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Wing Tutorial by dust-bunny Wing Tutorial by dust-bunny
There are a billion and one tutorials on how to make wings for cosplay out there, I based my wing construction off of Jia Jem's [link]

The difference being the shape of my wings, and the addition of color. Hope you find it useful.
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:icontammysoul:
Tammysoul Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou so much for sharing.
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:icondenmarkkittenkiss:
DenmarkKittenKiss Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Artist
Simply Awesome ^O^
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:iconmz-kitty:
mz-kitty Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
What kind of glue did you use?
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:icondust-bunny:
dust-bunny Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just a hot glue gun.
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MonkeyDKaida Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're such a genius! XD i wish i found this earlier!
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WildFireWitch Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
how did you harness them? I've made several sets of wings but the harness is always my problem
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:icondust-bunny:
dust-bunny Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The ones in the picture were held in place by slipping into a slot that I cut in my breastplate. Since the breastplate was tight and sturdy it held the wings up. People do the same thing with corsets, by slipping the U part of the bend into their corset.

I made a second pair that was worn like a back pack held up by clear bra straps too. So there are a bunch of options!
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WildFireWitch Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cool! ok thanks so much!
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Noi-Chii Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Maybe you can help me. I gotta make small wings is white-pinkish color.. But now I bought light pink feathers and maybe they are a bit to pink... is there a way to get them lighter?
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey there, sorry for the late reply. Hope there is still time to help!

I colored my feathers using floral spray paint by "Design Master" that I bought in Michales Craft store. If you can find the paint in the right color you can lightly mist it over your feathers to hopefully get the right color.

If you have access to an airbrush you could use a light colored air brush paint with some fabric medium mixed in and do the same thing.

Good luck, hopefully that helps!
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ParaChomp Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Going to try this out. Thanks a bunch!
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:icondust-bunny:
dust-bunny Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Np. Let me know how it works out!
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ParaChomp Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I'll try to if I remember.
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:iconthebeastofhearts:
TheBeastOfHearts Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you attach this to your back o_o?
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For this particular set, since I wore it with a breastplate, I created a metal loop and was able to slide the loop through a slot I made in the breastplate so the loop sat between my back and the breastplate.

Some people will create a corset with a slot in it and use the corset to hold up the wings in a similar way.

I made a pair of blue ones almost exactly like this and attached clear bra straps to the metal "U" - it is a "U" instead of a straight line because it helps the wings sit flat and not roll. The straps are worn like a backpack.
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TheBeastOfHearts Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thanks =D ^^
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:iconunderthewings:
underthewings Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
What is the wire's gauge size that you used? :3 9, 10, 12, etc.
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:icondust-bunny:
dust-bunny Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not quite sure off the top of my head. I used a thick one (about the thickness of a pencil) that way it was sturdy but I could still bend it with my hands.

I would suggest using the heaviest wire you can buy that you can still bend with your hands, this will ensure that the wings will support the weight of the feathers without deforming, but also that you can create the shape you like easily.

Remember that the smaller the number the thicker the wire.
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:iconunderthewings:
underthewings Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I see! Yeah, I'm opting for wire gauges that are below 10. ^^

Thank you!
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smcosplay98 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You were at Otakon, weren'tt you? >w>
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:icondust-bunny:
dust-bunny Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes I was =)
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:iconsmcosplay98:
smcosplay98 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:D I saw you!
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xxxmehbrokensoulxxx Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Who may i ask is the intended cosplay?
I was thinking pricess AI.....?
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I actually had people suggest to me I could re-use these for Princess AI. However the wings are for a character called Sizer from Violinist of Hamlen. Her wings are usually depicted as all white, or all red. But her red wings are described as "blood stained". This was my attempt at paying homage to both versions of the character, and it added a bit more interest to the wings.
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xxxmehbrokensoulxxx Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Yes the best kind of prop is one you can use on several characters :)
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:iconmxgirl199:
mxgirl199 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty neat. I might try this over the summer, though I don't do cosplay.
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It can be fun for a halloween costume too!
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mxgirl199 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah that would be a good idea.
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
This tutorial has been used in the following news article:
:star: Introduction to Tutorials at deviantART

Thank you so much for taking the time to produce guides to help artists!
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the feature. I really appreciate it!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
:huggle:
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:iconaliceinheaven:
aliceinheaven Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Did your feather stiffen after you sprayed them or they stayed fluffy and fluttery?
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well turkey rounds are pretty stiff to begin with, they do not fluff or flutter. Fluttering of rounds may be undesirable because they may begin to separate and look ragged. In fact sometimes I spray my unpainted feathers with hair spray or clear spray paint just to keep them stiff and rigid so the don't begin to look ragged.

But the feathers had about the same feel and texture as unpainted ones. I would not recommend using the spray on the flats or fluffy feathers because the paint would probably cause clumping, perhaps if you diligently combed it as it dried.

Hope that answers your question
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aliceinheaven Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Hmm. I see. So it's got a different feel to it.

I never knew since I have yet to work with turkey feathers.

I have worked with duck and goose, the rounds are pretty sort and quite pliant.

I've used spray paints and they turn stiff and change in texture.

Does the texture change when you spray floral paint too?
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes just a bit, but floral spray is a lot finer and softer since it is meant for real flowers. It will still stay soft and pliant like you want.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, someone else who knows the divine secrets of floral spray. :D
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
<3 Floral spray is best spray!
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I really like your tut ^3^ I love the way you colored them feathers~
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconyuuri-k:
Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
you're welcome :D
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