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Unread 04-16-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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heavier gauge wire

okay so i asked someone on etsy how they made their wings

and she replied:

"The wire is just the heavier gauge wire that you can buy at a craft store."

and although i asked her, her answer was kinda vague and i'm still confused on to what i'm looking for and where to get it since hobby lobby really didn't have any wire
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Somebody's making WIGS out of wire? Hot damn, that's some dedication.
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Unread 04-16-2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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WINGS
i'm so sorry, typo
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For wing frames I like 14 or 12-gauge; you can also often get it at hardware stores.
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Ah, gotcha.

Craft stores that DO have wire, like the big ol' JoAnn I go to, tend to have it in about three different gauges--anywhere from 26 to 16, usually.

Here's a handy visual reference to craft wire gauge.

Even the 16 is pretty thin for a wing that will be bearing any but the most trivial weight. For a sturdier armature, hit a hardware store, go to the section with chain-link fence and the like, and pick up one of the coils of basic steel fence wire. It's what I used for the Sylphide costume in my gallery, and it makes a good sturdy armature for thin fabrics.
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well all the wire i have seems to bend over and won't stay up, thats why i'm asking

i'm so stuck on this stupid costume, but i have a new idea

but now i need it detchable *sigh*
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well all the wire i have seems to bend over and won't stay up, thats why i'm asking
And now you know what type of wire you need instead.

Details on this 'detachable' thing?
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Detachable wings are a real double edged sword... I'm not sure what the norm is for this procedure, but I used industrial strength snaps (used to keep tarps as boat covers) and I lost a lot of security - the feeling that your wings are THERE. I remember being constantly worried about bumping into ANYTHING for fear they would pop off.

Getting them off and on again were a real pain. But it is possible with a lighter wing it might be less of a struggle.
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4.../bigwing-1.jpg

this is what i'm trying to do
i got the base (the white thing it's coming out of)
and put it on elastic, so that white part is attached to the elastic, which is attached to my harnass
but i tried to stick some wire that i had into the white thing (it's made out of insulation foam)
and the wire just kinda drooped

i'd hope to make the actual "wing" part detachable incase i wanted to wear it without it because it disappears after awhile

hm but that's probably really confusing, here's a few diagrams

the harness:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ns/harnass.jpg

the "wing":
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...s/wingidea.jpg
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