thewingsmith

The Wingsmith's Forge

Austin, Texas · 9 Sales

thewingsmith

The Wingsmith's Forge

Austin, Texas 9 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Lost your wings in a tragic tree-trimming accident? Need some new sparkle, or a bit of colorful flash? The Wingsmith has you covered. Prosthetic wings and fantasy jewelry for the modern fae.

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Lost your wings in a tragic tree-trimming accident? Need some new sparkle, or a bit of colorful flash? The Wingsmith has you covered. Prosthetic wings and fantasy jewelry for the modern fae.

Erin Firestine

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Erin Firestine

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Anonymous on Jan 16, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you

Anonymous on Oct 24, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

So awesome! Loved working together to come up with the perfect design for me. The wings are so impressive in person. Love them.

Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent work, far better than what you can buy at a costume shop! Will work great for festivals!

About

Helping you sneak into fairy parties unnoticed since 2012.

The Wingsmith has been insane for most of her young life. She spent much of her childhood flailing about like a maniac in the woods near her family estate, which antics led to the tragic loss of her wings in a boating accident in 1822. (Frankly, it probably could have been avoided if there hadn't been quite so much sugar available to her that afternoon, but we are not here to lay blame.)

Dealing with her winglessness was difficult in the wing-centric fairy society of the 19th century. Her insanity progressed accordingly, and it was not long until the local townsfolk got used to seeing her ranting at rocks about Shakespeare and leaving colorful graffiti all over the local fairy rings. She was incarcerated several times in fairy prisons but no one could ever make the charges stick on account of her regular insanity pleas.

In 1860, the Wingsmith joined a fairy revolution at random, having selected a band of freedom fighters to apply to apparently by opening the Fairy Freedom Fighter Phone Book to a random page and jabbing her finger down on a random group. She was active for only a few years, until she was captured by fairy gestapo during the Fairy Dust Riots of 1863.

In prison, the Wingsmith went on an inspirational and emotional journey that left seventeen successive cellmates seeking psychiatric care. Upon her release, she declared that she was determined to put back some color into a dreary world, and in 2012, having finally gotten around to doing something useful with her life, decided to start making prosthetic wings for the wingless, and pretty jewelry for the un-bejeweled (poor souls).

She now works and resides in Austin, where she is a danger to everyone around her, and will likely attack you if she thinks you may be carrying chocolate on your person.

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  • Erin Lee Firestine (The Wingsmith)

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Bead-wrangler, Hair-puller, Whiner, Chocolate-eater

    The Wingsmith is a tall, twiglike creature prone to fits of wild emotional upheaval and voracious devourment of chocolate. She violently disagrees with a character limit for her bio, as it severely limits her ability to ramble insanely.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 31, 2012
Welcome to the Wingsmith's Forge. For the modern fae who's lost her wings in a freak lawnmowing accident, or for ordinary people who want to sneak into fairy parties, we carry a wide range of prosthetic wings, as well as matching fantasy jewelry. The Wingsmith also does commission work if you have a particular costume you're constructing.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Check
Payment
I take check, Paypal, and the credit cards listed with each item in the shop. I will need to receive payment before I can ship any item, which does mean that if you are paying by check, I need to receive the check before the item ships. Residents of Texas will be charged sales tax.
Shipping
I ship via USPS, first class. If you would like a different shipping method, just let me know and I'll set it up for you. Unless circumstances prevent it, I will always ship an item within a day of receiving the order.
Refunds and Exchanges
I cannot offer refunds at this time. Terribly sorry for any inconvenience!
Additional policies and FAQs
I do custom work if you have a particular idea for a new pair of wings or a piece of jewelry.

I do not charge extra for custom work, however I will need a non-refundable 50% of the quote before I begin work on the piece, to cover material costs. You will pay the remaining 50% and shipping after I've shown you images of the finished product and made any adjustments you'd like.

Prices are usually in the $10-$25 range for jewelry, or $25-$40 for wings. I rarely go above $50 for anything unless the design is unusually complex, the wings are extremely large, or the materials are particularly expensive. I'll give you a quote before I begin work on the project. If there are any changes to the price due to unforeseen circumstances, I will discuss it with you; if you no longer wish to purchase it, that's fine. Please note, however, that unless the commission contains images owned by you, if you decide not to purchase it once I've begun constructing it, I will probably sell it to someone else.

Once you approve the final design, you have until the item is shipped to make any last-minute changes to the product.

I can work from sketches, inspiration images you clipped from a magazine or found on the internet, or vague airy descriptions about how moonlight makes you feel emotionally. Just understand, the fewer details you give me about what you want, the more creative license you're giving me.