Happy (almost) Halloween from Robot Frankenstein.
I created him in my underground laboratory after developing a secret technique to impart life to non-living matter. Bwahaha.
In other words, I whipped him up in my basement craft room out of a bunch of thrifted junk. 🤣
Robot Frankenstein parts
Here’s what I started with:
- One small aluminum pail (head)
- One aluminum canister (body)
- One aluminum canister lid (jaw)
- Two Ikea Ekby Bjarnum shelf brackets (legs)
- Two cabinet pulls (arms)
- Miscellaneous bolts, nuts and washers
- Fiberglass screening (hair)
Making Robot Frankenstein
I got the idea to make Robot Frankenstein after I found the aluminum bucket, which, flipped upside down, looked to me like a blocky head with the spout being the nose. Then I found the canister lid that was the same diameter as the bucket, and I realized that if I stacked it under the bucket, it would create a jaw/mouth for the blocky head.
To attach the bucket head to the canister lid jaw, I drilled two holes through each …
… and bolted a hinge through the holes.
The hinge kept the two pieces connected while also allowing me access to the inside of Frank’s head during the rest of the building process.
Next, I drilled holes into the sides of the head …
… and screwed some rusty bolts into the holes.
Now would have been a good time to attach Frank’s eyes if I knew what I was going to use for them. But since I didn’t, I started working on his body.
I was going to use the canister as Frank’s body and two cabinet pulls for his arms. To attach the pieces together, I drilled holes into the side of the canister …
.. and screwed the pulls into place with a bolt.
Next, I drilled a hole into the bottom of the canister (or the top of Frank’s body, depending on how you look at it).
Then I ran a bolt through the hole in the canister/body and through a pre-existing hole in the lid/jaw, securing it with a nut.
You can see what Frank was looking like once his head was attached to his body in the photo below.
Making Frank mobile
To attach Frank’s torso to his legs, I drilled a couple of holes through the lid/jaw and canister/body …
… and also through the center of each of the shelf brackets/legs.
Then I placed the shelf brackets inside the canister and lined up the holes …
… running bolts through them and securing them with nuts.
With the legs attached, my little creation was really starting to look like a Robot Frankenstein.
A Frankenstein-ian face
I raided my husband’s hardware stash to find pieces to use for Frank’s eyes.
To attach them, I drilled holes into the front of Frank’s head.
Then I stacked the hardware pieces and screwed them into place.
Next, I found a sawtooth hanger to make a scar with, attaching it with tiny screws.
Here’s what his scar looked like:
Putting hair on his head
Finally, I decided Frank needed hair. After racking my brain to come up with an industrial material that would match Frank’s character, I decided on window screening.
Sadly, I didn’t have any on hand, so I had to go out to a real store (as opposed to a thrift store) and pay retail for it. Ugh. As a general rule, I try to use only secondhand materials when making junk assemblages, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
To turn the screening into hair, I traced around the top of Frank’s head onto the mesh fabric, cut out the circle I had traced, and adhered it to the bucket with matte Mod Podge.
Then I cut off a long narrow strip of the screening and clipped triangle shapes into it.
I adhered the strip around the circumference of Frank’s head with Mod Podge.
Here he is with his hair attached:
I liked how he looked, but I thought he needed a little something extra yet — like an ID badge or serial number attached to his chest. So I dug through my crafts stash until I found the leftover numbers from the hardware organizer makeover I did last summer.
I made Frank number 31 in honor of Halloween.
He’s quite a handsome fellow, isn’t he? 😎 I debated if I should paint him green, but in the end, I decided I liked him just as he was.
He’s a little bit robot, a little bit monster — and completely his own man. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
20 Replies to “Robot Frankenstein assemblage from thrifted junk”
I like all your junk turkeys, but I love Frankenstein! He’s just great!
Thanks, Debby! It was a fun challenge to build something new this time.
Lisa, I LOVE your creativity – thrift junk Robot Frank is so stink’n adorable!
Thanks Marie. 🙂
I think Robot Frankenstein is perfect. I especially like the hair, the scar and the 31 ID badge, very inventive.
Thank you! I agree, it’s the little details that make him special and give him personality.
Love him! Very, very clever. You see junk so differently from the rest of us.
Thanks for the smile on my face.
He is so cute! I especially love his picture hanger scar.
Thanks! Initially my plan was to use a little piece of metal strapping for the scar, but the roll of it that my husband used to have hanging on a peg in his workshop had disappeared. The picture hanger was Plan B. In hindsight, I think the picture hanger was a better option. The sawtooth edge really looks like a jagged scar.
I love this idea, have quite a few old pots etc in the garage just waiting for an idea.
OMG, he is adorable!! I love him!
Can I hug him please. He is sooooooo cute Lisa. I love the way your mind works.
I never leave comments on blogs (I know I should) – but I just had to let you know how much I enjoy your blog, your off-kilter and very funny writing, and your flights of creative fancy! I appreciate your sharing it with the less-ambitious masses like me. Thx!
Thank you for your kind words, Lynn. So glad you broke your no-comments rule. 😊
I love your robot! So crafty, cute, and clever! I love his hair and his 31 badge! Pinning!!!
I love “Frank”, he’s adorable! Love your creativity! I also liked seeing your steps how you put him together.
Lisa, i have to say – this one takes the cake! this is the cutest lil’ monster i’ve ever seen!
what a creative, original idea… bravo!
Thanks, Deb. I have to say I was surprised myself when I saw how cute he turned out! 🙂
Great imagination and skill. I think it is really cute.