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Topic: The amazing feejee mermaid... FROM BORNEO! (with tutorial link)  (Read 17478 times)
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claustrophilia
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2010 01:02:17 PM »

Oh WOW; that's absolutely brilliant!!!!!! She's beautiful! (she? he?) I want it.
 The documents on the wall are a nice touch--details like that really complete a project, but the mermaid alone is extremely realistic... I suppose it helps that half of it is real!

Have you ever heard of the 'cryptozoological scientific art' of Alex CF?
I don't want to divert attention away from your fabulous mermaid but it immediately reminded me of some of Alex CF's creations, although I'm not sure if he uses taxidermy. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2010 01:21:39 PM »

Oh man, want.
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emily_rohr
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2010 01:33:54 PM »

This is awesome! Very unique to say the least! Great job!
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« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2010 02:05:18 PM »

at first i thought someone decoupaged a fish outsides onto a sculpture.  of course it's you, though, and you did it this way!  (having now read the tutorial)

anyway, it's wild.
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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2010 02:44:36 PM »

Wow, thanks folks! I wasn't expecting such an overwhelming response!
Sorry if I don't take the time to thank each of you personally, but I'm on my lunch (actually supper) hour, so I don't have much time.

ally-oops: thanks! It made me learn a lot on many different medium; ash is now my favorite antiquing material, and I now have the utmost respect for the taxidermists who can make convincing fish mounts. Keeping the scales and fins nice and smooth seems almost impossible to me! If you're interested by the process, take a look at the tutorial, it's fully documented from start to finish.

zombiekilla: thank you very much ^^ actually, unless you gut and clean the fish to eat it, if you are carefull, there is very little guts & gore. Feelin around inside the head of a fish to remove the flesh with your fingers, and popping out eyeballs aren't very fun though.

sewsew-a-gogo: If you do make one, please share! I'd love to see how it went! thanks!

aethelberga: thank you, but blown up to full size, my pictures are all grainy Wink I must admit a little contrast & saturation tweaking was in order for the pictures to be good.

fluffysam: I've tried to be all nice & politically correct in the past, and there was always someone to complain when I used animal parts, so now I'd rather be honest Wink thanks!

As for the smell, it's not bad actually. It's not the classic "rotten fish smell", since the fish is fresh when I use it, and practically odorless once dry.

Fairywings: I've thought about it, but with all the work that went into it, It wouldn't be very affordable. Thanks for your interest!

AcidTrix: Thanks a lot! but who's Mr Kimball?

flyangler: Thank you! never seen that episode, though. I suppose it's the one with Jim Rose in it? I love that guy! It's actually a smallish canadian red trout.

Hippiejo: It's dry and sealed, so nope, doesn't smell! (well, there's a kind of weird smell because of the herbs and incense I used, and latex never smells great, but no fishy smell.)

zombiekilla: Hi again! actually once dry and sealed, there is no trace of fishy smell. I used the nag champa incense mostly for the weird, exotic smell it gives to it. Much better than the smell of latex and spray fixative!

craftewoman: Is there actually real dead mermaids? :p thanks!

claustrophilia: thanks a lot! It indeed looks quite at home with all these frames... however, the documents were there before, it's a bit like my trophy wall :p

By the way, it's the first time I hear of Alex CF. I absolutely love his work! thanks a lot for sharing this with us! I'm actually more familiar with the gaffs of Sarina Brewer and the Great Orbax (Jason Thomas), but his work is stunning.

Nataluna: Well, you can almost say I decoupaged a fish onto a sculpture, however it's more the other way around; the sculpture was made around the fish :p thank you very much!
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« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2010 02:47:10 PM »

So well done! Awesome in every way  Wink
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abandonedcouch
« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2010 03:19:14 PM »

I am appalled...






...that I don't have something that frigging awesome and amazing to hang on my walls. Seriously. Wow. Just wow.
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« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2010 04:04:47 PM »

So I had to open an account just to say how great this is! LOVE IT!!
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« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2010 04:25:09 PM »

OMG! This so rocks! Every time I see one of your posts I'm amazed. You make the coolest things. Did you catch the fish yourself?
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« Reply #29 on: January 21, 2010 04:44:37 PM »

that is truly awe-inspiring. I would hang it on my wall in a heartbeat. Its probably for the best that I don't I could never accomplish making one of those for myself. I'm not sure i could resist the urge to scare the crap out of my step son if i ever got my hands on something that creepy/spectacular. I'd scar him for life, for sure.
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