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January 29, 2014 AT 9:30 am

Light Up the Night with Fiber Optic Fairy Wings #WearableWednesday

fairy wings

If you’re going to wear fairy wings, they need to sparkle. You could user glitter but consider opting for a neater option: LEDs and fiber optic cable. Instructables user by the_gella put together a list of supplies with plenty of photos to help you out. You need to start with wings – either store bought or handmade) and trace the outline onto cardboard. Then figure out where you want the fiber optic strands to be placed. Here’s how she bundled the fiber optics:

Begin laying out your fiber optics over the outlines on one section of your wings. Use masking tape (or electrical tape), to lightly stick them into place.

Once you’ve got all the fibers taped down, gather up the ends in the segment into a small bunch. Wrap tape around the bundle to hold in place while you hot glue the strands to each other. Make sure not to glue over the ends of the fiber optics – I glue about 1-2” from the ends. Remove the masking tape.

Repeat for each wing segment – you should end up with 4 little fiber optic bundles. Gather up the bundles and trim the ends even with scissors. Cut about 1/2” from where you glued them together.

Alternatively, you could use EL wire for the same effect.

fairy wings supplies

Read more at Instructables.


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