Step 5: The Bends

Now that our bird is well-dented, we need to make him 3D!

Start by grabbing a leg just below where it connects to the body, and bend it 90 degrees to one side. Bend the other foot in the opposite direction 90 degrees. We don't need to worry about the bird standing up right now, because once the wings are in place the weight and balance will change dramatically.

Next bend is the tail. The way I did it was to grip the tail with my hand and the the body of the bird, just before the tail, with pliers. Then I just twisted the tail 90 degrees. Try to disperse the twist evenly between the tail and the body, so that equal amounts of the twist are on each side. Try to twist it as tightly as possible, using the smallest amount of material from both sides. Once the tail is twisted, bend it upwards after the twist until it is sticking up at the angle you like.

The direction you twist is not important, but twist it so that the side you think looks better is facing up.
<p>What were the dimensions for your template?</p>
<p>the bird is around 5&quot; long</p>
I have been a watcher and not a doer for too long so I gave this a go with what I had available. I only had some old galvanised sheetmetal from some old roof flashings. <br /> <br /> I tried doing some colouring using my new Butane torch but it did not work. I will have to get some sheet metal I can colour.<br /> <br /> <br />
As a public safety announcement, you shouldn't try to colour galvanized steel as it releases toxins when the zinc coating burns off.<br><br>Great job!
Wow, I'm really glad to see people being inspired by my work! &nbsp;Honestly, really really great work.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Galvanized steel is coated with a thin layer of zinc, which is why it was not affected by the blowtorch. &nbsp;I&nbsp;hope you had fun and learned a bunch along the way though. :)<br /> <br /> Thanks again!<br />
Galvanized steel gives off <strong>highly toxic fumes</strong> when heated I think you should make readers aware of this
Nice, you have quite a talent for this, do you sell any of your work?
I most certainly would if I had a venue. Right now I just make stuff as presents for my girlfriend, but her house is getting cluttered up so selling this stuff is a very good idea. Are you asking because you want to buy? I should speak with the local arts group and see how and where they sell their stuff.
Try etsy.com or artfire.com
setting up an online store may not be a bad idea; or just selling through an online market such as ebay.
I could certainly try. I will have to make a bunch of stuff specifically for selling though, and that will take a while.
I decided to make this for my girlfriend for the holidays and it turned out great! I spot-welded the wings on instead of using a rivet.<br />
a cross-peen hammer could be used instead of a ball-peen to creat more feather like patterns
Definitely, but keeping them relatively straight might be difficult. It would be a good alternative, and if you did it right I think it might look even better. The ball-peen is just a little safer because you can't hit wrong with a sphere.
In step 4 a lead shot filled leather bag or wooden forms may be more suitable than paper towels taped to anvils. In step 7 When I trim rivets I trim them flat. Makes the head I shape come up much better formed. Really I can't imagine trying to shape a rivet that was snipped. Well after looking at your picture maybe now I can! I mean how can you deflect on the edges when they are sloped? Anyway ... I usually just use common soft iron nails too, which work well for me. Now I have to find this instructable you mention that focuses on riveting. So I can add it to the pages I've already read on the subject.
The rivet Instructable:<br/><br/><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-peen-a-rivet/">http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-peen-a-rivet/</a><br/><br/>You're right about the paper towel not being the best thing, it shredded pretty bad by the time I was done. However, I also tried using my wooden workbench for the hammering and it didn't give me the cushioning I wanted. Next time I'm going to use a folded square of cloth that I think will stand up to the abuse longer, and if that fails, leather.<br/><br/>Thanks for the comment though. In regard to trimming rivets, this is just what I did. You're right about the edges being sloped, and thats why I hammer the rivet with the flat end first, to spread it out a bit. Once it starts looking like its got the head of a nail on it, then I can start shaping it into the finished dome. I've never tried using soft nails as a rivet, but I have this big bin of actual rivets so I don't think I need to.<br/>
It showed up in the end... Nice job! L
Yep... just took a while. :)
And featured, quite right. L
It's amazing!

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