Step 10: Assembly

Picture of Assembly
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I used a wooden mallet to lightly knock the short pipes into the structural pipes. I managed to get them in there tightly enough that I didn't need to use PVC cement, which took out an extra step. Make sure the wings are angled slightly away from your back (so they don't rub) and are symmetric (photos 1 and 2).

I hot glued some extra feathers around the PVC elbows and onto the cloak to cover up the joint (photo 3 - it's an awkward angle: a friend photographed me standing behind the wing holding the board).

I used a staple gun to attach the ratchet straps to the wooden board (photo 4). I hot glued the leather armor to the straps that would go over my shoulders, and then reinforced it with twine (photos 5 and 6). This would allow me to put the wings and the armor on at the same time, armor in front, wings in back, kind of like putting on a weight vest or football pads.

Feed the cables through the holes in the cloak. I fed each wing to the opposite hand (right to left, vice versa) because it had less of a mechanical disadvantage than each hand controlling the same side wing.

Congratulations, you are now ready to wear your costume!