|So now that you have all of your materials there are a few steps before
the actual construction phase
Step 1 - Shape your feathers!
- As you can tell when you first get your feathers they aren't as pretty
as you would imagine them to be. There is a simple solution to this problem
by shaping your Rounds (don't worry about the flats). Which just means
that your going to cut them into your desired shape. Here's an example:
Much better! Tanemura-sensei would be proud. ^_^
Step 2 - Constructing the flying -v- base
- Take your copper tubing and duct tape to construct a flying -v- shape.
- So, you are making a giant U shape, then bend down each side making
sure that you make at least 2 inches shorter than you would like your wing
to be. Then in the middle where you have bent for each wing cut a short
piece and attach with duct tape. This will act as an another support and
as a place to attach straps for wear.
- If you would like your wings to come out at an angle (instead
of straight out like ours) this would be the best point to do so. Since
they are made of copper tubing you can change the angle when they are finished,
but it's best to do it now so your feathers will lay appropriately later.
Step 3 - Adding the Chicken Wire
- The chicken wire is where the feathers will be attached to. The shape
of this part of the base isn't really important. You just need to make
sure that you make it shorter than you want your wings to be. Like this
- As you can see it's just a simple rectangle attached with duct tape.
Make sure to cover all the edges of the the chicken wire or you could scratch
your self pretty bad. Blood is no good on your white feathers. XD
Step 4 - Cover the harness
- It does seem a bit early to cover the tubing that is exposed, but
it's much harder to get it completely covered when the feathers are attached.
We used bias tape to cover the tubing because I had it laying around. But
there are many other things you could use, ribbon, trim, fabric, just use
your imagination. But make sure to attach it with Fabrictac.
- As you can see in this picture the chicken wire is cut in a different
shape, and the harness is covered with bias tape. ^_^
Step 5- Batting!
- Now take your batting and cover both side of the wings. Just use
more Fabrictac to attach.
- One layer of batting should be fine, but you can always add more to
help the duct tape underneath less visible when you hold the wings up to