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« on: May 21, 2010 09:02:12 PM »

In exchange for a discount on ballet lessons, I used my fledgling skills to help make costumes.  I've been wanting to make wings, so when the instructor told me they needed fairy costumes I was so excited.  I didn't even have to buy the supplies!

The two biggest mistakes I learned from:  1. Make sure you don't buy the knee-highs with reinforced toes!  They didn't show up much from the stage, but they would've been much better without.  ***2. Don't make each wing separately!***  When you assemble them they will swivel individually and just not work.  I ended up taking them apart and twisting the wires together, which wasted hours.  Instead, just do the wire for all four wings in the set in one long, zig-zag piece.  It'll spring apart and drive you crazy until you get the hose over it and all wrapped together, but it's much better that way.

I got to make eight sets and they're each a little different.  To color them, first I drew lines/swirls/veins on them with Sharpie permanent markers, then sprayed the lines with rubbing alcohol.  The alcohol grabs the color and spreads it.  Once that was dry, I sprayed them with egg dye that I bought on clearance after Easter.  I couldn't resist hanging them out on the clothesline to dry!

Then I fancied them up with glitter and gems.  Around the bar in the middle of the wings is a tab of grosgrain ribbon.  That gets pinned to the dancer's leotard, with a big flower to hide it.  It worked out pretty well.

Here's my favorite pair.

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010 09:24:54 PM »

Can I have some wings?  Roll Eyes Those are too precious!
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010 10:03:53 PM »

Those are absolutely beautiful! Smiley Awesome job!

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2010 11:11:02 PM »

I love these! Those little ballerina's will be so excited to wear these! I would have really, really, really loved to wear these as a kid (uhmm... truthfully, I would still love to wear them now... Wink )

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010 12:04:48 AM »

Those are the cutest wings ever!!! I'm sure they'll all love them.

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2010 08:53:15 AM »

I love these, you did a wonderful job on these wings and the flower to hide the ribbon was a great idea

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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2010 01:51:47 AM »

These are so cute.  They came out great.  Thank you so much for your tips.  I love the flower in the back.  Great idea.
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2010 09:29:02 AM »

super cute!!!

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