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How to make felt wings

You can make angel wings in a lot of ways and this is how I made a pair out of felt for my latest cosplay. This technique is fairly simple but takes a lot of time.

I started by drawing the shape of one wing on a piece of paper (One wing was for me around 33x26 cm). It is a good idea to also draw out how you want the feathers to be on the paper wing so you can get a hint on how big they should be.

For the feathers I used white hobby felt that I cut out in to six different sizes. This step is by far the most time consuming (it take a lot of time!) and I highly recommend making a pattern of the feathers in cardboard to make the process easier. I made around 600 feathers in total to cover back and front on both wings.

To make the feathers more stiff it is a good idea to coat them with mod podge. Just one coat makes a lot of difference and help the wings keep its shape. (I did not do this step with the smallest feathers since they did not need to be stiff).

To see how I wanted the formation of the feathers I placed them out on the paper wing and took a photo so I could check it later on.

For the base of the wings I cut out the shape of the wing in craft foam. Since I wanted the small feathers on the upper part of the wings to be a bit higher up I glued on some extra craft foam there.  

To hold the base up I used some black worbla that I twisted the lower part of to give them some angle so they didn’t lay flat. To make sure no color show between the feathers everything was painted white and a stripe of felt was glued over the worbla.

Next I started to glue the first row of feathers to each other. Since I did not want to glue them direcly on the foam wing yet I used needles to help mark the placement of the feathers on the next couple of layers.

When I was done gluing the bigger feathers together I took the foam base away and used some transparent paper to draw out the shape of all the feathers except the first row.

I then placed the paper over the foam base and made dots where the inner corners where the feathers on the lower row met. I then draw a line above it and cut along it. This was made because I realised that the felt feathers where a bit see through and the shape of the foam base could be seen. Higher up it were more feathers and harder to see it.

The base was glued to the feathers and was then flipped over and feathers where glued to that side as well.

For my cosplay I needed red stones on the wings. I used two glass prism, black worbla and some red and gold paint to make them. However this made the wings heavier then they needed to be so if you are making something like this, try to use a lighter material for this part.

And they are done! Time consuming but really light (even with the stones) and easy to make.

~Bubblefish

How to make wings without a harness

Most of the time wings that are a bit heavy needs the support of straps that goes around the shoulders and under the chest to stay up against your back. 

Harnesses works very good but if the dress etc have bare shoulders however the straps are going to show. 

This is how I normally do wings in a way to avoid having a harness for those character designs.

First of all this method will not work if the top/dress is loose fitted. The wings will require some support to hold them in place on your back. I find that corsets are the best for this especially if the wings are a bit heavy but I have also used it in tops without boning.

Start of making your wings seperated on two bars. Make sure the bars are made out of a stiff material since they are going to support the weight of the wings. If they end up being too weak and bend the wings will slope and gap away from your back. 

For my angel wings in felt I used 3 mm thick aluminum bars to hold up my, a bit more heavy, wings. I then covered them in worbla and connecting them using some more worbla, This creates a good wing base and makes them stay with a good distance from each other. 

In a similar way I attached an other pair of wings made out of worbla to a base, but since these wings are quite light a few layers of worbla was enough to keep them stiff and not bend.

Make sure not to make the base too short since you will stick it into your back lining and don’t want it to fall out.  

One of the most important steps when doing these kinds of wings is to bend the base a bit. Most backs are not 100% flat so put the wing base against you back and mark where on the base where a gap between the base and your back starts to show.
If the base is made of a thermoplastic you can just heat it up and bend it at the marking into the right angle. Otherwise, like for the base with aluminum, you can saw it of and reattach them again to create the right angle.
You can of course make the angling of the base before attaching the wings but I find it easier to do it after. 

When the base is done you can just stick it in to the top. I find that sticking it into the bra strap also helps the wings stay in place a bit better.

I personally love this method since you super easily can take the wings of and back on if you want to sit down or walk in a crowded hallway without worrying about people bumping into you wings.

~Bubblefish
(Photo at the top was taken by David Johansson)

Magical Girl Anime I’ve Seen

Pretty Cure

Originally posted by be-free-foreverandever

Princess Tutu

Originally posted by the-moonlight-witch

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Originally posted by anime

Sailor Moon

Originally posted by rnewtu

Shugo Chara

Originally posted by mintone-arrow

Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne

Originally posted by fadingchildhooddreams

Saint Tail

Originally posted by boobly

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Originally posted by yakisobagirl

Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime

Originally posted by missmissingsherlock

Cardcaptor Sakura

Originally posted by clowguardian

Mermaid Melody

Originally posted by n1a

Kamichama Karin

Originally posted by blissfullyintoxicated

I’d like to see more Magical Girl Anime. Has anyone got any recommendations for some others? I already know of Happy Seven and Yuki Yuna is a Hero but what about others?

Woozi’s Anime Collection (trans):

  • Full Moon o Sagashite
  • Ouran High School Host Club
  • Ghost Stories/Ghost At School
  • Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Azumanga Daioh
  • UFO Baby
  • Digimon Adventure
  • Gakuen Alice
  • Naruto
  • Detective School Q
  • Ranma
  • The Law of Ueki
  • Fushigi Yugi
  • Hikaru no Go
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Fighting Foodons
  • Yakitate!! Japan
  • Pingu
  • Sugar Sugar Rune
  • Pat & Mat
  • Shugo Chara!
  • Kiko-chan’s Smile
  • Atashin’chi
  • Beyblade
  • Spongebob
  • Kaleido Star
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Phantom Thief Jeanne (Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne)
  • Go! Go! Itsutsugo Land