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Morrigan Aensland Wing Process by LyoNaka Morrigan Aensland Wing Process by LyoNaka
So here is a basic picture walk through of the wings I've been working on for a Morrigan cosplay.

Pretty neat eh?

It's all made out of foam, heavy gauge wire, some clay for the horns, and super glue....and of course paint/sealant....Pretty easy on the wallet but I think it turned out fan-TASTIC!

Feel free to ask me any questions!

Edit: Basic walkthrough: Used heavy gauge wire and bent it to my liking as can be seen in the first photo. Then I took 1 inch strips of crafty foam (the kind you get in sheets) and super glue to wrap the wire in like the second picture....so now it looks like wing bones, and it's all nice and smooth. Next I layed my wire structure down on some more craft foam, glued it, cut it out, and bent it to give some definition.....Finally I attached the little horns i made out of clay and took some puffy paint to fill in gaps/ give it some texture....then I sprayed it with some matte spray paint to seal everything, then painted it with my black/purple colors. I'm probably going to go back with an air brush and give it some highlights/lowlights.

I've used foam to build armor before so I just adapted it to making wings. I love foam, its so inexpensive but it turns out really great if you know what you're doing. Hope that helped.

Here's a picture of my finished cosplay in action! 
Professor Layton and The Mysterious Letter Cast and MMN: Morrigan Aensland
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:iconprimpalver:
PrimPalver Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow The final result it's very nice! Congratulations!
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:iconbrynhild-undomiel:
Brynhild-Undomiel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Can I ask you how you make the finishing in the part of the horns with the foam? For me, it seems that will be amendments, and your wings are perfect. Thanks!
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:iconaxel3601:
Axel3601 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
very good work
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Spelly Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I hope this isn't annoying or anything, if you don't answer I can experiment til I get it right;

but, Am I correct in assuming that to get the craft foam to wrap around the wire, you heated it up and then moved the foam accordingly to wrap around the wire, then you painted glue on the foam to make it stay wrapped? x_x Sorry if this is confusing or weird to read.
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
No heating necessary. Just apply glue to the back and bend it around the wire, hold in place until it dries. If you use super glue, it dries fast.
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AndurilWielder Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist
I need lots of help from someone like you. X-x in a lot of different ways...

If you can help me (the wings speak to me in a way that tells me you can) I swear you'll be the best person ever.
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Avalon-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Love this tutorial. Used it for my Lilith wings and they came out awesome! I just have an important question. How did you hide them underneath your wig? And what did you u se for the base headband? Is it wire or a pre-made headband?
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juhcell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
i was wondering if you had the complete walk through? i cant seem to find them, thank you

