how to make bird feather wings

Making the shapable wing

As you can see it was a really rough outline. To prepare for the next step, I cut around the basic shape of the wings to remove any excess paper.

I cut two pieces of chicken wire that were just a little bit larger than the wings’ shape to make the wings. I repeated this for both wings.

Next, I lay the paper template on top of the chicken wire and joined the two pieces of chicken wire together around the outline using small cable ties. I did try using one layer of chicken wire first but it was so floppy I knew they would not stand up straight once all the feathers were added.

I could bend the wings into different shapes without them reverting once I added the second layer.

Once I had secured enough area to keep the two pieces of chicken wire together I used some side cutters to cut away the excess wire. To bend all the shape wires in I used some cut-resistant gloves and carefully bent all the sharp edges into the middle of the wings.

I have to make sure that the buyer of this steampunk mannequin is not hurt in any way because I am selling it. To avoid anything being spiked by the wire, I covered the sharp edges with a few layers of duct tape.

Covering the wings with fabric

Now that the wing base is finished, I need a surface to adhere the feathers to. I created a cover for each angel wing using an old sheet I had in my cupboard. To be safe, I used fishing line to haphazardly attach the cloth to the chicken wire so it wouldn’t slide off.

Step 11: Feathers 2

how to make bird feather wings

how to make bird feather wings

how to make bird feather wings

how to make bird feather wings

how to make bird feather wings

Feathers must cover both the front and back of each wing. In the first picture, the partially completed right wing is at the front, and the completed left wing is at the back. Even though people might not notice individual feathers, it is still important to pay attention to detail because it will enhance the wings’ overall appearance. I reasoned that if I tried to imitate the natural beauty of bird wings as much as possible, my own wings would also be exquisite. Start gluing the feathers from the tip of the wing. Since the trailing edge is the most visible, I chose the longest, nicest feathers for it. Put glue on one side of the feather shaft and hold it there until it stays in place by itself. When applying feathers, it is crucial to observe the wing’s overall shape to ensure that the feathers are oriented correctly. Additionally, keep looking at your pictures to make sure you are doing it correctly. Don’t be afraid to start over if you’re not happy; it will be worthwhile. Recall that we gave the feathers five inches to overlap the tip of the wing. Check that the left and right feathers are oriented correctly, and keep in mind that feathers have a front and a back. As seen in picture 2, each feather had soft fronds at the base. I frequently trim these off, but in any case, other feathers on the wing should cover this portion of the feather. To ensure that the shaft of each feather in the second tier lies between the two feathers it covers, try to stagger each feather (picture 2). Again, refer to the wing you are copying. Take note of the feathers’ convergence at a single point and their reasonably uniform spacing at the ends. Keep in mind how short you made the snails, and give the feathers this much of an overhang. Repeat this on both sides of the wing. The same principle is used to cover the overlapping triangles, but it appears harder than it actually is. The shafts were trimmed at the unfeathered end to prevent jamming near the hinge and interference with the ribbons between the triangles. That was the only modification made. I measured it so that the triangle’s shafts overlapped the first tier by roughly 2 inches. This was where the knife came in handy; the large scissors did the job, but they launched the shaft fragment across the room at a speed of about 60 feet per second. Verify that the feathers closer to the end of the wing are overlapped by the feathers running alongside the longest spar (see picture 4). They must overlap by one inch or more, preferably more. Cut the feathers short as you approach the joint’s corner and tuck them in tightly. It is necessary to glue some of the feathers along one edge only in order to permit movement and overlap. Remember to keep checking the wing can still move.

FAQ

Can you make wings out of feathers?

Use scissors to clip feather ends to about 1/2″ – 3/4″ long for a better fit (Image 3). Apply a dab of hot glue to feather end (Image 4) then insert in cut slit. Squeeze sides together with fingers until glue cools (Image 5). Repeat with other feathers until desired wing shape is created.

How do you make flying wings out of cardboard?

Cut your cardboard box into long strips that are about 4 inches thick. Arrange the strips of cardboard so that they form a rectangle as long as your wingspan and tape them together. The cardboard will be like the bones inside of a bird’s wings, providing structure and strength to the wings.