Tuesday, 23 August 2011


Cory has been attending a live-action role playing group out of Edmonton called “Underworld” that’s vampire themed. He’s created a character of a race called “gargalyn” (no idea how to spell that). It’s supposed to look like a living gargoyle. To do that he needed wings, which he found on line and ordered. This is what they looked like:

Not very convincing. So we needed to recover them to make them look more like stone. After a visit to the fabric store we had some really nice dark bluish-grey textured material and some tan stuff for the inside.

First, I had to take one of the wings apart. Not too bad actually, they were not constructed very well and seemed to rely on hot glue at a few key points to keep everything together. All the seams were just basted. They would have fallen apart within a few months. The apparatus is pretty sturdy though.

Cutting out the tan for the inside of the wings:

Once wing together: yes the seams go on the outside. It gives it the look that it’s in sections.

Both inside wings together:

To make sure the outside grey pieces matched the inside for size, I used one to cut out both backs. Then used the pieces from the pockets for the pipes to cut out pieces in the grey and sewed them on to the outside. Trimmed the inside and sewed it all together. This took a two tries as I had forgotten what exactly the little pieces were for and sewed the two sections together wrong. I couldn’t figure out why nothing was matching up when Cory came home and asked if I was going to do the pockets for the piping in the outside color. Then I remembered and felt very foolish. Proceeded to take out a bunch of seams and put it together the right way. Funny the material lined up much more nicely when everything was sewn together properly…

Test run on the apparatus: fit great once it was together properly!

Sewing together the second wing:

All done!

Cory took the frame to the store and repainted it so it looked more authentic than shiny black plastic. If you look close at the picture above, you can see the claw-looking thing at the joint is painted to look like bone. After this, he took the whole thing back to the store and glued the material so it wouldn’t slide off and the frame so it’s more sturdy but no longer collapsible. It also has pull-strings in the back that allow the wings to fold and unfold when he wants them to. This is still working, Cory just lengthened the pull strings.

Now for the second part of this project: making another peasant shirt out of the dark material; with alterations to hide the apparatus for the wings.

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