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Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.6 WIP

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Published: November 13, 2013
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This is still a Work in Progress, but "done beats perfect" so here's what I have so far...EDIT: aaaand DONE, for now. :D Now you know as much as I do!  Moving on to another pair of wings and will readdress the gaps then, with better pictures/explanations, etc.

Will post a new one when I do, so don't worry about missing it! :thumbsup:

Part 0 - MATERIALS
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT
Part 2 - FEATHERS
Part 3 - HARNESS
Part 4 - ASSEMBLY
Part 5 - COVERTS
Part 6 - ARM-COVER WIP :pointl: YOU ARE HERE
EXTRA -  RESULTS: See what OTHER people have made following this tutorial~ :la:

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onipawHobbyist General Artist
Question! I printed out your feather patterns, and I just need to know, did you adjust the patterns AFTER you had them printed out? I'm just trying to see if your last feather (#21) is the same length and such as it is in your PDF file that you've provided for us. Thank you!
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

If you mean the Crow Feather pattern, then it should be - all the secondary feathers are quite similar in length. But it depends on where the elastic hangs between your wrist pivot point & harness - when in doubt, attach the printed paper feathers to poster board and tape them to your feather shafts, string them up with thread, and open/close them like you will your final wing - it's so much easier to make design adjustments & customization to paper feathers than finalized fabric ones.

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onipawHobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! And one last question, I'm trying to glue the fabric together with the wire in between them, i heard that E6000 worked best, but I'm not so sure. Either I didn't leave it to dry longer, or it just doesn't work. So my question is, what did you use to get your feathers to stick to each other and the wire? I see that you used some sort of paint? What kind of paint? If it wasn't paint, what kind of glue Doo you think would work?
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RyuaHobbyist General Artist
My first roll of wire did NOT stick worth a darn, I dabbed some hot glue along the length and then painted and stuck it together. (Or you can slide the wire out, glue it, and then slide it back in and squish it in place before it cools)

My second roll of wire was a much heavier gauge, and it stuck to the paint much better. I'm not sure if it was the type of metal, or the thickness.
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

I used cheapo, $10 bucket of matte wallpaint from Walmart - made sure to use enough paint that I could press the fabric together & both sides soaked up enough to dry/stick together. Gesso works too, but is much more expensive.

And wallpaper glue works well.

You might just need to use more of it, press the fabric layers together really well while wet, or as you said use glue instead. I think my paint method works well with fabrics that are thick & can soak in the paint, where it just slides off thinner or more synthetic fabrics.

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Alecto3263827Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe I found this in the middle of October! Argh!!! Now I have to utilize these wonderful tutorials for next year!!!!!
PitcherPerfect's avatar
Love it - maybe one day I'll make a pair and strap it to my horses back, who said Pegasus' aren't real? ;D
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That'd be amazing, as long as it doesn't scare the horse, lemme know if you manage it! :la:
theFrey1's avatar
The final arm cover you came up with looks good, but not overly complicated. Congrats!
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd love to find a more seamless way that still allowed movement, one day....thanks though~
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SuperMiniMicroStudent Filmographer
Question! Do you always have to be holding the wings, or is there a variation to attach them to your hands so they can relax?
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One could attach them to their hands, but the weight will still drag down on your wrists, so it's easier to just let go of them whenever you get tired. ^^;

OR if you are looking to give your hands/arms a break, the wings can be removed from the hands fairly easily, and I keep meaning to put a hook on the front of each shoulder so I have a place to hang them and take a break. :thumbsup: Does that answer your question?
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RingoNorijiHobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial ! I can't wait till i try this !
MountAndDewMe's avatar
MountAndDewMeHobbyist Digital Artist
attempts will be made. 
i love how active you are with your comments/questions and people who have tried this
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I enjoy seeing what people make. :D

^^; I also feel a bit guilty about lacking new content - real-life has drawn me away from crafting as of late - so encouraging others and clearing up confusion is the least I can do~ :thumbsup:
theemexicardo's avatar
Do you do any freelance work ? I would love a pair of these beauties!
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not currently, but when I do I'll announce it. :thumbsup: Thank you for your interest!
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MaatHarmonyProfessional Artist
Please advise where I can find latex tubing. I've tried Home Depot, Lowes, CVS and medical supply stores. No luck. If I cannot find it what lse will work? Elastic? Thanks!!
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Elastic will work just fine! :thumbsup::D
Cloudspin's avatar
heyy i was just wondering, since im planning to make wings with ur tutorial and are gonna try use fur for the arm covers, do you think i would still need the plastic mesh?
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SarikittenHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Did you succeed in using the fur as the arm cover? If so how did you attach it without ruining the feather movement?
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Sunnybrook1Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well a bit of plastic mesh is good for covering the primary fan, but not required. :) So you can probably skip it for now & just grab a bit later if needed~
Cloudspin's avatar
mh ok ill see how it goes without the plastic mesh for now, after i get all the materials needed for the wings xD but what kinda fabric would u recommend using on the feathers , and would it be possible to use something else than the hose on the harness?
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