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i’ll be making large bat wings for a 6 year old boy this year for halloween. i can’t decide on how i want him to wear them. sewn on the costume or removeable. if i do removable, is a sort of harness to much to hold them up? or is there something simpler? i expect them to be at least 3 feet wide and ? feet long. is there much wind resistance with large wings? that would definatly affect the shape and size.


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    May 17, 2010, 03.12 AMby oscarthegrouch108

    well removable is better for washing, and sometimes he may want to take them off to be able to maneuver better. the wings that i’ve seen have a wire frame around the edges, and use elastic loops to hold them on (put your arms through the loops). there may be a bit of resistance, but it’s been too long since i’ve worn wings to really remember.

    good luck!

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    May 17, 2010, 03.30 PMby mlssfshn

    I’ve used coat hangers for framing and bias tape chamber for inserting the end you can curve the bias tape and uncurve the end of the hanger to make it fit. I did 2 hangers per wing to stabilize. Good luck!

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    Jun 11, 2010, 05.24 PMby pinprincess

    Wind resistance will depend a little bit on how solid the wings are. If you use tulle or some other type of mesh that is really open then the wind can travel through somewhat. Otherwise, yes wind will grab your wings and potentially damage your frame. I wear wings a lot ;) Heavier wire is best and so are more pieces. You can check out my cellophane wing tutorial for my basic framing concept. I would recommend an upper edge that comes down into a center back brace and back up and then additional pieces of wire that dip down as the veins of the wing, run parallel to the leading edge for a while and then dip down into the center back brace as well. You could fuse/glue layers of fabric together instead of using cellophane.

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