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Tinkerbell Wings Tutorial

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This is a tutorial for how I made the wings for the Tinkerbell costume I made as a commission. It is similar to the tutorial on firefly-path.net since that is what I first used to figure out to make the wings for my Primera costume. But I have found that there are some things I prefer to do differently. One thing I do is make the wings to be worn with a corset or at least a corset-like garment. These wings are slipped into the costume for wear to avoid unsightly straps.

For pictures of the completed costume you can check out the entry for it on ACP: [link]

Materials needed: wire(I think I used a 14 gauge if I remember right), pliers, wire cutters, tape(I had some painters tape lying around but I would have preferred to use masking or duct), organza, sharp fabric scissors, pins, low temp hot glue gun, matching glue sticks, sparkly fabric paint, paint brush, craft foam, other scissors.

1. Cut out appropriate lengths of wire and bend them into the shapes. Leave excess tails of wire. I find it helpful to tape the tails together near the base of the wings.

2. For each wing section cut out a piece of organza that is vaguely the same shape with a generous excess of fabric.

3. Overlap the excess organza and pin into place. This is when you make sure the fabric is pulled as taut as you want it.

4. Work on one wing section at a time. Carefully unpin a small section of organza at a time and run a line of hot glue down the wire between the layers of organza. As you do this press the layers of organza together to get a good seal. Personally I find that with using the low temp hot glue gun I can do this with my fingers and not be bothered. But if the heat bothers you, you may want to find some other tools to help you with this part. (I've also switched wing sides in this picture.)

5. Carefully trim away the excess organza. You don't want to accidentally tear into your wing fabric.

6. Finish each wing section.

7. Now is the time to add designs and more flair to your wings if you would like. I like to use sparkly fabric paint. The first thing I like to do is use the paintbrush to paint along the edges to help mask the cut edge of the organza. After that dries I just squirt it right out of the tube onto the fabric for the designs. Do your best at having a steady hand for this. Go back and and fill and blend in any little bits of line that may have been missed. If you want to be really careful about having your designs symmetrical it helps to do something like draw our your design on something else first, lay your wings on that, then trace the design onto the wings since you can see through the organza quite easily.

8. Shape and tape the excess wire into a sort of U shape.

9. Cut out squares of craft foam. Sandwich and glue the wire between squares of craft foam. Layer more craft foam squares onto the side that will be facing the back for extra cushion and comfort. As an optional step you can also cover this with fabric after building up the craft foam if you would like.

10. Slip the wings into the costume. The wings are ready to be worn!
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lizzieluvssparklez's avatar
Around how much wire do you think you used? Planning on making 5 of these for a group cosplay and I have no clue how much to buy...
firecloak's avatar
Do you add anything else to the back to hold the wings in place? It looks like the weight of the wings will make it fall out.
KawaiiGinger's avatar
THANK YOU! I am planning to do a Rosetta costume and I wanted to make it all myself and I didn't know how to make the wings!
CreativeKender's avatar
Im gonna have to try this... :) this seems like the perfect way to make wings for my next costume XD
Zhaitu's avatar
It is very helpful. Thanks for sharing. Just wondering, could I repaste your tutorials to our local cosplay bbs? I will share your linkage too. My friends will love this.
Thumbelangie's avatar
Are you going to make a tutorial for the dress or no? I've made three mock-up Tinkerbell dresses so far and they're all horrible.
ReadingIsEverything's avatar
thank you this helps so much!
tarinalove's avatar
Could you take photos of the back?! :3 I like this tutorial, it's pretty fantastic.
vampirate777's avatar
Well I made this tutorial when I was making this costume for a commission a few years ago. So I don't have it in my possession to take pictures of. But here's Katie's Tinkerbell gallery on ACP where you can see them as part of the whole costume, [link]
tarinalove's avatar
Oh! :D Okie doke, well thank you<3
ProtectorKorii's avatar
God tutorial! Just a quick question though: did you use one or two layers of organza? And do you glue the organza (for step 4) to the wire or to itself? Step four is really confusing me for some reason, although the rest of the tutorial is really easy to understand!
vampirate777's avatar
Just one layer of organza and you glue it to itself in the folded over part.
Edplosion's avatar
Thank you so much, this is amazing and so simple!
I was dreading making wings for my costume, but this makes it look easy enough that not even I cold mess it up~
vampirate777's avatar
Wow, really late reply. I'm sorry about that. But I'm glad I could help!
inaligrimalkin's avatar
Okay, got a few questions for you. What gage of wire did you use? I'm trying to make a pair of wings and am using either 16 or 14 (can't remember which) Also, I can't tell how the wings are holding up. You mentioned a corset, but Tink doesn't appear to have one in the picture
vampirate777's avatar
The wire gauge is mentioned in the description. And I built a very lightweight corset into Tink's dress. I made an inner lightly boned bodice out of a canvas as part of it to support the dress(any strapless garment will probably call for some boning) and the wings as well as give it a bit of cinching capability(I made the dress lace up in the back).
inaligrimalkin's avatar
Oh, must've missed that ^^; sorry. Okay, so then you slipped the wing bit into the top of her dress in the back then? How well did you find the wings held after a few hours of wearing?
inaligrimalkin's avatar
Nice and easy to understand :)
vampirate777's avatar
Glad you like it!
tanmei's avatar
Going to use your wonderful tutorial for my Tink costume :)
vampirate777's avatar
Good luck with your costume!
tanmei's avatar
Thanks! Will definitely show you the wings when I'm done :)
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