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A pair of steampunk wings I made. The clockwork works properly, you can see a video of it working here: [link]

EDIT: I've been asked countless times how to make these, so I'm going to give a quick explanation here. The wings are made of thin card, covered in silver metallic vinyl sheeting, which I got from a general DIY store. As this is what most of the questions are about I'm going to find out exactly what it is when I get home from uni (around July sometime).

The clockwork is straight out of a clock with a few minimal adjustments to make the cogs rotate more (I found that when the alarm goes off more of the cogs rotate, and that there was a small part limiting how long the alarm would go off for; once I removed that part, it would go pretty much indefinitely). I can't give much more help on that though since finding that was pretty much trial, improvement and luck.

The rest is fairly straightforward - there's a cardboard sheet attached to the back of the clockwork to stop it digging into the wearer's back and to keep the clockwork going, and fake leather straps attached to that, which are adjustable with a buckle. I was lucky with the clock that I found in that it had places to attach the wings and cardboard (the metal bits on the corners of the clockwork) which were used to attach it to the original clock case. I then used the screws that came with it, and a few of my own, to attach the wings (as well as a bit of glue).

Lastly, the decorations on the wings are silver brads which are glued on, the wire along the top is some soldering wire glued in some nuts and glued onto the wings.

If anyone has any other questions feel free to ask, though I've pretty much covered everything here :)

EDIT AGAIN: I've made a tutorial! Hopefully any questions will be answered here.
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4000x2260px 4.57 MB
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Make
Panasonic
Model
DMC-TZ8
Shutter Speed
10/150 second
Aperture
F/3.3
Focal Length
4 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Jun 20, 2010, 12:04:34 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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kxley's avatar
Hi, I used your wings for a digital art piece.  Hope that's OK?  I'd like to sell the artwork.  Would that be OK? kxley.deviantart.com/art/Icaru…
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DemoraFairy|Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, yeah that's fine! Though I'd ask that you credit me and provide a link to this page in the description.
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No problem!
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DigitalRipple|Professional General Artist
THIS IS AMAZING!

I'm so inspired to try making one of my own now :D
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i love these FANTASTIC wings, would you mind if i used your ideas to try to make my own wings ?
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DemoraFairy|Hobbyist General Artist
Go ahead! Did you see the tutorial for these? It might help [link]

If you use a very similar design it would be nice if you could credit me, but if they end up really different don't worry. Let me know when they're done if you upload any pictures, I'd love to see them!
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fantastic wings !
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plumeriadancer|Professional General Artist
Love these wings! Great work, Tabitha. I enjoy all your steampunk art!
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San-Hatake|Student Artist
This very inspiring! I'm doing an art course and I'm thinking about using stuff like this, would it be okay if I used it as inspiration?
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DemoraFairy|Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! I'm glad you like it :) If you upload anything that had this as an inspiration, let me know, I'd love to see it!
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San-Hatake|Student Artist
Thank you so much! and of course, I'll photo my sheets with it in and stuff and send you it!
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franckophone|Hobbyist General Artist
Frikin Amazing! Wow!
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SHmIlEs5eva's avatar
omg. WANT! soooooo awesomeeeeee...

...seriously though. name a price. XD LOOVE IT
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DemoraFairy|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I've considered selling them, they would probably be over £100 (mostly for materials and shipping), but I don't have any on sale at the moment. If I do put any on sale, I'll let you know!
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plangkye|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I like this design a lot.
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i want some!
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DemoraFairy|Hobbyist General Artist
:D I'm considering selling some on Etsy, so maybe in the future you will be able to have some!
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CorruptJelly|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you think you would ever compile one of these together for etsy? This thing is one of the most intricately detailed contraptions i have ever seen. Great work :thumbsup:
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DemoraFairy|Hobbyist General Artist
I could, and I have considered it before, I'd just have to figure out a very secure way of packaging it, as the wings could get easily damaged if the box is placed on its side and I don't think just newspaper or bubble wrap would be enough. I have had others ask if these are for sale though, so maybe if I can find a good way of packaging it I could start making them to sell.

Out of interest, if you were to buy one of these, how much would you pay for it? lol
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CorruptJelly|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. Perhaps you could get a large block of syrophome and cut the shape of the wings into it?
Or maybe you could find a way to easily attach/detach the wings and inlude instructions for the potential buyer to attach them?
I honestly couldn't say how much i would pay for one of these, its tricky because it looks like somthing that could be easily sold for well over $150+ but at the same time a person like ME finds it very hard to spend $20 dollars on a t-shirt let alone an accessory. I think it would be better to ask someone who is more into the steampunk cosplay kindof scene.. (also a girl, you dont often see many men running around with mechanical angel wings on their back, lol)
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DemoraFairy|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, could try that. I looked into custom polystyrene packaging but you have to get quotes. I could try getting sheets of polystyrene/styrofoam and sticking them together in a block. Either way I'd have to wait until I got home for Christmas to try any of this out.
Detachable wings, I like that. Would also make it easier to take to cons and stuff. I'll have a think about this, I think it should be easy enough.
I was thinking no more than £100, though P&P would probably be quite a lot. I've asked on Brass Goggles, haven't got any replies yet.
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