|So, now that your feather are shaped and the harness is complete it's
time to work with feathers!
Step 1 - Layout your feathers
- Before you start attaching the feathers it a good idea (not necessary,
but still a good idea) to lay them out first. That way you can see if you
want to change your design or see if you need to shape more.
-In fact if you have some extra poster board laying around draw out
the shape you want and use it as a template. We did this on the second
pair of wings and helped a lot, sorry there's no picture. >_<
Step 2 - Attaching the Rounds
- Now here comes the fun, sometimes sticky and sometimes smelly part.
Grab your handy dandy bottle of Fabrictac and glue the feathers to the
layer of batting that you attached to the base.
- One good thing to keep in mind, keep your feathers curved in the
same direction and make sure you glue the left feathers on the left wing
and the right on the right wing. Otherwise you might be flying in circles.
- The above is a picture of the front side (faces back) of the right
- After you finish gluing the rounds, trim the top of the feathers,
so that you have a nice "smooth" curve. Don't worry about the exposed edge
it will get covered later.
- Glue rounds on both sides of your wings. ^_^
*note* When you get the back side it helps to make a small base to work
on so that your feathers don't get crushed when you work on the back side.
Something like this might work.
Yay for Clamp Campus boxed set and Harry Potter Books!
Step 3 - Attaching the Flats
- Now that you have all of your rounds glued, it time to disguise some
of your edges with a little more batting and flats. The batting will
help cover any extra ends of the feathers and give your flats more dimension.
- Take a small rectangle of batting and glue it over the top of your
wings focusing on the area towards the top and center. Like so :
- Next step start gluing on your flats, it's a bit harder to tell which
side is up and down on these feather but the end product will look better
if they do face all the same direction.
- Here's what it looks like after you finish adding in the flats. Yay
for fluffy feathers!
- Don't forget to cover all for sides. ^_^
Step 4 - Attaching the Marabou
- Look at your fabulous wings! You've come a long way baby but you
still have a bit further to go. Yosh! This final step helps to cover the
top edge of you wings, and if you like, add the extra little swirl that
Manga-ka like to add in their work.
- So take your marabou trim and glue it along the top exposed edge
of your wings. ^_^
Here's the finished product:
- Now what's this swirl business? Maybe this picture will help. ^_^
Yatta! You did it! Your all finished with your wings. ^_^