What seems like a million years ago at this point, BirdBones and I hosted a Mutation swap. if you want to see our Science Fair results, look here..http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430821.0#axzz2qVHCuw8Q
We had a little hiccup and needed an Angel for Acadian Driftwood. Though I felt a bit greedy, since I hosted it, I just was too inspired by her list, so I Angeled for her. The results are Captain Pepper Pusstapus
He is a result of 16 things from her wish list...
1. Cats--The head
2. Glitter--Lots of the skin, antlers
3. Tentacles--I used doll legs and arms for the tentacles
4. Rainbow--Rainbow Pirates sword
6. Wings--Bat wings
7. Action figures--The base was an action figure. One arm and three legs are movable. The head can be gently turned from side to side to pose easier.
This is the base of the action figure (thanks craftylittlemonkey
.) I also used random doll arms for the other "legs"
8. David Attenborough--This was a hard one. The parrot is the result. This Australian parrot is not your normal parrot. This is a female Eclectus Parrot. It is unusual in the parrot family for its extreme sexual dimorphism of the colors of the plumage; the male having a mostly bright emerald green plumage and the female a mostly bright red and purple/blue plumage. In fact, it was thought to be two different species until recently. I hope that sounded a bit like David
9. Picard--The flute is a reproduction of the Ressikan flute from the Inner Light episode where he lives a life time in 25 min. and one of my favo epis.
10. Janeway--Turns out Captain Janeway played Tennis in high school...thus the tennis racket
The racket shows up int the side photo. I just happen to have a tiny one in my collection (thanks to CLM again...she is such a treasure!@
11. Piratres--Tri-corner hat, parrot, sword
The hat is felt, deco cord, and 1/2 of a Kinderegg.
12. Tattoos--skull, star, Pokemon, and claws/paws
13. Pokemon--Poliwrath tattoo
14. Antlers--Glittery antlers
16. Glow in the dark--Lots of the skin, sword case (the strap is faux leather BTW), skull tattoo, tentacles, and bat wings.
I learned so much from this project. In fact, it was the project that made me understand I'm actually a mad scientist and not an artist at all. I was experimenting like a ...well..made scientist! I bought the cat head, just because it was too perfect. But the rest was from my stash. The appendages were applied with a glue gun and then covered over with CeluClay. Then, once dry, I used a household problem primer. I think I used 3 layers, just to make sure it all held together. I used the primer on anything I had to paint. Then I used several coats of Martha Stewart acrylics to get a depth of color in the tentacle part. The suckers are glow paint and then dimensional glow paint to make the suckers pop a bit more. The sword is a plastic knife I bought at a Halloween discount sale. the sword sheath is glow in the dark Duct tape...LOVE that stuff
. Picard's flute is a chop stick covered in a heavy paper glaze. The Tattoos are all rub ons I've collected around the years. OOH! And the name Pepper comes from the TY tag I just could not bring myself to cut off.
I do think this figure was a turning point in my creative life. While I love him terribly, it was not hard to send off, as it was so very much made for Acadian Driftwood
. AND, to all the other Mad Scientists out there, look for another Mutation Swap sometime before the end of this year
Thanks for looking