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Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.1 by Sunnybrook1 Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.1 by Sunnybrook1
One down......*wheeze*......two to go. :faint:

EDIT 3/20/10: My first video showing wing-movement ~
:new:EDIT 10/19/13: Have you seen my
NEW video showing wing-movement yet?

EDIT 8/12/10: Made some corrections for spelling & clarification~ And wow, I've underestimated the amount of information...I've gone from 2 tutorials to 5. :O_o: make that 6...^^;

EDIT: For those with screen-reading issues, here is the above tutorial in text-based format!

Part 0 - MATERIALS
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT :pointl: YOU ARE HERE
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~ :la:

The Feather Atlas
Slater Museum of Natural History

Bird Anatomy: Wing and Feather by Christ1nMe
Bird's Wing Anatomy by unkraut
Bird Wing Tutorial by TheAntimonyElement has TONS of good links~

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Wing Design/Tutorial © Sunnybrook1
Model wildmage007
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Given 2010-10-29
Suggester's words: Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.1 by ~Sunnybrook1 is an amazing tutorial that would be useful to anyone who wants to make a pair or real working wings for a costume or for fun. I was very pleased to see that the deviant took her time to research and make the wings as accurate and realistic as possible and also being thorough in her methods. This tutorial would make any bird lover happy in their heart to see something like this. ( Suggested by BlueFlamedPhoenix and Featured by FantasyStock )
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lookingback13 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi sunny!
Im going to do these wings for a school science project. Do you have any tips?  And just wondering is 10 weeks enough to finish 2 wings or does it take longer?  Have a great day 😊
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, 10 weeks should be plenty, though I recommend spacing it out, like an hour or two a day, or a few hours every other day (especially when it comes to painting & drying the feathers). Also, before you buy a lot of fabric or paint/glue/etc, I highly recommend buying just a little bit of it & making a test feather to make sure the results are what you want.

Post pics if you finish it! :D
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Orukal Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Finished stage 1 of the wings for the Fall 2015 renaissance faire that we attend. This included everything except the secondary feathers and the wing topper. Completed the wings for Spring 2016. It wasn't that difficult, following the directions, that is. I was happy with how they turned out, but I know I could have done a better job. That's why we're crafted a new set for my daughter (The first is hers as well) for use at the 2016 Fall renaissance faire. The one biggest tip that I think I could provide would be don't disregard using paint as the glue. It's perfect. I tried spray adhesive and fabric glue and it really just made a mess and didn't hold together as well. The pictures attached are from the Spring 2016 faire. I'll update after finishing the second set. Oh, and a word of warning if you plan on putting one color in the front and another in the back like I did...the paint will run through and you can only match one of the colors. fav.me/dak0fo0 fav.me/dak0fo9 fav.me/dak0fod
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Z-Angaros Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you for making this <3 can't wait to try it <3
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vtreat Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
Thank you for the tutorial. It helped so much. I am working on a Nature Conservation Project throughout the year and theme #3 was Birds of Prey. IF you want to check out my Peregrine Falcon check it out on my Facebook page: Treats Photography
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to hear it, I'm always happy to see what people make! :la: Would you mind posting a link to your FB? I searched, but cannot tell which one it is. ^^;
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Okami-Shiranui1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
hey Sunnybrook1, I'm trying to make Jack Noir wings for my cosplay i really want to finish. and i really like how tyigra did theirs. do you think you could kind of help me? thanks!
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Okami-Shiranui1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
oh, just another deviant. i don't know them personally though. well jack noir has a long wingspan, probably 12 ft. and i was wondering how i would make the wings.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure! :) I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, though who is "tyigra"? :confused:
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LongLivePrincessAra Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
I bet you could make dragon wings using this same concept... Maybe instead of individual "feathers", have all the wires connected with one piece of stretchy material. What do you think?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup, agreed. :) I haven't had a project that justified buying & trying this myself, feel free to try yourself & share the results!
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kolumbianerin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Hi, I would really like a set of these wings, but don't  have the time to start on such project. I'm willing to buy a set of these. Do you make these for sale? Please let me know if this is possible.  

Thanks.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^; Sorry, not open for commissions yet - I'll announce when I am, though it won't be for awhile sadly.. Sad dummy 
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joshuainthebox Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I've started my concept work up already....and at first I was confused at how you reached the 27.5" measurement for the basic feather.  Wanted to put this here for anyone else that might get confused too...correct me if i'm wrong but I'm assuming that measurement is roughly the length of the longest primary minus your hand measurement.  Maybe adjusted a bit so you have .5" to 1" to grip.  This allows the shaft to come back to the pivot point somewhat bare to keep from pinching the material and allowing everything to fold up nice...
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, that's about right. :D If you look at the image with the wing image superimposed on the model, you'll see that the pivot point isn't in the same spot as where most of the primaries actually come out of the reference wing, so yeah I had to play around a bit with the actual length of the feathers.

