Step 6: Bend Your Hangers

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Get out your needle nose pliers and get to it! This step is fair(l)y tedious. Using the pliers and your hands, bend the hangers to the shape of the wings. Make sure that you frequently compare the hangers to your picture.

Some points to note:

I started at the bottom middle of the wings. As such, I started from the middle of a hanger. My thinking was that the middle of the wings would be a pressure point, and I would not want to rely on a joint there.

When you have to move on to the next hanger, make sure you bend it to overlap with the previous hanger by at least a few inches (2-3).

When you need a sharp point, as my design did, put a sharp 180 degree bend in the hanger (see the picture below).
mmikesell4 years ago
Some people use a wing jig for this. What you can do is tape down the outline over a piece of wood or maybe even cardboard. Then hammer in needles all around it, leaving enough space to fit the wire around the needles. This ensures every wing is symmetrical as possible. Great for those who want to make many wings for sales purposes.