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Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.6 WIP by Sunnybrook1 Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.6 WIP by Sunnybrook1
This is still a Work in Progress, but "done beats perfect" so here's what I have so far...EDIT: aaaand DONE, for now. :D Now you know as much as I do!  Moving on to another pair of wings and will readdress the gaps then, with better pictures/explanations, etc.

Will post a new one when I do, so don't worry about missing it! :thumbsup:

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

Wing Design/Tutorial © =Sunnybrook1
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Cloudspin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
heyy i was just wondering, since im planning to make wings with ur tutorial and are gonna try use fur for the arm covers, do you think i would still need the plastic mesh?
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well a bit of plastic mesh is good for covering the primary fan, but not required. :) So you can probably skip it for now & just grab a bit later if needed~
Cloudspin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
mh ok ill see how it goes without the plastic mesh for now, after i get all the materials needed for the wings xD but what kinda fabric would u recommend using on the feathers , and would it be possible to use something else than the hose on the harness?
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The type of fabric isn't as important as it's thickness/fiber type (needs to be able to absorb/hold the paint, so super-thin or shiny/slippery fabrics don't do as well) but the name of the fabric I use the most if basic broadcloth.

And elastic should work just fine, if you don't want to use the rubber hose. ^^;
NibblesNZ Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Alright sorry one more question. How long does this take to make? Like if you worked on it for 5-6 hours a day how many weeks would it take to make both wings? Im doing this for a wearable arts thing and I have a certain amount of time to make this. Thanks so much for your help! :iconrainbowheartplz: :D
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I estimate 40-45 hrs, so that'll be 9 days or about a week and a half, BUT some of these steps require paint/glue drying time, so it's not exact. If you are dedicated they can be completed in 2 weeks - this is of course assuming you are making FABRIC ones, according to my tutorial - paper/cardboard/posterboard ones can be busted out in about 2-3 days, but don't last as long. :thanks:
NibblesNZ Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Ok thanks! About how long do the paper/cardboard/posterboard ones last? And i'm a bit confused about how the Fabric feathers are stiff. Thank you SO SO SO SO SO much! :) :D
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Depends HEAVILY on how much abuse you put them through. :confused: Posed & non-moving they could last for years, moving carefully and slowly would be at least a year, and heavy flapping/bumping into things? If it's only 1 event they should last, but more than that the wear & tear will accumulate and start to show.

Luckily it's fairly easy to remake & replace broken down feathers with my design, and since the materials are so cheap I'd say try it and see how it turns out~ At best they'll  do what you need, at worst you have some practice with the articulation, possibly patterns & practice for making them out of fabric instead. :thanks:

And indeed, I was surprised at first too at how well fabric sandwiched with paint stays in the position it dried in, with some nice flexibility when moving. It just works, maybe something to do with both layers of fabric being glued together with paint makes it less flexible than fabric (example: think how hard it is to bend over & touch your toes when holding onto a friend with both arms!)?

Does that answer your questions?
SchmiedeTraum Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Good detailed how to ;-)
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks~ ^^;
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