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No Sew Fairy Wings Tutorial Part 2 of 2 by vickybunnyangel No Sew Fairy Wings Tutorial Part 2 of 2 by vickybunnyangel
These wings took me about a day to make. I designed them for a special little girl (my cousin) for Halloween so she could be a fairy queen! They are incredibly lightweight and are durable enough to withstand all the energetic activities little kids do.

I like the elaborate butterfly wing design look, but personally suck at manipulating wire to get it. So I decided to cut the vein designs out of bristol board, and then reinforce the overall outline with wire.

This is also a no-sew method for those of you who find it a hassle to whip-stitch fabric onto a wire frame.

Questions? need clarification? Feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to demystify things for you ^_^

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Ammiranthaquiem4 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Where did you get the wire and what size gauge was it?
 
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Mariposabutterfly Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I always wanna try this out! 
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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Can I paint the wings instead of using a glue to reinforce the wings if they are colored? The wings I want to make are a turquoise blue color.
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DuoXKouga Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
If you need to add color to the wings how would you go about doing those? I'm making Gertrud's wings from Madoka Magica. They're blue and black.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can choose whatever colour you want! Use different colour fabric, and spraypaint the veins to any colour you want as well
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katsumi630 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
For the wire is it covered up? In some of the pictures it looks like it..but I can't tell. I wanted to make some wings for a custom and have been looking around at tutorials and such, but I don't want the wire to really show.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No it isn't. It's not immediately visible, but it is exposed on the back side. If you want a more concealed technique then I would suggest whipstitching fabric to a wire frame (see tutorials by Lillyxandra). Although I'm replying to you super late so I'm going to assume you have things figured out already XD
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Doyoulike-Yaoi Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Artist
Bwa! This looks amazing!!! I can't wait to make a pair >u<b
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I hope you ended up making an epic pair of fairy wings. Sorry I replied to this super late, but thought a reply was better than no reply :)
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Ingenious :wow: you did a wonderful job!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it ^_^
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Zchanning Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for this! I love making fairy wings but I can't tell you how many fingers I've stabbed/needles I've broken trying to sew around the dang coat hangers I always use (too lazy for hand sewing, bah). I am definitely going to try this next time, you did a great job at making a simple tutorial and the results are amazing. They look so intricate, like you'd expect to pay a lot of money for them at a costume shop.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My laziness (and also the time restraint I was under) prompted me to forgo the usual whipstitch around coat hanger method. I also can't shape wire very well without it looking all wonky. The aim was definitely to make my cousin the envy of all the other girls who got their fairy wings from Wal-Mart :P
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Pinkgirl3 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
How'd you come up with this?
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I get pretty creative when I'm on a tight schedule. I had a bunch of materials lying around that could work, and I knew what I wanted the end product to look like. I just took a risk and experimented to see if it would come out any good. I always take pictures to document my work, so turning those progress pictures into a tutorial was easy once I determined that "yes" the end product was successful enough to share :).

If the wings ended up being a hot mess, my back-up plan was to go buy replacement fairy wings and give them to my cousin >.>
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Pinkgirl3 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow!
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cardcaptor-eternity Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, nice!! I know I'm really late ^^; but I bet she loved the fairy wings (even more so because you made them for her :heart:). Is there a picture of her in the outfit?
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think she did! My cousin is the type of girl who enjoys getting lots of attention, and I was told that she got an abundance of it on halloween. Most likely glares from girls who had the panty-hose stretched over wire type wings from wal-mart. My aunt said a lot of parents wanted to know where she got the wings.

There are pictures of her in private family albums, but I haven't gotten around to asking my aunt if I can post up a picture on the net for all to see :P.
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cardcaptor-eternity Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh ok, thats fine =) But thanks!! :heart:
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Colour-Splashes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful tutorial! Very easy to follow. I tried it out in miniature and it works great in any scale.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot for checking it out! I'm happy it worked out for you too :D Always good to get confirmation that it works for other people too.
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WaterFaerieNaomi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love you. This is perfect. XD
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^_^ Glad you found it useful.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
This is great! I suck at shaping wire too, so this method is really nice. Great idea ^.^
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. I know I would never be able to achieve that look in wire.
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JadeLocket Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
thank you for the tutorial!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're very welcome! Thanks for taking a look :)
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Ask-Tavros-N Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist
(( Thank you very much for making this tutorial, it was a lot of help! ^u^
But I have one question, how heavy do you think the wings would be if I made them from about my forehead to my waist or back? (I am 5'2'') ))
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Weight itself should be pretty light (no more than 2lbs) I think. You may get more wind resistance when you're outside but that's about it. Your body can certainly handle it! Lighter than a school backpack. I hope that helps.
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Ask-Tavros-N Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist
(( I see. Well, thank you very much for the help! ))
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TheLadySasha Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is WONDERFUL and just what I was looking for. Though you did mention using Resin to seal the wings. What type of resin would you suggest? And does it dry clear? The resin I've used in the past (from Home Depot) seemed to dry more Yellowish.

I'm actually looking to make a pair of Disney style fairy wings with this tutorial :)
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I apologize for the delayed response! I haven't checked deviantart in a looonnng time due to how busy real life got. To answer your question, I personally use the Easycast clear resin, since it's a simple 1:1 mixture of the resin and hardener. It dries clear if you follow the instructions for temperature and mix it right. I'm able to find that at most art supply stores near me, and I believe it's the same brand Lillyxandra uses for her wings as well.

Post up a link to your wings if you can! I'd love to see how people build on the instructions and make even more awesome things.
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TheLadySasha Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol no worries. I knkow how busy things can get! And I will. I'm not 100% sure when I'll be making them but I'm going to have a lot of free time next year so hopefully I'll be able to try this out. :) Thanks for the tutorial and I will let you know when I post pictures!
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thanks so much!
I might use this! ^^
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I always hope people find it useful
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icevalkyrie7 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
does the white glue cover the wires too?
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you apply enough layers, it could encase the wires too, yes.
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icevalkyrie7 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome good to know
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Liz-Kaguya Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
great tutorial.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cool (: Great tutorial!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :heart:
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lovely-chen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ha ha ha XD
I thought you already have done a tutorial on those Victoria's secret angel super wings xD
But I love those wings *3*
Pretty ~
Thank you so much for the tutorial ~ ^^
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL nono when I do big fancy wings I'll make another tutorial.

These were quickie wings using whatever I had in my house, since I had to finish them real quick for my cousin
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lovely-chen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't wait to see what you'll do *3* It's going to be beautiful and elegant, I'm sure ~ ^^

Yay 8D Closet wing making 8D It's fun to be a cosplayer because you end out having soooo much things you can do with leftovers ~ ^^
Well, I hope your cousin liked them because they are very pretty ~ ^^
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MaeMaeTwin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
If I can't get my hands on wonderflex, what would be the alternative to that?
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You could do what Lillyxandra does, and make the entire harness out of wire. She makes two parallel wire bridges (for balance) and attaches the straps to that.

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QueenofJest Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
An alternative to the wonder flex could be to wrap the centre with a layer of batting for comfort, then wrap a bit of matching material around it. You could then sew the buckles, or even the straps, directly to it. Only I guess this would depend on you being able to do basic sewing, although I guess a strong glue could work too!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that's a good alternative! If I had more time, I probably would've added some batting padding to the back for comfort, but it didn't seem like a priority at 5am in the morning XD
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QueenofJest Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, I dont think much is a priority at the time of the morning, other then completing whatever it is keeping you up asap xD
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