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Unread 07-06-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Large Light Weight Movable Wings? (Sakura; Tsubasa)

Hi guys! I've got another wing question!

This time I'm making large light weight wings out of chiffon. However these are not normal fairy wings (which I have made before) these are long chunks of chiffon (about 2 yards long 11 inches wide) which hand from the back of the dress in question.

My problem is that I would like the wings to be able to move from the 'down' position as part of the dress to the full spread wings with a simple pull of a string or something like that.

Here is the dress in question. Sakura from Tsubasa. [1] [2] [3]
The 'wings' are the long shall like piece that comes off her shoulders.

I would like them to be able to prop out to resemble wings. It's fine if the ends droop and slope to the floor however I want there to be a good 2-3 feet where they are propped up and look like wings.

So far I have tried 16G wire in many combinations, braided, twisted, 1 strand, 3, 4, etc. It is still too flimsy. However I need it to retain that flimsyness as to not look awkward as they hand from my back in the down position.

In other words, is this possible and how. (:
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Unread 07-07-2013, 05:08 AM   #2
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Could be really hard considering their so long, it's a lot of weight to support.
My best guess would be to get a hold of some thin but strong enough titanium rods/pipes/Beams. That you then can just cover with some of the fabric. But you would need a platform to which you would fasten these with hinges.
Don't know how much experience you have working with metal and such, would say it's quite complicated :/
Then you can just put some monofilament fishing line at the ends of the rods to get them to stand out of your back.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 07:32 AM   #3
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The key here is not the wire but the fabric. Silk will weigh half, or less than half, what your polyester chiffon currently does. And it'll float around in a magical way making the whole costume that much more awesome. Before you pass out from the thought of great expense, try Dharma Trading for the fabric: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...bric_silk.html
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Unread 07-07-2013, 09:50 AM   #4
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Ok! Thanks guys! I'm gonna go to the hardware store today to see if I can find anything that would work with the chiffon (only because the dress is already made of chiffon), but if not I'll look into the silk! Thank you!! (:

Of course if anyone else has ideas they will be greatly appreciated! (:
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Unread 07-08-2013, 06:37 AM   #5
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That sounds pretty intriguing, I may jump on this. Thanks!
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