Hi everyone! I made a project that I think came out pretty cool, so I wanted to post & share it here. It is a mixed-media paper mache of a shoebill crane.
(picture taken by the swap recipient, artsycandice
I originally wanted to do a standing 'taxidermy' crane, so I made the shape for a full body with legs:
I wanted the legs to be crane-like, so I cut them in half, taped, and paper mached them as well:
He went in the oven to hurry the drying process - that seemed to take forever!
I tried him in the base and... he stood!!! (YAAAAY!)
But... not for long... (Boooo...)
So I had to switch directions and make him a mounted head instead. I frayed up some fabric for 'feathers'
My fingertips were numb, but I had to keep going, it was looking pretty good!
I thought he was about done, so I took some glamour shots
But then I realized that he needed some work around the bill (where the fabric attached) and some crown feathers, to match the inspiration pics I'd been looking at. So a bit more mache-ing (pieces of tissue paper painted onto the seam of the bill & the fabric), painting, fraying, sewing, and gluing, and he was ready to go.
I hope you like him!