1/21/2016:NOTE on Gloves: Instead of making gloves, feel free to buy a pair/find & re-purpose them for your wings, I've found ones with a velcro strap at the wrist to be particularly useful, though the slightly-stretchy gardening gloves work too.
3/22/10: Have you seen my video showing wing-movement yet? Here's another.
10/17/13: Still having issues with the harness? Here's a close up VIDEO!
4/20/14: Trouble with the D-ring wire-wrapping? Here's a photo-progression that may help you start~
6/28/17: I can't believe I forgot to post this... Alternate Harness Design as used by one of my tutorial followers, don't think they have a dA account to link sadly...
Part 0 - MATERIALS
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT
Part 2 - FEATHERS
Part 3 - HARNESS YOU ARE HERE
Part 4 - ASSEMBLY
Part 5 - COVERTS
Part 6 - ARM-COVER WIP
EXTRA - RESULTS: See what OTHER people have made following this tutorial~
Already finished your wings? Please fill out this questionnaire, I'd love to hear about it!
Wing Design/Tutorial © Sunnybrook1
Are the gloves just for protection or are they necessary to keep the wings fixed? I have some gloves that would fit my purpose, but I want to be able to use them for other things as well, so I'd rather not attach the PW to them. Would it work to just make the straps (possibly with a strap around the wrist as well) or do you think it would twist too much?
I find the gloves an easy way to keep the harness bits on my hands in place while also protecting my hands from the harness & pivot point, but you can try slipping the harness part over your gloves & skip sewing them together, maybe it'll work fine for you.
If you try it, let me know if it works!
I bought a fairly tough button-up shirt to use instead of making a harness/glove combination. I cut most of the fabric away so I had the upper back, the shoulders, and the arms intact. I kept one button in the front for easy putting on/taking off. The sleeves were long enough to cover almost my whole palm, and fairly loose (which is covered anyway so that doesn't really matter). I stitched on a strap that looped over my thumb to keep the sleeves down in place on my arms. Make sure it's a soft and wide enough strap not to give yourself any sores.
I used the same bolt/wire frame setup for the hinged feathers, and sewed it to the underside of my wrist, right at the end of the sleeve.
Never used a d-ring or parachute clips for anything.
My elastic strips were sewn to the back of the shirt about middle of the shoulderblades, and the other end was anchored about at the back of my hand, directly above the hinge.
Storage and transport is surprisingly easy. I just hung them by the thumb loops in my closet/drycleaning hook in my car. They don't come apart, but I actually prefer that. One less thing to go wrong, right?
To cover the shirt sleeves, I went to my local quilting shop and bought a yard of cotton fabric in the right colour, cut out 12-ish large panels to cover the elastic and front of the sleeve, and about a million little feather pieces to tile overtop of those. I then hot-glued a feather boa to cover what was left, partially because I wanted to mimic a fluffy neck ruff, partially because I was out of time and that was the fastest option.
This has the added benefit of being really comfy. Like just wearing a heavy jacket.
Picture for clarity:
The "X" shape was just the best way I could think of to evenly distribute the weight of the pivot point & wing attached to it along a wide area of the glove, and not just that edge of it. Having the PW loop over the glove, between the thumb & forefinger, means it acts like a bag handle for you to grip while wearing the wings in a down position (ie just hanging there closed).
You can certainly use just a bit of PW to attach the pivot point to the glove, but it may stretch and warp that edge of your glove with the weight of the wing. Who knows - if you give it a try, let me know how it goes!
I was thinking, maybe a strap close to my elbow and one close to mu wrist where i make a reinforced feather of some sort, and just connect the ribbon through to the longest feather, the one you're holding, that might work.
And to add upon that. the biggest challenge will be concealing the steel wires connected to the bolts under my wrist. Not sure how to make use of secondary feathers there.
And another, blunt question. When makign the feathers, do you use Paint, as the one you use to colour your walls? I got a bit confused at that part but im still researching for my cosplay so shouldnt be much of a problem!
And last but not least, flipping heck, you know you make good wings when people use this a decade after you put the tutorial up, good work!
Also, if the feathers follow your arm/top of your hands, they won't close as cleanly as a real birds wings, but this is Papi - when have her wings ever looked all neat and tidy closed? I think just being able to move at all will look nice, similar to how the Crooked Feather made these wings for her commissioner.
You might be able to find a lot more costumes of this character, I'd search around some more and see how other tackled the problems your having, it's really useful for inspiration - just be sure to write down names & credit folks if you're using their ideas for your project~
Good luck, and thanks!
And if you're lazy like I am~ You have two adjustable arm rings already made just cut the D rings off carefully in case you'll need extra.
As for the elastic tubing I can't order things online and no store near me carried any. I was lucky and had to get blood tests done so I asked to keep that rubber thing they tied around your am to use as a replacement and it works perfectly!
So just a few from the previous step:
- is the paint used as glue ? There is no additionnal glue needed ?
Now for this part:
- can I replace the PW with any other fabric, or maybe an elastic ? Or does it has to be non-elastic ?
- can I use a simple elastic instead of tubing ?
- does the arm-ring part of the harness rotates a lot ?
- does the arm elastic has to be fold in 3 ? And how do you mesure it, pulled or resting ?
And also for the next step with the ribbon thing, should it be placed closer to the pivot point or more far is better ? And do I also have to attach it to the secondary feathers ? I didn't really understand how you attached it to the feather, cutting a hole and tying it around the shaft ?
I hope I didn't forget anything, so I don't have to bother you again, and sorry for the novel !
It would be really helpful if you could answer, thank you in advance
Here are my answers, in order:
- Yes! The paint is the glue. You shouldn't need any more.
- The PW can be replaced with fabric or elastic, yes, but it should not be too stretchy. If it is TOO stretchy your wings may not open all the way, but thick/strong elastic or kind-of-stretchy fabric/material should work. Anything that would work for a bag or backpack strap should work.
- Yes! You can use simple elastic instead of tubing~
- Yes, but it should not rotate too much. :/ It should stay in one area on your back/back of your arm. If it rotates too much, you can shorten the long piece that connects them (not the elastic/tubing part).
Or you can try an alternate harness design, like this one:
- If the elastic is thick/sturdy enough, you don't have to fold it in 3. You measure it resting. When the wing is closed the elastic is resting. When the wing is open the elastic is stretched.
- The ribbon thing - the "stringing" - is best placed in the middle of each feather. It's easier to open the wing that way. The closer the ribbon is to the pivot point, the more difficult it will be to open the wing. BUT if the ribbon is placed in the middle it sometimes looks bad. :/ So I pick a spot that looks good but is between the pivot point and the middle of the feather.
- Yes, the ribbon/stringing should attach to the secondary feathers too. Then it attaches to you, so that when you open the wing the feather you are holding will pull the other feathers open, but not TOO far.
- And yes! I cut a small hole & tied it once around the shaft of the primaries (there's not enough room to make a proper knot), and in a knot around the secondaries.
If you still have any questions, please let me know~
Thanks again for the tutorial, I'll be sure to send you pictures when it's done
And no, it won't be weaker, but it may be more difficult to open & close all the way, it'll depend on if all of your feathers are bent in the same way so that they stack properly.
And yes, you grab the first feather and lift, and since all the other feathers are connected to it by the stringing/ribbon it should open like a big fan. ^-^