Jess WWWIP Week 5
Posted on 11 January 2018
This week for me was all about feathers and foam!
I started with the wing base I finished in Week 3 and began patterning foam pieces. Once I got a layout I liked, I chalked the pattern out on foam and got to painting.
I wanted to try and match the iridescence the rooster feathers have by layering different layers of acrylic metallic and matte paint on the foam. I got it to a color I liked and glued everything together!
Now that the large foam feathers are all assembled, it was time to lay my actual feathers! I started with my longest feathers (12-16 inches).
To lay feathers, you must first cut the quill so you don’t have to deal with a hard point puncturing layers that are laid on top of them. It also makes the whole assembly easier. The downside: You end up with a bunch of fluffy feather barbs everywhere! Keep a vacuum on hand for easy cleanup.
Once I got most of the long feathers down, I moved onto shorter feathers. I made my best effort to lay them similar to underwing coverts.
I might go back in a later week and add more long feathers to the bottom. I’ll have to see how the rest of the costume harmonizes with this technique!
'Til next week!