So this post is a touch late in coming, but I "finished" the robotic wings, enough to try and compete with them. Unfortunately one of the motor couplers broke mid day and like an idiot I did not bring tools or spairs. But they held up long enough for the judges to see them move. They also had a 14ft wingspan, so they were impressive regardless of movement. Ironically enough I think the thing that won them over was my stitch work on the skirt In the end I got second place. I did not get to see the 1st place winners performance, but everyone was confused as to why they won over me and the 3rd place winner (full body foam and sculpted Rhino armor and makeup... it was AMAZING!).
Ah well. I plan on fixing the motor, adding some gas springs so that they move better, making a better , more concealable back brace, and figuring out how to get the wings to flap. We tried a belt system and a pivot system and both didn't really work the way I wanted. The pivot system wouldn't sink up even though I modeled it out and everything. The belt system worked so long as the wings were straight up and down, but as soon as my posture was less than perfect the wings were so heavy they slipped the belt and flew back or forward. We just put in a pin system so that I could position them for pictures. I didn't want to knock someone out with them.... no bueno. That is all on hold until I get back on track with my orders.
Currently catching up on orders. I have so many Q-Q so I have no free time. I wanted to make a Chaika- Coffin Princess costume for the next con I am going to, but the dress is ambitious, and the GUN... OMG the gun is the best part. I want to do LED lights and the works on this, including LED lit spell rings around the barrel. Unfortunately I only have a month to make it all if I am going to have it in time for the con, and with my current order volume its just not going to happen. I am going to work on it as best as I can for now and it will get done when it gets done. Definitely in time for the con in March I am also hoping to have my friends New Bayonetta done by then
Current fun projects on my plate are a Maleficent wing and a firebird wing. THE FIREBIRD WILL BE ON SALE FOR A DISCOUNTED PRICE when it is done, so those of you who are interested when I post it should message me. I am making them to support someone in the performing arts. The wings will serve as advertising, but more importantly, serve to enrich a Violin students final College Masters Performance. When she is done with them we are going to sell them discounted since they are a custom set and have been worn once. I am going to do a custom dye, hand paint, hand feather sculpt, and embellished straps. I really want to spend my time on them, but again... so busy. The set will require a bunch of pre planning with the custom dye, so hopefully I can find the time and make them as amazing in real life as they are in my head :3
The Maleficent wings are my next large order though, and I know there are a few people who are looking for sets like this. I am excited to get it in my portfolio. This one is also a custom paint and dye. Keep you all posted.