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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Well, I was going to attempt some fairy wings for the daughter and I to wear to faire in a couple weekends. But in my first experiments, I somehow managed tiny dragon wings instead...hmmm...it's all good, cuz I'm going to an event this coming weekend where the theme is "Here be Dragons". Love those "happy accidents"!! :)
And the coolest part is they GLOW IN THE DARK! Neat, huh?!
Isn't that cool!! It will be really great, if there are lots of blacklights around. Glow-in-the-dark works best under the blacklights. I also love how the light can pass through the membranes.
I used hangers for the main frame that fits into the back of my bodice/corset and thinner 19 gauge steel wire for the fingers. The tape extends about a 1/2" past the tips, so I can nudge people with them and not take out an eye. They're are a small set at about 14" long. This will be a good size to practice traversing crowds in, if we plan to make larger wings for fairies.
These were pretty easy to make and feel realy cool. I started by wrapping masking tape around the wire frame, adding extra tape at the knuckles. I covered the tape in glow-in-the-dark fabric paint, which is rather translucent and gave a nice bone color. I accented the joints with a brown marker.
Then, I used Mod Podge to make the membranes. Who knew mod podge was so stretchy! They turned out really flexible. Won't be easy to tear these. The trick is to paint the Mod Podge onto paper and when dry, rub off the paper with water. The brush strokes add a kind of veiny effect close up.
Hope you've enjoyed this post. I'll be away most of this month having fun. Until I get back, keep bein' crafty!