She and I go to the Ren Faire most years. We try to make costumes relevant to the time period. We had planned on making rural Flemish gowns this year.. But wool?!?! Multiple layers?!? At 100'? Oh no. I just can't.
So Katherine and I were joking
around and came up with the idea of wearing light and airy Regency Gowns to Faire, but because it's Faire (not the most historically accurate event) wearing fairy wings had real appeal.
Being the big nerd that I am, I did a search for Regency Fairies and found this book..
It's a lovely little book, full of Regency Faries. I used the pictures in this book as a starting point for my wings.
As luck and serendipity would have it my friend MirthFairy is very knowledgeable in the construction of fairy wings. She even started her own fairy guild at the Ren Faire! She agreed to give Katherine and I, a crash course in wing making. It was very fun and educational... Plus I set out a pretty Tea. :)
No... I don't bake. Pic-link :)
With the information I learned and the magic of google I hitched a plan, and surprise surprise it was rather successful!
Like I said, I wanted my wings to have a realistic insect like look...
I found on etsy, and eBay... artist making printed wings on transparency film, for ball jointed dolls. They have dragonfly, cicada, and moth like veins through the wings. I was worried though that if I printed wings in a human size and tried to mount the printed transparency on iridescent cellophane the ink would smear... messy. So I decided cut work would do, even if it's not as realistic.
HOW TO MAKE CUT WORK FAIRY WINGS
You will need:
a self healing cutting mat
Hammer and a board to hammer on
small box to spray adhesive
A needle tool... Or a thin screwdriver.
spray paint (black) for metal
black shower curtain liner
First thing you'll do is draw your pattern... Or copy mine. :) you might want to copy 2 as a guide for placing your cut work.
Sorry about the glare...
I drew mine on old Christmas wrapping paper.
Next you'll need to bend your wire frame.
Then smash the center section with a hammer... Best part of this project! HULK SMASH!
Paint the frame... Do this outside so you don't asphyxiate yourself. :( .... Hang it out on the line so it will dry... And eat lunch now. :)
Now layer your wing diagram over 2 layers of shower curtain
Now cut out the wing
The cut wings will look kinda like this
Set up your adhesive station
And spray!!! But don't go crazy breathing is good... And its wicked sticky.
Your going to apply this cut shape to a layer of clear cellophane... This is kinda tricky. I'm good at this kind of tedious arranging... But if you aren't I suggest that you print out a pattern of the original drawing and use it as a guide. You can use a needle tool or a small screwdriver to manipulate the cut work.... it's infinitely better than your fingers! :)
Next you'll spray the correct wire wing section with adhesive also spray the cut work/clear cellophane assembly with adhesive withe the cut work side up...and apply the cut work side to the wire wing. Cut another section of clear cellophane and encase the wire wing. Turn on your iron... And using a TEFLON COVER!!!! I don't think it's possible to do this project without this... If you don't have one experiment with your iron on different settings to see what sealing and god forbid MELTING effects you will achieve... Otherwise use a heat embossing tool.
Once you have all the cut work applied use your iron or heat embossing tool and shrink the cellophane to the wire frame.
Now... I wanted my wings to have an iridescent effect... You don't have to do this part if you don't want to....
Spray the wing
Apply the iridescent
Iron... I messed about with steam for texture.
Trim off the extra cellophane.
Now the middle wire section is a mess... So cover it up with some fabric, and bows... And maybe a big ol silk rose. :) mine ties on with ribbon... Mine came from The Ribbon Store... Do go there!
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