut. The idea here is that the tail and ears extend inside the nut so the fly will bump into them and cause them to move. They should move very freely but not fall out.
Step 6. Now you are ready to make the ears. you can see what they should look like in the photo above. They are also dumbbell shaped but the end that will stick out of the shell, is a little more spade shaped. Whittle the ears out of soft wood or popsicle stick and insert them into the ear holes the same as you did with the tail. Be sure they move freely when you blow against them.
Step 7. Carve a bit of cork into a plug for the nose and fit it into the opening. See the photo below. It should not extend very far into the shell or block the movement of the ears. Paint a mouth and nostrils on the plug and some silly looking eyes on the pig.
Step 8. Catch a housefly or small bug and put it inside the pig. See the page on catching a fly. Now sit back and enjoy the action. Keep your pig warm so the fly stays active. Don't forget to feed your hard working fly a drop of sugar water every day.
PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE OF FLIES .
REPLACE THE FLY EVERY DAY OR SO.
You can MAKE YOUR OWN FLYPIG by artificial means using the tools shown below in a few simple steps. Start with a good hard shelled pecan. The paper shell pecans are not strong enough and will break as you are carving them, I suggest that your first pig have only movable ears and tail with painted on eyes. This will save time and work.
Step 1. Using a countersink drill bit like the one shown below or a dremel tool, slowly make holes in the shell for ears, tail and legs. The holes should be no bigger than 1/8 inch in diameter. On one side of he nut you will have 4 holes for the legs and on the other side you will have 2 holes for ears near one end of the nut , and 1 hole for the tail near the other end of the pecan. you can make the holes much easier with a rotary tool using a tiny pointed bit.
Step 2. With an electric sander, file, or sanding block, carefully sand away the pointy end of the nut until you have an opening at least 3/8 inch in diameter allowing you to see the meat of the nut.
Step 3. Using a tiny screw driver or pick of some kind, carefully break up the meat inside the nut and shake it out. Do not pry against the side of the hole or you will break the shell.
Step 4. Using the xacto knife cut 4 short legs from a wooden match stick and glue them into the 4 leg holes. Do not let them extend very much inside the nut. Here's what they should look like.
This is how we make our flypigs "the old fashioned way " here at FLYPIG.US
Not intended to be made by children
Parts you will need to make
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How the legs attach
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