View Full Version : Making large angel wings

04-13-2010, 09:48 AM
So I am doing a World of Warcraft cosplay, this is my first costume I have ever tried to make myself (I previously designed one, made the accessories, but it required a lot of sewing so I had the bulk of it commissioned). It is basically a Valkyrie (I am making two, one black one white):

Here is my sketch I just finished yesterday (I'm not much of an artist):
The template is a bit off in that it is not realistic at all but I tried to keep the proportions in line (so for example the helmet wing things extend half a head's length over the head).

I am probably going to begin the wings this weekend. I really want to make sure that I am using the best materials I can so that I don't end up finished feathering and it turns out they are really flimsy (it's going to take a lot of time to feather).
I was planning to follow this basic structure with the PVC pipe and corset holders (I have strong abs and back):

I am 5'2", the wings are going to go from about mid-head to mid thigh, the dotted line in my sketch indicates the solid part, feathers will extend down from there. The wings will be folded, static, and fairly close to the body to minimize torque.
I was planning on doing a PVC pipe skeleton, two pieces of PVC pipe for each wing in somewhat of an L-shape. I might change this to a triangle (adding one more piece of pipe going back to the center) depending on how stable it feels. But I am a novice and don't really know what kind of materials are available beyond the PVC pipe. The tutorial mentions that one girl used chicken wire but I'm not really sure how that works. Another option I was considering is finding large foam pieces and shaping them and inserting them on to the PVC pipe itself.

-After the wing "skeleton" what kind of materials could I use to create the basic shape/bulk of the main wing?
-Does anyone know of a good site to buy feathers? (I was just planning to use the techniques from the tutorial and attach multiple feathers together to make big ones)
-What material (and how) do I place over the solid part of the wing to attach the feathers (especially if I were to use chicken wire)?
-Additional help/suggestions.

Thanks! :D

04-13-2010, 05:34 PM
I just finished wings that ended up being like 4 feet wide and figured I'd through in my two cents...I used pvc for my skeleton and sandwiched it in between two poster boards. I shaped the poster board to be approx the shape I wanted but that is more up to how you attach your feathers. I redid my wings 3 times and found your best bet is to lay your feathers out how you want them to look on the entire wing before starting to glue. I found that http://www.rainbowfeathers.com/loosefeathers.htm had really good feathers but I used turkey not chicken.

04-13-2010, 05:35 PM
To cover the chicken wire and bulk out the shape, you can use Great Stuff, which is the hardware store version of the nice X-30 expanding foam that HCC Cosplay uses. It comes in an aerosol can. I did the wings on my Ash costume with Great Stuff over chicken wire and refined the shape by carving it with a bread knife. If you don't want the yellowish color of the foam showing through your feathers, you should prolly cover it in a layer of quilt batting or something; I neglected to do so and regretted it.