“Add movement to your cosplay with a servo motor! In this intermediate build, we’ll make an articulating wing that opens and closes at the touch of a finger. This project is a perfect add-on to a sci-fi robot costume, a steampunk aviator, or any costume with a shoulder pauldron. We’ll bring our wing to life with some crafting, soldering, and a little bit of code!
We’ve kept this build simple with everyday materials like cardboard and string. Clean, used shipping boxes are a great source of 4mm corrugated cardboard. A laser cutter makes quick work of cutting out the wings, but if you don’t have access to one, use scissors or a craft knife to cut the cardboard by hand. Our cyberpunk-style wing template includes design lines that can be engraved or traced on the surface of the wing for more texture. Download our template at hsmag.cc/issue23, or create your own custom wing shape from scratch. Just make sure the pivoting side of the wing is a nice, round circle, for smooth movement. Once cut, paint the wings to match your costume – a coat of silver spray paint made our cardboard shine bright.”
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