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does anybody know how to make a good pair of huge wings?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2003 10:10 am
by blue_eyed_fairy
i need to make a few pairs of large wings. they need to be light weight, comfortable, and survive a 4 hour car trip. card bord is to flimsy and plywood is to heavy. i don't have tomuch money to spend on them either (thats the kicker). does any one have any tips or advice? :?:

Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2003 12:16 pm
by Kerochan
i think i can try to help you with that. first, try to get some wire at a hardware store. bend it to the shape desired and twist the ends. then, try getting some somewhat-transparent, glittery fabric to wrap around it and tie at the ends where you twisted the wire. as for attaching them to your costume, i'll need to know what kind of costume you're doing (is it eternal sailor moon?) so i can determine that. :)

Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2003 5:56 pm
by blue_eyed_fairy
its for k'leven from sapharie waters. they need to be like red hawk wings.

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 7:18 am
by Kerochan
can you give me a link picture so i can see what it looks like? :?

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 1:34 pm
by Fénicia
For my Sailor Moon wings: I used white cardboard cut to size, sandwiched some wire in between 2 layers of cardboard and hotglued the feathers on.

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 8:40 pm
by blue_eyed_fairy ... rror1.html ... rror2.html

the one in red is the one i'm working on now, only in a diffrent outfit. but the blue one will be next so any hints on him would be helpfull to!

the sailor moon wings look great btw! :wink:

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 12:41 pm
by Fénicia
Thanks. :)

For the Moogle wings I used fabric and some boning together with stuffing for the stifness. These are very small ones, for big ones I sugest wire instead of boning.

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 12:57 pm
by blue_eyed_fairy
thanks a lot!

What I usually do...

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:27 am
by Hemuloki-sama
Is bend a wire frame and then cover over the "skeleton" with white muslin then stuff anything (I use extra of whatever's lying around my house) at the tops to make the impression of bones. Then I just hot glue the feathers on and attach the straps. My way is very good because they're usually very sturdy on your back, depending on how you hook on the straps, and they look very realistic unlike most of the wings you buy online where they are flat.

If you've seen the cosplayers, Rosiel and CuteKawaii on, this technique is the same that they use.

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:30 am
by Hemuloki-sama
Oh! Forgot to mention, these wings can also endure a very bumpy ride to California (that's 4 days stuffed in the backseat for me), horrible service and shipping techniques at the airport, and congoers that randomly ram into you at cons. All you really have to do is touch up a few areas and bring an extra bag of feathers with you in case too much starts falling out.

One year, my wings seemed to be targeted by everyone and I had to go and buy 2 bags of white feathers because everyone kept taking chunks of feathers as they slide by.

Maybe that's why I got into demon wings for a while?

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:13 am
by +Kohyoh+
i agree... or you can take some cardboard in the shape of wings, strech white stockings over it, then buy some white feathers... but if you mean those very large gaint wings... it may come out cheaper to buy them from an online masquarde shop

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:49 am
by blue_eyed_fairy
yay! thanks for all the help!

i don't generaly like to buy costumes or costume parts, unless i have no other choic. i like to compeate and show of my handy work.

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 1:19 pm
by Hemuloki-sama
I generally like to brag about my work, well, not really brag as much as glow under a person's praise. I don't mind buying things from cosplay shops but I'm really very picky when I do and I usually have a certain look I'm going for. Like if I don't have time to do wings, I usually commission someone I know that makes the exact wings I do because I hate the flat ones. I don't even know why I hate the flat ones....

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:54 pm
by +Kohyoh+
i do too... i like to hand make my stuff... gah... even ukon's dumb pipe :(
but ukon is just so gosh darn kawaii! :D

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 8:01 pm
by Hemuloki-sama
I'm kinda weird like this...See, I love making my own props because I get to tell them about it and give myself bragging rights but I love posing with OTHER people's props because I just love holding theirs. It's weird

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2003 6:49 am
by +Kohyoh+
i might be because you didn't stress over and make other people's props

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2003 12:40 pm
by Hemuloki-sama
You know, I never thought of it that way

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2003 6:06 pm
by +Kohyoh+
i'm so smart aren't i! :D

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2004 8:54 pm
by glass snow
a good material to use for the blue wings would be polyethylene backer rod,(just look up backer rod on the net ) they use it in log homes weird I know. But it is extremly light comes in many different sizes and when you stick wire down the center of it, it works beautifuly.
2 things though.
1. you must use hot glue, polyethylene is resistant to most glues that are oil based and from experiance hot glue works the best,
2. you have to use an alchahol based paint to get it to stick to it, spray paint should work.

after the main bones are glued together, you may want to have a few continuouse peices of wire going through case, just hot glue some sheer onto the peices and whalla..

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2004 9:16 am
by +Kohyoh+
lol that reminds me! i have to make huge wings too! but mine are simple... i think ^.^* ... if the wire i use is gonna let me do what i want to do with it...

Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2004 9:26 pm
by Phoenix_fire
i guess i'm lucky that i need wings that are small. it won't take anytime to make them. my only problem is that they have to be stuck directly to my back.

Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2004 9:45 pm
by Hemuloki-sama
Wings never really have to be made to be on the back even with costumes that technically have no backs and people still don't like the idea of straps.

Is this costume the Subaru one too? If so, I would look at and look for the cosplayer Dia for ideas on those wings. She recently did a commission for them

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2004 7:29 am
by +Kohyoh+
she's teh one that used the wire eh?.... tehy came out good... but if you have an extre $4 you can go to a hobby shop ---HOBBY LOBBY--- and buy a pair of doll wings... that's what i did for the naoki... then i bought some feathers and thinkened the wings and added the curlly thing... it ended up costinng about $7 but they are so cute^.^ now that i twiked them

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 4:18 pm
by Phoenix_fire
yeah, i saw those wings. they're awsome. i haven't decieded the way i want to do them yet. i still have about 4 months until i need them done so i have plenty of time to let the creative juices flow.

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2004 2:24 pm
by +Kohyoh+
if it makes you feel better i still have to make my four ft wings Y.Y