9/21/16: If alligator clips are too pricey and/or you won't need to adjust the feathers much after you've placed them, just leave on 2.5" - 3.5" inches of extra wire to bend around the elastic. It's not as pretty or easy to adjust, but it's cheap & it works!
Also, some pro-tips from Imagi-Nethat :
- Old bedsheets are a much cheaper alternative if you don't want to buy fabric off the roll.
- While using fusable web instead of paint seems like a good idea, I do NOT recommend it. The web doesn't stick to the wire and you end up having to go through extra steps to correct it.
- For the wire, I cut it to the length of the feather and then folded and squashed one end down about an inch. It keeps the fabric on well.
- If you live in America, Menards had reasonably priced alligator clips. It cost about $9 for two people's (36) clips.
- While it's entirely possible to spray paint your feathers after the fabric has stuck together, be careful about it, as it can leave a mottled look if you don't spray evenly.
3/22/10: My first video showing wing-movement.
12/3/13: My second video with two wings~
8/5/17: Disney animator describes the Mechanics of Bird Flight - watch for the useful description of how wings are built from 8:40 - 11:31.
3/6/2018: Correct #1 Primary feather wrapping example
Part 0 - MATERIALS
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT
Part 2 - FEATHERS YOU ARE HERE
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~
The Feather Atlas
Slater Museum of Natural History
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Hey! First, thank you for this great tutorial for these magnificent wings! I’m going to try making these for an upcoming cosplay project. I do have a question though (I have tried looking back in the comments but haven’t really found an answer so far). If you were to cover the fabric feathers in actual “real” fluffy feathers for realism, would the wings still be able to fold properly, or would you have problems with them bunching up because of extra friction?
Why paint btw ? That part confuses me a bit, could i just use some glue and fabric? Also, would cheap shirts work?.. lol im at a michael’s looking for fabric and i found shirts with the exact colors i need
e// Ended up buying two 3XL men’s white shirts, more than enough and cheap enough too
Paint, cause it was cheaper than the same amount of glue and worked for me with my fabric - And sure, T-shirt fabric could work, surprised to hear it was cheaper than just buying the fabric, but lucky find~
Sure, here's one from Home Depot: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hillman-100-ft-12-Gauge-Galvanized-Wire-122339/203721762
What kind of Gorilla glue do you use ? (my store has like 10 differents kind of Gorilla Glue :'D) Thank you!
By the time, I re-read the tutorial and read the comments (with a good wifi connection lol), and then I realized you used paint as glue. It looks that the particular paint you are using is discontinued or not available in my wallmart. Well I then opt to Mod Podge, because I am lazy. The results are so so for the moment, but as long as the feathers don't fall appart, it will be suffisant for my LARP :'D.
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Are you flipping the feathers to smooth both the front and the back?
And while drying, do you flip them every so often so they dry on both sides somewhat evenly (at least for the first few hours)?
When I paint feathers, I do a few at a time, and every time I finish one - takes 5-10 mins - I'll flip the others that are already drying.
Hopefully this helps.