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In this Instructable I will explain how to make a pair of wings which could be used to dress up as an angel, bird, or anything else with feathered wings (for example certain species of dragon).

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.

I love inventing things in my spare time; I've invented a new way of making molded ear plugs from a kit; my moulded earplug company website is called ZenPlugs I've developed a new technique for making moulded swimming earplugs, sleeping earplugs and snoring earplugs which you might find interesting, I've got two patents pending on them. I am also currently working on a completely new type of rat repellent device which uses technology never before used in this area.

 
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mburke15yesterday
You have actual spiritsall around you btw
just thought if you didn't already know, you should. .
im a psychic medium btw and your spirits are AMAZING
tealtutu12 days ago
I love these
zafara11 month ago

real angel coming on macca click here watch this video

Kraplax9 months ago
at last! I started 2 years ago, but had to abandon the project. and this year I finally made it! I had used the mechanism for closet doors to make wings collapsable. also I have used metal wire to make them semi-auto foldable. when they are up - they're folded, when I spread them - they are in full length. but it turned out to be heavy, so I had to use shoulder straps to wear them and hide the whole thing under the robe.
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T0BY (author)  Kraplax2 months ago

Very nicely done! You have paid me a great compliment by using my design! Thanks for showing us the photos.

Kraplax T0BY1 month ago

By the way. I just remembered that i've changed the "flapping" mechanism you used. I've utilized a pair of special hinges (i have no idea what are they called, but i attached the googled images so that you can get the idea of what to look for). They really look similar to the muscle/bones in a living bird, so i used them for the very root of the wing. While you used the wire loops to hold your wings up and down, I've fixed the wire inside the wing itself and fixed it to the base on my back. This very hing somewhat extends when it's.. "extended" :) So the wire get the tension and pulls the "tip" of the wing. In the end, wings are folded when held up and automatically and very gracefully unfolded when i barely touch them to spread them.

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You might not see this, but where did you find the feathers? I've been looking everywhere and I can't find any.
I've been looking for feathers too. Finally, i've bought a batch of nandheld feather fans from China and just took the feathers off - turned out to be cheaper than buying feathers separately :D
T0BY (author)  Kraplax2 months ago

What a brilliant idea! I never thought of that! Apparently the people who supplied my feathers before don't stock them any more =(

I love maximum ride, and these wings are kind of what i'd imagine the kids' wings to be like. cool instructable!
I love maximum ride. I looked this up to make a Max costume for Halloween
same
Gnara your dog5 years ago
agreed
except, bigger than these, right? not to dis the wings, they're great. i just always imagined the wings in maximum ride to be huge (which would be much more realistic if one wished to give man flight, bird bones or no)
yeah, much bigger, but it's how i imagine the basic structure.
T0BY (author)  VampireFrancesca2 years ago
Problem is, any bigger and you can't sit on a chair, or in a car. You have to stand up the whole time when you are wearing them.
I used to love maximum ride, then it died and I pretend that saved the world and other extreme sports is the last one...


AWESOME wings though.
I so agree! the first three are the best. from there it goes down hill.
Did you read the original two?
When the wind blows and The lake house?
Dirzdra Gnara3 years ago
When the Wind Blows and The Lake House were so good! I remember reading the first in 2001 and the latter in 2004. I honestly haven't read the Maximum Ride series, but I did flip through the first book. It seemed more like a rewrite with different details rather than an altogether part of a series.
Gnara Dirzdra3 years ago
Yeah, pretty much. The series turn into a teen relationship drama. lol
yeh the books really arent very good now but they started out as one of my favourite series
ikr? I'm gonna be maximum ride for Halloween, cause I'm just obsessed like that.
SilentR2 months ago

http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Wholesale-Wh...

Here's a link to a site where you can purchase goose feather's at (what i could tell) a reasonable/cheap price. They also have color variety. I hope this helps someone out!

charmens2 years ago
Wouldn't it be cool if you added hooks along the top of the wood, then run a string from the tip to the back, that way you could pull on the string and open them discreetly without touching them. or maybe a spring and latch that allows the wings to open and close. i used to do that trick when creating toys in class.
T0BY (author)  charmens2 months ago

I tried that but it didn't work well. The wings moved in an unnatural way and I found it was better just holding them out with my hands.

Steamfunk1 year ago
Wow! The craftsmanship is remarkable. Awesome job.
T0BY (author)  Steamfunk2 months ago

Merci beaucoup!

Animatrixx1 year ago
why not a clip in additional end that you could pop off to go sit and to get on the bus etc then take them off and put them on to get around the usual obstacles. Ideally this should be made to be popped into a box of some sort to transport so you don't need to hassle with the issue at all. As for sources of feathers, try eBay and try the woods and the edge of corn and wheat fields i got masses of crow feathers by finding the trees where they roost at night, they shed flight and tail feathers.. eBay was a great resource. I managed to get everything from crow feet and skulls to whole wings on the cheap, you can really save if you get the raw (uncured) wings from fishing supply shops frozen then you can keep them in the fridge til you need hem and pull the feathers yourself or mount them on a board in the position you want them and slowly dry cure them it works a treat or smaller wing adornments... And these are from legal culls btw pest birds harassing crops etc. But for cruelty free try the roosting spots method and time and you will get a lot of them or eBay craft supply. Chinese craft supply have amazing deals on things like feather rope edge which is pre mounted feathers of about 6 to 8 inches length at roughly a fiver per meter saving you a lot of mounting time.
T0BY (author)  Animatrixx2 months ago

Thanks for these tips, really helpful. I know people have been having difficulty finding the feathers.

rboggess13 years ago
i would like to know if it would be possible to change the feathers into a more bat like appearance or even a shredded fabric?
try crin (crinoline), used to make hats and cyberlocks , available in tubes, flat ribbon, and by themeter, its tough and comes in a vast array of colors http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Crafts-/14339/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=crin
T0BY (author)  Animatrixx2 months ago

This is a great idea!

realife111 year ago
Looks fantastic!
The glowing orb balls around you in the finished photo pics
look like the tibetan mandala patterns, especially the large one on your chest.
It actually adds to the 'angel' effect, LOL.
T0BY (author)  realife112 months ago

The orbs are the result of poltergeist activity in the house at the time. I don't think it liked me working there.

aabernethy27 months ago
how much will it cost me for you to make and seel me a pair of these wings!! I really need them. please get back to me. kronick.archie@gmail.com
T0BY (author)  aabernethy22 months ago

Sorry, they're not for sale!

Angel Wolf4 months ago

cant wait to get started

T0BY (author)  Angel Wolf2 months ago

How's it going?

What is the thing on wall in last pic???
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