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Paper Cosplay Wing Tutorial by le-shae Paper Cosplay Wing Tutorial by le-shae
So after I decided to cosplay Crowley and my friend Liz (whose wing was used above) wanted to do an SPN Gabriel we both hit the wall that feathers, even in bulk, are extremely expensive. As in $100+ per large wing.

Neither of us have that, so that left me to find a new way to do it. This was what we came up with, and assuming you have most the supplies sitting around the house it cost about $5 for a 4ft wing.

I'm not extremely good at tutorials, so if anything was unclear please just ask!

Also I'll probably do a later explanation of the harness used in Liz's case since we wanted to have six wings and be able to fold them down when she moved through crowds.

Hope it's helpful! ^^
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HopeDiamond101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! :)
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monkeylvr13 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Thanks for posting this. This could be very helpful
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c51799 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great tutorial. Is there any way I could maybe articulate the wings using this method?
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sophiebird Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial!  I used the basic idea behind yours to make a wing (or at least the forewing) that attached to my arm for a more mobile variation.  I used lightweight shawl, pinned to the forewing with some bobby pins, to complete the wing and I love the effect!  The creases in the feathers really help flesh the wing out, I think that's my favorite part.  I put some pictures of how it turned out on my blog =]
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Aiyukilove7 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
What was the duck for? :iconrubberduckplz:
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Cryaotic1girl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Company
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Aiyukilove7 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
xD :iconduckiesplz:
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Velxeno Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Mallared duck
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Sensiblebunny Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
What is the purpose of the wires?? haha this is great I'm a little confused tho
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HotMarmalade Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Hold the wings sturdy and have them be mountable/wearable, I'de think.
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bunni-minecraft Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsensiblebunny: :iconmika-ki: Duuuuude we need to try thiss!!!
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't even have a cosplay in mind but I still want to try making this just for the heck of it. They look great!
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my0life0my0destiny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Hey :) I'm actually planning on cosplaying Fem!Castiel and I was wondering, would this method also work with construction paper? And do you have any tips on making a harness for the wings? I would REALLY appreciate it! :)
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HotMarmalade Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I don't see why it wouldn't. If you're going to a convention with them, I'de honestly say get some colored stock paper to do them with, only for durability purposes because people knock into things without thinking all the time. 
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allen-walker212lover Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I Love the wings they are awesome one day i will make this but in black ^U^
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allen-walker212lover Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what's with the duck?
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Exedox Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is extremely useful thank you! I'm actually doing a Gabriel cosplay too and the 3 sets of wings would of costed a fortune :P I'm interested though on how you got the wings to fold? It'll definitely come in handy. Again thank you and I bet the cosplay a ended up looking amazing!
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ArcadeNerd Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Artist
What does the back look like?
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le-shae Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
For the back I just 'pinched' the feathers a lot less so they laid flatter--but that was only because we have six of them to fold down. 
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TenshiHime13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Thank you so much! I've actually wanted to do a Card Captor Sakura cosplay that's winged and I just couldn't believe how expensive the feathers would be!  This also has more dimension than craft foam and is less expensive! 
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le-shae Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
I'm glad it helped! ^^ and good luck on your cosplay <3
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MadCheshireHatter Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Remind me again as to how you attached the wings to your back? This tutorial seems quite doable for me but yeah I just need some idea as to how I'm gonna attach this to myself for my Hercules' Pegasus cosplay..with my Toga dress.....
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le-shae Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
(just copy pasting from the other explanation) 

We're using a type of ring-shaped harness that's a slightly modified version of this gerundish.tumblr.com/post/2450… Only difference being that feathered wings can't fold directly down and lay on each other without damaging or squishing them! So there needed to be an extra set of locking 'clips' to hold them apart-- (my babbling will make 100x more sense after you read that tutorial)

If you're doing a toga dress you might be in luck because the fabric drapes should make it easy to hide most of the supports and such! If you need more help I can explain it further ;u; at this point I've gone round and round two cons with these things...
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Emissary-of-the-Sea Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What did you do to hold them on?
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le-shae Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
We're using a type of ring-shaped harness that's a slightly modified version of this gerundish.tumblr.com/post/2450… Only differnce being that feathered wings can't fold directly down and lay on each other without damaging or squishing them! So there needed to be an extra set of locking 'clips' to hold them apart-- (my babbling will make 100x more sense after you read that tutorial)

If you need any other help just ask~
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Emissary-of-the-Sea Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the help!
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le-shae Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
You're very welcome! :D
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frostedcheerios9 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student General Artist
These look really amazing!!! I was looking for something to use for my Pit cosplay (from Kid Icarus). I was wondering if you've ever tried anything like this with real feathers, and if it would look good or not?
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le-shae Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
My girlfriend did a Davesprite cosplay where she used real feathers (I can get the site she ordered them from--they were miraculously cheap) and the few differences were that she used hot glue to secure the feathers, and also wrapped her flat base in orange fabric (felt I think?) so the color was even and the surface easier to get the feathers to stick to. 

Real feathers would definitely look fine--just be careful where you buy them from and what quality they are :D Those shoddy down feathers you see on things like feather boas and such aren't what you want!
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frostedcheerios9 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh alright, thank you so much!! Do you think I could get that website?
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le-shae Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
www.featherplace.com/ I think this was it! Unfortunately we lost the skype convo with the link and she can't remember... searching "feathers in bulk" might pull up a few more places too.
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frostedcheerios9 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Alright! Again, thank you so much!
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Licy-Raely Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good tutorial ^^
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le-shae Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thanks! ♥
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origamiakatsuki101 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool tutorial bro!!!!!!!
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le-shae Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
thanks! ♥
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting idea. =D
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le-shae Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thanks! Tested out the fairy version of these this last weekend and hopefully we can get these working better than those ^^; but we're learning...
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. ^-^
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