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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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rented_angel
« 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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