I've been trying to bust out my stash lately, and that included the box o' feathers.
I've had a couple of old mardigras-style feather masks for years, and I was tired of storing them, so I ripped the feathers off and reused them, along with other odds and ends feathers I'd acquired over the years from nature, dusters, floral arrangements, flea markets, you name it.
I love the etsy "gigi" wings ( http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7646700
), but I can't shell out that sort of money. I used them as a loose inspiration for this project, although I like theirs much better! Heh heh.
Anyways, on to pics!
And for the tute...
You'll need -2 heavier-weight wire hangerselectrical tapefine mesh (I used scrap pieces of WireForm aluminum mesh that were rumpled and sort of ripped - I couldn't bear to toss them, and they glue together and to the feathers like a charm)wire cuttersscissorsa lot of hot glue (high temp)1 yard of 1 inch wide (at least) elastic scrap fabric to cover rear and elastic armlets
My pictures are kind of krappy, but they give you the idea..
Use about 3/4 of the wire hanger (aka, snip off the hook and swirl parts), bend each to the shap you want for each side. Join edges with electrical tape. Wrap tightly and many times, especially in the center back.
Cover the frame with the mesh, glueing around edges.
Make sleeves for the elastic with the fabric, glue additional fabric around the back of the wings to the edge of the frame.
Make hackles with the feathers with smaller on top, larger on bottom. Be creative! Just don't make the hackles very big. I had about 10 hackles from 2-4 inches wide, 3-5 inches long and it more than covered it.
Make sure you hold aside at least two dozen small, flexible feathers for spot coverage.
Longer, stronger feathers should be used as the tips and will go on first.
Keep glueing! Fill in blank areas and edges with additional, small feathers.
See? it's easy-- hot glue burns aside...
Totally worth it, though. I love 'em!