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Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.3 by Sunnybrook1 Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.3 by Sunnybrook1
Here's the harness-tutorial for my Realistic Wing design~ :w00t:

EDIT 1/21/2016:NOTE on Gloves: Instead of making gloves, feel free to buy a pair/find & re-purpose them for your wings, I've found ones with a velcro strap at the wrist to be particularly useful, though the slightly-stretchy gardening gloves work too.
02 25 2014 079 by Sunnybrook1 02 25 2014 082 by Sunnybrook1 

EDIT 03/22/10: Have you seen my video showing wing-movement yet? Here's another. :D
EDIT 10/17/2013: Still having issues with the harness? Here's a close up VIDEO!
EDIT 04/20/2014: Trouble with the D-ring wire-wrapping? Here's a photo-progression that may help you start~

Part 0 - MATERIALS
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT
Part 2 - FEATHERS
Part 3 - HARNESS :pointl: YOU ARE HERE
Part 4 - ASSEMBLY
Part 5 - COVERTS
Part 6 - ARM-COVER WIP
EXTRA -  RESULTS: See what OTHER people have made following this tutorial~ :la:

Already finished your wings? Please fill out this questionnaire, I'd love to hear about it!


Wing Design/Tutorial © Sunnybrook1
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:iconghoulbanshee:
GhoulBanshee Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Student General Artist
So i have a question regarding the 1" elastic- how long do i measure it? 
when you say "fully extended" do you mean stretching it out completely and then measuring your arm?

thank you
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The length of the elastic depends on how much distance is between the harness point behind your shoulder & the pivot point under your wrist (as seen in step 6 of this tutorial) while your arm is folded into a resting-bird-wing. You take that distance & multiply it by 3, since I fold the elastic into thirds to make it strong enough to hold all the secondary feathers but still stretch when you open the wing.

The "fully extended" note is just to let people know that the elastic shouldn't be that long unless you're pulling it/opening the wing. ^^; Does that make sense?
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:iconghoulbanshee:
GhoulBanshee Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student General Artist
oh! I understand now, thank you so much!
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Ugly-Rhino Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
YOU ARE AMAZING. Such a brilliant mind.
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks~ :thanks:
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SaVu2512 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
OMG love it Love Love Love 
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:iconblackroseopal:
BlackRoseOpal Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey is there any particular reason the glove MUST be made? Can you not take a store bought pair and integrate it into the project?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, I haven't updated this part yet? ^^; *makes note to self to do so*

In fact, gloves DON'T have to be made, they can indeed be bought and repurposed, which I found out soon after making this part of the tutorial, sorry! You can still see the kinds of gloves I've used in my other completed wing updates, both peregrine & crow.
Realistic Wing - Update 03 by Sunnybrook1  Realistic Wing - Update 02 by Sunnybrook1  
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:iconblackroseopal:
BlackRoseOpal Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, cool, thanks!
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:iconnibblesnz:
NibblesNZ Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
So I have finished making all of my feathers. Haven't been working on them that much... (Oops) but I was just wondering, do you have to make these finger-less gloves or would it work with just the gloves with the half fingers? 

Thanks!  

Wings 
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, you can TOTALLY just use half-fingered gloves, though they're tricky to remove without fingers... Unimpressed  I'm gonna have to remember to update this, just buying a pair of actual gloves WITH fingers works best, since that's what you grab to pull the gloves off when you're done. OR you have a velcro strap around the wrist that can be undone & slid off easier...

Sorry for the ramble, did that make sense? ^^;
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:iconnibblesnz:
NibblesNZ Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Yep makes perfect sense! Thanks so much! So long fingered gloves work best right?
I decided to make my feathers out of fabric and they look great. Light brown on the top dark brown on the bottom. We (my dad is helping me with a bit of stuff) are probably going to work on my harness today and he (maybe) has an idea how we could do harness differently... 
Can't wait until they are finished! 
Thanks!Aww 
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ninjagirl371321 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student
I plan to make a pair of wings for an upcoming local convention. It's still a ways off and so far I'm still researching and gathering materials, but this has been incredibly helpful even just this far into things. I would like to ask, could one possibly hide a glove in the feathers? The cosplay I have in mind would have the wings mostly folded but, because I am a masochist, I still want them to be movable like yours. With that being said, I'm trying to puzzle out a way to kinda sneak some gloves in there so I could have the gloves on or off, which is to say wings open or closed. I figure I'll attach SOMETHING between my shoulder blades (maybe on the harness?) to hold the wings and keep them folded. Thank you for the amazing tutorial!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to hear~ :D As for hiding the wings the way you describe, it's tricky because of how my the main feather-fan moves, so the distance between your hand & the leading feather can change. Soooo, for it to work you either need enough material to cover your hand when it's down flat (and it'll wrinkle when you pick up/spread the wings) OR you make your arm-cover out of a stretchy material that'll move with you (though will be harder to attach & keep attached when you move).

