Fusible film is clear plastic sheets of material that can be bonded together. As the sheets fuse, they form new colours that are perfect for fairy wings. The material, as it melds, stiffens to give the wings body.
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Things you need
- Fusible film in at least 2 colours
- Fine-tip black marker
- 2 sheets tissue wrapping paper
- Iron with silk setting
- 1.5 yards 1/2-inch elastic
- 1/4-inch hole punch
Make two stacks of two or three sheets of fusible film in different but complimentary colours. Hand draw a wing on each stack, and cut it out through all layers.
Place one stack of wings between the two sheets of tissue paper. With the iron set to "silk," use gentle and even pressure to press the film through the tissue. After a few minutes, check to see if the film has fused. It will not stick to the paper, but don't allow the iron to touch the film directly. Continue until fully fused. Repeat with second wing.
Punch two holes on the inside edge of each wing with the hole punch. If desired, use the marker to draw details such as swirls and curlicues on the wings.
Fold the elastic in half, and cut into two 3/4-yard pieces. Stack the wings so that the holes are lines up, and thread the end of one piece of elastic up through one hole and down through the other. Staple the ends of that piece of elastic to each other with an overlap of about 1 inch. Repeat, going through the same holes, with the second piece of elastic.
Try the wings on your child, slipping one arm through each elastic loop so that the wings are centred on her back. If the arm straps are too long, remove the staples and shorten them.
Tips and warnings
- If making wings for an adult or larger child, measure around her body from the middle of the back and around one shoulder under the arm. Cut elastic pieces to this measurement.
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