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« on: April 09, 2010 05:35:19 AM »



I made a tutorial for the antlers:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379187.0


hi everyone!
i made this for my father who is a hunter, but also works a lot with autocad and stuff like that.
in fact it is a very conceptional piece, but i won't bore you with the details.
i got the basic pattern there: http://i33www.ira.uka.de/pages/Research/Projects/PaperModels/Bunny.html
it's an abstract version of the stanford bunny that i modified a bit.

it is folded of thick paper, filled with foam and then covered in a thin layer of wrinkled paper mache to give it some texture.









i also made the antlers: the left picture is from when they still were very shiny, the picture of them hanging is the final product
 

progress-shot and the unmodified test-bunny


the foam was a pain. i filled the head slowly – lots of layers – and about a week after it was all dry, it collapsed. damn thing … so i filled all the little hollow spots on the surface with wood cement. (read: it took hours and hours to get the damn think fixed)

comments and criticism are more than welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010 06:36:06 AM »

Awesome!  I just love everything about it.  What did you make the antlers with, they look authentic to me. Smiley  I'm so glad after your first attempt collapsed you tried again because this is just so great!
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010 06:49:03 AM »

Taxidermy heads always creeped me out, haha. But this one just fixed me! It's so cool. I love the contrast of the conceptualized body with the realistic antlers. How did you make them so realistic??
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2010 07:13:49 AM »

Fantastic!! Absolutely fantastic!!
I need one!!!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2010 08:18:43 AM »

Love it! What kind of foam did you try using the first time?
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2010 08:59:47 AM »

thank you very much for the nice comments!

the antlers are electrical wire (the kind that's covered in plastic – the purple stuff sticking out in some of the pictures)
and then a few layers of masking tape and paper mache to get the riffled texture
in the end, i added little dots of hot glue
 – i used antler-pictures as a reference when i painted it
 

Love it! What kind of foam did you try using the first time?
i used PU-foam … i've worked with it a few times before, i have no clue why it collapsed after more than one week of being in there …

but it's no new head, and the foam is still in there. after it collapsed the edges where still fine, but the centers of a few polygons were sunken in. (does this make any sense?) so i just filled the surface with wood cement i had lying around. you can see it on the last picture – it's the yellowish stuff on the ear
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2010 06:45:46 PM »

This looks so great - I love it and really, really, really want to try making one! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2010 12:50:52 PM »

This looks so great - I love it and really, really, really want to try making one! Cheesy

you should totally do that!
it's really easy, you don't even have to know how to paint, because it's just two layers of colour with the dark layer wiped off at some places.
it's just a bit time consuming, but a good part of the work was fixing the foam disaster.

if you want to try it and need help, you can pm me.
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2010 11:41:21 AM »

This.. is fantastic. I NEED one Shocked The antlers are fantastic, great job!

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2010 04:58:30 PM »

Wow.
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2010 05:24:52 PM »

that looks so cool. great job. i hope your pop loved it b/c i do!!!
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2010 06:21:57 PM »

thank you so much for the nice comments.

that looks so cool. great job. i hope your pop loved it b/c i do!!!
i think he likes it. it ended up in a small dark corner tough …


i think i will make a antler-how to when i make another pair. it will take some time, but i'm sure that there will be more antlers.
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2010 03:59:50 PM »

I am wondering about using this 3d concept on other projects. I am so glad it was featured or I would not have seen it. Ab Fab for sure.
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2010 10:18:42 PM »

wow, this is just incredible. i need/want one of those. beautifully done!
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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2010 04:19:53 AM »

I am wondering about using this 3d concept on other projects. I am so glad it was featured or I would not have seen it. Ab Fab for sure.

i'm sure there are a lot of interesting possibilities for other projects. it might be hard to design the whole pattern "by hand" tough. Even the template i used was computer-generated.

i like that it's pretty cheap and that there's no mold required – does anyone here have an idea why the foam collapsed? or cheap non-collapsing filling alternatives?



