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Realistic Wing - UPDATE 01 by Sunnybrook1 Realistic Wing - UPDATE 01 by Sunnybrook1
Here's my test wing w/cover feather patterns (currently poster-board, to be replaced with fabric :faint: ) and a spare piece of faux fur to hide where my arm would be. Not sure if I like the results - the fur is off-white, so maybe that's what's bugging me.

Any thoughts on a different material that will cover my arm but still give the fuzzy/smooth wing-top impression? I do not relish the thought of cutting out dozens of tiny fabric feathers & sewing them to a sleeve.

Maybe shorter-hair fur w/painted on details?

Hmmmm.....decisions, decisions...

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rayvehn-croe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how much would one cost?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol, just one wing? :D Less than two :p but seriously, materials aside these take about $600-$800 of time/effort to complete, so I'm still debating over how to open commissions for these. :/
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rayvehn-croe Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oops sorry! i mean a pair!
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GrimmEverafter Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   General Artist
Amazing job so far. As for the cover issue, I'm not an expert, but what about getting a longer pile fur and shaping it with scissors to look like a few layers of feathers? I saw another deviant on here do the same to make 'scales' on the fur of a stuffed animal, and the result might be worth the work.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*BELATED REPLY* :paranoid:
I have seen a few examples of this from other costumes and don't like how it clashes with my layered feathers, short of shaving it down really short and styling it with something somewhat permanent I don't know how to keep it bird-feather-smooth & not all fluffed & furry-like (good in most situations, bad in this one)...
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vulpers Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
This is so awesome. I'm going to try it when I'm done with my current projects, I think.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Post the links here when you do! I'd love to see your take on it~ :la:
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Zhon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
My God! These are fantastic! if you ever go to taking on commissions, sign me up! I would like to fund you to make me a set of wings; painted or unpainted for a gryphon project I will have going in the next 6 months to a year.
I can supply a longer pile fur or real goose/turkey feathers for the sleeve.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks! Send me a note & I'll contact you when I open commissions ~ :thanks:
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Bast-Incarnation Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
GAWD this is amazing!!!!!!!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well I certainly like it~ Going with fabric feathers for the arm-cover for now, not liking the way faux-fur looks with these...
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Bast-Incarnation Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
I think the faux fur looks cool. =3 But feathers would look just as cool. ;)
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wolffuchs Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
OMG !!! THis is very cool!!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you like it~ :D
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wolffuchs Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
welcome!! :D
I love wings!!

(sorry my english)
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not at all, glad you like~ :)
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benzene66 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely done
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Ariade Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who the feathers are really amazing. Its so great to watch how they come to an end^^
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WingsThings Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Try longer fur, that way you can smooth it out and blend it in over the corvets. :3

and paint if you dare.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I DARE.
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Temperance-Demure Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
That is fuckin' sweet.
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spellwing777 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
What you could do is use super long fur. And I dont mean that horrible gorilla-hair you find at jo-annes. Mendle's [link] shaggy Mongolian might work, or some of [link] cream wisp could do the trick. You could glue in some actual feathers, gradually, including more and more glued-in feathers the closer you get to the flight feathers.
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CB-Tomboi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Its expensive, but you could also try double sided minky, then airbrush feather details. However it will lose the stiffness. It might serve you well to just put the fabric sewn in to sleeves around these cut outs, or around foam in the same pattern. You'd probably lose all the believability of this project if you lose the rigid properties of the feathers.

Sleeve wise, I would get long pile faux fur, then trim the fur down to the length you need so you can shape it. You can sometimes also find actual bird pelts with feathers still in tact from crafting websites online. Real feathers are easy enough to paint.
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Magpieb0nes Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Correction- PART of the coverts section. here is a good shot of one set of those wings, you can see where they used the faux fur. [link]
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooh, awesome pic - thanks for the tip & the link! :glomp:
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Magpieb0nes Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Try useing the monteray mills White Fox fur for the sleeve. They used a similar fur for the "coverts" section of the angel wings in dogma and it worked out well visually.
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elmenora Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Student General Artist
Perhaps some textured/crushed stretch velvet? It has that nice textured-yet-glossy look. You can sew it on a sturdy backing and it looks really nice.
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silencedprayer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like your could cap the open hand part and paint the actual wings like bird feathers! It seems like that would be an overhaul just to avoid changing the cover, but if the feathers were more multi-coloured it would make the fur flow in better. ^-^ I am not really sure what your ultimate goal is, though.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well this wing is my first one, and acts as a proof of concept & test-wing for any structural/material test and changes. My ultimate goal is to make full sets of these in any color that will work, be comfortable to wear, and easy to assemble once completed.

So far they function fine well - they could be more ergonomic, I'll be working on that - once I make the arm-cover there will only be 4 main pieces to worry about putting together.
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Ashiichan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd go with the shorter fur idea, or I used a stretch halloween fabric for something simalar in a MrMistoffellees costume - Either velour or panne would work. If you really didn't want it very flurrfy I would also suggest that you could use bulk felt and "fluff it up" by tearing at it. If you have cats at home, they'll probably do this for you.
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InkaQhapaq Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work, man!

I guess it's very serviceable for those who work in scaffold cleaning windows of skyscrapers!!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wouldn't try flying in these, not for real (doesn't wanna end up like Icarus) - fun for dreaming though~ :floating:
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watashiveracasan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
coool^^
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wildmage007 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
I would say a longer pile fur would work better, what you have looks more like what fleece would look like.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, the current options are styling long fur or sewing strips of feather-shapes onto fabric - I'm trying them both on a small scale first for feasibility, though I'll probably end up doing both to see how they look. :shrug:
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Icetigris Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010   General Artist
As much as I'm sure you don't want to cut out lots of tiny feathers (I don't blame you), it will probably look better if you do. At the very least, cut out pieces shaped like sections of small feathers. The way the fabric drapes over the smooth, flat feathers really clashes and breaks the whole look.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Agreed - I'll make a paper version first, to see if I can design it like feather-shaped roofing tiles~

Or I can get longer fur pile & style it into feathery points....

^^; *decides to try what she knows first*
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Nevask Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Fleece works wonders, and im loving the results thus far. :D
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fleece huh? I'll be sure to check it out in the fabric store~ :nod:
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Nevask Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Look for the anti pill fleece. :)
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Anti pill? *googles it*

Wow, great tip - thanks! :glomp:
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Nevask Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
You're very welcome. :)
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