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« on: December 06, 2005 11:34:09 AM »

I was recruited as an angel for a little Christmas pageant. So, I was working on my costume (made from a white sheet and a t-shirt thankyouverymuch),a nd I'm going to need wings.So, I was wondering what gauge wire would work best for the nylon-covered wings? I was thinking about a 15-gauge. Would that be strong enough to keep its shape, but still be pliable to work with by hand?
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2005 01:36:01 PM »

I saw this on tv, but unfortunately she only says to use 'heavy guage' wire.  I did notice on the show that her wire seemed to be plastic coated and there was black printing on the plastic coating, like maybe it's for something electrical?  dunno if this will help, but her wings are way cool.

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_kid_crafts/article/0,1789,HGTV_3256_3751334,00.html
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2005 01:37:15 PM »

use a coat hanger!
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2005 07:23:42 PM »

I may have to use a coat hanger if I can't find anything else...first, I'm going to go bend wire at the hardware store and see if I can find something. mainly 'cause hangers are a pain to bend. :p)

Bigeyes, that was an episode of That's Clever, right? I saw that one; the wings are rockin'.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2005 07:44:13 PM »

i think it was crafters coast to coast....i"ve got it on my dvr, but i don't know how to copy it or I'd send it to you!

the link I posted has her tutorial online tho, and links to her site.  I gotta work on some of those for a ren faire...
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2005 08:01:01 AM »

I don't know if you saw my post from before the server problem, but all I basically said was don't use clothes hangers they are not pliable enough.  Sure you can bend them, but you can't straighten them.  Go to the hardware store and find something there!

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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2005 08:51:57 PM »

I was looking for wire one day in our local farm supply store.  The closest thing I could find to what I wanted was a 1/4 mile roll of electric fencing....but I only needed 10 feet.  My carpenter bro happened to be there and showed me some really cool stuff.  It was for tying rebar when you pour concrete.  It's really close to the size of a clothes hanger, but bends really easy, yet holds it shape so nice!  It was only a couple of bucks for 50 feet too!  I realize that if you live in a city, chances are you don't have a farm supply store nearby, but for the price, it may be worth looking for.  I used the leftovers to hang bird feeders and wound up a length of it, all curly and cute, to hang my windchimes by on the corner of the house.
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2005 10:33:07 PM »

Hey, if you're still looking for wire, I use 1.57mm wire (I think that's about 16 gauge).  It's still quite pliable, but also strong enough to hold its shape. I make wings for a living, and I've never had problems with this gauge!

Good luck with your wings! I'd love to see photos of the finished product Cheesy
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