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Dragon Wing out of an Umbrella - Tutorial by Aliuh Dragon Wing out of an Umbrella - Tutorial by Aliuh
Umbrella's will vary
The umbrella used in this tutorial was the kind that folds like this www.senz.com/wp-content/upload…

The this ended up being 8 inches tall when folded up, and outstretched is 13 inches across. 
I wanted to make a realistic dragon wing to try and understand how the fabric would move and fold for drawing reference.



Materials for Frame
The average umbrella
Hammer
2 pairs of Needle nosed pliers
Drill and bit (optional)
Wire cutters
A nail

Materials for Fabric
Fabric
Needle
Thread
Glue (preferably super/crazy glue)
Box
Scissours

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:iconsteave1425:
steave1425 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. I will do this in my hollidays. Would you like to see it, once I've done it? I could st.ash it and send you a link. :D
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Awesome!  :la: I would love to see it, if you get it. No one has ever shown me there attempts yet. 
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:iconsteave1425:
steave1425 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure when I will do this so it will take some time, but once I did it I'll let you know. :)
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Sounds good! Thank you for the interest.
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Spookiefish Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Doing this!!!!!!
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
Awesome! :la:
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MercuryBitt632 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, just out of my own curiosity, with this technique, can you make the wings articulate? I've been searching around for a good technique for a Meta Knight cosplay where I can have the wings articulate. 

Thanks in advance, kudos to you for creativity ^.^
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
By articulate do you mean rotate freely, or rotate and stay open and where you place them?  I did have an original design that actually used the opening mechanism of the umbrella to open and close together, but that didn't look as good and was temperamental.

Thank you!
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:iconmercurybitt632:
MercuryBitt632 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I was hoping for stay open just cause then you can hold the sword and still keep the wings open. Thanks for getting back to me, as you can tell I'm really spotty on DA. 
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Hmm.  I'm not sure how to do that.  I'll think on it and let you know if I find method that works.
You're welcome. :)  
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:iconthonolia:
Thonolia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I thought I'd try and took apart an umbrella... only to discover it's the wrong sort. This tutorial needs a short/collapsible one, just in case I'm not the only one that didn't get it. 

No worries, though! Just restart :D
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Sorry about that! I overlooked that part in the tutorial.  Thanks for mentioning it, I've added a note for others in the description.
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:iconbeckytheawesome1:
Beckytheawesome1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
100% Amazing. No more bored weekends!
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
XD Thank you. 
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Spacesmarts Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what type of fabric? what would work best?
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
The fabric that I used was from a very stretchy skirt.   I don't know what kind of fabric it was, but anything stretchy I think would be fine.
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Spacesmarts Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!  =)  This is definitely so cute. 
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
You're welcome. XD And thank you.
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MayRunningBear Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
How did you attach your wings to yourself/ costume?
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Hmm.  I never actually attached them to anything. I would try drilling a hole in the shoulder end of the arm and thread something through it. 
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:icontearahk:
Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool! And it give me a reason to use my old umbrella :D
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Thank you! :) I hope you find it useful. XD
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:iconmartisilent:
MartiSilent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
I'm planning on cosplaying a human Toothless in the future and this is a fantastic reference! Thanks so much! :thumbsup:
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
I hope it will be of some use! :) Thank you.
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HizukiNoriega Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the helpful tutorial!
It is SO gonna come in handy for future cosplays/costumes!
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
It was my pleasure! :)  I am glad to hear it may be useful to you.
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:iconzhearse:
zhearse Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Sweet, more projects for my summer : )
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
XD Glad to hear it!

