Mini Model Articulated Wings

Introduction: Mini Model Articulated Wings

About: PHP developer, tinkerer, always fooling with new things.

First I'd like to thank ablefox and rachel for their great Instructables.  Since I was searching for "steampunk wings", I found ablefox's first but rachel's was definitely a great help as well.   Also, 1,000 pardons to ablefox for first using the proper name, then switching to "acutefox" then "acutecat" later.  Hah.  "Acutecat" is actually an artist on DA who did a commission for me as a gift for my girlfriend  Sorry ablefox, for the mixup. :)

This is a really simple Instructable, but I wanted to post it because sometimes it's just a matter of seeing something's post and going "oh yeah!  that could work!".

One issue I have sometimes is getting an idea but not knowing what the pieces involved are called or what even to search for as far as the individual parts or a project might be.

For me, making a model version of what may become full sized wings for a costume started with the idea of using wooden coffee stirrers and something along the lines of brass fasteners.  But the brass fasteners I was finding were too big.

Parts Used:
* Wooden coffee stirrers - Available in almost any grocery or office supply store
* Mini Brads - Found in the scrapbooking section of Michaels Crafts
* "Drill" - Similar to a "pin vice" but with a non-removable drill bit. Found in the jewelry/beading section of Michaels, used for drilling small holes in beads

I really like abelfox's sketches to work out what the wing size and webbing would be.  And rachel has a nice video showing both the straps attached tot he second bottom joint so the wings extend when she raises her arms as well as how you can set them on the "backpack" frame to pivot forward with your arms.  Lot of other examples use some kind of pulls that you have to manually use but attaching the second lower joint to your elbow gives you enough play to use your arms without activating the wings while also still being able to extend and pivot them in a natural way.  Very nice.

You could also use this to create model wings for toys/dolls/etc fairly easily as well.

I may update this later if I have anything useful to add.  Feel free to send me questions and I'll respond as best as I'm able.

This is my first Instructable, so forgive me if anything's a little goofy. If anyone has any tips for me, I'm happy to listen.


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    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I gave myself a migraine trying to figure out how to make my son's "dragon wings" move.. this has been BEYOND helpful!!!!!!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. I appreciate the kind words! Wow.. you're quite prolific. You make me feel like I should be posting more things. hah Funny, looking at your submissions, I noticed your Coconut Cream Jello Shots. Pretty sure we have that same ice cub mold you used for the small ones. I did a super quick and dirty "painting with chocolate" thing a while back. Didn't post it on here, it was just a total whim thing one night. But I made peanutbutter cups and also tried to make a few as cordials, with boozy syrup filling. Didn't work so great on the ones in the upper right and the others were ugly, but edible. :)

    As for the wings... working (slowly) on the full scale version. Having trouble finding the time, motivation, and random parts I need, but slowly getting there. Will post an update with photos as I get closer.

    Danger is my middle name
    Danger is my middle name

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I do hope you post more things, but no pressure, of course! And we totally have the same ice cube tray! I love making jello shots in it because the silicone bottoms make it much easier to get the jello out, haha.

    Can't wait to see the full sized wings!