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Cloud's wings open and close folded like real birds wings, it's taken me a month or so to work that one out but I'm really happy with the new method (despite it taking 3 days longer than the old method...) so it's what will be used for bird-winged dolls from now on.

All of these feathers apart from the royal blue ones have been dyed by me using veniard feather dyes. They are a mixture of duck, goose, chicken and quail feathers, the goose and quail feathers moulted by my own birds :)

He has an aluminium wire armature coated in plastic for durability. Ohh I haven't measured him but he's pretty big... Each of those duck quills are about 8" long. His wings are really fun to pose, they move very pleasingly. I'll have a video of them up later and I'll update this deviation when it's up.

I make dolls almost exclusively on commission... If you'd like to be added to the waiting list please send me a note, but please be aware it could be up to a year before I get to you. Prices range from 160-330.
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:iconthunderchicken42:
Thunderchicken42 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THe color choice and expression on this work really well! Good job!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't design Cloud, he was a commission, I was sent the design to make. But I did sculpt his face and I'm glad you like it!
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TalonWolfG5 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
woah how do u make the wings fold?! i make these birds for my animated videos and after a few uses i have to stop and take a break cause my bird's wings snap. all i do is wire the wire around the duck feathers and well. .-. its not very efficient.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a sort of complicated system involving heatshrink tubing, dowels and bolts. It takes forever to make and I don't do it anymore! If you want the basic construction you should take a look at this tutorial: [link]
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:icontalonwolfg5:
TalonWolfG5 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm interesting, lol yeah I've came up a good idea for the dragons wings but I've always been puzzled about the feathered wings. heh i may be a wire worker but hey thx i might be able to do this xD
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:iconmaclagun:
MacLagun Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Handsome!!
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:iconghostriderwolf:
GhostRiderWolf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's moveable too? AMAZINGLY EPIC 83
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes! ^_^
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:iconzyden:
Zyden Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Goodness, you are talented.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw gosh I wouldn't say so. Anyone could do this with enough time and perseverance.
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:icon13ghostez:
13ghostEz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist
hes cute
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:iconnaoru:
Naoru Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work on those wings, you're the first I've seen to so perfectly replicate real wings in how they fold and with real feathers, very well done <3
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah gosh thanks so much ;u; it's really exciting! I want all my dolls to have these wings now
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:iconshirleysstudio:
ShirleysStudio Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I adore his wings, pretty colors!! :love:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:icondreamersabrina:
DreamerSabrina Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that's awesome!
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:iconjustkeepdrawing:
justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Wow, wow, wow. You keep improving and improving, it's amazing. When I am rich(er) I am SO commissioning you. Until then, I'll have to be satisfied with drooling over things like this...

(How's Rouko, by the way?)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Daww thanks so much!
He's doing great, we went to the beach the other day for the first time in four or five months and he was insanely excited. Not limping much and his leg has more form to it so all good thanks!
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:iconjustkeepdrawing:
justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Haha, I saw the journal after I posted my comment. ;] Great to hear he's doing better, it's horrible to see your pet in less than excellent shape.
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:iconkittyfields:
KittyFields Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I LOVE the wings! Makes me wish you did wing commissions for BJDs (I have a few characters who are angels and need awesome posable angel wings).
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am working on it - I think I sent you an email? - got a few things to iron out before I can tackle that one but it's definitely something I want to do!
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:iconkittyfields:
KittyFields Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Derp, just read that you're working on developing some for BJDs. Well, if you ever work those out, I'd be very interested in commissioning you! Sent you an e-mail about it.
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:icontreekami:
Treekami Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG this is SOOO CUTE I just wanna squish it! :love:
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:icon8siren:
8Siren Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woahh this looks great :) The wings are very nice!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:icon8siren:
8Siren Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :)
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ikarus-exe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap, those wings are AMAZING. How did you get the feathers to move so nicely like that and space properly when the wings are open to different degrees? Great craftsmanship, gorgeous work.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks
Each feather has a thread tied around it to stop it opening too wide. It's a bit too complicated to explain the rest haha. Basically they have a pivot point they all spread from.
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:iconikarus-exe:
ikarus-exe Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dang! Okay, so that IS the same technique I'm using on my similar stuff... Hahaha, alrighty then, thanks for sharing! :D
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:iconvampresswolf:
VampressWolf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
*Gasp!* This is magnificent!! ^w^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you!
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:iconvampresswolf:
VampressWolf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Welcome ^w^
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:iconcreativecoywolf:
CreativeCoywolf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love her wings. <3
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconcreativecoywolf:
CreativeCoywolf Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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:iconwerewterrefgrin:
WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
B'awww he looks so reproachful!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha! I didn't see that before but I guess so!
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:iconwerewterrefgrin:
WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
He's adorable <3
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:iconhungarianbeast:
Hungarianbeast Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me a little of the dragon from Neverending story.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I suppose they're both white aren't they lol
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:iconhungarianbeast:
Hungarianbeast Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah :icontrishaplz:
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:iconbvanhorn:
bvanhorn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The wings look awesome! Really well done.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconthe-goblinqueen:
The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
those are some impressive wings!!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
<3 thanks so much
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:iconfalcolf:
Falcolf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Those wings are amazing! :D Seriously, really gorgeously amazing! Great work!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahhh thanks! ;u;
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:iconnattiechan:
nattiechan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HE LOOKS AAWWEESSOOMMEE!!!!!!
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