Draw a bird's wing, brake it down into four levels of feathers, and make cardboard templates for tracing onto the foam. The craft foam is very easy to work with, and take colour from pencil crayons and paint beautifully. cut a strip of felt with scalloping shears to cover the top edges of the foam, then totally smeared the felt with sparkle paint so it wouldn't get fuzzy or fray.
Maleficent's majestic wings may be computer-generated, but they took their inspiration from the skies, as a team of costume designers — led by Oscar nominee Anna B. Sheppard (The Pianist) — created an IRL set of feathery flappers upon which artists based their digital versions : Stingray Skin, Bird Skulls, and Other Secrets Behind the 'Maleficent' Costume. #FEATHERS #thefeatherplace
In this Instructable I will explain how to make a pair of wings which could be used to dress up as an angel, bird, or anything else with feathered wings (for example certain species of dragon). My blog at www.tobysangelwings.com describes the process in more detail.