I make bird legs from wire and brass tubing. For instructions, continue reading.
March 18, 2019: Today was a rare sunny day, so I spread the raven and crane feathers on the patio table, and my husband helped me brush them with fabric stiffener. While they dry, I'm getting started on the legs.
Step 1 in making raven legs: I cut 16-gauge wire into 40 9-inch lengths -- four wire pieces per leg for five birds.I also cut 10 3-inch pieces of brass tubing.
I strung four wires through each brass tube, leaving 2" sticking out the bottom.
I bent the wires into toes. Tomorrow I'll add claws.
Ravens, Part 1: Finding Inspiration
Ravens, Part 2: Feathers
Ravens, Part 3: Making lace for the head and neck
Ravens, Part 4: Starting on the legs
Ravens, Part 5: Claws
Ravens, Part 6: Legs
Ravens, Part 7: Building the body
Ravens, Part 8: Beaks
Ravens, Part 9: Attaching the legs
Ravens, Part 10: The exoskeleton
Ravens, Part 11: Feathers and Lace
Ravens, Part 12: Finally finished!
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I'm a textile artist in Reno, Nevada, USA, specializing in three-dimensional fabric sculpture. I use this blog page to record my journey and to share some of my successes and failures, in hopes that it might help you with your own creative endeavors.