Piranha Deadly Art


Piranha

Artists create deadly animal art. Mike and Michelle grab their power tools and create a pack of metal piranhas, but will they be good enough for Steve's Deadly Art Gallery?


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I'm Steve Backshall, and this is Deadly Art.

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I'm lucky enough to travel the world tracking deadly animals.

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But in this show, I'm picking 25 of my favourites.

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I'm challenging my team of deadly artists to recreate a killer moment.

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You'll get to make some art yourself.

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And in the final show, my team and I are going to choose which animals

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will make it into my Deadly Art gallery.

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This is no ordinary art show, this is Deadly Art.

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On today's Deadly Art,

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I get in the water with one of the planet's most lethal fish.

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I'm in piranha-infested waters!

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My team of artists recreate another killer piece of art.

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Mike, check out this tail.

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And you can get creative too.

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So, what are we looking at today?

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These frenzied feeders have a fearsome reputation.

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They've even starred in Hollywood blockbuster movies.

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Meet the piranha.

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A predatory fish with a deadly bite and large razor-sharp teeth,

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they can be up to 30cm in length,

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and have been known to attack almost anything

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they find struggling in their waters.

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So, can our artists capture the deadly nature

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of this ferocious fish?

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Time to meet today's team.

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Hey, I'm Mike. I'm a cartoon artist,

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and there's nothing I like more than turning my drawings into stencils

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and making them deadly.

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I'm Michelle, and I just love being creative.

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I'm all about getting stuck in and making stuff.

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In a moment, the Deadly crew and I go searching for piranhas

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in the wetlands of Argentina.

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But first, here's the killer moment I want our artists to capture.

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No prizes for guessing what the first of my essential elements are.

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Teeth. The piranhas' teeth are set in powerful jaws,

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and their top and bottom set interlock,

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giving it the ability to tear and rip flesh.

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Shoals. Piranhas attack in fierce and frenzied groups.

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They send out signals and copy each other's actions.

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They could be considered the deadliest fish in the world,

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as they can take on animals much larger than themselves.

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And finally, speed.

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It's often said that a large shoal of piranhas

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can tear apart a cow in minutes.

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So along with their teeth and teamwork,

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this superb speed is one of their main weapons.

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So, Mike and Michelle, good luck!

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Mike, check this out. For such a small animal, these guys are fierce.

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And the way they hunt in packs, you have to represent that shoal.

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And somehow show that feeding frenzy of those ferocious teeth.

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How about we have some meat that they're shredding?

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-That would be deadly. I like it!

-Let's do it.

-OK.

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Time for some more Deadly Art.

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How about we use metal as our main material?

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Yeah, that could be good for the scales and the sharp teeth.

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Brilliant.

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If we're going to use metal, these nails will be useful.

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Now, this metal's great cos you can cut it,

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you can bend it into different shapes to create the 3D models.

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Yeah, but first we need to draw our individual body shapes

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on a bit of paper, then transfer to the metal later.

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-Cool, I'll start with the head.

-I'll start with the body.

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I'm thinking, if we're going to do bending,

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we might need to do lots of tabs and slots, is that right?

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These teeth will look so ferocious, especially with the metal.

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-They'll look razor-sharp.

-Definite.

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It's all going to come together brilliantly, I'm sure. But now,

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let's go to Argentina where I'll get uncomfortably close to a piranha.

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Yay, good catch!

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I'm now about to show you one of the most awesome sets of gnashers

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you'll ever see in the animal kingdom.

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Hopefully, without losing one of my fingers.

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Oh, ooh!

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Ah, look at those!

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The teeth are fiercely, fiercely sharp.

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They interlock with the teeth on the upper jaw, here,

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forming a vicious...trap

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that it uses to munch into other fish

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and animals that are unlucky enough to be struggling in these waters.

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'To show you just how sharp their teeth are...watch this.'

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Did you see how it went through that?

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That was like a chainsaw through chocolate.

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That's what I call sharp.

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More piranha chomping later.

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How are Mike and Michelle getting on with their piranha art?

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Now that we have all of our paper templates cut out,

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we're using a sharpened nail to score our shapes onto the metal.

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Remember, our artists are trained professionals.

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Don't attempt any of the techniques you see in this big art challenge.

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You know what's great about cutting out these individual body parts?

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It'll make our piranhas flexible, which will help us

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-when we make our shoal later.

-They'll look fantastic.

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I think so.

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Well, I've scored all my shapes so it's time to start cutting.

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That's what we like.

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Deadly Art's all about extreme power tool action.

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I'm sure it'll look fearsome. Now here's Mike,

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with some art work you can do at home.

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As ever, this is all about shapes.

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So grab your pencil, and let's start with a big half-circle

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in the middle of our page.

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Add in a triangle for the top fin, for the side fin,

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and one last triangle at the bottom.

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Add in a big eye, a big circle in the middle.

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Another half-circle for the other eye. In the middle,

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just below our eye, we're going to add in one line, bring it back.

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That's the jaw. We'll switch to our black marker

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and add in all the deadly details.

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Go back over the pencil line, give it a wave shape.

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Add in a few spines.

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Do the same thing for this side fin.

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At the bottom, we'll add in a zig-zag scratchy line

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and colour it in.

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OK, let's go over to the eye. Nice big thick black line

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around the eye. We'll colour in the pupil with a little C.

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Now we're going to add in the razor-sharp teeth.

