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Realistic Foam Wings Tutorial by Zexion-the-gamer Realistic Foam Wings Tutorial by Zexion-the-gamer
The white foam wings shown are here: [link] and are by ~Bladespark

If you use this tutorial please link to what you make. Also feel free to ask questions if anyone is confused.
I hope it helps.
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Kairakoi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I have been looking everywhere for a tutorial like this. I find wings terrifyingly complicated. I started on a mini pair similar to these last night for practice. Thank you! I can't favorite this enough.
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MoonRidder Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Awesome thank you so much for the tutorial I just busted out a pair of these in about a day and they look amazing!!
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
I'm glad it managed to help you! Lately, I've been worried I should redo it because it was made a long time ago and I feel I could explain the process more easily now, but I'm very happy it still helps people!
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countdwolfy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you attach these to some sort of harness? X3
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
I'd say to just use hot glue. I don't have a tutorial on how to make a harness, nor do I know the best way, but you can probably find a tutorial for one, or a tutorial that has one, and just glue them onto it. If you ignore that 4.5 step the wings will still be stable enough to just glue flat onto something.
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CrazyInsane1 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
What size was the original craft foam, if you'd remember? And you said you got this in-store at Michael's, right? (I'm sorry, I've been dying to try and find larger craft foam sheets, but I've never done this before D'x)
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I think it was something like 12"x18" something like that. and yes, i found it at Michael's. In the isle with all the felt and most of the kid's crafts. Hobby lobby might have it too, but i haven't looked for it there so don't take my word for it
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Naked-toes Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This'll be great for the Good Omens cosplays my girlfriend and I are planning. Thanks!
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
no problem, glad it could help! if anything gets confusing feel free to ask and i'll do my best to clear it up
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feathery-blue-otaku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
ahh, thank you~ 
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eagletalon56 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
: O!!!

I can be Maximum Ride with these wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
i'll be honest, i don't know who Maximum Ride is, but i'm glad it can help uwu
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FairyberryBlossoms Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome. Great tutorial. 
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
thank you. i've been meaning to redo it so makes more sense, but i just don't have the material or the time lately
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ZyuTheLast Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Doesn't the other side look messy?
Can the wire bend and not ruin the wings?
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
you're basically making four sets of wings. You'll glue two together to hide the wire, and where you glued the feathers on. Just make sure to layer the second half of the wing's feathers correctly so you can hide the messyness.

The wire is more to keep the foam stable because otherwise they are very flimsy and flop around a lot. You can bend the wings a bit, but they wont bend quite like actual wings. I never bent the wire in mine, so I can't tell you how exactly it makes them look, sorry.
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ZyuTheLast Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh I see, so two arms, two coverlettes and one set of pointers that stick out like lettuce in a sandwich?
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
yep! Exactly!
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ZyuTheLast Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I see I see, thank you very much! If I ever get around to it, I'll post you the product. Do you mind if I note you for help if I ever need it?
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
That'd be great if you did!

And feel free if you need help with them. I know this tutorial isn't very clear in a lot of areas, I should really get around to redoing it... But I'd be happy to help clear things up~!
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ZyuTheLast Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey! So I'm finally getting around to using this tutorial, would you want me to note you or continue on here for questions?
Does the wire allow the wing to bend into shape, like to "curl" forward to keep out of the way from bumping into people? Or will this damage and pull the glue?
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
you can keep asking questions this way if you want, any way is fine UvU

The wings will be able to bend with the wire, I mostly did it to make them less floppy but it does add a bit of poseability to them. The glue should hold unless you bend them too much/too far or try to bend them before the glue has dried.
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Zhaitu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Well done. Thank you for sharing. Just wondering, could I repaste your tutorials to our local cosplay bbs? I will also share your linkage to my friends too. My friends must love this.
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thank you very much.
Yes, that'd be fine! if you think it can help people, go for it!
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Zhaitu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Sure. It do help. Thanks a lot. O(∩_∩)O
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
you're welcome ◡
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PirateShinobi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
this is awesome!! is there a more printable version avaliable??
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Thank you. No there's not, I'm sorry.
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SethImmortal Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Very helpful!
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
You're welcome, I'm glad it helps C:
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ShmaZor Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Where do you buy such large pieces of craft foam??
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I got them at Michaels. Hobby Lobby may sell them that big too.
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ShmaZor Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Whaaaat? Man oh man I gotta get over there then!
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Twenty-NineKnuckles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Wow thanks for the tut! Those really do look great :]
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
You're welcome.

Thank you for that! I worked hard to get them accurate, I'm glad people like it : )
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maybirdfan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is awesome! I kinda wish I needed a pair of wings for something now..
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Zexion-the-gamer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Thank you!! You could just make them for fun, I do stuff like that all the time.
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maybirdfan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a feeling my parent would disprove >.>....
XD
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