Iridescent Fairy Wings Materials List

Photo by Jordan Price

Photo by Jordan Price

 
 

It’s finally here…

At long last, the materials list and tutorial for how to make your own iridescent fairy wings!

Full tutorial to be posted here at the end of July. If you somehow found yourself here early, without the accompanying tutorial, you can find it here on my Patreon!

*Below are affiliate links for the products I've used. I am not being paid or sponsored to use these products and you pay the same price you would if you did not use these links. I just get a small commission if you buy something.

What you'll need

Materials

#400 Series Bristol Board
From DickBlick (exactly what I used, 1 sheet cut in half): http://shrsl.com/1ok65
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XdMmQe

Copper, Steel, or Silver Wire, 14 - 16 gauge thickness
*Not what I used in the video because these will work better
From DickBlick: Galvanized - http://shrsl.com/1ok6b
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LuLbVJ
https://amzn.to/2J0kEOf
https://amzn.to/2IXR0sS

Floral Tape
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IXR4ZE
Electrical Tape
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2J01oAg
Iridescent Film
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2J0QJ8M *Closest to the clear iridescent I used in the video, mine came in a 10,000 ft quantity
https://amzn.to/2JejPAs *I purchase film from this vendor to use in my products
Iron On Vinyl
gloss vinyl 24in x 2 yards:
Directly from Thermoweb: http://shrsl.com/1m8e3
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LuEEu3

Tools

If Cutting the Bristol Board by Hand:

X-Acto Knife
From DickBlick Art: http://shrsl.com/1ok75
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XjPYQG
Self Healing Mat
From DickBlick Art: http://shrsl.com/1ok7c
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/304HlXp *The one I actually have but you might not need one this big
Wide format printer and paper to print the SVG file onto
*Obviously you can go to Staples or something to get a couple prints but if you're looking for your own printer this is what I use
Epson XP 15000 printer: https://amzn.to/2J1OoKO
13" x 19" paper: https://amzn.to/2Lqa6cZ
Transfer paper to copy the design to the Bristol Board
from DickBlick Art: http://shrsl.com/1ok7p
from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2J3KrW1
If cutting with a Cricut Maker:
Cricut Maker Machine
From Cricut: http://shrsl.com/1ok8e
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Xgd22V
Deep-Point Blade
From Cricut: http://shrsl.com/1ok7z
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XAbDnj
Standard Grip Mat
From Cricut direct: http://shrsl.com/1ok7v
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2J3KNvP
Painter's Tape
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LnVdI6
Brayer
From DickBlick Art: http://shrsl.com/1ok8s
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XjchWW

All Other Tools Needed:

Tin Snips: https://amzn.to/2Xf0WqR
Scissors: https://amzn.to/2XluuTB
Cricut Easy Press
From Cricut: http://shrsl.com/1ok91
Larger Easy Press: http://shrsl.com/1ok94
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2J1Nm1f
Press Pad
From Cricut: http://shrsl.com/1ok99
From Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IYXwQ1
Heat Gun: https://amzn.to/2XA0xyD
Silicone Mat: https://amzn.to/2FIWdmz
Kevlar Glove / Ove Glove: https://amzn.to/320smiT
Heat Tool / Soldering Iron: https://amzn.to/2XjqJ0R
Cutting Glass: https://amzn.to/2LsV46c

You can use the Piera Clearwing Satyr SVG file I've made for your use, or you can create your own design.

If you need instruction on the basics of using a Cricut Maker, please refer directly to their help files here:

If creating your own design, PLEASE RESPECT COPYRIGHT. Not just mine but everyone's - Google is not a royalty free image bank, so try looking to Mother Nature first. Hers really are all royalty free and public domain ;) Be original, and you'll stand out from the crowd.
Tweaking the veins of a real existing insect’s wings is a good way to do it - add some veins, or move some around, etc so you have something that is more uniquely yours.

The condensed version of the tutorial is below

If you don’t have a Cricut or other cutting machine capable of cutting bristol or poster board, first transfer design to the final vein surface, by drawing directly on it, or printing the file and then transfer it to the Bristol board using Transfer paper.

Cut out the vein design from the bristol or poster board with either the X-acto knife, or a Cricut Maker if you have one (other machines may work too, just verify the settings you need to use)

Cut lengths of wire to fit along the top and bottom edges of the newly cut wing vein panels.

Wrap wires with matching floral tape where it will be showing on the wing panel but leave the part that will be part of the brace bare.

Wrap the 'Legs" of the separate wing panels in electrical or vinyl tape.

Cut Iron-On vinyl big enough for the wing panel, remove liner and lay the panel onto the vinyl sticky side up.

Place the wire supports onto the vinyl too to fit around the bristol board veins.

Roll iridescent film smoothly over the veins and vinyl, cut from roll, smooth and press all the bubbles out. The thinner your wire the easier this part will be, steel or brass wire is usually stiffer than the copper so you can get away with a thinner gauge with those.

Heat Press @ 310 degrees, place wing panel on press pad.

Place silicone mat over the wing, then press firmly for about 10-12 seconds with the heat press

Press and smooth with gloved hand for final smoothing

Turn knob on Heat tool to red

Put flattest side down onto glass surface, then press and drag the tip of the heat tool to cut out the shape.

Cut length of wire with tin snips, shape into a 'U' that fits just below the base of the wing panels and tape it to the 'legs' of the wire supports with the matching electrical tape, wrapping all the way around.

That's it!

It can be worn by slipping the brace into the back of a corset, or tying elastic onto the four corners to be worn like a backpack.

If you want to get fancier, you can glue fabric to the top and bottom edges to hide the wire, you can paint the vein frames, or glue rhinestones onto it. I highly suggest SuperGold+ glue for that!

I've wanted to do this for some time, but loved ones often brought up the concern that maybe if I taught everyone how to make wings like mine I might lose business.

My thoughts on that are, if my success depends solely on the materials and technique I'm using rather than the quality of my work, originality or how I treat my customers, then I'd be on shaky ground indeed.

This tutorial doesn't teach you how to cut the frames out of waterjet the way that mine are because it's not as accessible to everyone as the materials used here, but if you know what you're doing there's no real secret to waterjet cutting aluminum in your desired shapes.

I would like to see everyone who wants iridescent wings to have a set of their own, but I can't do it by myself