I was asked to describe how I would go about making a large set of Gargoyle, Bat, Vampire wings. I was given an image of a character called Illidan from World of Warcraft and told 'something like that'. Hmm, large wings for attachment to a model for a bodypainting.

Obviously they firstly needed to be very light, reasonably robust and BIG. Anyway, here's the image I was given:


So the materials used:

Polyurethane packing foam. This is very light, easy to cut with a craft knife or box cutter. It's soft enough to be reasonably comfortable for the model and most importantly it is reasonably stiff. It will be used for the main 'spars', so if you are using some other material, the test is simple. Cut a four foot length 1" square, hold it by one end and see how much the other end droops. It it only droops by one or two inches then it should be fine for this job.

Black Organza Voile. A very lightweight 'shimmery' mesh fabric for the membranes. You could use any one of the hundreds of colours available.

Liquid Latex. Used as a strengthening skin for part of the spars and to glue the fabric to the spars

General purpose adhesive. Bostik, UHU or a similar adhesive that can be used as a contact cement.

Paint. I used artists acrylic inks for this job which were airbrushed on, but any sort of hobby acrylics would do just as well.

Before continuing with the next set of steps I must apologize for my state of undress in some of the images. It was the middle of a heatwave and unbearably hot in the workshop!

Step 1: Constructing the spars

The packing foam I had was around 7 feet long by 1" thick and about 4" across.

Using as much of the width as I could I cut two curved 'bone' shapes about 2 1/2 feet long to form the two upright curved spars.
I then cut two four foot curved and tapered lengths to form the main outer spars. These were joined to the uprights using general purpose adhesive using the impact method and pinned through with cocktail sticks.

Once the two main structures were glued I cut four smaller lengths of foam for the inner spars. Again these were cemented into place and pinned with cocktail sticks.

The two assemblies were then given 24 hours to fully cure.
<p>Were you able to post photos of them on a model??</p>
Straight to the person?
How will you attach them?
Wow, I was just browsing around and saw the pic of the wings. Excellent quality, attention to detail, and as a I read in your comment below, under 1 lb. for the pair. Will definitely check out your other stuff!
They look great - good job on the wings and the ible. <br> <br>Why the female anatomy sculptures on the wall behind you.... <br> <br>THAT needs an ible!
So far.... I LOVE it. :-) They look amazing and I can't wait to see them attached to some supports for someone to wear. <br> <br>I hope you get a great photo of the completed project as this is so worthy of being featured! <br> <br>Be sure to give us the info on how to attach these amazing wings for wearing. I may have to find a Halloween party to go to this year! <br> <br>I'll be checking back. :-)
There will be no supports. These weigh about 4 1/4 ounces each so they can simply be glued on with latex.
Incredible! Wow! Just add some body paint to make this even more exciting costume. This wings look like they should be in a movie or seen at Burning Man festival.
OH.. I cross posted this &quot;ible&quot; on my Haunted House facebook page where I am sure it will get a lot of attention
they look fantastic !
Cool Bananas! <br>

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