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June 3rd, 2007, 05:35 PM
Hiya! I have decided to put my techniques for creating fairy wings on here.
These are wings large enough for adults, but they can be sized down for kids.

before you start, you need the following:
12 gauge craft wire (one length 80", one 40")
2 pairs of black nylons (use the cheapest you can find, especially for your first pair)
Electrical tape/fiber tape
clear tacky glue
silicone craft glue
Cardstock paper or cardboard
craft gemstones
1 m broadcloth (preferably black)
1/2" elastic band (45" long)
Needle and thread to match the nylons.
You will also need two sets of needle nose pliers for bending the wire.

Now you can begin. Take a deep breath. this takes a while, but is worth it.

Step one. Shaping the wire.

Take one of the 80" pieces of wire and make a loop at one end, about half an inch long when closed. Make a hook at the other end, thread it through the first loop and twist the wire closed.
Center this join and hold the pieces together while wrapping the center with the electrical tape.
You should now have two large loops with a joint of tape in the middle.
Do the same thing to the 40" piece of wire.

One set at a time, fold them in half and shape them into whatever shapes you wish. By holding both loops together, you will have relatively even wings.
Mimic the shape of the larger on the smaller loops.
They are now shaped into the general shape of the final wings.

There, you are now ready to put on the nylons.

Cut off the gusset and separate the legs. You want to only use the softer nylon and not the upper elastic.
Stretch one leg of the nylons as if you were going to put it on your leg, and slide it over the larger of the wing loops.
When the open end of the leg reaches the center, stop sliding the nylon on and get the needle and thread. With tiny stitches, trace the edge of the wire where the toe of the nylons are dangling off.
When you are comfortable with your stitch work, snip off the dangling bit of toe, and discard.
Then...carefully...remove the nylon covering the wing and turn it inside out. Slide it back on and snug it in to place. The seam allowance on the edge of the wing will be hidden by glue and glitter with the wire.
Repeat this on the other three loops.

Now, on the larger loops, sew the open ends of the nylon together to close and protect the center joint.

With all of the raw edges closed up, you are now ready to join the two wings together.

Position the two wings until you get to the configuration you want. At that point, cut a strip of cardstock about three times longer than the center joint and with some of the silicone glue, first join the wings together, then wrap the cardstock around them to hold them firmly in place. Let it dry completely (overnight is best)

Cut off strips of the black broadcloth and wrap it around the cardstock to cover it.

Now it's time to decorate.

Attach the gems in any way you want with the silicone glue. (regular tacky glue won't hold)
When you have finished with them, move onto the tacky glue and the glitter. On a covered surface or a garbage bag on your table or floor...
Apply the glue in a thin design, then dump the glitter over top and shake gently to cover.

Your wings need to dry again, then they are ready for the elastic. Loop the elastic in a figure eight over your shoulders and get it to a comfy point.
Pin and sew your elastic, then attach the center of the figure eight to the broadcloth on the wing center.

Wear them in good health, and adjust them as needed.

Let me know if this is terribly confusing...I will post pics of finished wings in a day or two.


June 17th, 2007, 05:51 AM
Do you have a picture? I want to see what the finished product looks like...

June 19th, 2007, 02:13 AM
Thank you so much for this!! They charge so much for these at the Renaissance and fantasy faires. And the last time I tried to reverse engineer one, it got ugly. Now i can have a unique set all my own that hasn't been created by someone out to squirrel you out of your money just cause you are at a faire.


June 19th, 2007, 06:55 PM
That sounds really easy to do . This would be great for a costume.

June 20th, 2007, 03:16 AM
and halloween parties! dress-up presents for little girls. room decorations for parties. oh my so many possibilities!!!!


June 20th, 2007, 07:31 PM
Here are the pictures at long last.

Here are a few pairs of fairy wings that I made.




Each of these wings is large enough for an adult to wear.

They are on my creatures page. :)

June 20th, 2007, 07:33 PM



The silver on the edges of the wings was made with spray paint. Use a light touch to color the nylon. And over a lot of newspaper. You will miss. Keep the spray paint twenty or thirty inches away as you use it. Otherwise, you get droplets. :)

June 20th, 2007, 07:36 PM
Ohhh..those are beautiful! You did a great job!:balloon: