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Wing tutorial: Fairy wings by Laurentea Wing tutorial: Fairy wings by Laurentea
This is my first ever tutorial and I hope it gets the point across.

I personally found fabric wings far to hard to make and mine always ended up saggy so I found some stuff I had lying around and experimented. Lo and behold it worked. I hope it helps people and if there are any other questions feel free to ask!

In the end the wings are lightweight, plasticy and have a veiny effect

Also it's giant so be prepared!! Turns out I enjoy making tutorials so if you have any requests please let me know!
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Lyra152 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist
can i just sew this to my clothes or is there an other thing i have to do?
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MareNostrumZelda Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
How can I attach these to a dress?  
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vodkapasta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how many layers of tissue paper should i use?
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist
If I remember correctly I used 4 and my wings to this day are still in tact after being folded up and packed away multiple times. If you let it dry in between coats you can get a pretty good idea how thick it will be,it also depends how thick you put on the acrylic medium.
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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This may be the best method for me to make my Queen Chrysalis wings (from My Little Pony). Can I spray paint these after I am done with the initial construction and how can I reinforce them?
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Spray paint should be fine. I bend and fold mine up completely to pack them away and I've never run in to any paint issues. Spray paint may chip over time but I don't see you running in to any issues with it.
Reinforce how? I'm not familiar with the character so I did a quick google and based on what I saw if you follow what I did it shouldn't need anything extra to keep it's shape or anything like that just remember to check the wire before you buy it, some are softer than others and a softer wire could lead to them collapsing.
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koneko-sakura Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
oh and!
How solid are they? I want to make wings for my little niece (she is going to cosplay as Sparx vom Spyro) ... :"3
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koneko-sakura Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
hey there!
you're wings look awesome!
It's really nice of you that you've posteted this tutorial x3

I have a question~
what is this 'latex gloss medium' ... I have liquid latex at home ... does ist also work with that? o.

and what tissiu paper dis you use?
your sheet seems kind of big to me ."
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist
The wings are incredibly sturdy. I store mine folded up in a box and when I need them I can just unfold them and they are good to go. The tissue paper was just the regular gift wrapping kind from the dollar store. 
I would probably avoid liquid latex, I mean you could use it you would just need to dust it with baby powder after you are done or else it will stick to everything. One downside is when liquid latex is built up in layers it has an unflattering yellow colour. Latex gloss medium I picked up at an art supply store, other than that I don't know much about it. I bought it hoping it would work and it did. It's almost like liquid latex just colourless, no amonia smell and not as tacky[sticky] in the end. Liquid Latex is something you could try experimenting with just on a smaller scale. I've have a friend use my same idea but with white glue so it's really up to you and if you are pleased with the look and feel of your final result.
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koneko-sakura Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
okay thank you.
your answer was rellay helpful.
since I'm from germany I have to search for the items I guess, but I'll try!
Cause they looked pretty awesome to me x3
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carencosplay Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
hi love ur tutorial!! :) im having the same problem with how to put on the wings, since its a little bigger i don't want any straps showing, I can't figure out how you did it being held on by a strapless bra? without it being obvious at the back?? pls...help me thank you so much! :)
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist
For larger wings you may want to rig them to a corset or some form of under support system. I actually just ended up using two pieces of cardboard about 6 inches long and sandwiched them over the wires at the base. Glued them like crazy and the extra length of the cardboard and wire helped them to use my back as support and hold up with just a bra. So if you did the same idea but with a corset it would cause the 'support piece' [cardboard or whatever you use and wire base of the wings] to form against your body and to give it something solid so if they try to fall forward they will be flat against your back and have nowhere to go but where you want it.

