Monday, April 30, 2012

Yes, Faux Feathers! Yes!

 Finally, I've managed to come up with a way to make faux feathers that I am just about completely satisfied with. I'm still keeping the specifics under wraps but the gist of it is such: I've switched from fabric to foam.

The results are:
1. Saved Time by Not laminating with glues or epoxies and waiting for the multiple layers of fabric to dry, hoping there wont be air bubble spots on the reverse side.
2. Shape. Finally achieved a compound curve, the shape I've been striving to achieve for months now.
3. Texture. I'm still playing with this one, and I think I've got it right on the next batch of white feathers.
4. Durable and still super light weight. Maybe not more durable than laminated fabric but certainly more crowd friendly. Flexible and forgiving.
5. Color. Okay so the black is still not as black as I would like. It's an issue of reflectivity. Real feathers reflect light in a manner which is extremely difficult to replicate accurately in black. This is why I started with black, knowing it would be more difficult to get a satisfying result than working with white.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Wings

It's spring time now, and even though it's still rainy, love is in the air. So, I'm now concentrating on producing white wings for brides, flower girls and those who simply choose to frolic in white wings because one might as well wear white until Labor Day and one might as well wear it in style. 

For starters I've recently completed a pair of white angel wings. No faux feathers on this set though; those are still in the making and will soon be revealed.