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Topic: Animal Specimens made from paper and beeswax (lots of Pics!!!)  (Read 13431 times)
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« on: October 10, 2010 01:37:57 AM »

So I've been lurking around the threads for a while and haven't posted much, so I thought I would put up some old projects to get me motivated. I posted this in paper crafts, but these are sculptures above all else

These little guys are all part of an ongoing project and my recent graduating thesis, The Marcus Kelli Collection. Marcus Kelli was an amateur naturalist who collected some of the rarest and undocumented species on the planet.  I'm sure this is a little weird but he's something of an alter ego/ character of mine. I've been making his tools and his infamous specimen collection from hand. I make the specimens from old books so that each one literally has it's own "story" to tell. Someday I hope to have my own museum in his honor, until then here are a few "excerpts" from The Collection:

here is a more professional shot of some of the very first specimens under glass

A variant on the angler fish. This little beastie has sharp bioluminescent spines to attract his prey in the murky depths

The Carizzo Plains Pygmy Deer- A very elusive creature. It's small size and generous antlers allow it to huddle up next to dried brush and camouflage it's self from flying predators such as owls and hawks.

a close up of the pygmy deer showing some lettering

A genetic relative to the kiwi- not much has been found in Marcus Kelli's notes about this little guy, but more information may be available as new info surfaces from the collection

close up

This is a process picture of a big-clawed crab. You can see how I start with origami- like shapes. I usually glue mostly glue everything together with ph neutral archival glue then dip it/ attach parts with hot beeswax and add in other materials. I ended up using black sewing pins dipped in wax to make the eyes which turned out really great, I just dont have a finished image

This is the specimen I'm working on right now but havnt gotten any paper on yet- but I plan on paper-ing the face and legs then covering them with fur and wax and such.

I hope you like! Questions and comments welcome Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010 02:12:54 AM »

This is juuust aawesooome!

I love that little "The Carizzo Plains Pygmy Deer"-creature! What a beaty Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2010 05:53:54 AM »

Wow, these are really incredible!  It's really difficult to tell that these are made from paper and beeswax.  I love the pygmy deer!

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2010 06:23:40 AM »

Amazing... just wow!

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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010 07:01:01 AM »

Wow! This project is incredibly interesting! Great job!

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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2010 07:57:08 AM »

A. Ma. Zing.  You are so talented.

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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2010 08:00:53 AM »

These are amazing!  I can't believe you made them.  The process picture helped me believe it though!  Very cool.

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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2010 08:29:09 AM »

I agree with everyone else, but your work is so interesting and amazing, I felt like I needed to comment, as well!

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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2010 09:21:17 AM »

wow! I just love these, they are really cool. They remind me of some of the creatures in a Heironymous Bosch
painting. so incredible.

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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2010 09:46:37 AM »

Absolutely amazing!  Each one is so fantastic, I'm completely blown away!
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