Do you mind if I ask how you came across this tutorial?  There's been a spark in interest in it today for some reason. XD
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zhearse Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
was on www.facebook.com/SteampunkStea…. So popped up on my feed.
hope that helps
: - )
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Thank you! XD 
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SoloCrimson Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My cousin looked for this kind of tutorial for my cosplay costume, she's gonna love this ^^
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I hope it can be of some use! :)
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:iconlysanth:
Lysanth Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Thank you! 
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bearinautum Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial plus your art is awesome
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Thank you. :)
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GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Now I'm gonna try this for my demon EGL that I'm working on! Thankfully, I have a bunch of dpare fabric that I can use as well as almost all the supplies (except 2 things) but I have everything else to get it to work! ^_^
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:icongypsyofhades:
GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And once I finish making them for the costume, I'll have to figure out how to make the wings fold in/out on command... >.>
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I'm glad to hear it! Good luck, and let me know if there is anything I can help with! :)
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:icongypsyofhades:
GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, so far I finished putting the skeleton together with a few mods but it still needs the fabric and the pulley system for the articulation of the wings and thankfully I borrowed the tools I was missing to do this from a friend. I'm actually using a youtube video for only one part of their huge dragon wings made of PVC pipes so but most of the construction is off your tutorial.

I've shown it to my friends and they like the idea since we're cosplayers and prices on cosplay materials are exspensive so they thought this was really smart. They also said that before they try it, they want to see my completed product before they even try this method out.

Because of the modifications I'm making to semi articulate the wings, it's actually has a few design changes in the skeleton prep/building and the pulley system is giving me a slight run for my money at the moment because the way I want to do this is elluding me for the time being since I can eithe make it with thin strips of elastic, use thin satin ribbon, fishing line, or a bit of plastic-coated jewelry cord. There are many ways and I can easily figure them out after a few trial and error tests. :P
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
That's great! :)  I'm really interested to see how it comes out.  Hopefully you can figure out the articulation.  Figuring out that kind of thing always uses every ounce of brain power I have. XD
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:icongypsyofhades:
GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing I need to figure out is how to make it articulated when worn and I've never actually made a pair of wings like this before. All articulated wing tutorials I've found aren't helping with the mechanics on the wings. That's the one problem I have.
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
By articulate do you mean stay open while their being worn? 
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:icongypsyofhades:
GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, yes and be able to close as well when I need them to be so they don't get damaged in a crowd. :3 Pairing those with my EGL outfit, the horns I'm crafting, and the decorative claws that my friend (who's an apprentice blacksmith) will be crafting will be really awesome!

Once I can get a photoshoot of the completed cosplay, I'll send you a link so that you can have credit for the tutorial you made. I don't like leaving people out of it like others that do that. >w< Thankfully, I have two friends that are photographers and I go to one particular con with one of them every year. So if I go this year and have it completed, you'll be given credit because of the wings. ^_^

Still have to figure out the mechanics on making them open and close but that's where experimenting, other cosplayers, and the internet is for! xD
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Thank you for that!  Credit is always appreciated. :)

Actually, long before I made this wing design I made a different one out of a umbrella that, I think, does just what your after.  I used the mechanism that was already in place on the umbrella to open and close the wings.  
I put together this GIF to show how it works sta.sh/021mzwwsbze9
And here is a version without my hand in the way sta.sh/02frixrtoj72

The arms are unfurled by the up and down motion of the piece in my hand and locks in place once open like an umbrella would. This design is less appealing and very fidgety, but if you would rather try it instead of the first tutorial, I can try to show you how.
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eclipsewolf25 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow thats amazing
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Thanks. :)
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DBluver Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Sure use that now :D
perfect for my costume ^.^

Now i just need to figure out the fabric on it (:
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
I'm glad it might be useful to you!

I did a test on one wing and the easiest way I can think of to attach it is by sewing it on. What I did was stretched my fabric over to opening of a box and cut a large hole in the side for my hand. Then I placed the armature on top of the fabric, fully outstretched, and sewed the fabric around the metal figures as you can see here sta.sh/011htd2imkko I added small drops of super-glue along the metal to stop the fabric from simply sliding up the arm once cut from the box.

My concern with doing it this way is that you are left with a bit of overhang around the edges of the armature. I was thinking what you could do it leave enough excess when you cut it out to fold over the metal frame and glue or sew down to hide the mess of the initial sewing. 

I hope that made sense! :) (Smile)
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DBluver Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
I still have some months before going so it would be fun to experiment with it :)
Do makes sense when i see the picture as well ^.^

Donīt know if you have pictures for the rest to?? :D
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