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jericho
« on: September 14, 2008 09:09:38 PM »

Hi craftster friends! I'm tackling a huge project and designing/creating a phoenix (the bird) costume for halloween...problem is, I'm not sure how to do bird feet. I found this website
http://www.costumes.org/Classes/254pages/projects/birdfoot.htm
that offers a tutorial for making bird feet with shoes, but they're a bit cartoon-looking, and the costume is super sleek.
Any suggestions for (somewhat realistic looking) bird feet?
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008 06:16:08 AM »

The first picture of the yellow heels with yellow bird toes seems like a good starting point -they aren't too bulky.  Just make sure you use a close-fitting, small shoe like a flat, not sneakers.  If you carefully soft-sculpt the toes, you can make them more realistic than those in the picture. If you make the toes somewhat thin and a lighter color, and attached them to dark (even black) shoes, the toes will stand out and the shoes will tend to disappear.  Most of the toes should be on the top of the shoe, with only the last joint and the claw projecting beyond, to keep them small.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008 08:41:16 AM »

My little girl's school once had a dress up day and they had to come as something to do with the seaside. 

One girl dressed as a seagull and used yellow rubber gloves as the feet!!  Such a simple idea and the effect was brilliant.  Not sure how easy they were to walk in tho! 

Probably not exactly what you were after but had to share  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008 04:50:16 PM »

Hmmm...tough one.
Starting out with a sleek heeled shoe sounds great to start...what if you did something similar to what they showed, but used yellow leather like material to give a smoother sleeker look.
Or just stick with a pointy yellow (or whatever color you were thinking) heel, maybe open toe with matching nail polish?

Show us when you're done - I'm curious now.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008 01:31:40 PM »

For some reason the idea of using yellow flip flops comes to mind....maybe you can paint the feet and lower legs yellow, and make the little 'bird toes' with foam or stuffed fabric extending from the flip flop. I am not sure how more sleek you can get other than using tights....
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