And the shaft location can be a bit lower than shown, to allow for an easier/more secure grip once the main feather is swung up to be held open. :thumbsup:
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IronMandy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I've been admiring these wings for a loooooong time, I really love them!
I'm going to make these for a cosplay, they're perfect! :)
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D Can you share what the cosplay is? Or is it a surprise? :la:
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IronMandy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
Sure, I'd love to share it! I will cosplay an OC that I designed a couple of month ago: a quren of the eagles. She looks like kind of a humanized eagle so she's got white hair, brown clothes, of course some awesome wings :), and a long, white skirt which should look like an eagle tail. It will be a steampunk look, do maybe I'll also be wearing somethink like goggles or so on top of my head.
I'm working on a concept art of it, I'll send you a link once it's done!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet, thanks! :D
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IronMandy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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piplup8910 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey Sunny, I needed some wings for a cosplay and I came across these wings. I decided to make a talonflame for my cosplay and I am in construction of the wings but I am having some issues. 
1.) Is the material list for BOTH wings or just ONE?
2.) How did you measure the length of the feathers? Did you just make the measurements up?
3.) When making the harness, I got confused on how you twist the wire (the diagrams were a bit vague?)
Please help ;^;
PS: here is the talonflame I will cosplay 
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gah, videos are harder than they look. :faint: If you are still having trouble with the wire-twisting, let me know, I'll try to upload some more close-up photos or at least a turn-around video of the finished piece, which should allow the instructions to make more sense OR allow you to reverse-engineer it. ^^;
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey Pip, cool pokemon to choose, very hawklike~ :o Love getting these previews of the new generation that I'm behind on...

So, answers!

1) BOTH

2) I originally took the measurements of a raven feather in centimeters & turned it into inches (aka scaled it up 2.5 times) and found the resulting wing size pleasing. NOW I take a straight-on photo of the wing I want and scale it to another photo of myself arms outstretched holding a yardstick. I fiddle with it until I'm happy with how it looks, then I import the resulting image into illustrator, make sure my 1-inch artboard matches the inch-measure on my yardstick, trace the feathers in illustrator and print them out to use as patterns.
^^;
A bit of a process, I know, but it works for me.

3) Ah, wire twisting is tough to describe sometimes, may make a video showing how I do it in the future...in fact, why not now? :shakefist: This is as good an opportunity as any - hold that thought. *dashes*
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Mioponnu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :O
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SaintEros Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You did such an amazing job on this WOW. I ant believe how logical and great the result turned out!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you think so, and it surprises me too sometimes! :D
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Mizie-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am so gonna try to make one of these
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet! :D What kind?
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Mizie-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i haven't decided that yet :) any suggestions?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aaah, so many! Pokemon Gijinka (pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, any of the legendary birds, etc...), birds of prey like Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Vultures, or Parrots like Blu/Jewel from the movie Rio, or something more artistic like swan wings painted to look like a starry night sky....:innocent:

I could go on for hours~ ^^;
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Yuutachi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Totes going to use this for my Mytho Raven Prince cosplay from Princess tutu ;3; <3 
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yaaaaaay post pics! X3 And let me know, I'll come favorite it~
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MonkeyBoy812 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
How magnificent! Thank you for sharing this beautiful design!
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SheevrasHain Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
how did you do it without the gloves? I just hate wearing gloves and try to figure out how make them without it...
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well the gloves hold the pivot point in place & make it easier to manipulate the wings, but if you don't like how they look I have found success by simply separating the bolt (with all the feathers on it) from the actual pivot point & just making a loop big enough to fit over your wrist that attaches to each end of the bolt.

It's what I used in this quick-pair :pointr: fav.me/d3b4jea :pointl: when I wasn't using the wings they just hung from my wrists. :D

Pictures are a bit blurry but I think they show what I mean - does that help?
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SheevrasHain Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I think got an impression. It's not about the look of gloves, I just dont like the feeling of fabric on my fingertips ^^" So I will try out the loop version...
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Goku-Kun-The-guard Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think it would be possible to do a bat-wing verson of this?  The feather set itself is amazing, I'm just curious. Great job and concept : )
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harrie5 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
That should be pretty easier design-wise actually. Bat fingers roughly align with the human fingers, sta.sh/0h15bvxi0kq
The glove approach would be in your favour for this one. Extend the fingers to replicate the bones, then connect them with ideally a thin but leathery fabric.
I'm not cosplayer so I'm not able to give you advice on that part though ;;
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harrie5 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
pretty easy*
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caramelapplePIE Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am wanting to try that, too. I want to see if I can make one after I'm done with this project. Giant working bat wings would be sooo awesome!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely~ Tempted to try it myself, but time/money/concept are lacking at the moment ^^;
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momma-SHIN Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quick question, I've started getting stuff together for these but have some limited time to work with them. And I am making two pairs of wings, so to make this easier for me I'd like to make both sets of wings the same size even though the people wearing them will be slightly different heights.
How tall are you/your arms and how big did you have to make your wings (mostly the longest one). I'd like to just be able to go on that, if you'd think it might work
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, I'm 5'8" tall, my arms are about 2ft long from my body, but I made the longest primary feather 2.5 ft long, so my wingspan is about 5ft per wing but 10 feet together~ :D

Does that help?
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momma-SHIN Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes thank you ^^
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amai-kun Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Oh great... now I want to make wings :D Thank you for this tutorial, it will be a great help when I manage to begin with the project!
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IrthosCaesin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hiya there! These are absolutely amazing :3 A friend on tumblr linked me here.
In your opinion, do you think it would be possible for one to make webbed versions of these? It'd be excellent for many things I am wanting to make.
Thankees!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, with the right kind of stretchy fabric this pivot-point concept would work GREAT with webbed wings, I think - haven't had an opportunity/funds/materials to try it out myself but I imagine they'll be simpler than feathered wings since it'll all be one big piece of fabric from body to leading wing edge, no worries about filling the gaps. :D
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IrthosCaesin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
EEE Thank you! *starts on design*
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Fallendarkfire Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely amazing. Extremely complicated, but well worth all the effort and time. I see that you have arm cover in progress. Would a cloth covering that you can slide your arms into work, or would that limit the movement? I'd like to take a crack at these beauties.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I agree, and thanks! And while my attempts at cloth covering has been unsatisfactory (to myself, anyways - bah wrinkles!) don't let that stop you from experimenting - you may succeed where I've failed in that. :la: Post pics if you do!
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