Thursday, October 18, 2012

Angel Wings Tutorial

I have an obsession with angel wings. They are calming to me. They are clean and pure, a symbol of all heavenly.

I made some for Janae for her birthday, and I am pretty sure she loved them...I know I did! So I thought with the next one I made I would do a tutorial. I have not seen any other tutorials online on how to make them so I just had to "wing" it...LOL!

First of all I got some wire that was in the jewelry section of our local craft store. I forget what the gauge was but I got a pretty large wire. I tried with a thinner wire and just felt I didn't have very good control.

So I took a piece of wire that looked like the above photo (and cost about $1.99) and bent it into the wing shape I like. This type of wire bends very easily.

This part always frustrates me because I am such a perfectionist. It is hard to shape it perfectly. You can look online and find all sorts of pretty angel wings shapes. I like this shape because I think it looks feminine. I like girly angel wings:)

After forming the wings I cut a piece of lace to fit one side of the wings. I don't cut it exactly just a piece big enough to cover one side.

Then I sew the piece of lace onto the wire. This part is time consuming. (and my hands kill me during this part because I have arthritis) Make sure the stitches are pretty close together and gently pull the lace tight as you go around the wing.

Then do the same to the other side.

The above photo is the stitches shown from the backside.

After you are done stitching carefully cut close to the edge of your stitching all the way around on both wings.

Use a hot glue gun from the back side apply glue and adhere a pretty lace trim. To me, these wings are all about the lace!

Cut a piece of white fabric and fold it around the middle part...glue down.

Then I added a little "pouf" of feathers and a gorgeous rhinestone cross I got on sale at Michael's. They have so many pretty things!

Then my lovely angel wings are done. I think they are so pretty.

This time of year it is so hard to get good photos with it getting dark so early and all the shadows. I walked around the house and let the wings land a couple places for a photo. :)

To all of you that commented on my last post, thank you so much! I was really happy to have over 60 comments (an all time high for me!) lots of pins and new followers! Everybody loves a pat on the back and I really felt happy about the response of my last post. As a thank you for all of you being so encouraging to me, this set of angel wings is going to be given away on my blog, along with the dreamcatcher I recently made. So if you don't think you are wanting to make your own you can have a chance at winning this one. Stay tuned!


 Won't these make just beautiful Christmas decorations?! 

Thanks for visiting!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your wings are adorable, Sandy. Love the way you adorned them.

Heaven's Walk said...

So sweet, Sandy! Love the girli-ness of them. :) And another great tutorial, too! You're right -- they would make beautiful Christmas ornaments! :)

xoxo laurie

Jocelyne said...

Thank You Thank You Thank You for doing this tutorial! I have been looking for one. These are so lacey and beautiful! ~Jocelyne

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh these are great! I know your daughter loved them. I had the same problems with pictures today, short of taking stuff outside to photograph it is tough to get good light!


Peggy said...

These are really sweet Sandy!

Heirloom treasures said...

Sandy they are so pretty. I'll have to have a go at these to go with Kerry Lee's dream catcher for her birthday. She has a dress makers dummy in her bedroom. These would look lovely on that. xx

Janae said...

Yes ofcourse I loved the angel wings you made me they are amazing!! These onea you just made are also gorgeous, whoever wins them is going to be so happy!!!

Tracy ~ If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Baked A Cake said...

These are so sweet perfect for a romantic feel Christmas. Thank you for the tutorial Sandy. Tracy

Grandma Carolee said...

The angel wings are beautiful and give that special feeling of gentle care and comfort. You are a gifted teacher.

Anne said...

Sandy your angel wings are beautiful!!! Thank you for the tutorial! I may have to try ths too!

Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

I love 'em...Love them especially in the chandy, a very romantic look.....Bonnie

Anonymous said...

So pretty, Sandy! I just love these! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial on how to make them! Have a wonderful weekend!

Kim Gillian said...

Thanks so much for posting the tutorial. I have been wanting to make some for my grand daughter!
Have a great week end. I am your newest follower.

Nadja said...

Dear Sandy. Wow, how wonderfull Angel-Wings. I love it.... I've got also Angel-Wings in my bedroom... soon ;o)

Hug Nadja

Unknown said...

Oh Sandy, You are killing me here..LOL! This I think I could do. The dream catcher netting would be hard to do but this is wonderful.And I know a few young ladies who would love one for their pretty bedrooms...Thanks for sharing your talent with us..You are very kind..and I love your style..

Lucille said...

Dear Sandy, how sweet are those angel wings! You are so talented. You should get yourself a dollhouse. I just know that you would be so good at building miniatures. Thank you for the beautiful tutorial!

Janet said...

Those little angel wings are just so cute! You did a really great job, too! Thanks for the tutorial, I would love to make one!

The Porcelain Rose said...

LOVE, LOVE those lace wings!! Will have to make me some.
I love your furniture pieces in the previous post. I paint everything! I love the cottage/shabby chic look that paint gives. I also love to embellish with wood appliques. They can change the feel of a piece instantly.
I always enjoy my visits here.
Will visit again soon.

Ana said...

They are adorable. Thank you Sandy for sharing the tutorial. I bet if I make them in a smaller size they would look oh so sweet on my Christmas tree. Thanks for the inspiration as well :-) Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Amanda said...

They are beautiful! I love them! Have a lovely weekend!

Amanda said...

They are beautiful! I love them! Have a lovely weekend!

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Hi Sandy,
These are lovely! You are always an inspiration, thanks for that.
enJOY a sweet weekend,

Anonymous said...

Your wings are very sweet and the small ornament size would be wonderful,too! I wouldn't mind even winning a "wee" pair of wings!

Amanda said...

Your wings are so lovely, Sandy! And your tutorial is perfect and timely as we are all starting to think about Christmas! Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting me too! Have a wonderful weekend!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Deserae said...

Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial...I'm sure everyone will want a set for decorating at Christmas time :o)
Have a great weekend!

Rebecca Nelson said...

Totally ANGELIC! Love it! Thanks for sharing sweet one!

Love, Rebecca

ShabbyESP said...

The wings are gorgeous!!!
Thanks to you I had the courage to try my hand at painting some furniture. I will post when I am done. Also bought the stuff to make some dream catchers thanks to you.
You are a talented lady!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Lirtea said...

Que bonito detalle.
Te invito a que me visites