Yet another short hiatus. Also, Wings!
I apologize, but I’d gotten sucked into the TARDIS and only just made it back to my own time stream.
Anyway, I thought I’d make today’s blog a little DIY manual for my crafty friends out there.
“What cute craft project do you have in store for us?” You’re probably not wondering. Well, this one is multipurpose! Yayyy!
You can use it for a costume, or if you just want to sit in a public area and confuse the hell out of the random passerby, or if you’re into whimsical photography, or if you’re into whimsical hipster pictures taken with instagram. Whatever your fancy, this is pretty neat.
Pretty wings for people who like to be difficult.
You will need:
Old stockings or pantyhose in whatever color floats your boat
Several wire hangers or a spool of thick wire.
Wire cutters. Nice heavy ones.
Needle-nose pliers. or whatever pliers you fancy.
Incense stick (Alternatively, you can use a hot pointed metal thing, but I’m assuming my readers are as… special… as me, and the hot pointed metal thing is probably a bad idea.)
Electrical tape (Or duct tape, but electrical holds up better for this.)
Two long ribbons
Hot glue. (Adult supervision required. This goes for you, too, Kristen.)
Your choice of paint. (Optional. The glitter’s optional, too, but let’s face it, who passes up glitter?)
Have all your supplies? Let’s get to it!
Step 1: Shape
The size of your wings depends on the number of wire hangers or the amount of thick wire you’re using. You can make teeny tiny ones for a baby or some poor defenseless pet, or great big ones, it’s really up to you. Just remember that the nylon stockings only stretch so far. Unless you’re going for a patchwork look, and I’ll get to that later. This is a basic how-to.
First and foremost, untwist and straighten the hangers or thick wire as best you can. You can clip them to size or twist some together now if you like. Now pretend you’re a bender robot and bend that wire into a basic wing shape. Add curvy bits if you like or just do a rounded-ish wing like a flutterby. (Ever notice all my tutorials have a lot of “Your choice”s in them?) Make sure the ends of your wire can come together, and use your pliers to twist the ends tightly and wrap them in thinner wire and electrical tape. You don’t want wire ends stabbing you while you’re trying to pretend you’re a fairy. Unless you’re into that.
Rinse and repeat for another wing, and a second lower set, if you want a nice full set of wings.
Got the shape now? No? Well, somebody doesn’t like to follow directions. I’m not waiting for you.
Step 2: Stretchy stretchy
Assuming you’ve kept the elasticity of the nylon stockings in mind, your frame should fit just fine into it. If it’s looser than you anticipated, simply stretch is out more and clip to fit. To secure it, you can either melt the opening a little, or just tape it up with electrical tape. I always recommend the tape.
Step 3: Decorate and make a huge mess.
Now you get to do the fun part. Paints, glitter, glue, leaves, dangly bits, small dogs, whatever you want to decorate your wings with, have at. You can use a lit incense stick or hot metal poky thing to melt controlled designs in the nylon, as long as you’re careful, Kristen.
Once you’re done decorating, there’s one last step. Ready? No? Okay, let’s move on.
Step 4: Ribbons. Ribbons everywhere!
Arrange your wings the way you’d want them while you’re wearing them, secure them with lots of tape and wire, and then attach your ribbons so they can be tied over your shoulders. You can substitute elastic bands, but what’s the fun in that? What? Oh yeah, it’s easier. Whatever floats your goat.
Now let everything dry completely.
Once that’s all done, tie those babies on and run around your local shopping mall like a kid whose mom doesn’t care if they get diabetes.
Hope you enjoyed my serious, informative tutorial on a completely serious project. I’ll be back next time with a somethingsomethingsomething.