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Tutorial: How to make light-weight wings (Kamael) by ElenaLeetah Tutorial: How to make light-weight wings (Kamael) by ElenaLeetah
I've been asked many times how we made our kamael wings. I really didn't plan to write a tutorial EVER, but after 50th questions I gave up.
That’s not the only or best way to make wings, but there were demands, so I comply :)

Wings made by Desler (ErikDesler) and me (ElenaLeetah).
Tutorial made by me :)

РУССКАЯ ВЕРСИЯ - ЗДЕСЬ

Those are our kamaels, thanks to those costumes this tutorial was created:

LAII: Love and hate of evil creatures by ElenaLeetah LineAge II: Mutual threat by ElenaLeetah LAII: kamael in wilderness by ElenaLeetah LAII: Kamaels waiting for the prey by ElenaLeetah LineAge II on-stage by Hide-Out: kamaels' stroll by ElenaLeetah LAII: Kamaels by ElenaLeetah LAII: Kamael - Ready? by ElenaLeetah LAII kamaels: bow during festival Toguchi 2012 by ElenaLeetah 
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:iconwinterfox13:
WinterFox13 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am in love with this design. There's a mccall cosplay pattern for wings that I've been playing with but the structure is just horrible and your wing structure, as well as your companion's harness...are just WAY better. I'm cosplay Sephiroth for a convention and have been struggling with the wing. Your design has given me the right direction to go. Any chance you can tell me the guage of the wire you used? Regardless, amazing designed wings and equally amazing cosplay!
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:iconiivirulentii:
iivirulentii Featured By Owner Edited Feb 16, 2018
This looks amazing! Since you cut the tops of the foam layers that were underneath, did you only use 1 piece of fabric? If so, what shape was that fabric?
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:iconjohnlockeddancer:
JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing!
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem :)
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:iconcastorandpollux:
castorandpollux Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
First of all and simply put: wow! This is something i'll definitely have a try on :-)

If it is okay, i have 2 questions i'd like to ask :

how many parts does the wireframe consist of? at some point it looks, as if you are preparing foam-layers for a wing seperated in two parts, but that may be just my bad eye ;-)

Is there one layer of fabric, where all the foam is glued to - or did you glue every Foam piece on fabric and glued/sewed this onto the fabric? There is this part in the tutorial, where you say that one needs many fabric inlays for the glue - i guess this refers to "not cutting the top of each foam-layer" - am i right? :-)

Last but not least: this looks really awesome! I've been looking for Angelwings for quite a good time, and... one possibility is, to spend hundreds of €s for feathers and build something like they do at victorias secret - or to buy something really cheap for cheap money at amazon. Have been looking quite a while for someone using a cheap material combined with work for a great effect - congratulations on your effort, the results are looking stunning and really great! :-) Sorry for Wall of Text :-D
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanx :) 

There is 1 wireframe for each wing :) So yeah, we had 2 identical wires. 
And 1 layer of fabric, everything is simple :) Every foam piece is glued to the fabric, only the topmost layer is sewn onto the frame and fabric. 
If you won;t be cutting each layer - then yes, you'll need more fabric or glue foam layers directly together. 
 
Thank you for the compliments for our first (and last, as it stands) wings :)))) 
Sorry for the late answer! I haven't visited DA in a long time :(
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:iconcaliginousunobtanium:
caliginousUnobtanium Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2016  Student General Artist
Do you think Modge Podge would work instead of hot glue? That way you could glue the foam layers directly together? I still think a nice layering of fabric on top of the topmost layer would look cool and give the 'fluff' effect you see near the base of wings, but would modge podge be a possible solution the mysterious answer to the hot glue problem? I'm not very experienced with cosplay so I don't know how it would hold up on a large scale.
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry, I don't have an answer to your question as I never used Modge Poodge and thus don't know it's properties :( 
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GildedMoon Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Question! What would be the best way to paint this foam? I really love the tutorial and it would be great for my next cosplay, but the wings are dark red and the foam I've found comes in white and grey.
Thanks!

