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Realistic Wing - Update 03 by Sunnybrook1 Realistic Wing - Update 03 by Sunnybrook1
I've added the cover-feathers & started on designing the arm/shoulder-cover for my test wing. Still in white & paper, but once I finish ironing out my cover (plastic mesh & fabric, for my first attempt) it's all gonna be remade~ :D

Want to make your own? Check out my budding tutorial!
Part 1 - CONCEPT
Part 3 - HARNESS
Part 5 - COVERTS

Livejournal post :pointr: [link]
EDIT: See them in motion! :pointr: [link]

Wing Style: Raven
Model: Me
Maker: Me
Photographer: ~wildmage007
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triggertracker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you attach those small feathers that are under the wings? The ones with the more stand-out black numbering on them? Did I miss that explaination somewhere? 

Also check out my leather bird mask so far. It's in my scraps. If you wanna see how it looks so far. :D 
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those are the posterboard patterns for the coverts (detailed in part 5) and it's the magic of STAPLES - easier with a "long arm" stapler, usually used for stapling booklets, but I used a regular one here. Made it easy to attach securely but still remove easily for readjustment. :D

Saw the mask, looking cool~
triggertracker Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist…

I'm getting there! :D 
Question: What's with using paint to glue the feather sides together? Since when does paint act like glue? I'm just concerned about the strength of my feathers using this method. Can you recommend anything to coat them with afterwards to further seal them? I'm going to get paint today, and I will follow your instructions, but I might take an extra step in coating the feathers so they really last. 
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well the fabric I used was thick enough to absorb enough of the paint on both sides that when it dried as one continuous layer the fabric remained attached. If you don't believe me, try making a single test feather & waiting for it to dry before painting the rest, you'll see what I mean. :D

I still have my original test feather, it worked so well & is quite sturdy, even after getting soaking wet at one point (got a bit floppy but after drying/ironing was stiff & good as new again). Sealing recommendation? Hmmm...some tarp spray that creates a water-repelling barrier is something I always wanted to try, like this stuff :pointr:…
triggertracker Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh man. You might like to see my bird mask Im making too. I'll post a photo of that shortly too. Not painted yet, but it's formed leather. Pretty stoked. 
triggertracker Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"And according to the can, its "contents contain a chemical known to cause cancer and birth defects." So that's exciting." 

Hahaha. What a quote. xD 
Thanks for getting back to me. Today I went to a hardware store and got pliers, wirecutters and some matte black acrylic house paint. I hope that does the trick. I probably will do a test feather first, tonight. I have a can of some kind of spray enamel... I might research that a bit. I have no idea if it's ok on fabric. 

I've cut out all my feathers. Just got a ton of wire-bending and cutting to do now, and a bit more tedious sewing (which I'm awful at, but just go over and over and over so it's strong. Haha. I will keep you updated! I'm stoked you're stoked for me. :P
triggertracker Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also I don't know what plastic mesh is... so I might just mess with some sleeves or alternative for arm covering.

ElizaWyatt Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow. This is amazing, Rebecca! They move beautifully!
Telelia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope to make some like these if not by August than october (I'm making a phoenix costume- so lots of feathers..)
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh, Phoenix using this will be great! Post pictures please~ :la: What type of Phoenix are you doing? Any reference/example?
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