Alexander Calder Mobile

By  Michelle Zimmerman  for  AMACO

size: 9"x7-1/2"

  • Alexander Calder Mobile


  • AMACO Friendly Plastic Metallic Solid, one stick each: green/blue, black/black, white/white; three sticks red/red
  • Plastic-covered wire: 5” length red, 5-1/2” length black, 10” length yellow
  • Plastic drinking straw


  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Aluminum foil
  • Bowl of cold water
  • 1. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Position plastic strips on cookie sheet. Bake plastic in oven at 200° for 15 minutes. (As plastic is heated, it becomes fluid and rounded.)
  • 2. For base of mobile, use two red sticks. After sticks are heated, push pieces together, forming base of mobile. See photo. Cut body shape from red sticks.
  • 3. For legs, cut red stick in half lengthwise, creating two small rectangles. See photo.
  • 4. Cut various-shaped triangles, pentagons, and squares from green, black, and white sticks. Position cut pieces on base of mobile. Return cookie sheet to oven to heat. Press shapes onto mobile. For feet, cut small triangles from black stick. Press triangles on bottom of feet. Reheat mobile, allowing feet to adhere to legs. Use scissors or craft knife to make cuts into mobile pieces so pieces fit easily together. See photo.
  • 5. After plastic has melted together, remove cookie sheet from oven. Pour cold water over melted plastic shapes.
  • 6. To assemble, measure and cut 5" red wire length, 5-1/2" black wire length, and 10" yellow wire length. Sandwich two white shapes and two black shapes on ends of black wire length. Sandwich two green shapes on one end of yellow wire length. Press red wire length and plastic straw on back of mobile base. Return cookie sheet to oven. Heat plastic for a few minutes until wire is attached and plastic begins to attach.
  • 7. Remove cookie sheet from oven. Pour cold water over melted shapes and wire ends.
  • 8. To attach, wrap yellow wire length around top of red wire length. Wrap end of yellow wire length around black wire length. To stand, adjust feet if needed.
  • Note
  • 1. This design is inspired by American artist, Alexander Calder's sculpture, Big Crinkly, which in on display at the rooftop sculpture garden at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Calder specialized in creating large sculptures and mobiles. For more info on Calder, visit!