I hope that helps you!
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carencosplay Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
awwww thank u so much for replying!!! it means a lot and it will help me with my wings!thank u2x :) 
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Roogna Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I just did this with a different shape. it's amazing! thanks for the tutorial. I gave a link to it on my customs FB page :) credit where credit is due
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Well thank you! I'm glad you were able to use it!
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FlippyKat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this tutorial!!! I have 2 requests, if you still take them:
Kitty ears
Demonic wings(bat wings)
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SanaraHikari Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is a very helpful tutorial. I look for one like this :D
Just one question: How do you attach those wings to a cosplay? Like a bag pack?
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist
You can do that. I personally didn't want any straps showing so I used a re-enforced piece of cardboard that I could slide under my bra band. That way it stood up and my back helped keep it straight and upright.
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SanaraHikari Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks for the hint! It's a great idea! I'm going to make it like that :D
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Amanda-Shotgun Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
What if you want the wings to be smooth? Can you skip the step of crumpling the tissue paper and just lay it flat? I was actually going to make blades protruding from the arms using this tutorial, but they are covered in armor and they need to be smooth. Also, what kind of paint did you use? I keep acrylic around but I feel like it would be too heavy.
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist
You would have to be really really careful and possibly use a thicker material since tissue paper is going to crease and bump really easily. I've always used acrylic but either iridescents or diluted a bit with water to get rid of heaviness
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Eye-Wuv-Manga124 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Lovely Tutorial~ Very helpful. ::::D

Where did you get the liquitex stuff? And a8out how much is it?
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist
I got it from a local curry's. Just check out any art supply store and you should find something similar
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Eye-Wuv-Manga124 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Okay.^^ Thank you!
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artistgamer101 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
dude, those wings are just... plain... EPIC!!! they're amazing, but i have one question.

i plan on making a humaniod Queen Chrysalis cosplay for cons and hopefully this year's halloween. i loved your tutorial, it was awesome, but can you help with how the end of the wing is ripped off. if so; i'd really apperiate it. thank you.
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm not entirely sure what you are asking. Do you mean after you cut away the excess tissue paper?
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artistgamer101 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well, if you look at queen chrysalis's wings. it's like the tip of them where riped off instead of normal shape and also has holes close to the end of the wings too. i was hoping i could get that kind of effect on my wings, but i just don't know how. i was thinking reshaping the wire to make it look like the tip of the wing's been tore off and leave holes in it aswell, but i just wanted to make sure that it was ok. would it break? would it stay strong like normal wings? i just wanted to ask and make sure.

p.s. if you don't know who i'm talking about, just google search "queen chrysalis" and find out. XP
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist
I'd say just shape the wings with an open end like the letter C for example. Roughly shape the tissue paper how you want and just make sure you do a few extra layers of the liquitex to strengthen it. I don't know if that would work you'd have to test it but that's most likely what I would do.
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artistgamer101 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok. i'll try it. thank you.
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kristinkat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Very simple but very effective! Reminds me that I really need to cosplay a character with wings...
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Wings are fun to make, after you finish pulling your hair out trying to figure them out lol
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Myrionette Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thanks for posting this tutorial^^ is 14 gauge wire too flimsy? where did you find it?
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist
canadian tire. If the wire feels flimsy just get a thicker gauge, it's usually pretty hard so it won't loose shape and flop all over the place.
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Myrionette Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
thanks!! I was looking at home depot, and everything they had seemed way too flimsy for wings ^^
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NovemberCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
This is great! How did you secure them without straps though? (saw your pics on cosplay.com)
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist
there was a clear strap that wrapped around my neck as safely but the wings were able to support themselves being held on by a strapless bra, it just weighed my dress down quite a bit. as long as they are attached to a sturdy material (I did cardboard) they stay upright.
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NovemberCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
That's amazing! The strap hides so well!!
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ProtectorKorii Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
How flimsy are the wings once your done? I'm making wings for a Party company and I'm not sure if these would stand up to little-kid-damage. But they look great!
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Depending how many layers you do they are quite sturdy. Mine got man handled by a child and ended up being fine.
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ProtectorKorii Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Thanks for the help! Maybe I'll try using this instead of fabric. It sure SOUNDS a lot easier. :)
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist
just remember to be gentle when applying stuff to the tissue paper, it can be finicky and rip but once the first coat is on and dry it's not so bad.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome tutorial! I loved your Tink wings :)
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IvySun Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yay now im not limited to feathered wings! thanks! now the hunt for Liquidtex gloss. To the craft store!
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist
I happened upon it at a Michaels since the lady there told me it was a modge podge. LIES but it should be easy to find
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IvySun Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet i have a Michaels in my town i must pick some up before i move.
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dust-bunny Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great idea! I love how your wings turned out.
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missmaggiejoxoxo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gorges! :D
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Kurai-Hisaki Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! :D
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