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Cosplay wing tutorial by etaru Cosplay wing tutorial by etaru
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Why? Because I need proof that I'm not twindling my thumbs in cosplay! XD So I thought to upload it in a "tutorial" type photo.
Sorry for the aweful quality of the bottom photos, they got resized and went "Blah, Etaru's messing with us again....let's tick her off!!" And so they did... ⌐__⌐
In these photos, only one wing was done (but refer to other photos in my gallery to see the full set^^)

The steps:
1.) Bend copper wire (preferably thicker wire, or hangers if you have none) into the desired shape (think bird-in-the-distance: -v-)

2.) Bend a box-like base at the bottom, where they'll rest against your back when the wings are bent to extend away from your body.

3.) Cut chicken wire (or fence wire, whatever you feel is more structurally sturdy, but light) into either a rectangle or triangle shape. This will be "body" of the wings.

4.) Attach chicken wire to the wire base~~ Keep in mind, make the base at least 3-5 inches smaller than what you want the wings to be, because the length of the feathers should extend beyond it.

5.) Glue (white) batting onto the chicken wire, covering all wire. DO NOT USE FELT. I've seen it done and it's not as attractive when light is passed through the wings, batting helps diffuse the light so there's not a stark contrast between your feathers and the wire. Make as few folds/creases as possible, this will make laying the feathers that much simpler.

6.) Get a feel for how you want the feather to look (aka look into birds' wings, or how the character's wings are drawn) before laying feathers. Lay the feathers out to get an idea of they should look like.

7.) TRIM THE FEATHERS unless the artwork was fraying feathers. Compare picture #1 with #5. See the difference? YOU WILL TRIM. I KNOW you will trim.

8.) Start gluing feathers onto batting, starting at the bottom and working your way up in layers, NOT DOWN.

~~~~~~ 8.5) You can't buy feathers as long as in #4 and #5, probably because there's no birds out there with feathers 3 feet long. Combine several for the longer feathers, cutting off the "stems" where there's the fluff for each except the bottom one. For the one in #5, there's about 4 or 5 combined together. The longer the feathers, the larger your wings will appear to be.

9.) Be sure to cover both sides of each wing with feathers! Photo #6 is the back of the wing, see how it looks identical to the front? So lay feathers in the same direction/pattern.

10.) When you peel the feather layers apart on the bottom and side, you'll be able to see the batting, so "plug" it up with leftover downs, or buy some smaller feathers specifically for that.

11.) Each feather on top the other will cover the stems, but not on the very top. Cover them with the fluffy small feathers called "downs" (not shown).

12.) When both wings are done, cover the center base with more batting and perhaps fluffy downs, so you don't give it away that you're not REALLY an angel ^_~

The feathers are one pound of white turkey hen rounds bought from RainbowFeather Co. [link] who'll treat you real nice. The smaller fluff feathers were purchased from JoAnn's, but I recommend getting 1/2 lb. of downs just so you won't run out for a project. (Half a pound has lasted me over 2 years and through more than 4 pairs of wings lol).

KEEP IN MIND: There are many other ways that work just as well - if not better - so explore the options before starting, and have fun!
Refer here for final result: [link]
In the Alexiel wings [link] , the wire base was substituted with 1/2" PVC pipe, which calls for a different type of harness.
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hedwiglovesquidditch Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
added to favs def gonna try this tut thanks!
etaru Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Best of luck! :)
EscapeTheWorld0 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm trying to cosplay Setsuna Mudou from Angel Sanctuary and I really love your cosplay for Alexiel; especially the first set of wings you made for your costume
Can I ask you to list out the items that were needed and how much of each item you used?
I also read your tutorial on Cosplay Gen, where it says 'hot glue, heat gun'; does it mean 'hot glue' and 'heat gun', or just a 'hot gun gun'?
EscapeTheWorld0 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
When ordering from 'RainbowFeather Co', did you ever contact them by email? or did you only call them to make your orders?
I emailed them a few days ago to ask questions, but they haven't replied.

Also, I'm having trouble finding downs.
Is this the same type of feather? (Link)
If it's the same, the Joann I went to, also it's website, doesn't sell it as a package of feathers; they only have it premade as a boa.
etaru Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I can't itemize out the materials for you, as you may require different ones from the ones I used, or in varying amounts depending on how large you need your wings to be. 
I used a hot glue gun with glue sticks, the heat gun was for bending the PVC pipe, but I highly recommend you use copper wire as base instead since it can be bent by hand or with pliers. 
EscapeTheWorld0 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well I wanted to know what you used and how much so I could compare it and adjust it to how I want it to be... By the way, I'm a beginner crafter
Also I have more questions
1. If I used wire and made the wings as big as your previous set of wings, would the wire bend just from holding the weight of the wings?
2. On the back, as the wire of the wings come together, does it just end up being like a pole along your spine? Or, with 2-wings, a wide 'U'; with 3-wings, a wide 'U' with the third wing coming from the bottom of the 'U'?
3. From the weight of the wings, at the harness does it slide to an uncomfortable position? Or since you have a corset, the wings are attached and it's not a problem
4. From  above can you explain Step 2, I don't understand what you mean by it
I'll probably ask more questions later... Thanks for the help
etaru Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
The best I can tell you is, you'll have to just experiment until you find what works best for you. Wings are not a one-technique-fits-all, it's a difficult prop that you have to play around with on the design construction that suits your needs. Even years later, I'm still refining materials and work flows to make them lighter, more flexible, and less expensive, and I've been doing this hobby for many years. Trial and error will be your best bet!
EscapeTheWorld0 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
OK then
EscapeTheWorld0 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Also, with the PVC pipes, can it fold up or bend for storage and when walking in a crowd? or is that only capable with copper wire
Franci-Cornejo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
<font><font>Esta muy bueno tu tutorial!!!</font></font>
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