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Topic: Any advice on making lady bug wings?  (Read 2365 times)
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« on: September 04, 2004 12:56:51 AM »

well firstly this is my first post ever, I have been lurking for a while, I really am impressed by this forum and finally thought I would pluck up my courage and post Grin. So here goes, I hope I have the right thread! Here's hoping this is the start of a beautiful friendship!

For a party I'm making a lady bug costume kinda based on this $400 (EEK) one by Trashy:

And I cannot figure out how to make the wings, I want to make them with wetlook vinyl like you see here but I can't figure out how to make them convex like they seem to be and lady bugs wings are. I have a few ideas, but none I am really happy with, I thought of doing it with wire like those kids butterfly wings, but that will just be flat. So I thought of using wadding to make them more shapely with a wire frame to hold their shape maybe? Any ideas? And I think I'll get sick of them so I will want them to be detachable,  but not sure on the best way to do that either...

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2004 04:51:05 AM »

hi!  i bet it would work to take a flat circle or oval of cardboard, for the side that goes against your back, and just cover it with the vinyl.  if you got the slightly stretchy kind, you could just lay down some batting or stuffing or whatever and stretch the vinyl over the whole thing and go back and add the details of the dots and the stripe down the middle.  i don't think you'll need any wire at all, since it's basically one oval piece and nothing sticks out or anything like with fairy wings.  it's such an adorable costume, i may steal your idea!  $400 is ridiculous, and homemade is so much cooler anyway.  and if ive learned nothing else about making wings or crafting in general, it's that you should just jump in with your best guess, and follow your instincts, and fear no mistake!!!  good luck! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2004 05:37:44 AM »

I was thinking about it, and then I read what Aeden suggested, and I thought the same thing. Vinyl on cardboard... my thoughts exactly.
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2004 08:14:55 PM »

That's a great idea! Thanks so much for that guys I will let you know how it turns out, I'm so glad I asked, it will be cheaper too. Steal away, seeing as how i stole the idea off Trashy anyway Wink

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