Edit - I just now saw the comment about spray paint.  Would the foam not be eaten away by it? Most foam I've worked with requires priming before being painted otherwise the aerosol would disintegrate the foam.
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was standart acrilic aerosol paint, the only problem with foam we had was that paint keep flaking off the foam in time.
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:iconnixon33:
nixon33 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
So, did you just cut the bottoms of the layers of foam into the feather shapes then? And how did you attach the wings to the base?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yeah. With thereads and hotglue :)
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:iconnixon33:
nixon33 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Awesome! The wings are so beautiful!!! Will they hold spray paint? Or airbrushing?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Spray paint :) Thank you!
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Spray paint :) Thanks!
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:iconxxkeeperofdeathxx:
XxKeeperOfDeathxX Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Those wings are amazing! They look so nice! I've got a question to ask if you'd be willing to answer it. I was just wondering, if you remember, do you know how much foam you needed for both wings? I know you says lots of foam in the tutorial but did you know roughly how many yards/feet of foam it was?  
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sadly, I don't actually remember, we had a whole roll of it, so... 10 meters, maybe?.. or smth.
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:iconxterradiabolusx:
XTerraDiabolusX Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cosplayers as talented as you never fail to astound me with your creativity. ^_^
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the praise! :)
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:iconxterradiabolusx:
XTerraDiabolusX Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! n_n
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:iconsavsavvy:
SavSavvy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
These are great! Would this work on Dark Mousy's wings though? i1011.photobucket.com/albums/a…
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure, for his wing it'll suit just fine.
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:iconsavsavvy:
SavSavvy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Thanks. owo
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem :)
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:iconlucemongui:
LucemonGui Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
As you held the thread of wire?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Didn't get the question, sorry =____=
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:iconawesomeneverdies:
AwesomeNeverDies Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Could you possibly tell me what you used for the base? Beautiful wings by the way! :)
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Some fabric and wire :)
Thanks.
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:iconcandybrainz:
CandyBrainz Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2015
Okay...have I understood that correctly? This fabric thing...
You had first glued fabric to foam than again a fabric layer, foam layer, fabric, foam....
Right? If thats right. Could you tell me how long the fabric layer were?

PS: Those Wings are so amazing! Good job, dudes. ^^
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:iconkarmaqueen588:
karmaqueen588 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what material did you use it doesnt look like regular paper
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For the pattern, you mean? Plain A2 paper sheet o_O
All the materials are mentioned in the tutorial.
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:iconcicilykittycat:
cicilykittycat Featured By Owner Edited Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
How long did it take? o: Also how much foam did you use? How much did it cost?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
20 hours total. How much - don't remember, we had whole roll, though I don't remeber how many meters...
Cost: foam + paint + wire. It was cheap, but it was several years ago, don't remeber actual prices, sorry.
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:iconcicilykittycat:
cicilykittycat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Nono! That's ok! Thank you for your help though! c:
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem :) Wish you luck on your projects
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:iconcicilykittycat:
cicilykittycat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Student General Artist
thank you! c:
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:iconwardenqueen666:
WardenQueen666 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi :) what thickness is the wire used in the frame?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
3mm, if I remember correctly. It was a LONG time ago.
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:iconcryaotic1girl:
Cryaotic1girl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Would this work for this? i.imgur.com/dsyAm.png
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure.
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:iconasininearson:
asinineArSoN Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The wings I'm making have to be orange, do you know if they sell orange polyfoam? or do you think i'd have to spraypaint them?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think you'd have better luck with spaypaint.
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:iconasininearson:
asinineArSoN Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:icondancingshizuofan:
DancingShizuofan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
let hope I can make this,  or at least find polyethylene foan
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:) OK, let's hope
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:iconthebelovedpanda:
TheBelovedPanda Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, does one wing have two of the longest piece, or just one of the longest and two of all the others?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, only 1 longest
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:iconthebelovedpanda:
TheBelovedPanda Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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