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« on: May 31, 2012 11:38:31 AM »


I wasn't so sure this belonged in the poly clay section, because it's technically air-dry clay, and it has inchies on it... and other stuff... So BEHOLD, I'm putting it in the misc topics Smiley I made this toco toucan sculpture because it's my dream/10 year goal to have this kind of toucan someday. It's wild, it's crazy, but I need an outlandish goal to keep my head up lately.


I first made a rough form of the beak and body as two separate pieces out of aluminum foil to save some clay and to keep it from being too heavy and slow-drying. I attached the two pieces with stabbed in toothpicks and tacky glue.


Then I covered the outside with a layer of air-dry clay (I used premier brand, it comes in a red/white package) and I tried to make it as smooth as possible... The outside can be sanded when it's dry, but the less sanding the better (and easier!) I say. This picture is before I did any sanding, so it's a wee bit lumpy.


And then I used artists acrylics to paint the toucannish colors Smiley I also added a tail, which is made out of thick canvas fabric painted/stiffened with acrylic paint.


The base is a scrap of 2x4 that I had randomly laying around in my craft room. I painted it with craft acrylics and added this quote: "Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark."


And then the edges are decorated with inchies of toucan doodles on pieces of vintage children's book page.


I got the mini straw hat at hobby lobby a while ago in a pack of 5, I think, very cheap. Embellished that with a pheasant feather and novelty yarns. AND, if you look close, there is blue glitter glue around the eyes which are round, flat hematite beads Smiley Nothing is quite complete without a little glitter, right? Thank you for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2012 11:42:18 AM »

I just LOVE this! 
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2012 11:47:22 AM »

Noo - SUPER WOW!  I want this for my own!  YOU ROCK - just as you always do! 
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2012 11:53:09 AM »

Wow! This is awesome! I bow down to your amazing skills.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012 12:01:53 PM »

OMG, Nooo!  What a freakin' awesome toucan!  I absolutely adore him!  He looks like he ready to hop off that block and grab some tropical alcoholic beverages!
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2012 01:02:17 PM »

I had to hit "this rocks" even before responding here. This is just incredible!!! After such a great outcome you sure deserve your very own Toucan!!! Simply awesome!!! Thanks for sharing how you made him. (Cool insight!)
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012 01:34:21 PM »

I saw this on your blog - and it's just as fantastic the second time around!  He is way too gosh darn cute - and that hat is a perfect finishing touch.  LOVE HIM!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2012 01:46:53 PM »

heheh sooo cute nooo!  And thanks for sharing your technique.  I have a few things climbing around in my head recently and I can't figure out how to get them out (in other words, material choices are being elusive).  But you may have opened the door.  Thanks Grin
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2012 02:04:00 PM »

just gorgeous! so entirely ROCKS!
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2012 04:11:59 PM »

The toucan is fabulous indeed, but I particularly love the details in his "platform".
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2012 04:55:08 PM »

Thank you guys, so much for the kind words! Too nice Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2012 02:39:49 PM »

Fun fact: THIS ROCKS.  Wink

The whole thing is so many forms of rock-my-socks-fantastic, and I really love the toucan doodles surrounding the base on the vintage paper. The sculpture itself is amazing, and I love how expressive your new friend is. In other words, beautiful job!
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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2012 12:30:42 PM »

Really great piece, nooo!
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2012 02:24:20 AM »

This is one awesome toucan! I love him, he looks ready to party!
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2012 05:24:23 AM »

He's adorable! You did such a great job on his painted details; it's almost as if he's alive. And I love the sassy hat. Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2012 07:57:25 AM »

He is amazing! How did you keep the air dry clay from cracking over the hard armature?
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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2012 05:59:40 PM »

He is amazing! How did you keep the air dry clay from cracking over the hard armature?

I have no idea! It just didn't crack Smiley The layer of clay, at its thinnest, was probably 1/4" thick, so that might have something to do with it. This is the kind of clay I used: http://www.amazon.com/Activa-Premier-Lightweight-Stone-28-Ounce/dp/B002VR0C26/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338944279&sr=8-1
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2012 09:32:54 PM »

Oh hooray!  I just bought some of this a couple of weeks ago but haven't had a chance to try it out!  You've inspired me!  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2012 08:11:46 AM »

 Grin great sculpt! i love his beaded eyes. and the hat. he looks like a toucan on holiday Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2012 05:57:52 PM »

wow. amazing skills. wow.
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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2014 06:24:31 AM »

One of my favorite sculptures so far. Really nice!
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