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WIP - Realistic Wings by Sunnybrook1 WIP - Realistic Wings by Sunnybrook1

Well, this has sort of become the splash page for the rest of my tutorial, links are below! :D


Each feather is made out of straightened hanger-wire with two pieces of fabric painted back-to-back over it (think fabric sandwich, with the wire on the inside).

I've added more secondary cover-feathers since these shots, I've replaced the circulation-cutting arm brace with a glove, and I still have to add the arm-hiding fabric/feather combo, but I'm really excited about how these look~

Want to make your own? Check out my budding tutorial!
Part 0 - MATERIALS
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT
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:

Don't forget to let me know if you post pictures or videos of your wings, I LOVE seeing and sharing what others come up with!



Livejournal post :pointr: community.livejournal.com/furs…
See them in motion! :pointr: youtu.be/jel7W19CxdI
EDIT: See TWO of them in motion! :floating: :pointr: youtu.be/nE5hPNaau5Q
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:iconminatek616:
Minatek616 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Artist
Looks wonderful!
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:iconilluminator999:
illuminator999 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Sunnybrook! 
I'm working on my version of these, will probably make my feathers out of cardstock. Is there any benefit to making them from double painted fabric?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, they last longer, can take more of a beating, maintain their shape better after contact with water (after drying out, anyways - you can iron them flat!), and are mostly silent when moving (aka feathers won't make a "clacking" sound when hitting each other). :shrug:

But cardstock is thinner, cheaper, easier to color and/or paint, and lighter-weight. I've made a posterboard-pair of wings myself, and they were fun as well, albeit not quite as impressive as a fully finished fabric pair. So go for whichever matters most to you. :thumbsup::D 
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:iconazote:
azote Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
these are so beautiful I'm crying! 
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:iconthatdamnsootyowl:
ThatDamnSootyOwl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Are these wings able to be flipped forward like that of an owl doing a threat display?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Tried, and nope :no: because (a) the way I've strung the feathers together means they're attached to me at the waist, preventing them from flipping straight up, and even if I detached that (b) they're pretty heavy, and won't stay up long enough for a proper display. :I

Oh well, still fun to wear~
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:iconthatdamnsootyowl:
ThatDamnSootyOwl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay. Thanks for letting me know :)
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooh, good question! I'll have to try that with my swan wings next chance I get... :plotting:

Will let you know - cool pic!
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:iconthatdamnsootyowl:
ThatDamnSootyOwl Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Coolio :)

Thanks.
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:iconazulito1:
azulito1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I want one ; w ;
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:iconwright867:
wright867 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
WANTWANTWANTWANT! Want.... 
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:iconfluffthefluff:
FluffTheFluff Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
I want one!
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:iconleticiamahieu:
LeticiaMahieu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015
This tutorial is just GENIOUS! Thank you for sharing!
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:iconzolaris:
Zolaris Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Looks amazing, congratulations!
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:iconarianetatsu:
ArianeTatsu Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome...
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:iconeverestmidnight:
EverestMidnight Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Can you fly with it?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, but I've always wondered if this scenerio from the comic XKCD would work. :D Would be totally cool~
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:iconmouette-sky:
mouette-sky Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why haven't you gotten a  deviation for this????
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o0WhiteRaven0o Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
that looks so awome ! :D
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Professional
nice job 
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:icongph-artist:
gph-artist Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work!  Brilliant idea.  The wings look amazing.
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:icontetravariations:
tetravariations Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love it!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Professional
nice job 
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:icontheblueeyeddemon:
theblueeyeddemon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This will be so useful for my fursona! 
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:iconsilverheart-nine:
Silverheart-Nine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Man... I really want to make these now.


@_@ They're awesome.
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:iconloezone:
Loezone Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2015
Not tooo shabby.
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:iconpink7777:
Pink7777 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Fabulous!
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:iconlozotaku11:
LoZOtaku11 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015
I bet my friend could use this tutorial whenever she feels like she wants to cosplay Medli from the Wind Waker! :3
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup, these are AWESOME for Medli cosplays, or any Riku costumes at all from Wind Waker~
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tuggley Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2015
Wow...beautiful. For halloween my 6 year old daughter wants to be a pegasus with wings on her arms that move. (Yes, she has very specific ideas...a budding costume designer/maker.) Do you think this design would be too heavy/difficult for a 6 year old?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you were helping her with the wire-bending (which takes a fair amount of hand strength and coordination) I think you could manage it. If you are short on time or funds try poster-board instead of fabric & hotglue it to the wire shafts.

Not quite as comfortable & long-lasting, but quite light, affordable, and easily colored. Just have her wear something with long sleeves, or sew a piece of fabric into a simple sleeve for her to wear the wings over. And since her arms are shorter than an adults you probably won't have to make as many feathers, which should help with the weight.

:thumbsup: :D
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:iconcooldudenibb:
Cooldudenibb Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS SO COOL YOU'RE SO SKILLFUL
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:iconchuckcac:
chuckcac Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
completely impressed - wow
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:iconapple-kitty:
apple-kitty Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thats AMAZING! I wish I had these wings instead of the "meh" ones for my costume years abck.
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you decide to remake them, post them here, yah? :la:
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:iconapple-kitty:
apple-kitty Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Traditional Artist
I didn't make them. I design rather than make.
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:iconsidwalker:
Sidwalker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Professional Artist
Great work. They are not only useful for cosplay, they'd make a great model for drawing, as well.
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:iconheavy-sigh:
Heavy-Sigh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015   General Artist
I gotta say, you make perfectly good wings and it's conveniently useful for cosplayers! I'm not a cosplayer but this is really amazing! Great job!
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:iconjunlite:
junlite Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
very nice...
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:iconlightbender:
lightbender Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
Truly beautiful work!
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:iconnoxregula:
NoxRegula Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
These are fantastic.
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:iconsentientpotato73:
SentientPotato73 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to make something like that now. I already tried articulated bat wings, but that was half done and way too hard.
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This design should work well for bat wings, and be even easier since there are less "shafts" and instead of separate feathers it's all one piece of stretchy fabric~ :thumbsup::D

Lemme know if you try it!
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:iconautumnczun:
AutumnCzun Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:O Amazing!
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:iconsilentenmity:
SilentEnmity Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
That's totally awesome!
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:iconbeserker989:
Beserker989 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Man,that's sure a very creative way of doing wings,i'm impressed
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:icontaqresu650:
Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome. Just try not to end up with the same fate as Icarus. :)
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:iconakuba-link:
Akuba-Link Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
C'est magnifique, j'aimerai avoir ton talent !
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:icontdud3:
TDuD3 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
omg that is so awesome!
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:iconrosethorn-mage:
Rosethorn-Mage Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student General Artist
That is FANTASTIC! You are absolutely amazing to think that up!
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