And as for removing the gloves/wings? That's easy enough, adding a ring or hook to the harness will give you something to to hang them on when you remove them, and they lay pretty nicely on their own (at least mine did). 

Hope that helps. :thumbsup:
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ninjagirl371321 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student
Yes it does!! Thank you so very much madam ^__^
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Bloodlive-Mazohyst Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Hi, I'm sure you're tired of getting so many questions on this, but I was wondering, how does the D-ring attach to the... glove? Pivot point? Like, where is the copper-wired D-ring supposed to go? As far as I've gathered, the copper wire should hook onto the pivot point... is that right?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes that's right, the hole/loop created in the D-ring should be on the same bolt on the feathers - if you wear the glove & feathers the D-ring should be on the back of the bolt behind your wrist. THEN you put the nut (and a washer if needed) on top of that, keeping the D-ring in place.

Does that make sense? ^^; I kind of answer this question with pictures in the next part~
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:iconbloodlive-mazohyst:
Bloodlive-Mazohyst Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
yes, I saw that later xP I just got really confused for a moment there, thanks for helping!
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RedMageConfirmed Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Simple curiousity, is there a way to free the hand from this, for them to be free for small use, such as writing? 
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Eh? :confused: I can write and handle small objects fine when wearing these wings, or do you mean while still keeping the wings open?
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Tigeress713 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure you are quite busy, but I wanted to drop by and compliment you on how incredible these are! I'm trying to build a set myself. :33

Which leads me to a question...I've been searching every store in my town and the neigbouring towns, and cannot seem to locate a Latex Tube/Hose of any sort...Would you have any recommendations as to what I could sub it with...? Would using more of the elastic be ok, or should I use something stronger like a bungee cord...?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

And bungee cord might be too strong, 1.5 - 2 inch elastic should work just fine. :)
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Tigeress713 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for responding! (Sorry for the late comment, I don't use dA very much!) I've tried out the elastic today and it works like a charm! :33 Thanks so much!
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hyenadon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013   Digital Artist
I would love if I could get a commission on these when or if you would do one, I'm just wondering how they would attach to a full fursuit.. hmm
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah they'd be pretty easy to attach, just make sleeves long enough to overlap the gap between the arms & the wings (like the neck fur hides the body/head separation), put the harness on first, full suit second, then clip the wings on inside the sleeves (helper optional here but SO USEFUL). The wings arm cover could even BE the sleeves, like with my Raven Prince Mytho costume (points to gallery), you'll just then need something the ribbon/stringing can anchor itself to near your waist on both sides~

Make sense? ^^;
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:iconhyenadon:
hyenadon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeahhhh I think it makes sense. I'd have to see it in person to get it! Or if you have a video
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well I do skype & tinychat sometimes, I'll be sure to advertise a week in advance so I can answer questions like these~ :plotting: Shoot me a note if you'd like to skype earlier than that.
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:iconhyenadon:
hyenadon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Digital Artist
No worries! What's your tinychat?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sunnybrook1 of course :D :pointr:
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:iconsovriin:
Sovriin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Hey, so I was thinking of trying to make a simpler, cheaper harness, and came up with a little design. I was just wondering if you could have a look and see if you think it might work? Youd be much better at spotting problems than I would ^^; Hopefully it makes sense :)
[link]
Thanks :)
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Saw the pic - mine looks a lot like this (and the part that goes behind my neck can easily be put in front on my chest) and my biggest problem is that the arm rings don't want to stay up high, instead slipping further & further towards the elbows. But try it! Maybe it will stay up with light enough feathers/wings, and honestly the way I make these the harness is definitely replaceable, so experiment - let me know how it goes~ :D
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webcana Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
question...again. :$ i am seriously planning on making these for Halloween, but i don't want to spend a lot of money. I've already reduced and "replaced" everything i think is possible, but I'm still "dweling on the harness. i know i won't make it like this, and i will probably use some type of clothing to replace it, as you suggested. thnx...now i would like to know, what kind of clothing do you suggest? jean jacket, sweater, long sleeve cotton shirt, longsleeve polyester...just want your opinion. thanks. :)
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Something comfortable but not too stretchy, so jean jacket? Or old backpack straps...
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:iconhalogenlampe:
halogenlampe Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist
hey.
actually I made this wings for a costume what I wear on the next fashion show at my school.
On this part I have a question about step 6. The copper wire you did wrap around the d-ring; where did it place on the bolt? The last position befor the butterfly nut? Oh, and have you a pictuare from the back adjustment with placed feather on the strechy part of the wing? I have 9 feathers for this part, I didn't know it is enough for it.
(sorry for my creepy english :/)

