Well, this has sort of become the splash page for the rest of my tutorial, links are below!
Each feather is made out of straightened hanger-wire with two pieces of fabric painted back-to-back over it (think fabric sandwich, with the wire on the inside).
I've added more secondary cover-feathers since these shots, I've replaced the circulation-cutting arm brace with a glove, and I still have to add the arm-hiding fabric/feather combo, but I'm really excited about how these look~
Want to make your own? Check out my budding tutorial!
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
EXTRA - RESULTS: See what OTHER people have made following this tutorial~
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See them in motion! youtu.be/jel7W19CxdI
See TWO of them in motion! youtu.be/nE5hPNaau5Q
Disney animator describes the Mechanics of Bird Flight - watch for the useful description of how wings are built from 8:40 - 11:31.
I want to make a fursuit of my OC Moxi who has just one snowy owl wingarm (picture below) and I have a few questions I didn't find in the comments.
Does this method work if I only make one wing?
How much does one wing weight? And can I wear it for like 1-2 hours without problems?
How durable are the feathers when you handwash them?
I have to decide if I want to make a wing like your's or a toony fur-wing and I would love to choose your method because your wings look just so awesome.
Sorry for all these questions ^^'
Thank you for your time and this great tutorial c:
Sure, you can make a single wing - you won't need as many buckles for the harness, and could skip it entirely & just attach a buckle to whatever you're wearing as your top/shirt, as long as it isn't loose & is secure enough for it.
Weight depends on how many feathers, your fabric thickness, etc. - 4-5 lbs maybe? I'd have to dig through my submissions/replies to see what mine were. And wearing it for 1-2 hours w/out problems depends on your own muscle limits & how popular your costume is/how often you keep your wing held open for photos - I'd say yes, but take breaks as needed.
Durability during handwashing? Pretty high - spot-clean with water, if you use soap keep it gentle/small quantities, dry flat and iron if it bubbles/wrinkles afterwards.