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Topic: The amazing feejee mermaid... FROM BORNEO! (with tutorial link)  (Read 17193 times)
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« Reply #50 on: January 22, 2010 06:54:04 PM »

Creepily mesmerizing.... kind of reminds me of mummy decor... Shocked
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« Reply #51 on: January 22, 2010 08:06:32 PM »

This is ....awesome.   I can't stop looking at it Grin  Such a nice job...it looks so REAL!   So incredibly creepy cool.

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« Reply #52 on: January 23, 2010 09:52:17 AM »

OMG you're so gross. I love it.

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« Reply #53 on: January 23, 2010 10:43:43 AM »

Spooky & Awesome  Shocked

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« Reply #54 on: January 23, 2010 11:20:34 AM »

abandonedcouch: then make one...

... make one now! thanks!

Omg, if only. BF has already voiced concerns about my style of decor, which he describes as "mawmaw meets hoarder meets sociopath". I honestly think this would send him through the roof. Which, incidently, kind of makes me want one more.

Alas, I (like everyone else here, apparently) am too squeamish to gut a fish. And also too unskilled to pull this level of awesome off. But if I do give it a try, I'll be sure to share it! I'd actually like to try this on a smaller scale, with a small fish, to put with my seashell collection.

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« Reply #55 on: January 23, 2010 08:58:52 PM »

I think this may be the best thing I have ever seen on Craftster. As a longtime Roadside America fan, I LOVE the Feejee Merman. You SO rock....

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hey, are you going to throw that away?

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« Reply #56 on: January 24, 2010 04:05:16 AM »

awesome! i bet the process of making it smelled great : )

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« Reply #57 on: January 25, 2010 08:11:04 AM »

Yay! more comment love! thanks folks. Once again, I can't take time to respond to each and every comment, but I enjoyed and am grateful for every one of them!

Stevil: thank you! Keep in mind, though, that most of the "originals" were made by japanese fishermen with only basic materials; it is incredible that they could achieve such a level of realism!

silk81: thanks! I LOVE the derbyshire fairy! if you like it too, you might be interested by this: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.com/2009/10/fairy-corpse-tutorial.html

craftylittlemonkey: YAY! I love being gross. thanks!

abandonedcouch: Haha I hear you. My GF has the same kind of reaction towards taxidermy! Ah, well. I guess we both are misunderstood artists! :p

Oh, and I actually think that smaller would be harder; making a realistic skull and hands at a very small scale and stuffing a small fish skin without causing any distortion has the potential to be difficult, but what the heck, it's fun to do, so go ahead and try! Worst case scenario is that you end up with a mummified mermaid with leprosy :p

Redforkhippie: Gotta love old tourist traps. Ever heard of The Thing? it's an attraction near Tucson on highway 10 featuring a large mummified corpse made by Homer Tate. Def. worth a visit, if you can! (or at least check out some pictures, like I did). thanks!

morganlc: haha thank you! actually the smell wasn't overpowering at all; it's the kind of smell your hands end up covered with after a long, successful fishing day. However, it was a lingering smell; It took a couple of showers to wash it off me completely!


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« Reply #58 on: February 04, 2010 02:13:13 PM »

somehow I find the whole thing ....very fishy  *snort*   Cheesy Cheesy   

That has to be one of the most weirdly compelling piece of art!!  It's like a train wreck, you can't just look at it once and walk away!!  Grin Grin Great work, you definitely have talent!

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« Reply #59 on: February 04, 2010 02:28:23 PM »

This is seriously awesome! You are an amazing artist!

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