The first attempt I made was a stunning failure: I tried to twist the hangers together like I’d twisted the pipe cleaners in the mockup. Now, as dumb as that sounds, it’s clearly possible to get a tight twist on hangers, because they come with one. So you can see where I might have made the assumption. I was also cutting the wires into short lengths, which is really not easy on the hands. Ultimately, the working technique went like this:
At this point, I have a working base. When it’s bent to just a little tight on the head (like a headband) it stays put – no wiggling or jiggling. Given that, I abandoned the silly ear pieces. As it turns out, these are a little rough on the hands to put together. Did I mention that I had to make 6? I went out and bought cloth covered florist wire for the upper cage structure that will hold the feathers….