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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2010 05:08:27 AM »

Way cool.  I wanna make one myself!
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« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2010 07:21:31 AM »

What type of foam did you use? I know that great stuff expands so much that in a cardboard mold, it would probably explode. I looked at the pdf and there is a ton of folding there, on the bunny anyway. Looks like tons of work but fun.

Why not try to stuff with regular polyfill, should be able to get it in there enough to make it firm and not misshape.
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« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2010 10:46:48 AM »

What type of foam did you use? I know that great stuff expands so much that in a cardboard mold, it would probably explode. I looked at the pdf and there is a ton of folding there, on the bunny anyway. Looks like tons of work but fun.

Why not try to stuff with regular polyfill, should be able to get it in there enough to make it firm and not misshape.

i used PU-foam, and filled it in a few steps, so that it would not expand too much.
like… first, i filled the half of the ears, let it dry. then the rest of the ears, let it dry, the head up to the nose … and so on. this took about one day, and then the shape was fine.

the strange thing is that it collapsed after  about one week of being completely hardened.
in this case, i needed the foam to stabilize the antlers.
i tried to fill it with small fabric scraps first, but when the head was stuffed enough to hold the antlers, the rabbit's head became misshaped, the parts like where the eyes are sort of popped out … but maybe this would work with thicker paper. I used 160g/m2, maybe it would work with 250g/m2 (sorry, i don't know how this works in the us)

you should totally make your own. and if not a jackalope, then the original rabbit. the test-bunny is sitting in my crafting room, it is a great piece of decoration

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« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2010 08:12:24 PM »

I would probably use cardstock and that would be difficult enough to fold without a bone folder, but would probably try.
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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2010 04:37:01 AM »

I would probably use cardstock and that would be difficult enough to fold without a bone folder, but would probably try.

yes. i just used the paper because that's the thickest my printer could handle … but you're right. that would have been better
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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2010 10:49:37 AM »

still very inspiring. Tho complicated. There are no directions on assembly, what goes with what?  I wonder if there is a place you can send a cad file and have them do this?
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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2010 11:12:54 AM »

still very inspiring. Tho complicated. There are no directions on assembly, what goes with what?  I wonder if there is a place you can send a cad file and have them do this?

actually it is very easy to assemble. all the pieces are numbered, so you just have to glue flap #1 under edge#1, and so on … every page makes a piece of the rabbit that way, and when the single pages are glued, it's easy to piece the whole rabbit together. (there are numbers for that too)
the two differnet dashed lines show, where you have to fold inwards and where you have to fold outwards
- sorry. explaining that in english doesn't seem to work that great, i hope you understand what i'm trying to say  Wink
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That is waaaay awesome.
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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2010 08:25:31 PM »

That is very clear. I have always admired paper folding arts.
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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2010 11:07:21 PM »

Outstanding project!  Not sure I would have the time or patience, but even just the paper part would be worthwhile.  Thanks for sharing it! Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2010 07:46:13 AM »

thank you so much for all of the great comments!
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*so amazing*!*i wish i had antlers*always wanted a mounted animals head!faux obviously*so kool!<3
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« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2010 11:57:17 AM »

THIS IS AWESOME!!!! it's gone down as summer holiday project... thankyou for sharing it! xx
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« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2010 07:41:00 PM »

haha a jackalope Smiley I can't believe all the details. Glad you had the patience for it, it turned out great!!!
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« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2010 04:13:56 AM »

Thank you for all of the comments  Cheesy

i'm already working on the antler-tutorial
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« Reply #30 on: May 13, 2010 10:46:02 AM »

Wow! Shocked Amazing and beautiful! I don`t like dead animals on the wall but this one is great!
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« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2010 11:42:54 AM »

Thank you so much!

I hope you guys are still interestet in a antler-tutorial Smiley
i'm almost done with the pictures, i hope to finish and post it soon – exam time is rolling around an i'm sure there will be a lot of procrastinatious crafting in the near future Wink
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« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2010 11:24:58 PM »

I like how you use white to contrast with the organic part which makes them stand out alot
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« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2010 04:47:09 PM »

Wow, I can smell the fabulous from this project- in my home.

Top notch!

Wish I knew more about foam, alas, not so much.
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« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2010 01:17:50 AM »

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