Monday, July 25, 2011

Fan Expo Excitement & Wing Making!

I'm so excited for the upcoming Fan Expo this August 25th-28th at the Convention Center in Toronto I'm about to burst. Once again this year I will be selling my prints as well as cat ear headbands, t-shirts and other fun stuff along side my good friend Rosemary. Table's have gotten quite expensive so were both sharing the table costs.

Every year I like to dress up even though I'm stuck behind a table, just because it's like my favorite holiday (Halloween) but in August. The outfit changes each year but this time I purchased a beautiful dress off of e-bay and cannot wait to receive it in the mail. It was about $150.00 after shipping and will be here sometime this week if not the next. *anticipated joy*

Here's what it looks like:

from the e-bay store "Victorian Choice"

So, with this dress I will be wearing my long black curly wig I've had for ages as well as my lolita top hat headband for full effect of the victorian/lolita look. I also decided I wanted to make little angel wings to go with my outfit (cuz I have an angel fetish apparently) and it was a bit of work to do but I finally accomplished what I wanted and they turned out great. I'll be hooking them onto the back of my corset so they don't move around and so that they don't look like the mainstream wings with the ribbon and the center piece joining the two wings together. I recorded the process just so, if you want, you can try it yourself :P

First take a stencil and make the basic wing shape cut into matching crafter's foam pieces.

Then, take either a coat hanger or any kind of wire (I used really thick jewelry wire from Micheals) and bend it into the basic shape of the wing. This will help it not to flop over and let you curve the wings if need be.

Then (carefully) cover the wire with ribbon so it doesn't move around. I suggest using the same colour ribbon as your wings/fabric or it might show through. This was the only ribbon I could use, so I just had to cover it up more :p

Cover the back of your wing with feathers starting with the bottom layer then working your way up. For the larger feathers I had to cut the tips into the pointed/oval shapes that I wanted then added on the small fluffy feathers on top.

Finally, the other side. I wanted to incorporate red into the inside of the wings so I added them to the middle layer of feathering and added the black fluffy ones on top.

Once all the feathers are glued on you can carefully bend and curve the wire underneath to have a more natural look to the folding wings. The wire I bought bent quite easily with nothing popping off or snapping so it was a pleasure to work with. So there you have it! Pretty little angel wings you can wear with anything on anything.

I'll be posting pictures of my completed outfit once I get everything so look forward to it. ;)

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