Instructables member Natalie Walsh known as “Natalina” has created a fantastic pair of Fiber Optic Wings, building on her other projects created using fibre optics. The fiber optic components used in this project are the RGB Critter flashlight and 360 strand fiber optic accessory from Ants on a Melon. Jump over to the Instructables website via the link below to learn how to create your very own pair of fibre optic wings.
“It’s been a while since I dug into a meaty project, so when Joel from Ants on a Melon asked me to make a costume piece for the launch of his new fiber optic products, I gladly accepted. I used his previous generation flashlight for my fiber optic dress and coat, and you can learn more about the new color changing flashlight used in this Instructable on his kickstarter. It was fun to make and shoot – thanks a ton to my awesome photographer Lisa Donchak and model Mara Harris!
The design constraints of this one were challenging, as it had to be one size fits all, appeal to a wide audience, and of course show off the product. After some back and forth we decided on a set of wings, which gave me an excuse to execute on a design idea I’ve had for a long time.
I love the silhouette and drama of wings, but structural pieces have their drawbacks. I’ve damaged my fair share of wings in a cab, and had a hard time making my way through a crowd or not worn them for fear of injuring someone in a crowd. They are also generally cumbersome to pack and often stay at home because it’s not worth a whole suitcase for a single costume piece. With these pitfalls in mind I took advantage of the fibers themselves to create the winged shape while keeping the base pretty minimal, which allows for easy transport and mobility with all the impact of a large set of wings. While there are some things I would change for next time, I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!”