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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:
CornerSan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
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 Featured By Owner 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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CornerSan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I figured, i am making/ going to make a fiveish foot wingspan and was curious..
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KierstenViolette Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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KierstenViolette Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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Miali-the-cat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Oh, as the presents!
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Irukapooka Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Wow talk about patience! It looks like it was totally worth it though. :)
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pahein Featured By Owner 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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Irukapooka Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Still...you could display them in some way for decoration perhaps? :)
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, these are gorgeous! So many layers of feathers, just like real wings! And they're wearable? That's so awesome! :D

You took sheets of 100% wool and cut each out layers of feathers and then needle felted them together? Very neat!

Have you found any stiff felt, by the way? I've been working on the new ref for Noobalee and it's coming along. I haven't forgotten it's just taking a little longer than I expected. But soon! Soon! :D
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pahein Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Hehe. Thank you. :meow:

Oh, I don't know if they're 100% wool. They're just made of the 30 cent felt sheets you can find at just about any craft store...

Well, one internet store has stiff felt, but since the color selection is slim there it's looking like I'm just going to have to buckle down and stiffen my felt on my own. There's a store near me that sells the stiffening agent, so once I have the time I'll buy that and start fiddling with that.
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dragonmarkaleb Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011   General Artist
Wow, those wings look amazing! You must have had a lot of patience to work with making so many feathers!
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Akandael Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
These wings are beautiful! It's amazing that they're needlefelted--it sounds difficult. Are they sturdy? Just curious. =)
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Eh, not particularly. Most of the feathers are floppy, but they are hung on a rather sturdy armature. So the wings are posable, but I wouldn't recommend wrestling or anything with them on.
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Panic-Button-419 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
O-O you did that needle felting?!
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Well, I bought machine felt sheets, cut them out, and put them together by needlefelting.

So I consider that a yes. Sort of.
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Panic-Button-419 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
That seems better than glueing them or sewing them together XD It makes them look better too.
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foxy-yazoo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
WOW that's amazing! I didn't think those were needlefelted at first, I thought they were just flat felt... that's a testament to you actually, since you can get it to felt so flat! I've wanted to needlefelt wings on my critters for quite some some time, and you did that amazingly! X3
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh. Well, no, the bulk of them is actually machine-felted sheets. ^^;

I just felted the sheets together.
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foxy-yazoo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Oh! Well then, they still look really good though! X3
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Gatubellina Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wait wait wait! did you needle felt these?... i thought they were real!
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Yes, needlefelted. Real wings are less floppy. :)
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Gatubellina Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, you are sooooo good! that must have taken forever though
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah. It did.XP

But now I know what not to do next time I make wings.
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Bushitaka Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
..i love wings :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Me too. :)
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MadHatterBata Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student General Artist
wow wow wow! these look amazing!
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
really well done!!! great work! ^__^
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estrella320 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow those are pretty sweet
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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estrella320 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome ^_^
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