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potatoplanet
08-17-2009, 08:35 PM
I've seen a ton of wings tutorials involving stuff like "how to support wings" or "how to make wings", and so on and so forth. But, but I'm looking for, as simple as it may be, are tips for WEARING wings.

What I mean is: while in a convention, how do you protect your preciously expensive props? Or, what's the best way to keep them in the best shape while wearing them and while NOT? How do you WALK in these giant crazy things (mine are about 5'6'') without running into people or falling on your face? And, any other tips any of ya'll have would be awesome.

I would really appreciate all the advice anyone has! :D

~ K-chan

Bandersnatch
08-17-2009, 08:58 PM
Avoid crowded areas and narrow hallways, move slowly through doorways, be careful (and voice your presence and extenuating circumstance) in elevators that people don't end up mindlessly crushing you against the wall as they try to pack in, and have a handler.

KakeraのTsuki
08-17-2009, 08:59 PM
I haven't worn anything huge myself, but from friends' and fellow congoers' experience....

get handlers (friends not in costume) if your props/wings are too unwieldy. They'll keep you and people around you out of danger's way.

makeshiftwings
08-17-2009, 09:23 PM
If you plan on actually wandering around the convention center, people running into them is inevitable. Whenever I wear Pit, I am extremely surprised by how rude and impatient people are. If they wanna get somewhere, they will blow through my wings like they're not even there. At Megacon people kept bumping into them so much that the supports started coming loose and one wing started to swivel a little.

Friends are always a plus, trying to get them to walk around you instead of other people. Make sure you say 'Excuse me' LOUDLY. I always walk through tight ways sideways. And just try to stay aware of all your surroundings. Of course, staying in one place is the safest way to protect your wings, but... You won't see much :/

My least favorite thing is that the feathers on the edge of the wings fray and get really ugly. You're gonna have to keep replacing them.

Sirblood
08-18-2009, 04:07 AM
I saw 1 cosplayer who's wings were actually a kind of spring of some sort. She pulled a (fishing?) string that was attached to the bottom of each wing, and they collapsed against her

I always overly reinforce my costumes.

Wings don't have to be huge to make your cosplay accurate. If your cosplay is something you plan on competing with, I might suggest making 2 pairs of wings, 1 small compact pair to wear around the convention, and the nice and accurate ones to wear for photoshoots or cosplay.

Celyddon
08-18-2009, 12:37 PM
For my large wings, I fold them back--they're attached to hinges on the back support. Just standard door hinges--the slide pin locking variety--they're a huge boon to someone trying to walk through doors and through hordes of cosplayers. Slide the pins into the lock (prevents the wings from swinging backwards) for photos and competitions; unlock the hinges and fold back for hallways, doors, and hordes. :)

CapsuleCorp
08-19-2009, 07:43 PM
If your wings are THAT big...for the love of courtesy as well as protecting your wings, DON'T WEAR THEM IN THE HALLS.

Some costumes are just not meant to be worn as hall costumes - the kind of costumes you can go about your daily business in. If you spent that much time and effort on making gigantic feathered wings, and you're worried about how delicate they are? Minimize the damage. Save it only for a photoshoot, or for standing stationary in a corner of the lobby for people to take your picture. Or, take it to the masquerade stage. I have giant black feathered wings, for Haruka, but they were stage-only and I will only wear them for photoshoots. For the halls, I plan to replace them with extremely downsized versions (the original wingspan, extended, would be 12 feet - by downsized I mean each wing would be maybe a foot or so long).

Not only will it protect your wings and your investment, and make you happy that no jerk running through the hallway will smash your wings, it will also show that you are a courteous person who cares about the congoing experience of everyone. Nobody likes to be shoved aside or inconvenienced for the sake of a person with a giant hall-blocking costume who feels they have the right to have everyone else get out of their way.

behindblueyes97
08-30-2009, 10:58 PM
If your wings are THAT big...for the love of courtesy as well as protecting your wings, DON'T WEAR THEM IN THE HALLS.

Not only will it protect your wings and your investment, and make you happy that no jerk running through the hallway will smash your wings, it will also show that you are a courteous person who cares about the congoing experience of everyone. Nobody likes to be shoved aside or inconvenienced for the sake of a person with a giant hall-blocking costume who feels they have the right to have everyone else get out of their way.

Very informative, I was about to start making some 6' wings and have just now realized my folly. They will be extensively downsized. Thanks :)

CapsuleCorp
08-31-2009, 08:22 PM
Glad to hear it. If you want the experience and beauty of giant wings, make them, but plan when and where to wear them. They are a lot of fun, really. A lot of work, too. But there's a time and a place for them.

Besides, I think some larger cons with huge crowds have started to make rules about wing and prop sizes, so you might not have even been able to wear them anyway. Like at ACen. That would really suck, to put in all the work and then get there and find out you can't wear them.

sakuralove
09-03-2009, 06:48 PM
i wore a pair of fleace wings for my last convention with about a 7 foot wingspan give or take. they ripped on the way to the convention and i couldnt wear them after the judjing for the masqurade, but i made them to be flexable so i could go through doors and such. honestly they were a pain. if they hadent broken i think it would have been fine but i have to put dowels in them to keep them from ripping further, and they no longer were bendable.

still i sugguest using platic crossstiching sheets for wings. just sew a ton togeather if you have to but theres cheep, strong bendable, dont rip handle stress and can be washed, dosnt get better than that.

unless your going to be outside alot, taking photos, or in a contest, i would downsise the wings. they may look cool, but there just not practical.

heres a pic of mine
http://raventhekitsune.deviantart.com/art/Portcon-09-Cardcaptor-Sakura-127564457

LKD
09-05-2009, 06:49 AM
My Pit wings folded back but even like that I hated how people just pushed and shoved and bumped into them >< I just ended up taking them off and carrying them just for the dealers hall and putting them back on after :3

audrey12345
09-05-2009, 08:18 AM
I'm wearing a pretty big pair of wings to Afest today, for the first time. I don't know what will happen. I'm most worried about the elevators. I'm hoping people will be nice and not pile in like sardines for me.

Ani_BEE
09-05-2009, 09:00 AM
Large wing are also a pain to transport! I have plans to make a large solid pair myself but if A.) they are not light weight and B.) I can't make them transportable (break down in sections) Then I'm going to forgo them.

My first cosplay had wings but I could just take them off. Everyone was bumping into them without a though and they where not that big either. :waaaah: