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Wings for you and me by pahein Wings for you and me by pahein
My pair of wings! They took forever to do. I need a different pattern, but these are wearable and awesome.

Sort of small--- only 2-3' wide, but definitely for sale for all you guys out there who really need (realistically [that is, with the actual feather groups]) feathered wings.

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This creation was made with a type of crafting called needle felting. Basically what happens is I take a bunch of loose (i.e. roving) wool and jab it with a needle (many, many times). The wool bonds to itself, slowly getting firmer and firmer. Eventually, it's firm enough to stand by itself in a sculpture-like way. By adding more roving wool, I can sculpt a creature or a person or whatever out of the wool.

Needlefelting is a relatively new craft, having only been invented 30 years or so ago. It's similar to the process of wet felting, but instead of using water, needles are used.

My needlefelt creations almost always include a wire base, so they are extremely posable, and I find the freedom of sculpting and the resulting plushness to be everything I could have asked for in a medium.

I happily take commissions, and my prices range from 20 USD and up, depending on the complexity but mainly on the size.

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:iconcornersan:
How does needle felting compare to say.. hot glue gun? Which would be sturdier and last longer, take a better beating?
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pahein Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Needlefelting? Errrr, probably not... Generally, I'd say no. If you want to make wings like this I'd say just hot glue is probably going to keep you going for longer; on the other hand, these are very nice and soft wings, no pokey-pokey stuff going on. :meow:
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:iconcornersan:
I figured, i am making/ going to make a fiveish foot wingspan and was curious..
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Ktew-Inc Jul 24, 2011   General Artist
This looks really neat. You used actual roving to get the feather pieces that small and tight? Or did you use felt and cut it into the shapes and then needle felt it all together? I just recently got into needle felting myself.
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pahein Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Uhh, for this one, I cut the pieces out of felt sheets. And then I felted them together.
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Ktew-Inc Jul 24, 2011   General Artist
Ah, ok. That's what I thought it kind of looked like :) Very impressive final product.
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pahein Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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:iconmiali-the-cat:
Oh, as the presents!
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:iconirukapooka:
Wow talk about patience! It looks like it was totally worth it though. :)
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pahein Apr 22, 2011  Student General Artist
It certainly is a nice little pair of wings.

Problem is, I have absolutely no reason to wear them. DX
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