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« on: May 31, 2005 05:47:01 AM »

Right so I want to make these wings in time for my birthday party (it's going to be fancy dress) but I'm at a loss of how to do it except make the wire frame which my dad said he'd help with.

Any idea how I'd insert the feathers in and more importantly where can I buy a mass bulk of black feathers that look decent for relatively cheap? 

I also don't want them that big nor the feathers dangling at the bottom but that general shape and idea.

(And if this is posted in the wrong place, please feel free to move it as I didn't know where to put it.)

Thanks. ^^
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2005 12:34:33 PM »

ooh...aiyiyi...very cool, just had to say, but I have no idea accept to wrap the frame with fabric, and lots of feathers and lots of strong glue and lots of patience
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2005 07:35:04 AM »

My mum said something about using black voile and then just atttaching a few feathers for effect.

Thanks anyway. ^^
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2005 12:48:54 AM »

There is no such thing as relatively cheap feathers for something that large... the huge feathers are terribly expensive, I think a dollar a piece where we've found them.

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2005 12:53:56 AM »

Not sure about the long bits at the bottom, but my mom made a great pair of regular wings by wrapping the wire frame in tulle and hot gluing the feathers in. The holes in the tulle allow you to stick the stem of the feather through the fabric without much effort and it looks great. Also I'm sure you could use something other than hot glue , and probably should as her fingers were quite burnt by the end. Good luck.

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2005 01:06:32 AM »

you can make very cool fake feathers by cutting out feather shapes on the straight grain of a stiff and shiny fabric such as heavy silk or poplin.  then pull threads from the long sides leaving only a middle line and all the horizontal threads.  i suppose even if you used a light weight fabric you could starch them after the pulling.  i did this with black silk and it was amazingly real looking and plus you don't have to victimize a bunch of birds.

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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2005 03:14:59 PM »

Even fake feathers would work.  I just want something similar for my birthday party. 

I'll try and keep you posted on the progress of them.  Smiley
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2005 07:42:56 PM »

i made some wings for halloween one year. mine weren't near as big as in that photo.
the way i did it was made a pattern for the shape of the wings and then traced it onto some cardboard. i might have been posterboard, but that seems too flimy i don't think i would have used it. i'm pretty sure i just found a big box or something lying around my garage.
there was also a smaller rectangle piece between the wings to connect them. my mom covered the cardboard with black fabric and sewed in some elastic "straps" to hold them on. you know to put your arms through and they just sit over your shoulders or whatnot like backpack straps would. i hot glued black feathers over both sides. i just got them in bags at the craft store, whatever was cheapest. i think i also used a black boa on the top to hide the where i glued on the last row of feathers (i started with the bottom point and worked up).
they stayed pretty well, but it was windy that night and i lost a few feathers. i didn't have anything stabilizing the wings to keep them straight either so they would flap around in the wind at the joints where they connected to that center piece haha. my fingers were all black from the dye in the feathers too. all in all it came out really well and i wore them a few times. i was pretty pleased. sorry i don't have a pic to show you i'm sure that description is pretty weak.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2005 03:10:25 PM »

feathers are reasonably light.. I'm sure you could get away with bending some wire into the shape you want the wings to be, and then covering them with pantyhose (like for making fairy wings) and then just gluing the feathers to that.

you might be able to get chicken farmers to sell you feathers for cheap. Other than that, you're not gonna have much luck for finding them less than $1 a pop.

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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2005 11:39:21 PM »

If you made some can you please post a picture.
I have been searching for some angel wings for my wall, but the only ones around are cheap looking.

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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2005 01:23:06 AM »

What about making the wings out of heavy cardboard so you have the base to work on
rather than trying to work in fabric as well. or use black tights to form the wings and glue your
feathers onto that.

painting the board solid black, then painting in some feathers with the silver higlights
and then adding smaller feathers on top or you could use cheaper boa and cut it up and glue
down the fluff.

this would  give you more of a feather fluffy look.

you could always go to the country and chase some chooks around till u get enough..LOL Smiley

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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2005 12:08:20 PM »

good god those are some sparkly panties..  :O

I just had a little flash in the pan idea-- why not get a couple of feather boas (you can get them for about $10) and use the feathers from those to make your wings?

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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2005 12:14:42 PM »

I have a pretty cool pair of wings I got from Spencers. If you're running out of time, you could always try going to a costume shop. In fact, it might be a good idea to go there and look at the wings they have to get some ideas for building.

Maybe if you have a schwank Vickie's Secret nearby you could try to borrow wings from one of their mannequins. A long shot, but hey.  Undecided

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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2005 08:51:14 AM »

buy a pair of smaller than you want already made ones, then wip down to your local craft store a pick up some feathers then add them on with a glue gun untill their big enough/personalized enough, also you could get some sheer fabric to attach to the bottom to make the dangley bits. hope that helps
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