|I have cut out the headband and body pieces from sheet metal. Next, I applied the ball-bearings to the hexagonal nuts.|
|I have selected some scrap pieces that I think would make a good body. I then make them out of cardboard to see what it will look like when welded together.|
|Buffing the body plate.|
|This is what the metal pieces should look like when assembled.|
|What it should look like when added to the head piece.|
|To the left you can see the metal body is made and the legs are in progress.|
|Welding the legs together. I am using a spring, because it seems appropriate for its 'springy' legs.|
I am using these metal blocks to keep the legs pieces secure. All ready to weld.
|The legs are assembled. So I am now attaching them to the body piece.|
|The legs and body are standing.|
|I am going to use nails to create the feet, so I am buffing them to make them shiny.|
Assembling the feet.
I am going to grind the heads of the nails down, using the bench grinder. This means it will have a flat surface, so I can apply the feet I have made.
Assembled body and legs. They are standing very nicely on the bench.
|I now bring the head piece and join it with the legs.|
|The body is joined. You can see the clamp I am using to hold it together. To the right you can see a little model wren that I have found very useful when figuring out the proportions and dimensions.|
|Creating the wings. Here I am using a gas torch. It comes in very handy when bending thick knife and fork handles.|
|I am comparing the new wren with the old wren. I will also work out the position of the wings.|
|Wing assembly. I am using a fork for the fine wing feathers. and a knife for the long feathers. Cloth pegs make very good clamps.|
|Wings ready to add.|
Attaching the wings.