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« on: January 04, 2015 10:39:46 AM »



This is probably one of the most complicated things I've ever made and I made if for artsycandice in the Cryptid Swap. When I signed up for the swap, I declared that I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone of crocheted, sewn, or stenciled items. This project definitely fit the bill!

One of the things artsycandice listed in her swap questionnaire was Owl Man, a cryptid spotted in England, and equated to Moth Man here in the US. It's possible that Owl Man is a hoax or a very large owl that was mistaken for the Owl Man.

I had originally intended to make him on a much smaller scale using some action figures procured from the thrift store. But, when someone at work left a pile of free stuff in the lunch room, and I saw the marionette (Joey Fatone from NSync), I knew I had to use it make Owl Man.



The first challenge was in untangling the strings. After a bit of research, I found a picture of a complete set of marionettes that showed pretty clearly how they were supposed to look. So, after checking out how they were attached to the doll, I cut them off (all but the one on the lower back). I also cut off his boots (and later his hands) so that I could attach the clawed feet and hands.



I started on the wings by sketching a template and cutting them out of plastic canvas. I covered them up with a "skin" of grey t-shirt material and then glued on a whole lot of feathers.



Next, using some more of the grey t-shirt material, I stitched up a little suit and hood to cover up the doll and so I could have something to glue the feathers onto. I could have glued them directly to the doll, but I wanted to use the grey material for two reasons: 1) To make any gaps in the feathers less obvious and 2) To make it seem more like he was wearing a costume (to fit in with the possible hoax). I cut the suit along the back so I could slip it on and stitched it back up, also stitching it to the hood at the neckline. Before I stitched it up, I re-attached the strings to the body of the doll.



Then, I made a set of wire armatures from some scrap copper wire and, using black polymer clay, created the clawed hands and feet. I also fashioned a beak out of the clay (I pressed it onto his face so I could have an impression to match up with when I glued it on later).



I glued on the clawed hands and feet using E-6000, which took longer than I expected because I had to hold each piece until it set. I cut a small opening in the front of the hood to glue on the beak.



I made 2 more cuts in the hood so I could drill into the skull to attach the eyes. The drill melted the plastic a bit, so when I stuck the red safety eyes in, they held firmly without additional glue. I then stitched the wings onto the upper arms (another advantage to using the grey suit).



Finally, I spent a few hours gluing feathers onto the body before I re-attached the strings to the "sticks" of the marionette.



And, it was done! Whew!


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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2015 11:29:20 AM »

I rocked it. I love it. And you used a Joey doll!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2015 11:39:00 AM »

I rocked it. I love it. And you used a Joey doll!  Grin

Thanks! And, while I wasn't a HUGE fan of NSync, I did feel a little bit bad about drilling into his face Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2015 06:31:31 AM »

He is amazing. You are so clever - even outside your comfort zone.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2015 07:09:10 AM »

I love that he's a marionette!   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2015 04:26:26 PM »

Thanks! I was so happy to find the marionette! It was fate, I think. And, because I still have the original action figures I bought, I  may eventually be brave enough to try to alter them. I just have to figure out what I want them to become... something without feathers Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2015 10:30:50 PM »

Awesome! I rocked this, too. I envy your swap recipient.
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2015 01:29:32 PM »

Awesome! I rocked this, too. I envy your swap recipient.

Thanks! She made me an amazing package, so I tried to make something worthy Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2015 08:50:08 AM »

Wow, this is fantastic! Way to step out of your zone and make a new zone your own!
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2015 06:51:19 PM »

Thanks, rackycoo! I've absorbed a tremendous amount by seeing what others have made, so it gave me the initial nudge. Still have a lot to learn!
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