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Topic: Chicken with Candy Grabbing Mechanical Chick  (Read 1932 times)
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« on: November 01, 2012 12:39:07 PM »

My daughter wanted to be a chicken (we have pet chickens), but she wanted to have a "baby chick that can grab candy"
Here's what we came up with:

She wanted to match our own chickens (Buff Orpingtons, shown here with another of our girls):

We dyed a white hoodie, feather boa and shorts the right color, then assembled -- the hoodie has a red wattle on top, not visible in the photo. Orange tights and shoe covers made from orange felted wool finished the easy part -- on to the more labor intensive part -- the chick!

For the chick, we started with a TRex toy from Target. He spent some time chasing everyone around the house, and sampling various groceries:

I replaced the inner workings with wire (they were cheap string) and added a clay beak, covering the teeth. I also modeled a wattle out of clay.

I painted the entire piece black, then painted the beak and wattle. His body is black knit with dyed/painted feathers and some chickie like padding to plump him up a bit and hide his dinosaur origins. I sewed a sleeve from black knit fabric, and then attached the sleeve to the hoodie so she could control the chick without anyone seeing her hand Smiley

Done -- he was a huge hit at the Halloween parade  -- and trick or treating has been postponed until next week due to Hurricane Sandy, so he still has some candy coming to him!

« Last Edit: November 01, 2012 12:43:53 PM by SmcNesby » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012 06:32:28 AM »

Super cool. He reminds me of the Skeksis in Dark Crystal.

« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012 05:47:25 PM »

T-rex chick is totally fantastic!

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012 09:03:13 AM »

that chicken is awesome.

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