## Introduction: Flying Wings

As part of my new project, I must make kinetic objects that react to the environment.
Before I make them react to the environment, I must figure out how to make them move as desired.
This is a tutorial about how to make wings flap.
My first kinetic object involves a dove that might not have to flap her wings in the end, but this mechanism seemed interesting and since I have to start somewhere, so I just did it.

## Supplies

• Rope 0.5 cm
• Wires of 0.75 and 1 mm
• 1 m craft wood stick of 1 x 1 cm
• Scissors
• Wire cutter
• Paper cutter
• Ruler
• Glue gun
• Multifunctional hand tool

## Step 1:

• cut a 14 cm wood stick
• 2 cm from each edge cut into the stick a 1 x 0.5 cm space to fit the sticks that you placed the wire through
• use the glue gun to fix the pieces together
• cut to 6 cm wood sticks
• cut in the middle a 1 x 0.5 cm space
• place them at the edges of the 14 cm piece of wood

## Step 2:

• cut a 25 cm piece of the 0.75 mm wire
• measure 3 cm and bend it downwards
• measure another 3 cm and bend it to the right
• measure 5 cm and bend it downwards
• 1.5 cm to the right
• 3 cm upwards
• 1.5 cm to the right
• 3 cm downwards
• 1.5 cm to the right
• 3 cm upwards
• bend the rest of the wire to the right

## Step 3:

• cut two 12 cm wood sticks
• measure 7 cm from one end (it is going to be the down side of the stick) and make a hole in the middle of the stick
• do it for the two if them
• take the wire you bended previously and place it through the holes
• bend the 2 cm end of the wire downwards do it won't come out of the hole

## Step 4:

• cut two 7 cm pieces of the 0.75 mm wire
• cut two 9 cm pieces of the same wire
• pair one of 7 cm with one of 9 cm
• bend one edge of the 7 cm pieces and the two ends of the 9 cm pieces until the form a loop almost closed
• place the loops of two different pieces one through the other and close them
• bend the wires to get the shape of wings flying
• as usually, I use netted wire to make the final object

See here how I do the netting:

## Step 5:

• cut a 10-12 cm wood stick
• drill three holes that coincide with the middle of the loops from the wire that was placed through the vertical wood sticks earlier
• glue it in top of the wood structure made earlier
• place through each of the three holes a 20 cm piece of 0.75 wire
• secure one end end of each wire piece to the middle of each loop
• make sure that the wire does not slide from its place
• if necessary secure it with rope and glue
• tie the other end of each 20 cm wire piece to the wings as follows:
• the middle one to the middle of the wings
• the ones on the sides to the middle of each wing