or how to make a Cable Puppet part 3
I liked the other bird puppet so much that I decided to make one with moveable wings. At first I had very complex designs trying to get the wings to just move up and down. Then I went for a walk. As I was walking I worked on the problem, and a simple solution presented itself. I already had the basic idea from the other bird's head, so I just used the same concept for the wings.
I had a few cables left over from the original bird puppet so I used them. I am waiting for the push rods (which are what model airplane enthusiasts use to control various switches and such) to come in.
I borrowed one of my son's Mr Potato Head for the body. (He has a bunch and I am going to buy him another one so don't get all high and mighty on me.)
I put a piece of twine through the top hole (I believe it is the ear hole.) and tied a large knot. Then I hot glued the twine to a Popsicle stick. This lets the stick move around but keeps it attached to the shoulder.
I fed the cable jacket through the bottom hole (arm hole) and then pushed the cable up through it. I threaded a button on the cable and then bent the cable into a 90 degree angle. I hot glued the button to the bend and at the same time glued the button to the stick. I originally did it further down the stick but once again it didn't have the desired effect, so I repositioned it.
I can turn the cable and the wing moves forward/backwards.
Push the cable in and the wings go out.
I didn't take a picture of the inside of the head last time so here it is. I used the same button technique that I used on the wing and glued the button to the cable & the Easter egg that is used for a head.
Here he is so far.
This is a back view.
I am going to make a handle for the not shown ends of the cables. Mainly because I have a good bit of difficulty operating the cables without some kind of end.