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Topic: Cellophane fairy wings w/ tutorial (now w/3 sets)  (Read 10984 times)
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« on: December 03, 2005 02:47:50 PM »

I'm trying to make (human sized) cellophane wings, again. My last pair turned out pretty awful. These are only a few inches tall because I made them as practice for the big ones I'll soon be making.


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y168/flyinpurplemunkiez/DSCF4765.jpg

You'll need:
*cellophane
*wire (I use 14 gauge wire from OSH or Home Depot for human sized wings, something a lot thinner and softer would be better suited for doll sized wings)
*wire cutters
*paper
*pen/pencil
*glue (I used a hot glue gun because it dries fast and clear)
*lighter
*incense


Step 1: crumple up your cellophane and then flatten it back out.


This gives it that pretty wing texture and makes your wings change colors nicely when the light hits them.


Step 2: cut off a length of wire and bend it into a frame.

Step 3: sketch out a pattern for your wings (don't forget to leave room to fold over the edges) and cut that out.




Step 4: use that pattern to cut out your cellophane.


Step 5: place your wire on top of your cellophane and start gluing. It's best to do small sections at a time.


Step 6: glue, fold over cellophane, press down, repeat until you have it all done.




Now time for decoration...
Step 7: I felt that the edges have a too perfect/unatural look to them so I carefully melt that edge by holding a lighter close to it. Make sure not to let them actually catch on fire because you'll quickly have no wing left (can you tell that I speak form experience?).


Step 8: A stick of incense is perfect for controlled holes. You just poke the wings for small holes or move it in a circle for larger holes. If you don't have incense you can create holes by holding your lighter under them but the holes will be bigger and far less controlled.


Now, all you have to do is repeat all that for the other side.


This is closer to what they really look like, the flash makes them look far too pink.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2005 02:49:42 PM »

Here is another practice wing:






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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2005 03:02:32 PM »

those are rocksome! they look really cool, and i like the extra work you put into it like the holes and edges. good stuff!
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2005 03:06:28 PM »

i just looked over the title and thought it said cellphone wings
heh.
but either way, it looks awesome.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2005 04:17:34 AM »

That is a great idea!  I never thought of using cellophane, way better than nylon.  I have a huge roll of cello that's been hanging around.  Wow!
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2005 04:23:39 AM »

WOW!  They look great.  I can't wait to see the finished pair.

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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2005 07:33:26 AM »

cool
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2005 08:54:59 PM »

ooooooooo so pretty XD
my many attempts at wings have all ended pretty um...not so good.  these seem like a very easy way to achieve a beautiful effect.  thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2005 12:03:45 AM »

That's an AWESOME idea! You could do the same thing with other materials, right? Maybe if you had starched fabric? Don't know how well you could burn that,  but it's an idea.

I do like the idea of the irridescentness of the wings.

Personally, I would decorate those wings like crazy with markers and pins and ribbons and such. If I ever try to make a pair of wings like this, I'll let you know Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2005 12:13:29 PM »

That's an AWESOME idea! You could do the same thing with other materials, right? Maybe if you had starched fabric? Don't know how well you could burn that,  but it's an idea.

I do like the idea of the irridescentness of the wings.

Personally, I would decorate those wings like crazy with markers and pins and ribbons and such. If I ever try to make a pair of wings like this, I'll let you know Smiley

I've made many different types of wings in the past. As long as the frame goes all the way around, strech fabric looks great. With those types of wings fabric paint, ribbons, glitter, sequins and any other type of decoration you heart desires look great. If you're making a small set of wings you might want to try using tights. You just slide them over the frame and burning them works really well.
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