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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Chicken with Candy Grabbing Mechanical Chick on: November 01, 2012 12:39:07 PM

My daughter wanted to be a chicken (we have pet chickens), but she wanted to have a "baby chick that can grab candy"
Here's what we came up with:

She wanted to match our own chickens (Buff Orpingtons, shown here with another of our girls):

We dyed a white hoodie, feather boa and shorts the right color, then assembled -- the hoodie has a red wattle on top, not visible in the photo. Orange tights and shoe covers made from orange felted wool finished the easy part -- on to the more labor intensive part -- the chick!

For the chick, we started with a TRex toy from Target. He spent some time chasing everyone around the house, and sampling various groceries:

I replaced the inner workings with wire (they were cheap string) and added a clay beak, covering the teeth. I also modeled a wattle out of clay.

I painted the entire piece black, then painted the beak and wattle. His body is black knit with dyed/painted feathers and some chickie like padding to plump him up a bit and hide his dinosaur origins. I sewed a sleeve from black knit fabric, and then attached the sleeve to the hoodie so she could control the chick without anyone seeing her hand Smiley

Done -- he was a huge hit at the Halloween parade  -- and trick or treating has been postponed until next week due to Hurricane Sandy, so he still has some candy coming to him!

22  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #80 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2012 - Due Nov 1 - 8 2012 on: November 01, 2012 06:58:39 AM
 I took some pictures (in progress and complete) of one of the chicken costume I made this year and would love to enter -- just not sure where to post them ? Help?
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Princess Bride: An Art Quilt on: October 31, 2012 07:15:05 PM
Amazing -- i love this movie, and this quilt!
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Pioneer Braid quilt on: October 31, 2012 04:32:13 PM
Wow, that must have taken forever!!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Dash inspired pony on: October 31, 2012 04:29:24 PM
Great job -- I particularly like her mane!!
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Four seasons tree (baby quilt) on: October 31, 2012 04:16:10 PM
very nice -- those leaves must have taken forever!!
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Cotton Anniversary Present on: October 31, 2012 04:11:09 PM
 Cheesy Amazing job, particularly for your first quilt!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Attention All Personnel: M*A*S*H Teesha Moore Bag on: October 31, 2012 03:29:35 PM
Love it! I have not seen an episode of hte show, just clips in various places, but I think you captured the look and feel very well!
29  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Ba Ba Ba Ba nanana! Minion Pumpkin! on: October 31, 2012 03:28:58 PM
Very cool--nice work!

30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Easy Halloween Paper Chain Streamers on: October 31, 2012 03:19:16 PM
Love this idea-- I bet you could adapt it to other holidays, too!
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