To make the wing I began by fashioning a steel base for support, then cut out and shaped individual feathers from aluminium sheets and riveted each one into place. I chose to use aluminium for the feathers as it is a lighter material and will reduce the impact it has on the mechanism.
The individual feathers creates the opportunity for subtle movements and adds texture making it more aesthetically pleasing. By creating two layers of feathers and overlapping them it produces a more realistic effect which adds to the conflicting nature of the piece: the combination of a delicate creature,widely associated with the natural environment, constructed out of harsh, industrial metal.
I have also completed the tail in a similar fashion to maintain its aesthetics.
I chose to pop rivet the feathers onto the wing and tail as this gave a more professional, engineered look and added to the theme of engineering industry, as well as being a strong form of attachment, which allowed alteration but was less bulky and more aesthetically pleasing than more nuts and bolts, because of the multiple fixings required.
The eye was also formed with a pop rivet, which I positioned to also attach the beak, leaving no additional points of attachment to interfere with the aesthetics of the head.