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« on: May 24, 2011 12:50:42 PM »

Okay, here goes my first completed craft post!
I know someone who is really afraid of snakes and I couldn't help but capitalize on that fact.  I used about 10 pounds of air dry clay from Hobby Lobby.  I had tried this once before with a different type of clay but had used a coat hanger as a spine and as the clay dried it shrunk and cracked because of the aperture so lesson learned the hard way.  This snake has no spine; I just had to make sure I braced the head with a soda bottle while it was drying.  As for the scales I initially tried using a bent paper clip but that wasn't going so well so I went down to a local bargain store and got a cheap dental pick and used pliers to bend it into the shape I needed.  That worked better but it still took forever and was frustrating.  I used acrylic paint and covered it in a coat of mod podge. I got cat eyes from hobby lobby which i put in early in the building process.  Anyway, here are some pics. I hope ya'll like it.

« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2011 01:06:01 PM »

It's great. You've done so much work! The detailing of the scales is perfect. I hope it doesn't freak your friend out.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011 02:12:16 PM »

Gorgeous!  His face looks so real!  Are you going to spring it on the ophidiophobe (oh yeah, I googled it, haha) to freak them out? Wink

« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011 02:30:35 PM »

its so realistic!will make a great halloween prop

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011 04:25:59 PM »

neat and detailed!

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011 12:24:51 PM »

this is excellent. Love how you did the scales and just really awesome detail. air dry clay can be pretty hard to work with so great job!

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2011 08:40:42 PM »

Holy crap! The mouth is scary and I am not even afraid of snakes! Good job!

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2012 11:58:22 AM »


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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2012 04:07:14 AM »

Amazing work, looks very realistic! I'm a bit Indiana Jones when it comes to snakes : o

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