(Sorry to keep spamming y'all with my wing WIPs, but just in case my ideas might help someone else, I'm posting them here.)
I got this figured out now...I'm trying, at least!
This diagram shows the internal armature of the fursuit wings
(in this case, the undersides of the wings), which operate via a string-pulley mechanism (the string being elastic, in this case), something along the lines of these wings: [link][link] [link][link]
Am aiming for a look like this
, but without using real feathers...Instead, the feathers will be made of either fake fur
or "fun foam"
covered in thin velvet
or fuzzy "flocking"
, with lightweight, flexible kite rods as barbs, and the primaries will pivot on the ends of these barbs as they fan out, similar to this simplified diagram
and little demo prop
, as well as this collage
Other similar designs:[link][link][link][link][link]
And here's how I'm hoping the "arm" of the wing will look, only much bigger, of course (and only the wrist joint will move):[link][link]
More technical info on the anatomy of wing movement (both real and mechanical):[link][link][link][link][link]
Anyways, I will probably have to tweak the design further as I actually start making these, and will continue to give updates here, so stay tuned if you're interested! EDIT:
was interested in making these for me, so I color-coded everything in the image to make it a little more understandable:Yellow
= Fake fur "feathers", stretch fabric and foam paddingGreen
= Plastic or wooden armature and wing baseLight blue
= Wing bolts/screws, wire rods, tubing, pull-tab and hook for string, and other bits of hardware used on the armatureOrange-red
= Non-pivoting barbs (aka feather shafts)Blue-violet
= Pivoting barbs (aka feather shafts)Lavender-pink
= String pulley for armature and knotted fishing line for feathers
(Here is a video of the mock-up she made, based on my design: [link]