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05-02-2010, 07:13 PM
I am working on a harness for my wing for szayel from Bleach. But I had an idea to attach the wigs to the harness was heavy duty magnets. a couple for each wing. Each wing is only like 5-8 ounces each. They are made out of foam board, Would the magnets work.
05-02-2010, 08:09 PM
to hold them probably but they would Spin all odd unless used in pairs also would be good to attach metal plates to your harness so the magnets have a good place to hold onto . You can hide them inside one of the straps if you put a small cloth cover over it
also use better magnets than you think you will need probably 15-20Lb pull Especially if you get glomped/ tackled and such... and strengthen something so you can pull them off without damaging them
05-02-2010, 08:23 PM
This may not be any help, but I will say this.
Wings are tricky because they're always heavier than you think they are. Not only is gravity acting on them, but so is torque - the movement of your body, the way they move and give or resist. It may not be the weight that pulls them down or off, but torque. Or even someone else brushing against them.
The reason the time-honored old-fashioned method of wings and harness is to have the backpack-style harness under the costume with small holes in the back out of which the wings stick, is because it works without fail. I've been working on fabric wings for the last month and even though I THOUGHT they were lightweight, they weren't in the end. I've been through three permutations of hardware to get them to work. I won't discourage you from trying magnets, but be prepared to have to re-engineer your hardware if it doesn't work after all.
05-02-2010, 09:06 PM
these are what the wing look like
05-03-2010, 04:57 PM
05-03-2010, 07:14 PM
But what do YOUR wings look like? Are they that big? How far out from your body will they extend?
Honestly just looking at the design, my first and only thought is a traditional wing harness. A strong backpack made of wood or plastic, or even leather, with tubes firmly attached, which goes under the costume, and those loooong things mounted with wires or dowels that stick down through the costume into the tubes. A bayonet, or holster, style of attachment. Harness backpacks don't have to be enormous, you can make a very small harness out of leather that fits close to your body - if your wings really ARE that lightweight, that's all you need. But the direction Szayel's wings stick out and the fact that they look so flimsy means you want a majorly secure something-or-other underneath your costume holding them down. You don't want people walking into them or touching them and having them constantly falling off.
05-03-2010, 07:26 PM
They are going to be about 3 to 4 feet from my body.
05-04-2010, 12:34 AM
I am going to use the tube idea, if I have tubing attached to the harness, how do I attach the wings to the tubes. Like the wings that are on the bottom. I am sorry for asking so many questions. I have never made wings before.
05-04-2010, 09:26 PM
For the lower set, just make a second set of tubes. A little lower down on the harness, and tilted a little or something. At the ends of your wings, attach something like, I don't know, thick wire, or small pieces of dowels, anything strong and straight but not too heavy, that will slide into the tubes. Go with what works for your wings and your pack, and what you have access too.