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DESIGN: Blue Fairy Wings by taeliac DESIGN: Blue Fairy Wings by taeliac
This set is more than likely the one's that I'm going to do for my final. The base fabric is a really sheer silk, and the wire frame structure will either be black or white, I'm not sure which yet...

The pattern gets laid out on the fabric, and then the whole sheet gets dyed. Then, I'll have to discharge out the blue/green dye to get the white veins in it, and then cut the wings out and assemble the wings. Luckily, for my final, I just have to have the fabric dyed and discharged; I don't have to have the wings fully assembled, otherwise, I might die.

Ha, bad joke.

Get it? Dye. Die.

I know, I'm horrible.

I really don't like fairy wings where the wire is all around the edge of the wings; I much prefer the fabric to be able to hang loose and flutter. Besides, I think it defeats the purpose to dye the fabric if you have to do two identical layers - you mine-as-well paint them in that case, since the thickness of the paint wouldn't matter if there are two layers, and they're stiff so they don't move!

So, hopefully, this is what my final will come out looking like!
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ARTenshi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
i wanted to use it for some base editing but i can't :((
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Flylend Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
no one is worthy enough to steal them because you have made an original drawing great job
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Why thank you ;P
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torndarkness Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i have a question for you... i have this thing for swallow tail wings... and i love your design... may i perhapses use your design, but change the colours, for a tattoo?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure! I would be honored ~ if you would like an un-watermarked version or something, just let me know :D I have the uncolored version somewhere, too~

I always wanted to get wings tattoo'd, but I've already started a back piece, and it would look weird *is sad*
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torndarkness Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
an un-watermarked one would be great! i really appreciate it. when i go looking for a tattoo i always look on dA first because i rather use someone's art work from here then let a tattoo shop design it. plus, i love your wings!
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Shizuzeru Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Oh i love that. <3
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you :glomp:
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Shizuzeru Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
:heart: :hug: X3
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sorgie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
The 'tail' is gorgeous on these. Great design and good luck. ^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!

I just draped the wing pattern pieces, and now I really want to get working on these!! Now, to wait for the dye to get in... -___-;;
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Riztally Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
:lmao: Good joke!!

Those are so pretty!!! :nod: Can't wait to see them!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I just got the fabric, now to wait for the dye to arrive *is anxious*
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MistralEbony Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Yeah, I like this one better than the Autumn one. It's really pretty and I love the colors. And it looks like it trails on the floor, which would be neat.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like this one better, too - just because I :heart: the blue like nothing else! I'm afraid that they dye will come out splotchy, but either way, it's worth trying :D
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MistralEbony Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Just go for it!
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Maiden-Chynna Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow thoses are just beautifull!
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Aeternus-Spero Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
I was just doing some silk dyeing the other week--instead of discharging out the white, you could try using something called Batik EZ. It's a fabric resist, just like people use in the wax-batik method, but way easier!
You paint it on your fabric first where you want areas to be white, and then you dye it (either paint the dye on or dip it). The resist washes out in water--pretty cool, huh? Here's a link to how to use the Batik EZ: [link]
I've also heard you can use Elmer's blue school glue gel.
Here's a link to the gel glue method:
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Let me know how that works for you!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I was definitely thinking of doing something like that, but I'm afraid that it won't allow me to fold up the fabric like I will need to to get the mottled dying affect for the other layers... do you know if it cracks or anything like that? My instructor dissuaded me from doing anything like that, because they tend to crack...

Thank you for the links, though - I'll definitely see about using them, either for this or something else :D
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Aeternus-Spero Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Yeah, if you used wax like most batiks usually do, then they'd crack, but I don't think this stuff does--I just did a silk scarf, and if you rinse the resist out, it won't have a chance to crack.
Just out of curiosity, why would this method not allow you to fold or crunch up the fabric? Once the resist dries, you can flex it and all--at least I'm almost positive.
Do you plan on dipping it for the dye, using brushes, or squeeze bottles? I'd love to know how all this turns out!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I thought most batik's kept you from being able to crunch up the fabric, as it normally cracks. Even the one's that aren't completely wax based sometimes get that bleed underneath, I thought... hmm... now I definitely have to play with that!

