Have about $20? Then you can make a set of dragon wings with this tutorial from gryphern. The movements are controlled by body posture, and the wings are very lightweight. Materials to make the wings include a PVC skeleton, trash bags or a shower curtain, and other everyday objects. Even though the wings are fashioned from simple supplies, they’re durable. The video goes over the process in detail and has a demonstration – and a link to a downloadable diagram. Here’s the beginning of the tutorial:
So first, design your wing and choose what material you want for the membrane. I decided on fabric when I saw this shimmery stuff, so I bought it off the bolt at the JoAnn Fabric store.
Spread out your membrane material, that’s what will limit the size and shape of your wing. Then, cut the high temp PVC pipe into two pieces to match your design, it’ll be the long, moving part of the wing. The reason I’m using high temp pipe is that it’s thin and springy, it’s no wider that a Euro cent (Props to my EU viewers, yo!) I cut it at an angle so it would look cooler. It can be cut with a hand saw or a cable saw (which is wire cable with handles.)
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