Introduction: Creating an Eagle Totem

The following information is a single lesson in a larger Tinkercad project. Check out this and more projects on Tinkercad.

Let's get started with the body!

Instructions

  1. Place a box and paraboloid on the workplane.
  2. Select both objects and center them by selecting Adjust>Align.
  3. Turn the Box into a hole.
  4. Move the box up so 1/3 of the paraboloid is inside ( about 12mm)
  5. Group the box and paraboloid together. This will be the body of the eagle.
  6. Hold ALT then click on the large black arrow and drag your mouse up. This will make and move the copy. This will be the head. Move the head about 20mm up from the body.
  7. Rotate the body so the top points down, or 180 degrees.
  8. With the body selected, scale the height up to meet the head.
  9. Continue to next step.

Step 1: Create the Eyes

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Let's create the eyes!

Instructions

  1. Position the camera to look at the head close up. Because faces are symmetrical, it helps to imagine a line going through the top and bottom of the head, down the center (shown in image). Press "W" to switch to the workplane tool. Move the cursor as shown in the image.
  2. Place a half sphere. This will be the eyelid.
  3. Scale it down equally by holding SHIFT until it is 2.5mm
  4. Rotate the half sphere -112 degrees. The round part should be on top.
  5. Move the eyelid down towards the body so only half is visible.
  6. Switch to the workplane tool. Move the cursor onto the head, just below the eyelid and left click.
  7. Place another half sphere. This will be the eye.
  8. Scale the eye down equally by holding SHIFT until it is 5mm.
  9. Move the eye up into the eyelid. Change the color to gold.
  10. Make a copy of the eye by choosing Edit>Duplicate. Move it up and away from the 1mm- 2mm. Change it to black. This is the back part of the eye, called the pupil.
  11. Scale the pupil down so it fits inside the eye. Group the eyelid, eye, and pupil together.
  12. With the grouped eye selected, choose Edit>Duplicate. Select Adjust>Mirror and flip it in the opposite direction, and move it to the left side of the face.
  13. Your eagle should look like the image below. Move on to the next step.
  14. Continue to next step.

Step 2: Create the Beak

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Let's give this bird a beak.

Instructions

  1. Place a box on the workplane.
  2. Switch to the workplane tool and select the side shown in the image.
  3. Place a pyramid on the workplane.
  4. Group the pyramid and box together. This will be the beak. Scale, move, and rotate the beak so it looks like the image.
  5. Continue to next step.

Step 3: Create the Wings

The following information is a single lesson in a larger Tinkercad project. Check out this and more projects on Tinkercad.

In this step, you will use the duplicate tool in a new way. After making a duplicate of an object, any move, scale, and rotate actions you make to the copy, will be remembered and applied to the next duplicate.

In the example below a duplicate of a cone was made. The duplicate cone was moved to the right and up, scaled down, and slightly rotated to the right. When Edit>Duplicate is chosen again, all changes will be made to the new object.

Important note: If a duplicate is deselected, you will need to start over from the very beginning.

Instructions

  1. Place a box on the workplane.
  2. Change the color to brown. Scale the box so it is 45mm wide, 3mm long, and 3mm tall.
  3. Move the box so its center is where the body and head meet.
  4. Choose Edit>Duplicate to make a copy of the box. Make the duplicate red in color. Find the Snap Grid drop down menu in the lower right corner. Change the number to .25. Now scale the red box so its height is 1mm less than the brown box. Then scale the width and length of the red box so it 1mm more than the brown box. The image shows what it will look like.
  5. Place an egg on the workplane. This will be a feather.
  6. Scale the feather down equally by holding SHIFT until its height is 11mm.
  7. Rotate the feather - 75 degrees. The top should be pointing toward the eagle.
  8. Scale the feather again. This time use the black handles and stretch the feather so it looks like the image.
  9. Change the color of the feather to red. Move it so 1/4 is inside the red box.
  10. Choose Edit>Duplicate to make a copy. Move the feather down and make its length .5mm smaller than the first. Choose Edit>Duplicate again and it will apply the changes automatically. Make 4 duplicates and move to step 11.
  11. The 5th duplicate will be even shorter. Rotate it so the tip is pointing toward the workplane.
  12. Make 4 more duplicates, moving toward the body of the eagle.
  13. Select all of the feathers and group them together. Make a copy of the group. Choose Adjust>Mirror to flip it to the opposite side.
  14. Continue to next step.

Step 4: Adding Feathers to the Body

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Let's jump in.

Instructions

  1. Select the feathers and the body of the eagle and choose Adjust>Align. Left click the body of the eagle once so the tabs are around the body. Center the feathers to the body.
  2. Move the feathers up so they are just below the beak.
  3. Holding ALT, rotate the feathers until the points of the copy and in between the points of the original. Scale the copied feathers down a few millimeters and change their color.
  4. Congratulations! You have finished your project.

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