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Tinkerbell Wings Tutorial by vampirate777 Tinkerbell Wings Tutorial by vampirate777
This is a tutorial for how I made the wings for the Tinkerbell costume I made as a commission. It is similar to the tutorial on firefly-path.net since that is what I first used to figure out to make the wings for my Primera costume. But I have found that there are some things I prefer to do differently. One thing I do is make the wings to be worn with a corset or at least a corset-like garment. These wings are slipped into the costume for wear to avoid unsightly straps.

For pictures of the completed costume you can check out the entry for it on ACP: [link]

Materials needed: wire(I think I used a 14 gauge if I remember right), pliers, wire cutters, tape(I had some painters tape lying around but I would have preferred to use masking or duct), organza, sharp fabric scissors, pins, low temp hot glue gun, matching glue sticks, sparkly fabric paint, paint brush, craft foam, other scissors.

1. Cut out appropriate lengths of wire and bend them into the shapes. Leave excess tails of wire. I find it helpful to tape the tails together near the base of the wings.

2. For each wing section cut out a piece of organza that is vaguely the same shape with a generous excess of fabric.

3. Overlap the excess organza and pin into place. This is when you make sure the fabric is pulled as taut as you want it.

4. Work on one wing section at a time. Carefully unpin a small section of organza at a time and run a line of hot glue down the wire between the layers of organza. As you do this press the layers of organza together to get a good seal. Personally I find that with using the low temp hot glue gun I can do this with my fingers and not be bothered. But if the heat bothers you, you may want to find some other tools to help you with this part. (I've also switched wing sides in this picture.)

5. Carefully trim away the excess organza. You don't want to accidentally tear into your wing fabric.

6. Finish each wing section.

7. Now is the time to add designs and more flair to your wings if you would like. I like to use sparkly fabric paint. The first thing I like to do is use the paintbrush to paint along the edges to help mask the cut edge of the organza. After that dries I just squirt it right out of the tube onto the fabric for the designs. Do your best at having a steady hand for this. Go back and and fill and blend in any little bits of line that may have been missed. If you want to be really careful about having your designs symmetrical it helps to do something like draw our your design on something else first, lay your wings on that, then trace the design onto the wings since you can see through the organza quite easily.

8. Shape and tape the excess wire into a sort of U shape.

9. Cut out squares of craft foam. Sandwich and glue the wire between squares of craft foam. Layer more craft foam squares onto the side that will be facing the back for extra cushion and comfort. As an optional step you can also cover this with fabric after building up the craft foam if you would like.

10. Slip the wings into the costume. The wings are ready to be worn!
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firecloak Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you add anything else to the back to hold the wings in place? It looks like the weight of the wings will make it fall out.
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KawaiiGinger Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! I am planning to do a Rosetta costume and I wanted to make it all myself and I didn't know how to make the wings!
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CreativeKender Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Im gonna have to try this... :) this seems like the perfect way to make wings for my next costume XD
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Zhaitu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
It is very helpful. Thanks for sharing. Just wondering, could I repaste your tutorials to our local cosplay bbs? I will share your linkage too. My friends will love this.
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Thumbelangie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Are you going to make a tutorial for the dress or no? I've made three mock-up Tinkerbell dresses so far and they're all horrible.
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ReadingIsEverything Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Writer
thank you this helps so much!
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AlternitiveUniverse Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg thanks
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tarinalove Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Could you take photos of the back?! :3 I like this tutorial, it's pretty fantastic.
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Well I made this tutorial when I was making this costume for a commission a few years ago. So I don't have it in my possession to take pictures of. But here's Katie's Tinkerbell gallery on ACP where you can see them as part of the whole costume, [link]
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tarinalove Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh! :D Okie doke, well thank you<3
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ProtectorKorii Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
God tutorial! Just a quick question though: did you use one or two layers of organza? And do you glue the organza (for step 4) to the wire or to itself? Step four is really confusing me for some reason, although the rest of the tutorial is really easy to understand!
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Just one layer of organza and you glue it to itself in the folded over part.
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Edplosion Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, this is amazing and so simple!
I was dreading making wings for my costume, but this makes it look easy enough that not even I cold mess it up~
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Wow, really late reply. I'm sorry about that. But I'm glad I could help!
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Okay, got a few questions for you. What gage of wire did you use? I'm trying to make a pair of wings and am using either 16 or 14 (can't remember which) Also, I can't tell how the wings are holding up. You mentioned a corset, but Tink doesn't appear to have one in the picture
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
The wire gauge is mentioned in the description. And I built a very lightweight corset into Tink's dress. I made an inner lightly boned bodice out of a canvas as part of it to support the dress(any strapless garment will probably call for some boning) and the wings as well as give it a bit of cinching capability(I made the dress lace up in the back).
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, must've missed that ^^; sorry. Okay, so then you slipped the wing bit into the top of her dress in the back then? How well did you find the wings held after a few hours of wearing?
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice and easy to understand :)
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Glad you like it!
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tanmei Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Going to use your wonderful tutorial for my Tink costume :)
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Good luck with your costume!
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tanmei Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Will definitely show you the wings when I'm done :)
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TheCrazyHat Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
very cool. ^^
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Thanks! ^_^
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perfect-fall Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
have you got a tutorial fot the dress?!
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I don't. But if you just look through patterns for special occasion dresses you should be able to find something. I altered a pattern for this one, but I can't remember which exact one. Look for one with the general shape, neckline, and seams that you want.
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perfect-fall Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok
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xSoulxxxReaperx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Haha, I made mine the same way but yours turned out like a zillion times better. xD
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Aw, but your Tink was so cute!
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00cookie00 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Oh truly bless your heart!
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
I try to be helpful sometimes. ~_^
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Asatira Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!
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vampirate777 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
^_^
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