Have you ever seen a portfolio of wings? These beauties by Alexis Noriega @TheCrookedFeather copy real birds and also delve into the fantasy varieties, all with mechanical engineering. Some use a pulley system while others work with pneumatics and electronics. She has a community of followers on Patreon and has even created a Frameworks kit so others can start designing their own wings. People often ask how you can turn making into a job, and I believe Alexis is well on her way. Along with her tutorials and talks on Patreon, she also does some incredible commissions. One set of wings that is especially inventive is her da Vinci Steampunk—somebody call the Smithsonian!
As a costume designer, Alexis knows how to work with texture, yet allow for movement and durability. She also knows how to paint feathers and layer them to give a realistic appearance since she has her own pet birds, including an attention grabber named “Coconut”. Her passion for winged beings has created niche maker work that is attracting cosplayers, models, costume makers and fantasy lovers. By sharing her construction techniques she has created a community of makers that is also helping to invent the next set of wings. If wings seems too ambitious for your next project, have a little fun with cosplay with our learning guide for an Animatronic Tail. You can add an animal trait to any costume with a simple servo, and have fun learning about electronics at the same time. Make sure you send us a video of your creation!
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