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Sculpey Wings by SaturnGrl Sculpey Wings by SaturnGrl
PLEASE, do not ask what these wings are for. That is for you to SEE when it is finished. ^_^

This is an example of wings I made with Sculpey. They are actually only half finished. This is just the under side of the wings, I am still working on the back of the wings, but I wanted to take this picture just to show how I generally assemble wings.

I always start with a wire skeleton. This helps to establish the base of the wing's structure and helps to give it support. It also leaves a small strip of the wire so I can use it to mount on the body of a sculpture at a later time. Next, I layer a "flesh" of regular sculpey over the wire. Its a bit heavy, but just enough to secure the supportive frame and strengthen the form of the wing. I can then bend and form the wing's arm into any pose I prefer.

Next comes the "feathers". For this, I use 2 different sculpeys. The long outer Primaries and Secondaries are made from Ultra Light Sculpey, as are the middle Axillaries feathers. I used Ultra Light Scupley because I didn't want the wings to be heavy and able to tip over or break the body of the finished sculpture. the Ultra Light sculpey reduces the weight of the scuplture by about 50-60% that normal Scupley would weigh.
You must be careful with the Ultra light stuff though. It is softer and can get warped, deformed and smooshed easily, so you must take extra care when working with it.

I cut out each individual feather in pairs to ensure they are the same size and number for each wing, and I started by mounting the Axillaries first on the back of the skeletal arm.
I then layered the longer Primaries and Secondaries over the backs of the Axillaries.

Since the Ultra Light Sculpey is very soft and delicate, I had to keep the wing's feathers braced on a curved piece of Aluminum foil to help it keep its shape when I wasn't working on it, otherwise the ultra light sculpey would bend and flop due to gravity.

The Coverts, or small line of feathers that pan just off the skeletal "arm" are made from regular sculpey. This helps to blend in the skeletal arm and to secure the Axillaries, and finishing the three dimensional look to the wings.

I baked these wings as they are on the aluminum foil for about 15 minutes and they are still pliable and flexible enough for me to add on the back feathers without worrying of the wings warping and breaking.

I'll update more as I progress with these wings.
If you find this helpful, and use this metod with your wings, please reference this so it can be passed on to other scuptors. ^_^
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DumansArk Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
So neat!!
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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DumansArk Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are so welcome!!
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neeneeluv Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
have you done anything with these yet?
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Not for now. Real Life has overtaken my free time.
I have been working on a structure for the sculpture body, but the wings are currently on hold until I can dedicate more time to the details.
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missituk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
These are really nice :)
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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ripple09 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
awesome :D i have you got any photos for the back wings? id like to see how they look
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, I don't have any back photos of the wings yet.
I have a lot of projects that are going on right now, I haven't been able to get back to it yet.
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ripple09 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
thats ok ^^ i was just wondering
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DefectiveScissors Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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SwanFeathers Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! this is awesome
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad you like my wings!
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titanbran Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
hmmm, interesting wing design, i read your thing about the weight of the wings breaking the final sculpt. it may have been an idea to make it as a full frame, so the wings would be already intergrated in to the sculpture, i did this with a demon prince and it is working well. the reason im giving this idea out is because everytime i make a large sculpture (still kind of applys to smaller ones as well) that has wings that are built away from the main unit always bust a bit, unless you wish to cluster the s*** out of the base of the wing....then it holds no matter what. :P i know this maybe is no use to you, but then again, 2 cents are good for anything. :)
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes, some methods work for other, but this is one that works best for me. When working with individual feathers like that and giving them poise and depth, I feel that building them separate from the sculpture allows for the wings to hold a better shape, and the feathers don't droop or stretch.
Gravity can be a sculpture's worst enemy, and with my method, I used gravity to help me maintain the wing's shapes up until baking.
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artistafrustrado Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
totally amazing job i love how you did those wings x3
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I think the work was well worth it. ^_^
And its not even done yet. O_o
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awesomestarz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That probably took a HECK of a lot of patience!
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, alot of patience and frustrations. lol
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Love the detailling! :D
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SilverEnvy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FREAKING SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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shaloneSK Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
OOOOoooooo~ they look great! 8DD
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Arkus0 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking forward to what your latest project is ^^

Great work on the wing design
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