How to Make Wearable Wingscomments (2) October 26th, 2008
These wings are sure to give you a lift! Bird, butterfly, bat, or dragonfly...or your own design. Absolutely! Warm up your hands to work the stiff wire, and bend away to create your own wingspan for costumes or dress-up. Goth them out, pretty them up, and wear the heck out of them!
- Baling, or baler's, wire (yep, the reference here is for hay, as in hay bales) from a hardware store
- Clear acrylic finishing spray or Mod Podge and a foam brush—either, not both
- Heavy duty wire snips—do not ruin your jeweler's cutters on this project!
- Needle-nose pliers
- Elastic cord
- Clear nail polish
- Decorative elements: plaster cloth and paint, tulle netting, spider-web material, ribbons, beads, faux fur/boas to line the wire with
Baling wire smells stinky and it sometimes leaves a stain (it rusts), so plan to wash your hands! Or use latex or gardener's gloves while working with it. The basic structure is ideally made from one very long piece of wire. Shape a square or rectangle that will rest against the shoulder blades. Elastic will be tied to the upper corner points of this rectangle and again at the midpoint or lower corners of the rectangle.
Measure—or estimate—from shoulder blade to shoulder blade. This is the width of the rectangle. The height of the rectangle/square should be at least 6 inches.
Wrap the ends of the wire around the rectangle/square and squeeze the ends of the wire with the needle-nose pliers. Make sure the ends are coiled tight and won't snag at clothing or scratch skin.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery