This is still a Work in Progress, but "done beats perfect" so here's what I have so far...EDIT: aaaand DONE, for now. 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!
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 YOU ARE HERE
EXTRA - RESULTS: See what OTHER people have made following this tutorial~
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Wing Design/Tutorial © =Sunnybrook1
These particular arm-covers are sewn onto a simple fabric sleeve. Felt feathers were sewn to the front, and two plastic mesh/fabric flaps covered with more felt feathers were sewn on the top/back of the sleeve, and the wing elastic went underneath it - even added hooks to the bottoms of the flaps to grab on to the elastic & keep it from slipping down too far/keep it under the flaps. Wasn't as easy to move in, and didn't cover all the spots I wanted, so this design is still a work in progress...
In short, the arm cover is removable, and stays on with a combination of metal hooks to the wing elastic, and a piece of velcro on the top of the sleeve to the top shoulder of my harness.
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.
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.
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.
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. Does that answer your question?
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~