Last night I had a drunk-and-in-the-shower epiphany on how to make the tail work. And really, aren't those the best epiphanies? I've been trying to figure out the mechanics of the tail for at least four months, but last night it finally clicked. Thanks, Jack Daniels!
So before unintentionally falling asleep on the living room floor in front of the "fire place" with my Snoopie and my sketch book, I managed to scribble a quick mechanical doodle to be sure I'd remember what my costume muse had delivered while I was in my liquid state of mind.
|Faux Fire Place|
|Late night schematics.|
I woke up on the floor at 5 a.m. ready to rock. Actually, ready to lay in my bed, but that would have thrown me off for the whole day. So instead I went to Ace and Home Depot to procure some hardware. That took most of the morning. But after lunch, the games began.
|First, a pattern.|
|15.5" tall. The base will sit on my hips in the small of my back. |
The point comes to just barely above my shoulders.
Pattern traced onto 1/8" plywood.
If only I got along with mom's old sewing machine as well as I do with dad's old jig saw.
Front porch construction site arial view. All the pieces cut and edges sanded.
|The 1" gap will be the recess where the feathers and fabric fold into when the tail is closed.|
And with that, I quit for today. A night on the floor is less than restful. Time to put down the power tools before I slip up and drill a hole through something I'll regret.