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The motivation for this outfit was 1) I like to make a spectacle of myself, 2) I was going to the local Surfers Against Sewage fancy dress ball, the theme being recycling. I decided to go as a recycled human being. This evolved into 'Recycled Elvis', although I actually looked more like 'Recycled Morrissey'.
I am somewhat of a perfectionist and wanted to make the wings the best that they could be, hence I spent around 70 hours on them. There are many shortcuts you could take to do it in much less time.
It's rather difficult to rate the expense and difficulty of this project; I spent about 200 pounds on the wings and another 200 pounds on the rest of the angel outfit, although you could do it for next to nothing with a bit of effort. I will explain as we go through. As for difficulty, it is not technically complicated but it does require a lot of patience. In this Instructable I have described most of the simple practical and mathematical techniques used to make the wings; I have assumed very little previous knowledge and ability. Please be patient with these passages if they do not apply to you.
If you do decide to make wings from this Instructable please make sure that you read all of it carefully first, then read well ahead of the point you are working from in order that you pick up all the relevant points before you go ahead.
You will find out later how I attached the wings, but I can say that I danced the night away and a particularly irritating man tried to pull the wings off but they stayed on. I fell over he pulled so hard.
Check out my moulded earplug company website at www.zenplugs.co.uk. I've developed a new technique for making moulded swimming earplugs, sleeping earplugs and snoring earplugs.
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Step 1: Key Features
1) They are made of real feathers
2) They are articulated and so fold up and down in a fairly realistic fashion.
3) (My favorite part) they have no visible attachment, making it look as though you actually have wings.
My moulded earplug company website is at www.zenplugs.co.uk; Ive developed a new technique for making moulded swimming earplugs, sleeping earplugs and snoring earplugs which you might find interesting.