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WIP - Realistic Wings

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Well, this has sort of become the splash page for the rest of my tutorial, links are below! :D

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 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT
Part 3 - HARNESS
Part 5 - COVERTS
EXTRA -  RESULTS: See what OTHER people have made following this tutorial~ :la:

Followed the tutorial? Fill out this survey to tell me how it went, I LOVE seeing and sharing what others come up with!

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youtube Icon See them in motion! :pointr:
youtube Icon See TWO of them in motion! :floating: :pointr:
youtube Icon  Disney animator describes the Mechanics of Bird Flight - watch for the useful description of how wings are built from 8:40 - 11:31.
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WaCaEulenstern's avatar


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.

  1. Does this method work if I only make one wing?

  2. How much does one wing weight? And can I wear it for like 1-2 hours without problems?

  3. 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:

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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.

WaCaEulenstern's avatar
Thank you for answering my questions, this is very helpful! :)
It will be a while until I start building this fursuit.
But as soon as it's finished I'm happy to share my results and of course credit you for this awesome tutorial c:
leyalimeyt's avatar
that is litterally the coolest looking  wings ive ever seen
Sunnybrook1's avatar

If you think this proof of concept is cool, you should definitely check out the Results folder, full of awesome, link in the description~

YelZamor's avatar
Still ever such a fantastic piece.
Can't wait to implement it in a cosplay. Thanks for sharing!!
XeroNecross's avatar
This is pretty cool! I am impressed! :D
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SorryNoSkill's avatar
Could make a pretty sweet Arakkoa cosplay with these :D
Sunnybrook1's avatar
Yup, and someone already has, I think: 
Adherent Arakkoa Cosplay by querulousArtisan
querulousArtisan's avatar
!!!! Ahhh oh my gosh. Thank you!
MegaDelphox's avatar
We can't let these enter the wrong hands...
Yeah, like Wile E. Coyote.
JericaWinters's avatar
Those are nifty!
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Why do I always see these?
Sunnybrook1's avatar
:shrug: Dunno, where are you seeing it? :confused:
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