Big Drinking Bird

Introduction: Big Drinking Bird

About: I am an author and a maker. My current project is Santa's Shop. I'm working on a science fiction type book--more later. @EngineerRigsby

This is a large drinking bird--made from a 3d scanned normal bird.

Step 1:

Start by painting the glass white on a normal drinking bird. Turn him on his head and scan.  The hat is too thin to scan well, so I'll design a hat.

Step 2:

Print the body and head, enlarged about 350%.

Step 3:

Print the hat and axle. Files are available at

Step 4:

Secure the bird's body using a screw (back side). Slide the axle over the tube, then secure the head with a screw.

Step 5:

Take a 1" x 2" by four feet long piece of oak and drill a 1 1/8" diameter hole in the center. Cut the board in half through the center of the hole.

Step 6:

Paint the "legs" your favorite color.

Step 7:

Design a foot in clay and scan it.

Step 8:

Merge the scanned foot with a designed base (I merge the STL files in TinkerCad).

Step 9:

Slide the legs into the base.

Step 10:

Glue googly eyes onto the head.  Attach the hat by melting it to the head with a soldering iron (use good ventilation or outside).

Set the bird assembly onto the legs.

Give the bird a push every time you walk by--it will bob for about a minute.

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    6 years ago

    Why didn't you go ahead and use the bulb and tubes filled with methylene chloride for the continuous bobbing effect?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your time sharing,But too cost money to buy the machine for make it.