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Part 0 - MATERIALS YOU ARE HERE
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT
Part 2 - FEATHERS
Part 3 - HARNESS
Part 4 - ASSEMBLY
Part 5 - COVERTS
Part 6 - ARM-COVER WIP
EXTRA - RESULTS: See what OTHER people have made following this tutorial~
Still working on the last part - post questions, suggestions, and encouragement below~
EDIT 05/19/2014: Made sure to add that 12 gauge wire is equivalent to hanger wire, as the latter is becoming harder to find in some areas.
EDIT 05/16/2017: Hot tip from TatianaDragonWhisper, if you find dog collars at your local dollar store you can harvest parachute buckles & D-rings from them for cheap!
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Hi! I am really interested in doing this, but the download link fails or simply says that it does not exist, I already tried everything and I have not achieved it, please help me! :((.
sorry for the mistakes, this was written in the translator ;;
Depends on the umbrella/wire thickness, but sure! Umbrella spines are usually light but strong - as with any untested material, I'd try it with <i>one</i> first, then see how it goes~
If you share pictures of the results, I'd love to see them!
My question is this: what is the benefit of the 12gauge wire and alligator clips? I saw mention that someone, somewhere had used straws??? I'm looking to try and keep the weight on mine down, and interested in alternate options as opposed to all that metal? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
The 12 gauge wire is strong & can hold up thicker fabrics like broadcloth & felt, if you go the straw route you'll need to use thin/light fabric & spreadable glue (wall-paint-as-glue doesn't work as well unless the fabric is thick enough to absorb it) as well as dowels to mount the feathers on, like so:
Alligator clips: they're a bit pricey, but they allow you to adjust the secondary feathers more easily, HOWEVER I found that bending the end-bit of wire around the elastic & clamping it down tight enough to stay still allows you to tug it into a new position if needed:
But BOY is it a time-saver when making the wings, no need to glue & wait & hope they don't come undone in the future.
And with the painting part.. does it have to be paint? I feel like paint won't hold as well as fabric glue or contact adhesive would.
And nope, doesn't have to be paint, I used what was cheapest & what worked - people have made it work with everything from spray adhesive, wallpaper glue, elmers glue (the strong gallon-sized stuff), hot glue, etc. There are pros/cons to each kind, could probably make an entire chapter in a wing-making books on types of glue & their effects.
I personally have liked the paint because despite the (cons) use too much & the paint color bleeds through the fabric a bit & may need to be color-corrected afterwards, and slides around more easily before it's dried, meaning I have to handle it more carefully, it has some unique (pros) once it has dried & you find something is off slightly/needs corrected, it can be peeled apart fairly easily & repainted, BUT it still keeps the fabric layers together quite reliably (up to a certain size) and the paint I used had a flexibility to it that allowed the resulting feathers to be flexible as well.
Some glues dry so stiff that the feathers make clacking sounds when they hit each other, unlike the soft rustling of soft fabric against fabric, or the thwack of a suddenly open wingspan~
Could kinda go all day about this, but really just wish I had tons of materials & some time, would love to do a weekly livestream where w just test out materials & see what the results are.