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Make Scale Bird Feet and Legs From Fine Wire for Miniature Seagulls
Feet and legs for a miniature scale bird are made by twisting three strands of 36 gauge wire .

Feet and legs for a miniature scale bird are made by twisting three strands of 36 gauge wire together.

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The feet for miniature birds are best made out of fine gauge wire. I used 36 gauge wire from the bead store. You can make webbed or non webbed feet using the same method. If you are making heavier or larger birds and want to make sure they will stand on their legs and feet.

To Make the Feet For the Seagull - The seagull is roughly in 1:12 scale. Adjust the measurements if you are making seagulls for larger or smaller scenes.

  • Cut three, one inch lengths of fine wire.
  • Twist the wires tightly together leaving wires free at both ends of the twist. (see photo).
  • Bend the twisted wire in half to form a set of legs with feet.
  • Paint the legs and feet with tube (not liquid) acrylic paint, or use liquid acrylic paint mixed with a gel medium. If you want webbed feet, paint the feet and leave the paint between the toes to form webs (this may require two coats of paint). If you want feet with toes, make sure the paint covers only the individual toes.
  • Set the feet aside to dry

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