I'm going to be folding up the fabric and applying the dye with bottles in various concentrations, trying to achieve a more mottled pattern. I may have to dip it for the initial light blue, though, just to have that as a nice base, but I'm hoping I can get away without having to do that, too *crosses fingers*
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Aeternus-Spero Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
It really does depend--it can get crackly with the wax batik of course, but it's always fun to experiment, at least! Good luck with that!

With the dipping, you can mix up a dye in an old milk jug with the top 1/3 cut off, and that makes a nice cheap dipping pot. The mottled application sounds nice, especially for the loverly wings.
Happy dyeing! (hahaha, puns...)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm definitely going to try a batik resist one of these days, thank you!

I just thought I'd let you know that the discharging worked phenomenally, especially if you mix it with a thickener meant for silk painting... it's super easy to work with, and for some reason, doesn't smell as bad as discharge did when we worked with it in class...

:D
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Aeternus-Spero Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
Really?! Cool!
So, when you say discharge--is that like a bleach? Or is that another kind of chemical? I've never heard of that being used before!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a different type of chemical, but kind of like bleach.

From PRO Chemical, they sell something called "Formosul" [link] -- you have to mix it with some other products, but it's really fantastic to work with... except when it smells...

You apply it (you can hand paint it on, or screen print it, or even use it as a dip to get all of the dye off of something), wait for it to dry completely, and then wrap it in brown paper and steam it for 15 minutes to 45 minutes, and it lifts out most of the dye... I noticed it didn't lift off the darker blue dye, but that's okay, I like how it still looks mottled even in the white, but I'd definitely recommend a test on whatever colors you're using :D
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007   Digital Artist
good luck! yeah one of the girls i knew at renfair didn't like having wire either, she would use colored tape to hid it.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh! That's a good idea... hrm... now to think about other ways of doing this :D
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007   Digital Artist
lol i used to use colored tape on wire hangers because i'm ghettooooo
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pixelstudios Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
How come we always have the same ideas but mine stay in my black book and yours, not? I guess truly great minds think alike
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Great minds definitely do think alike :D
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pixelstudios Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
Cheers!! When do you plan on starting anyway?
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FutureCarrotLab Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I like these ones more too, but I think I would probably combine them, where I'd have a full wire wing, but make the fabric still flow off of that, or do something in between so it has structure and flowing fabric ^^

But it looks really good! ^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

I'll definitely have to play around - I'm starting to fear that the wire won't be enough support as it is, and I'll have to wire it in more places, but we'll see ;P
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FutureCarrotLab Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's one of the reasons I think it'd be better to have a combination. Those could get bent out of shape and such too easily.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Actually, I'm using millinery wire, which is a lot harder to bend than standard wire - you really have to get a good yank on it to get it to do anything (it's how it's made, so you don't easily bend the brims of hats - it's actually twisted as it's extruded) I'd never try something like this with regular wire, that's for sure! Millinery wire really is a great product for odd things like this :D
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FutureCarrotLab Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I knew you used military wire for it, but I've never gotten to, so I didn't know the actual characteristics of it... It would still seem too flimsy if you just had the one at the top though.
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MedeaHiasobi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Here's hoping it works out ^_^

And I like how you've watermarked the crap out of that ^^;
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I always do watermark the crap out of everything ;P Force of habit, ya know?

Kampai!
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SandyChan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't wear to many bright colors, but for some reason I adore this bright shade of blue *_*~ Id so wear those! ITs just... wow *0*~!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I'm the same way - but I've opened up to bright pink and blue XP
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SandyChan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
XD!
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AJAngelique Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiufl!
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mylovestory Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Ohh very pretty!
You should post pictures when they're done! I would love to see the finished product!
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trashball Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
... and I thought my eyes would pop out of my head at teh last ones.. O____O I had not seen these yet. I ADORE the colors and the length. :glomp:
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
'Tari wants....

I love the design, really elegant and lovely :3 Can't wait to see the final!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'll tell you a secret - They're even more fun to wear, now that they're done. Too much fun, in fact.

...And they flutter!! *squee*
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Aiiiieeeee :excited: now you're making me jealous XDD I can't wait to see!

Will you be uploading some shots of them?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Eventually ^^;

I need to get the pictures, first, but now all the snow has mostly melted, and I don't have a working camera in the house :faint: Hopefully this week!!
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SangoTaijiya01 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
=O!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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