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Unread 01-07-2017, 05:56 AM   #1
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Materials for fairy wings

So in march I'm planning to do Bloom Tynix from Winx, but I'm lost on the wings.

My granddad is helping me out with the frame, which is made from copper wire. We're currently making a prototype for the back plate, though I'm not sure how to attach the wings to them.

This is the system we're making for the back plate:
http://imgur.com/a/ElIzV

These will be the wings:
http://imgur.com/uSqB8ys

Does any of you has ideas on how to make these, so that they're sturdy enough to prevent flopping down or breaking? I thought of plexiglass, but it shattered when we tried to cut it. Also, I thought of covering them in fabric like chiffon, but there will be jewels sewn on the wings to mimick the effect of ''crystals''.

I've looked at the live-action/reunion wings, but I have NO idea what materials they used.
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Unread 01-09-2017, 09:50 AM   #2
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You can use cellophane as the materials to make it see through. To make it taught, you can use something like a hair dryer to shrink the plastic down to size, but be careful not to shrink it too tight as it can distort it.

For the backing, you might be able to get away with just using foam core covered with paper of the color you want. If the wings are more than a few grams, you'll have to use wood and wrap it. Drill some holes for the for wires to go in and then twist them to lock them in place.
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You can use cellophane as the materials to make it see through. To make it taught, you can use something like a hair dryer to shrink the plastic down to size, but be careful not to shrink it too tight as it can distort it.

For the backing, you might be able to get away with just using foam core covered with paper of the color you want. If the wings are more than a few grams, you'll have to use wood and wrap it. Drill some holes for the for wires to go in and then twist them to lock them in place.
I've always wondered, I know cellophane is the standard for fairy/insect wings but isn't that super delicate and easy to puncture/damage? I'd hate to make something feeling like I could never wear it in a crowd due to damage potential.
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Unread 01-11-2017, 07:14 PM   #4
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I also wonder about the sturdiness of cellophane, but it seems to be what everyone uses.

Other options:
- Organza fabric will get you more of a shiny look than chiffon. Chiffon is usually fairly matte, but organza often has an iridescent shine to it. You'll have to make sure it photographs well when stretched tight, though.
- Another type of plastic. Something like PET-G or polycarbonate might be better, since you can cut it with regular hand tools (like shears). Plexiglass is brittle and tends to shatter unless you are cutting with more specialized tools. You can use transparent paints on the plastic to get the effect you are looking for, or dye the whole thing with polyester dye.
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Unread 01-12-2017, 09:00 AM   #5
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^ From my understanding, applying heat to the cellophane to "set" it gives it the shrinky-dink effect of getting smaller and firming up. I've also seen people do clear coats over top (think modge podge) much like they do with armor as a sealant/extra layer of protection.
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