Octopus Bun Cover

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Octopus Bun Cover by IWorkInPixels Oct 28, 2011

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We made this curved octopus for a sculpture at our hackerspace, and one of our artists added a paintbrush and started wearing it on her hair. I posted it to Facebook that night, and had a bunch of girls tell me "I WANT ONE!", so here it is on Thingiverse. :)

I will eventually edit 2 opposing tentacles to be closed loops for holding a chopstick, but for now the original octopus STL works just fine.


1: Size up octopus STL to as big as will fit on a Cupcake's build platform. You might go a bit larger to get beefier tentacles if you'd like.

2: Get a roundish, heat resistant object to form the finished product with. We used an antique light bulb, but an old metal doorknob might also be a good choice, as you can probably heat up the doorknob.

3: Begin VERY slowly heating up the octopus with your heat gun until the tentacles droop down and conform to the shape of your round thing. This should take a very long time... if you do it too quickly you risk completely melting some of the thinner sections of the tentacle, or ending up with a 90 degree bend in the middle of one of them.

3.5: Paint it. (optional)

4: Place over bun and secure with a chopstick, paintbrush, or whatever.

5: Get ready for all the "Where did you get that?!" questions that you're going to get from strangers.

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it looks great and i would like to make one too. only thing i do not like is that it is rather low poly. That is a shame. is it possible to post it with nicer curves? But for the rest. great design

I just printed one of these with a nice thick brim, on a printrbot simple metal, and it came out great. I left the brim inside the tentacles to close them off, making them less likely to tangle my wife's hair. I bent the opposing tentacles for the pin with a hair dryer.

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Print with PLA 1.75
Print with brim or raft
very beautiful part!

Derp! Yeah, looks like the file got deleted somehow... The file is just the Bucket O' Octopi file, so I will re-upload that one post haste!

Ok... the download is repaired! You may download, print, and heat-gun!

not sure if it is just me, but the STL file wont download and takes me to an error page?

i would LOVE to print this if theres any way it can be fixed!


i just made one and can confirm that it's really really cool. Please do make the loops happen soon. Mine turned out a bit weak and would benefit from both the loopy tentacles and really, from thickening all of the tentacles about 2-3mm for sturdiness. It'd add a few more layers and a bit more time to the printing, but it would ensure that when removing it from the (necessary in my case) raft, the tentacles don't get damaged. Nice work!