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« on: July 22, 2008 10:50:31 AM »

I'm planning a pair of fairy wings for a costume, and I'd like to make the sort that slip down your back beneath a corset so they look like they're sprouting from your back. I want to avoid having to wear straps over my shoulders.

I've seen these things all over the web, but I'm not sure exactly how to construct the part that slides down beneath the corset.

Example: http://www.enchantedcostumes.com/bmz_cache/2/226bb8d53d2405b448290067bb46a28b.image.550x550.jpg

Anyone ever make a pair like this? Have any suggestions for what the harness should look like?

Thanks for any help anyone can offer!
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2008 11:05:49 AM »

Aha!  That's because no one ever shows you what that piece looks like...it's always tucked into something!  Here's ones that I've made: 

where you can see the part that slips down.  These were intended to be laced into a corset, as the corset's being put on.  This is not, turns out, the best way to do it.  This is also a prettier version than what most folks do, because I wanted them to be able to be worn with straps, outside of clothes, as well.  Usually, what you'll see is just a U-shape (or a like this: l_l flattened and squared out on the bottom) that's just narrower than your average person's shoulderblades, or as wide as the bar that connects your wings together, and all it does is slip down into a tightly laced corset (snug, not constricting), and you're good to go.  If you wanted to add some more security, you could always add an elastic belt, one side attached to one leg of the U and the other side attached to the other.

Just a tip:  when I design my wings, I like to make sure whatever pieces are holding the two sides together, and if there's a piece being integrated into clothing, that those wires are also extending out into the wing itself, and not just tacked on after the wings are constructed.  It can make your designs a little harder to execute, but it's definitely worth it in the finished product.  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2008 11:48:57 AM »

lunascura- this is a great question. I hate wearing mine sometimes becasue of the straps.

does anyone know if there is any way to convert a pair of "pantyhose" style wings to this method? I have 2 pairs I bought at renfest over the past few years and would love to change them up....
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2008 12:31:02 PM »

Eliea, can you post a pic of your wings?  Or PM me with one, either way.
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2008 07:30:08 AM »

Aislynn,
Thanks for the photos and suggestions!
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2008 07:45:38 AM »

Eliea, can you post a pic of your wings?  Or PM me with one, either way.
took the pics off my camera last night. I'll try to upload them once I get home from work.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008 08:39:29 PM »

this is similar, with detailed wire construction phase info
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196440.0

I have tried, unsuccesfully, a couple times to convert separate wings to a single unit/ baseframe set. I wound up with the following problems: my center/ attatching wire poked holes in my wing fabric while working with it, the places the wire overlapped either didn't stay attatched (glues were attempted) or stayed but required so much tape/ glue/ epoxy that they were bulky & crude looking, the wings wound up closer together & less floppy but still required straps.

I do not share this to tell you it's not possible, only to help you avoid my problems Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2008 08:04:19 AM »

this is similar, with detailed wire construction phase info
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196440.0

I have tried, unsuccesfully, a couple times to convert separate wings to a single unit/ baseframe set. I wound up with the following problems: my center/ attatching wire poked holes in my wing fabric while working with it, the places the wire overlapped either didn't stay attatched (glues were attempted) or stayed but required so much tape/ glue/ epoxy that they were bulky & crude looking, the wings wound up closer together & less floppy but still required straps.

I do not share this to tell you it's not possible, only to help you avoid my problems Smiley
Good to know. I will have to thick carefully before I cut the ties off. here's what they look like:

Each square on the mat underneath is one inch. (for size reference.)
They have little nylon ties that are somehow worked into the construction of the middle part of the wings.
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2008 08:21:43 AM »

Those are different from the ones I tried to convert, I was attempting that conversion with store bough wing & their horrible 4 inches of felt between the wings.

If the whole wing set is rigid, you should be able to cut the ties off fairly easily without it falling appart/ droopy wings. The remaining question is, what is under that center section? and why is it so bulky?

Did you say you bought those at a Renn Fest? they are very pretty.
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2008 05:27:33 AM »

I would definitely leave the ties on until you try wearing them converted at least once (just tuck them in!), just in case you want to wear them the other way again.  And I second Penlowe's question...what's the middle part made of?  Styrofoam would be my guess...
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