Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fairy Wings

I wish I could share the directions on how to make these lovely fairy wings, but I'm worried that would violate some kind of copyright law. You can find the tutorial the book Enchanted Adornments by Cynthia Thornton. I have a picture of her fairy wings here in this post.
My first attempt was the silver wing on the left but the shape didn't come out quite right. Next one I did was with copper wire and for the last one I used annealed steel wire that was hammered...you know ... just to see what it would look like.

This copper wing is my favorite of the night. I used a cream tissue paper instead of white. One adjustment I did have to make-the directions say to use resin, I don't have that in my studio but I did have Diamond Glaze (Glossy Accents or 3D Lacquer would probably yield the same results).



CosmoGirl Carla said...

OMG! Angie, those are beautiful. I think the copper is my favorite, too. Did it take very long to create them? They're so delicate looking. I think the diamond glaze did a great job. Can't imagine you'd that different of a result with resin.

Might we see these in your Etsy store . . .?

LuLu Kellogg said...

Angie, these are beautiful! I have Cynthia's book and LOVE it! Great job. I will have to try this. yours turned out beautifully.


Andrew Thornton said...

Nicely done! I'll make sure to forward the link to my sister so she can take a look. You've really mastered the technique and made it your own. This is the true spirit of the book.

Diamond Glaze is a wonderful alternative to epoxy resin. It's fast drying, low-mess, and water-soluble (when wet). The only difference is that it never "truly" cures. This might be a desirable effect to keep the wings flexible. Also, Diamond Glaze will sometimes get cloudy if it comes into contact with water and if not used properly can have lots and lots of air bubbles. The benefit for the epoxy resin is that it cures hard and the wings make a beautiful tinkling sound when layered together like in the necklace. This makes a perfect base for painting on or embedding inclusions.

Keep up the good work and thanks for promoting the book!

Christine Edwards said...

Angie, these look great. My local bead shop sells Diamond Glaze as an epoxy alternative, but it's interesting to see what Andrew had to say about it. I bought some resin to fill a couple of bezels with, and had planned on coating some old book sheets while it was mixed. This is a great project. I think I see an Amazon order coming on.

MisfitGirl said...

Also for an alternative, you can use liquid polymer clay to "fill in" the wings. You can color the liquid with mica powders, so you can get a nice shimmer if you like. Kato and Fimo have about the clearest look when baked.