have a nice day!
lampe
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Part 4: step #2 has a GREAT photo of where the D-ring w/copper goes on the bolt, but the text-answer is outside the pivot point before the wing-nut (sometimes a washer goes between the D-ring & the wing-nut).

And as to the placement of the secondary feathers, just place one at either end of the elastic (flush against the D-ring & buckle) and space the rest as evenly as possible between them, as shown here :pointr: [link]

Hope this helps - would LOVE to see pictures of what you came up with! :floating:
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:iconhalogenlampe:
halogenlampe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
I forgot that I have ubloud a short video of testing the wing on youtube. :)
[link]
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halogenlampe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
thx a lot :)
at this time I have just 4 feathers on the elastic part. It looks good, but I think it isn't enough. :/
Allready I have placed the tiny feathers on the wing outsides. Yesderday evaning I cut out the innerside and will glu it today. I hope I can finished it until next week x_x

sure! :) I will ubload a image as soon as I finished the costum (and the weather is good enough to take a shoot outside. :)
have a nice day :D
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yaaaay, love the video & your progress! Mind if I share them with others in the description/body of a deviation I plan on posting with examples of the wings made using my tutorial?
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:iconhalogenlampe:
halogenlampe Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist
sure, you can share it :) Until Sunday I will finished it with the arm-cover. I will post a image on DA and a short video in youtube again :)
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Ravynblak Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
what would you say is the total cost of making the wings?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeeeeeah, THIS question and "how many yards of fabric does it take?", I'd like to know this too! Sorry it is taking so long to answer, but it IS on my list, since it will determine commission pricing if I get that up and running after the tutorial is finished... ^^;
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Neonr0se Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
If it helps I've spent about $40 on materials alone and that's not including the feather or arm cover fabric
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Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Writer
You have really quite cleverly duplicated a substitute for the bones, muscles, and skin that control actual feathers. I can see how much thought went into this. Thank you for sharing.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:blush: Dawww, thanks - I can't make our arms wings, but I enjoy LOOKING like we have wings~ :floating:
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Killerpjs Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Now I know this might just be plain stupid but I'm one to find the lazy way out. For the harness, if you take a sportsbra, then cut the front part off, your left with the straps that go over your shoulders and around the sides of your ribs. Cut some of the cloth off the straps that go around the ribs so there's none that go around your sides, just goes across your back, sew on a U of a bra hook to each end facing sideways/horizontally :PP. Sew the J/hook parts of bras to the end of each shoulder-straps. Loop the shoulder-straps over and around your shoulders so they reach the sides of the backstrap/the one that once reached around the ribs, (Haha ok looks a lot less confusing in my head!) and hook them together. And I know this would mean the elastic that goes from your hand to what should be your shoulder now would reach the center of your back so i'd have to make the elastic a little longer(which is why i'm posting this before trying because not sure how much this would effect the wings). And since buckles would be a little tough to fit on the back of this harness if using bra hooks instead would be another solution? Well there's my lazy excuse of a harness, just tell me whether or not that would even work, thanksss :D woo paragraph O.o
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wooo, paragraph indeed! Picture or sketch (or even better, try it & take a photo) may illustrate your idea better, and by all means try it! Mine is not the only (nor the best) way to keep the wings at just the right spot on the arms, still looking at improving the design.
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theInkMenagerie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
Could store-bought gloves work for Step 5? (... then cut the finger coverings from them)
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup, I've used batting gloves & normal heat-protective gloves just fine, though try to get a pair w/velcro wrist strap so they're easier to put on yet STAY on.
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MidnightSky142 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where did you find the polypropylene webbing..?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Look near the ribbon/spool section of JoAnns, maybe Michaels - or Ben Franklins...:confused: Depends on your local stores, otherwise available online.
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