For our master project we wanted to make angel wings. In the next steps we will guide you step by step how to make your own wings.
The wings of Victoria secret was our inspiration to make the wings. We were particular inspired by the show they had in 2015. The wings of Martha Hunt and Bahati Prinsloo were the most impressive to us.
First you have to decide what kind of wing you want to make. We have chosen the shape of an angel wing. You must also think about the size of the wing. You can’t make them too big because they won’t be stable enough. After this you have to make a design on real sizes, so you get an idea how big the wings will be.
Once you have all the materials, you can start on the wings.
The following materials are needed are:
- Feathers (pillow)
- lacquering / white fabric
- El wire (2 x 3 meter + connector)
- Iron (2 mm and 0.5 mm)
- Old backpack
- Fish thread
- Adhesive spray
Keep in mind that these are our measurements. It depends on the size of your wings how much you need of everything. We recommend you to read through all the steps before you start, so that you get a solid idea of how much you need. We tried to use
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Step 1: Step 1, Measurements
Of course you have to make the wings with the appropriate measurements. There for, you first sign on paper wings to see how big you want them. For the drwaing we have used 4 pieces of A3 paper, because this was big anough for our wings. When we finished the drawing we were able to measure the length and the width of the wings. What you also need is the periphery.
These were our measures :
- lenght, 80 cm
- widht, 30 cm
- periphery of the two whings, 6 m
Step 2: Step 2, Iron Base and Covering
For making the form of the wings we have used thick and thin iron wire. For the shape of the wings you will have to used the thick iron wire. And to attach the pieces to each other, we have used the thin iron wire. Turn the thin iron around a overlap to that it wil be stuck together. But because the this did not remain stuck, we also had to solder the thick iron wire pieces to attach them.
After we have made the shape of the wings, we covered the wings with a cloth. The easiest way is to sew it with a sewing machine. And at the end we have sewed the el wire around the wing. You wil have to do this manual and with fish thread.
Step 3: Step 3, Making the Wings to Each Other
To link the wings with each other we have used the back of an old backpack and wires. Disconnect the handels and the back filling from your backpack. First we attached the wings with iron wire for extra stength. You have to weave them. Then you have to used the glue gun to stick the back of the old backpack. When the wings are attached to each other, you have to wait till they are dry and stick well. make sure that the wings kan move a bit, not to much. This wil make it possible to move it when it is done.
Step 4: Step 4: Feathers
When everything is dry and stuck you can finally start with the feathers. Use the adhesive spray to to stik all the feathers on to the wings. make sure to let one side dry well because it wil come of the moment you wil turn it around.
Step 5: Finish
To finish it of make sure there are no feathers sticked to the EL Wire. This wil make the effect spectacular. Also you can clip you conneter on to the bag handel. You wil not feel anything from it.
Check everything for one last time, because you do not want them to faal apart afther wearing them one time.
You are now ready to wear it !!!