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OMW, the year is almost half way done. How did that happen? This month just flew past. Talking about flying, I’ve been seeing these gorgeous angel wings everywhere lately and I really wanted a pair for our bedroom. Pottery Barn had some over-sized ones that are absolutely gorgeous. But the prize tag was a little steep for our budget. A whopping $675 is crazy. That’s more than we pay on our bond every month. Plus, even if I could afford them, Pottery Barn doesn’t ship to South Africa . Bah! Humbug! Or as we say in Afrikaans; “Dis somer kak daai” So if I can’t buy me some angel wings then I’ll just have to make my own 😉
Pretty cool right?!! And they’re budget friendly and super easy to make too. All you need is a pair of those el cheapo wings from a toy store. Any color will do. We had these black ones in our “dress up” storage bin. I’m guessing one of the kids wanted to be a dark angel at some stage 😀
Cut any elastic bits off ….
And spray the wings. Because our angel wings were black, I gave them a coat of grey followed by a coat of white to make them look like they’ve been cast in stone. A dark brown with hints of copper and gold would look awesome too. Mmmmm, maybe I need to make another one to keep the sexy angel in our metallic bathroom company 🙂
The spray paint serves two purposes – not only does it change the color but the paint protects the wings and makes the feathers quite stiff and hard. That way they’ll be easier to dust once they’re up 🙂
For the frame I wanted to create a layered look, with lots of texture and visual interest. The easiest way to do that is to make a box frame. The one we made for the angel wings consists of a basic frame made from pallets. We stapled wire mesh to the back before adding the box portion.
For the last layer, or backing, we used a piece of plywood that’s been grungy-fied with a few napkins, gauze and home made gesso.
Before putting the whole frame together the angel wings were sewn onto the wire mesh using fishing line.
A clay heart, encased it in some chicken wire adds a little something special to the angel wings and it hides that fishing line too. The clay heart was attached using bits of wire.
I love the way the real feathers look against the grungy background.
It’s bold and striking and oh so gorgeous. What do you think?
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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, craft filled week.