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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
I only posted the basics in the comment area. But its really not too difficult. I have faith that you can figure it out, and who knows, you might even improve upon what I did. Trial and error is half the fun. Best of luck.
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:iconjuhcell:
juhcell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
ok I will try my best :) thank you!
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:iconsheireu:
sheireu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
May I know what kind of clay you used for the horns?
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
Just regular ol' put in your oven and bake clay.
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:iconsheireu:
sheireu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ow so you used bake clay.. mmmmmmmm, I dont know where to buy some here. Will "Tack-it" do???
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SeriphAngel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
May you make a how to list and tutorial so that we properly go through the steps?
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:iconbitchen:
Bitchen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
You did an excellent job constructing these wings, very impressive :) If you don't mind, I have a few questions. I understand that you used different wire for the lower and upper wings, do you recall what size gauge you used for each? What was the thickness of the craft foam, 2mm? What size foam did you purchase to make the lower wings? How were you able to hide all the seams?
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Roronoa-Minamino Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, basically, this works with full seized wings, too? There a character I want to cosplay as (he has bat wings) and I've been looking for different tutorials and stuff but they all are quite complicated and seemingly expensive (and heavy, as well) so it's really awesome to find this method as well. You did a great job with these, btw!!
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yes. I used the same method on the Lower Morrigan Back Wings. :)
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:iconxxparalyzed:
xxparalyzed Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
You used that thin wire for the large back wings and it's study enough? Or did you switch to a different wire?
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Different sturdier wire :). And I used the 'U' shape method to attach it to my cosplay.
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:iconroronoa-minamino:
Roronoa-Minamino Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Thanks a lot!! :D
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TwittlesCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I love this picture. I was going to use fabric for my Lilith wings but now...I feel like this would be easier and look better. I cant wrap my head around how to make a pocket with the fabric to stick the wings in and to show the definition of the inner parts of the wings. This is so much better!!!
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LyoNaka Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Filmographer
I did not even need to make a pocket. The foam was so light that, I just made sure my leather bodysuit had enough support...and it was able to hold the wings up just by inserting the U shape between the back of the suit and my skin. Hope that helps!
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Ribera-Beki Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
will you post a full body picture of your cosplay ? i would really like to see the back wings , im doing a Lilith cosplay and have no clue where to start on things for my back, since my cosplay is made with spandex and not leather, i hope to hear from you soon !
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LacyVonV Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
what type of foam did you put around the wire? did you use acrylic paint? and the super glue didn't damage the foam sheets?
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
I used regular ol' craft foam purchased from any crafting store. You will have to be careful not to get super glue on the outside of the foam, as it will damage it, but if used properly and only in the creases and bindings it will be just fine......Finally, I did use acrylic paint. I found it needed about two coats to get the deep colors I wanted, and I finished it off with a sealant.
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Narutofan098 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Hello! I'm considering doing Morrigan for a cosplay and I was wondering what clay you used on the wings?
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
I used bake clay, but air dry clay will work just as well. The trick is to make sure you push the horns down on the foam so it makes perfect sized intentions for you to later glue them into.
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Narutofan098 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Okay, thank you so much.
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:iconalkven:
Alkven Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for adding your work to :iconart-steps: group!)
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:iconobliviousharuhi:
obliviousharuhi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
really good!
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:iconjwindmaker:
JWindMaker Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have a photo of the wings for her back? Would love to see them :)
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
They are in progress, but when they are finished I will be posting them. Tune in around Oct 20th. I'll have pictures I promise. If want to know how I built them feel free to message me privately.
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:iconjwindmaker:
JWindMaker Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'll take you up on that.
Hang on a tick, and I'll send a message to you
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lulukohime Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
these are flawless!
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:iconmeguja:
Meguja Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work ^^
I would love to see your finished cosplay! Especially since I also want to make this costume :heart:
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Filmographer
Should be done in October. Make sure to check back in. I'm working on the full back wings now...I might have those up soon.
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooh! Very nice! I love the curves. It makes it look very...what's the word, organic? In anycase, very well done. C:
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks! I cant wait to make the large wings for her back
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LegionaireB Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'd love to know more about how you did this. Can you send me a link to the process or a not telling me?
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
Well if you have any other questions just ask me. I'd me more than happy to help.

Basic walkthrough: Used heavy gauge wire and bent it to my liking as can be seen in the first photo. Then I took 1 inch strips of crafty foam (the kind you get in sheets) and super glue to wrap the wire in like the second picture....so now it looks like wing bones, and it's all nice and smooth. Next I layed my wire structure down on some more craft foam, glued it, cut it out, and bent it to give some definition.....Finally I attached the little horns i made out of clay and took some puffy paint to fill in gaps/ give it some texture....then I sprayed it with some matte spray paint to seal everything, then painted it with my black/purple colors. I'm probably going to go back with an air brush and give it some highlights/lowlights....but yea....

I've used foam to build armor before so I just adapted it to making wings. I love foam, its so inexpensive but it turns out really great if you know what you're doing. Hope that helped.
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Lurockia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just foam? That's impressive, I would have thought for sure that it was like, ceramic. Good job!
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:iconlyonaka:
LyoNaka Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Best part is they are super light weight....
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