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Zig-zag line for that, on the top.

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And again for the bottom. Go back over our pencil shape

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to finish that off.

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Colour in a little bit of black.

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Add a few details around the eye.

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One last thing - you've got to add in the mean eyebrows.

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There you have a totally simple, totally deadly piranha.

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'Nice one, Mike. Over to Michelle.'

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All the body parts are cut out and the best thing about this metal

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is you can bend it into loads of different shapes.

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I'm focusing on the swishy tail.

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'If it's all about bending metal and bolting stuff together,

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'I wouldn't mind having a go myself!'

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Mike, check out this tail.

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You can really see the movement, as if it was swimming to catch its prey.

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I've finished bending now. I've also drilled two holes in the jaw.

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I can line those holes up...

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and start bolting the jaw together.

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Finished the head now and you can

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see how using metal makes these teeth look really deadly and sharp.

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'Totally cybernetic!'

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Wow, our show is really coming to life.

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Yeah, now you can see how the individual body parts have given us

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-flexible movement.

-It's looking good!

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'Excellent stuff.

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'Back in the wetlands of Argentina,

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'I've hatched a really cunning plan.

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'I've got a wetsuit and gloves to act as a sort of armour,

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'and a big bit of steak for bait.'

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OK...

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I'm in piranha-infested waters!

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'With the bait in place, and a

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'camera underwater, we'll see anything that comes to investigate.

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'It took less than five seconds for

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'the first piranhas to find our steak.'

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Look at the size of that one!

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Yahay! It's starting to happen.

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OK, once we get a few of those showing interest,

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all of its fellow piranhas will pick up the signals,

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and they'll come in and feed.

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That's when it'll start getting spectacular.

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'The piranha picks up vibrations with a row of tiny hair cells -

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'called a lateral line.

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'Vibrations, coupled with the scent of blood, acts like a dinner bell

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'to others in the area.'

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Look at that!

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They're going absolutely crazy.

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This is just one of the phenomenal displays of predatory behaviour

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you'll ever see!

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The water is thick with fish.

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'Only three minutes later...'

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Look at this!

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Look what's left of our meat.

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They've totally destroyed it.

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'Deadly or what?!

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'Talking of which, it's time for Deadly DIY with Michelle.'

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I'll show you how to make your very own snapping piranha head -

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using a piece of paper and spray paints.

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First, get a square piece of paper.

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Make a series of folds.

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You need some diagonal folds.

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And again,

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the other way.

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Once you have those folds, bring in the corners to the centre.

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Turn it over.

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Again, bring these corners into the centre.

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Once you've done that,

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fold this in half. You'll see

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flaps on either side.

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Put your fingers in there...

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and on the other side,

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this is going to be the head.

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Now we've got our piranha head but

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to keep it secure I'll use double- sided sticky tape here and here.

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Just to keep it nice and tight.

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You can see we've got the mouth now.

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Of course we want to add colour. It's a bit pale.

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'You must have supervision if you're using spray paint.'

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So, I'll start by using red for the inside of the mouth.

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This will make it look really vicious.

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'Normal paint will work just as well.'

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Check that out!

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Then close it up. For the outside, I'm using green.

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All the way round.

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Then, to add extra effects, I'll put some black over...

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just bits and pieces to add speckles.

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Once your colour is done it's time to add teeth.

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I've got some more paper -

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and cut out some razor-sharp teeth.

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I've got some double-sided sticky tape on the back.

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That will simply fit in the bottom of its mouth.

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Again, I've done the same.

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Stick this at the top.

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You'll see it's looking vicious already.

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We want it to come alive so, for the eyes,

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I've cut in half a polystyrene ball, you can also use ping pong balls.

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I've coloured them yellow and got a black marker pen to make the pupils.

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Stick these on either side.

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There you have your very own deadly, snapping piranha.

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'Snappy!'

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We're just hanging our piranha shoal

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but I think the teeth could use improvement.

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Fortunately, I've got an idea.

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In keeping with the metal theme,

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I've got copper paint.

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This will make the teeth glint and look extra deadly.

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-What do you think?

-That's really good.

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-Give us a brush, then.

-There you go.

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There's just one thing missing.

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-We need to find them something to eat.

-Good point.

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-Yeah, these piranhas look vicious.

-I loved working with the metal.

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It was so easy to cut and bend it into shapes,

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and quickly create a whole shoal.

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And the teeth look deadly.

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Yeah, I liked how we positioned it into the speedy feeding frenzy.

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Steve was close to the real thing. I hope he likes what we've done.

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I don't know where you got that bone

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from, but those piranhas are making mincemeat of that thing.

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So, it's time for the big reveal.

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Remember, this is the killer moment I challenged my artists to recreate.

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So, let's take a look at our finished art.

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Wow!

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This piranha art really does recreate their frenzied feeding

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in my killer moment. Look at those sharp teeth!

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They are just as scary as the real thing!

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They look very deadly indeed.

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Well done, team, art doesn't get any deadlier than this.

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That's a top deadly rating from me

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but will it make it into my Deadly Gallery?

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Maybe. See you next time for more Deadly Art.

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Inspired by his amazing list of Deadly 60 animals, Steve Backshall challenges a team of artists to create astounding deadly animal art! Mike and Michelle grab their power tools and create a pack of feeding metal piranhas - but will they be good enough for Steve's Deadly Art Gallery?