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 Do you make your own wings?
Dewdrop
 Posted: 17th February 2015, 8:10 AM
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Do you make your own wings? What is your go to technique?
I use heavy gauge wire and cellophane for mine, though I'm wanting to incorporate some of my wire wrapping techniques into future wings.
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Wesley Rose
 Posted: 17th February 2015, 6:23 PM
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Actually, I'm making a pair right now! and... I hella over committed. This is my first ever pair. And i guess go big or go home.... http://i.imgur.com/Q3Nxqmc.gif http://i.imgur.com/EwPgvQO.gif http://i.imgur.com/UnJLMK6.gif http://i.imgur.com/ro7trja.gif http://i.imgur.com/8b4l5ud.gif its going to be 2 sets of dragonfly wings......... and its gonna move....... *dies*

Here's the skeleton i just made last night.
Gods help me.

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Juniper
 Posted: 17th February 2015, 8:10 PM
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They look fantastic so far Wesley! I love love love the dragonfly look http://i.imgur.com/fcfBcpz.gif will they move backwards like real wings, or be adjustable on an up/down axis? (If that makes sense, haha)

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Wesley Rose
 Posted: 17th February 2015, 8:28 PM
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They're going to move up and down like dragonflies http://i.imgur.com/fcfBcpz.gif

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Juniper
 Posted: 17th February 2015, 8:34 PM
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I can't wait to see them finished!

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Lavendyre the Fairy
 Posted: 17th February 2015, 10:47 PM
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I use chain link fence repair wire from home depot, brown electrical tape, cellophane, and spray adhesive.

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Dewdrop
 Posted: 18th February 2015, 7:32 AM
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QUOTE (Juniper @ 17th February 2015, 9:10 PM)
They look fantastic so far Wesley! I love love love the dragonfly look http://i.imgur.com/fcfBcpz.gif will they move backwards like real wings, or be adjustable on an up/down axis? (If that makes sense, haha)

They look great!!! How will the wires stay together?
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Faerie Mermaid Galene
 Posted: 18th February 2015, 1:28 PM
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I've bought two pair of wings for my first faerie performances, but I've looked at a bunch of tutorials and will be making my own wings as soon as I get a little more time. I have an idea for a quite different approach to wings.
Your dragonfly wings look awesome, Wisty!

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Wesley Rose
 Posted: 18th February 2015, 11:12 PM
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QUOTE (Dewdrop @ 18th February 2015, 6:32 AM)
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They look great!!!  How will the wires stay together?

Solder! i hope.
Galene- good luck! and Lavendyre- How do you bend it? isnt that wire really stiff?

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Snapdragon
 Posted: 5th March 2015, 9:07 PM
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I have made a couple pairs of wings, though I usually get store or ren faire-bought ones as well.

Let me see... I made wings for a sprite costume with green plant wire (which was nice and flexible, but doesn't stand up or stay in shape very well) and glittery fabric, or using wooden dowels and ribbons and sunset colored fabric cut in a fiery pattern for my djinni costume.

I also found some spinning devices in the section of the office supplies store for presentations and science fair projects (mainly things to do to cover up for the lack of an interesting science fair project), including lights and spinning and back and forth motion tools, and I think that these battery-powered objects might be really helpful for making moving wings.
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Faeona the Faun
 Posted: 16th April 2015, 6:08 PM
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I made mine out of laser cut aluminum! I designed them in Illustrator based on a mayfly, then sent the file to a fabricator to cut.

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Faresia
 Posted: 17th April 2015, 6:45 AM
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QUOTE (Faeona the Faun @ 17th April 2015, 11:08 AM)
I made mine out of laser cut aluminum! I designed them in Illustrator based on a mayfly, then sent the file to a fabricator to cut.

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Wow!
I'm planning on making some with copper wire or normal wire, with a silver or gold iderescent fabric. The veins will be wire too and will be in a dragonfly shape. I just need to find the time...

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Dewdrop
 Posted: 17th April 2015, 12:21 PM
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Those wings are awesome, Faeona!
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Faeona the Faun
 Posted: 17th April 2015, 4:51 PM
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Thank you so much! I'm still experimenting with membrane materials. I've since stripped these down and am waiting for another material to ship.

Hats off to the wire and solder wing-makers.They look gorgeous, and I cannot imagine the patience and mental fortitude it must take to make all of the veins individually. I was almost ready to throw in the towel just drawing the vector for mine, and I almost broke the poor CNC machine!

I have a question, fellow wingsters- how many of you heat shrink your cellophane? Or have you found the adhesive is sufficient?

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Dewdrop
 Posted: 23rd April 2015, 8:27 AM
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I have only used heat shrink. I have yet to try the adhesive. It intimidates me for some reason, lol.
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