The electrical plug. Most of you probably handle one of these at least once a day and you probably have a few spares lying around. Why not gather them all together and turn something boring into something awesome! A
blogger in Mie prefecture created some amazing figures made completely out of electrical plugs. By combining these everyday household items together, he was even able to make a robot! Check out his story and the process he went through to create this awesome Gundam-style robot and other animals and objects made completely out of electrical plugs.
There are many different kinds of electrical plugs in many different shapes, but the male and female parts are the same and should securely fit together regardless of the design of the plug itself.
^Male Electrical Plug
^Female Electrical Plug
If you have a lot of electrical plugs that all fit together, you can make some interesting things. It’s almost like you have a bunch of legos!
^This square plug is like a building block
Gather a lot of plugs
First, instead of buying a bunch of plugs, I decided to try and collect as many as I could (I didn’t want to buy something I could have just gotten for free).
The first thing I thought to do was to ask my friends. There are lots of houses with a few extra plugs lying around, right? With this in mind, I decided to use Twipla, an event notice board that works with Twitter, to send out a mass tweet to all of my friends and ask for their help.
…but, I didn’t get a single plug from any of my friends. I landed up buying some cheap ones off of amazon.
^WAA! So many plugs, what am I going to do with them all?
There is a wide variety of plugs, some of which are a little strange, so I’m going to go over each type that I bought.
^Plug with two female ends on the top
You see these types of plugs often. I figured I could use them for many different things, so I got a lot of them (they were also the cheapest).
These plugs can be moved in a variety of angles, which allows me to connect the plugs in many different ways.
There were also plugs that could move 360 degrees in a circle.
^This one already looks like a toy!
I don’t’ see any practical use for this one…maybe it’s meant to be a toy!
^Plug that can only have things plugged into it
As I gazed at the mountain of plugs, my mind was racing with ideas. I imagined what I could make: “If I put this one and this one together, it’ll look like this and then I can make that…” I felt like I was playing with legos.
Here’s the first thing I made:
^ It’s a bottle of Japanese sake.
Wait a minute! Don’t leave the page! Please! There’s better ones, I promise!
You can make a lot of things
^Alrighty, let’s play! (I promised to feed my friends if they came over)
My friends were surprised at how many plugs I was able to gather. They immediately started to fiddle around with each plug, trying to make different shapes.
First off, an abstract animal:
We couldn’t figure out what kind of animal it resembles, but you can’t deny that it looks like some kind of living creature.
It’s the same feeling when you’re playing with legos and you try to make an animal, but land up with some kind of indescribable creature.
^It’s a ghost
Alright, let’s move on to some more recognizable shapes.
^Claw game. I used moveable plugs, so the claw is fully operational.
Fixing Problem Areas
First, I had some trouble disassembling the plugs. I joined them together really tightly, so some were really hard to take apart. Putting the plugs together was easy and enjoyable, but taking them apart required a lot of effort.
Next, I have a complaint about the parts:
^The one on the bottom doesn’t even have a female plug!
^They only included half of the plugs on this one! It’s so hard to use!
Since the standard plugs that I gathered together were too bulky, they weren’t a hit with my friends.
Also, the plugs with cords attached to them were a little unwieldy and hard to use, but after a little creative thinking, I found an unexpected use for them. Thanks to the long chord, I was able to make mysterious animals:
^The Final Stage boss of a video game
The long chord animals look monster-like. There’s no doubt that if the above monster were in an RPG, he’d be a formidable opponent, using his chord-tentacles to strike.
Creating a Robot
My creative power reached its peak, so I landed up creating a robot. It was inevitable.
When I took a look at the shape of the plugs, I decided to try and make the robot symmetrical. I thought the moveable plugs looked a bit like arms and legs, so I connected them all together and they landed up looking a little bit like a robot.
^Starting to look robot-like
^Macho Robot (look at him flex!)
By connecting the plugs together, I was able to create an ideally shaped robot even without drawing out a design. Using the parts that I gathered and the momentum from making the previous figures, I was able to make this:
It’s a robot! An awesome battle ROBOT!!! It looks like Megazord from Power Rangers. This one robot is made out of 25 plugs that you can find around your house. The two socket holes on the head even look like the robot’s face. Now that I think about it, all of the pairs of socket holes look like faces…the entire robot is made of faces! Creepy!
^With moveable arms!
Becoming more robot-like
The plugs are completely white, which is a little boring (another complaint I have about using electrical plugs).
But on the other hand, since it’s all white, you can add any color you want. You can make a unique robot in any color!
^Just painting away.
I pretty much colored every plug. Here’s the final product:
I’m satisfied with the outcome!
^Stick ’em up!
^Blue wings that can freely move about.
^Don’t go touching the crotch!
^Standing on solid ground.
Source/Pics: Daily Portal Z