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Peacock Princess Costume (fully articulated tail)

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This is a tutorial on how to make a fully articulated peacock tail. Please leave comments below to let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Thanks!

Supplies:
Child size - 150 feathers eyes and spears
Adult - 200+ feathers

Heavy gauge wire
1 - Chicago Screw
1 - Arizona Ice tea Bottle
8 - washers
8 - screws
Elastic band 3"
Wooden board (if you desire the harness we created)

Harness of your choice (able to have something screwed into it
 
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Step 1: Layout

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Layout your feathers to create different layers of lengths. Each length becomes one layer.

Step 2: Netting base

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Cut different sizes of netting to form the base of the layers.

Step 3: Weaving Quills

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Weave the quills into the netting to help secure them in. Then trim all excess length on the quills.

Tip: if they won't weave easily then add some tape to the end to make a point.



Step 4: Securing Quills

Hot glue each feather in two or three places along the quill  with the netting. This held up very well trick or treating, even with people stepping on it. Yet please be careful and try to avoid that it will bend or break the feathers.

Step 5: Wire Supports

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Cut wire and bend a circle around your pin so the wire will rotate freely around.
Trim off excess wires at the circle on the end or it will catch in the netting.

Step 6: Wire Supports #2

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Layout your largest layer of feathers first. Add two wires about  2"-3" apart from each other equal distant from the center. Trim the wires down so they are just long enough to be ran from the bottom center of the layer, weaving in and out of the netting till it reaches the quill of the feather you are wanting to hide it in. Then slowly insert the wire into the quill shaft until it cant go any more. This masks the wires and supports the height of the tail

Repeat this for every layer... altering from two wires to one in the center back to two wires. Until all layers are done. (smaller layers only need one)
In my yard are more than twenty Peafowl...your rendition of the males is perfect, even to the 'tail down' effect mentioned by RRKROSE...just delightful.
But what drove this comment is the accuracy of the little head top feathers and your model and her perfect poses; (if I did not know that she is a human I would think that she is a Peacock).
Well-Done!
LittleGrace (author)  fishhead4551 year ago
Oh thanks so much Fishhead455, that means a great deal since I didn't have much of live models to pull the design from... got to love the internet for info like that though. My daughter just loved your comment. Thanks again.
4J3 days ago
Beautiful. I want to make like this for my baby girl.
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ilovesequins11 months ago
the costume is beautiful
ilovesequins11 months ago
how did you get the tail to pop up
sarahquyen11 months ago
Hi there,

Its truly amazing that you figured this out. I am in the middle of putting one together and wanted stuck on the harness part as I can't tell if you have two wooden boards or one? You mentioned that 8 washers are needed but only see four, are the other four for the other wooden board? Or is there just one wooden board? Thank you so much!
donkeyknee1 year ago
good
how much do you think you spent on this costume?
LittleGrace (author)  sarahannharper1 year ago
Sarahannharper I spend about $85 - $100 I say that range because I had excess feathers and I used a lot of scraps I had around the house. If you were making it for an adult with all new materials it should be $100- $125 (depending on where you get your feathers ebay is the cheapest but plan on 6 week shipping from china)
thank you!
Another question. How long are the feathers? Should I buy 2 or 3 different lengths? I'm 5'2" and I don't want them dragging because I will be in a bar and as the night goes on, there will be wet floors and I don't want it ruined.
LittleGrace (author)  KatrinaB1881 year ago
This one is the child's size and It fits me perfect and I am 5'1". The longer the feathers the more expensive. I believe the largest I ordered for this child costume was 30-35 inches. However I would measure in the shoes you will be wearing from the floor to about your hip joint. Make sure your longest feathers will fit in that dimension. Also this tutorial has about 160-175 feathers in the tail when I made the adult version of this I made it fuller with about 260 ish feathers.
LittleGrace (author)  LittleGrace1 year ago
You will only need to order 40-50 of the longest feathers then you can save some $$$ and move down to the next shorter size and don't be afraid to cut them if you have to... just make sure you weave them into the netting first.
I want to make this for myself for this year. I'm a little confused on some of the directions. Like in step 9, you say run the screw through the plastic brackets, but it looks like you have a wire running through the screw instead. I will be barraging you with questions in the future! This is epic!
LittleGrace (author)  KatrinaB1881 year ago
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Yes I have a wire in this photo. I did not have the screw at this time and the Chicago screw works so much better then the wire. It only costs under $2 and well worth it to make sure nothing catches on the excess wire. I didn't have a photo of it but here is a link to one... http://images.nitrosell.com/product_images/7/1719/large-chicago-screw.jpg
Oh neat. It reminds me of that Barbie that came out a number of years ago. There's even a children's video to uh get the little girl revved up for mom and dad to get the toy for her. ;)
LittleGrace (author)  Treasure Tabby1 year ago
Thanks Treasure Tabby, now that you mention it ... it does look kinda like that toy. Thanks!
That is amazing and so, so beautiful!
LittleGrace (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you Penolopy!
I love that it's a tail that actually pops up! Where did you get all of your peacock feathers?
LittleGrace (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Scoochmaroo,
I got them on Ebay. That is where I found the best prices. Retail outlets would have cost a fortune. :) Thanks for asking.
rrkrose1 year ago
The picture of the back of the costume with the wings down is beautiful!
LittleGrace (author)  rrkrose1 year ago
Thank you rrkrose! :)