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Tutorial: How to make light-weight wings (Kamael) by ElenaLeetah Tutorial: How to make light-weight wings (Kamael) by ElenaLeetah
I've been asked many times how we made our kamael wings. I really didn't plan to write a tutorial EVER, but after 50th questions I gave up.
That’s not the only or best way to make wings, but there were demands, so I comply :)

Wings made by Desler (ErikDesler) and me (ElenaLeetah).
Tutorial made by me :)

РУССКАЯ ВЕРСИЯ - ЗДЕСЬ

Those are our kamaels, thanks to those costumes this tutorial was created:

LAII: Love and hate of evil creatures by ElenaLeetah LineAge II: Mutual threat by ElenaLeetah LAII: kamael in wilderness by ElenaLeetah LAII: Kamaels waiting for the prey by ElenaLeetah LineAge II on-stage by Hide-Out: kamaels' stroll by ElenaLeetah LAII: Kamaels by ElenaLeetah LAII: Kamael - Ready? by ElenaLeetah LAII kamaels: bow during festival Toguchi 2012 by ElenaLeetah 
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momomil Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member
AWESOME ~~~~~~

That's great tutorial !
Thank you very much !
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caligulasaquabats Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
this is WICKED AWESOME. Question: how did you shape the feathers that feathered out away from the wing and how did you keep them there? 

also, could you explain the fabric base thing a bit? since you can't glue foam layers together, how do you get several layers of foam on top of the fabric base?
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YukiaOmoi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial :D

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ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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MissOdango Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I made a pair of articulated wings with real feathers, and it was a real back breaker!
Thank you so so much for this loverly tutorial <3 you're saving backs everywhere ;A;

Quick Question
Was your foam roll perforated every 12 inches or non perf?
Thank you again doll face  ;u; keep up the amazing work!
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you liked it :)
Non-perforated. 
Thanks! :)
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Arangurth Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Hi! these are the most amazing wings I have seen, you did an incredible job!. One question, what thickness was that foam? it looks super thin, almost transparent.
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) Smth like 3 mm, I guess.
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tiara733 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  New member
These are the most phenomenal wings I have EVER seen! How did you attach the base fabric layer to the wire base?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sewn it on :)

Thanks!
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leo-darkheart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Will this work when making Batwings for a Live action Role playing costume character also?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Batwings are done not this way exactly, but I think you can use the principal idea.
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leo-darkheart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I see. Thank you :) 
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laOchoCinco Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Great work on the costumes! I have a quick question, Do you think using the polyethylene foam would work for wings that are articulated? Would the foam bend/crease? 

I'm attempting to make a pair of wings that will open and close, and I have the frame fairly well sorted, but I'm still trying to figure out the best approach for feathers. Any help is much appreciated! 
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) 
Yeah, I think it'll work, but some altarations are to be made, of course, for articulated wings.
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laOchoCinco Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Ok, thank you! 
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miasaka Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've always wanted to make cosplay wings but I have scoliosis, so my back is very weak.
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :)
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dawnmw Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
We just saw Maleficent (2014) in the theater today, and my daughter (6 yo) has decided THIS is what she will be for Halloween this year.  (I'm thrilled, I LOVE making costumes!!)  Your solution for lightweight and durable wing material is BRILLIANT!!!  Now - to go find some black PE foam and figure out some sort of harness!!  (Did Erik ever post anything about the harness? If no, I bet I can figure something out)  Thank you for taking the time to make your VERY detailed instructions.
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dawnmw Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
We just saw Maleficent (2014) in the theater today, and my daughter (6 yo) has decided THIS is what she will be for Halloween this year.  (I'm thrilled, I LOVE making costumes!!)  Your solution for lightweight and durable wing material is BRILLIANT!!!  Now - to go find some black PE foam and figure out some sort of harness!!  (Did Erik ever post anything about the harness? If no, I bet I can figure something out)  Thank you for taking the time to make your VERY detailed instructions.
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ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to be of help :) It's always nice to hear that you somehow helped to make child happy :) BTW, I loved Maleficent too :))
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BUtifulDeath Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
What kind of paint did you use? I need a black wing, but I'm uncertain of the effect of spray paint on the polyethylene. (I know some foams don't like spray paint). I have brush paints, but I'm interested to know the effects and coating of whatever you used since yours look aMAZing ^_^
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Betusik-chan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I am still a bt messed up :( so... What I see on the pictures (the one in the tutorial where I guess erikdesler is wearing a wing) is really only an isolon?(I mean all those layers, those "feathers" are only from ONE LAYER OF ISOLON?) If it is true, do you think it is possible to spray the wing with the black color? It won§t be totally black I guess, right? Thank you for this tutorial! :)
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's from several layers of isolon, as plainly stated in tutorial. AND fabric for the base. 

Can spray in black or any color, sure. But it won't be midnight-black, yeah.

You're welcome.
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maedayluck7 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This might've been answered in the 19 pages of comments, but what kind of paint did you use on them?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Some random spray paint, Montana or Molotov, don't remember
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gooddayworld Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I love your tutorial and those cosplays look hella rad!! Thank you so much for posting this!! I have several events coming up where I need a pair of these and I can't wait to get started!!
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, glad to be of help :) 
Thanks for the kind words!
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TrafalgarSuki Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist
Excuse me if you already answered this, but how much did you roughly need for 1 wing? >.<
And I LOVE you for this tutorial!
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ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How much WHAT? :))) And, anyway, that totally depend on the exact shape, size and layers of the desired wing. 
Thanks :)
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TrafalgarSuki Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Bleh ~ I'm sorry I meant how much Isolon xD Because I really like the size and shape of yours :)
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry, don't remember, there were a whole roll in our posession =___= 
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TrafalgarSuki Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh okay, thank you anyway :)
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:iconobsidianxbutterflies:
If it helps, I know Home Depot sells 25ft rolls. That might be what ElenaLeetah used.
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EluciadeLuteIma Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Excuse me but can it hold two wings at one time?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure, it was designed to hold 2, it's just that we neded 1 each.
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EluciadeLuteIma Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ok thanks ^^
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XxGeminiCatxX Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
how did you attach the wing to the harness? and what would you do if you had to hide the harness under clothes?
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, we have our harnasses UNDER our clothes, as you see. There're 4 screws in the backs of our jackets. 
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AsgardianAnata Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I desperately want to hire you for a commission for wings identical to these exactly. I'm more than willing to pay a decent price. The only thing is that I need it by July 17th.
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ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I believe tha main problem is that you are in US and I'm in Russia :) And those wings are too big to send them, I believe. So - sorry, no luck.
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my0life0my0destiny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Hello! If you don't mind, how much did this cost? I'm on a really tight budget :) Also, where did you get your harness? I apologize if you already stated it.
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ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've already stated it several times in comments, I believe :)
It was really cheap (not counting spray paint), around 20$ total. Harness was made by ErikDesler in 1.5 hours :)
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The-FanART-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much for making this tutorial, it's a real big help!
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ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to be of some help!
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Indigolightning Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will be using this so much in the future.
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:iconelenaleetah:
ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to be of some help! :)
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PfUiRrEe Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaking love the tutorial, I have no idea what I'm gonna use it on but I'll definately fav and make it for something special later. 
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ElenaLeetah Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Than you :)
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