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« on: March 26, 2015 08:28:39 AM »



A bizarre hybrid of a bird and a pair of eyeglasses that Alice briefly encounters in Disney's 1951 Alice in Wonderland animated film, which was based upon the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass children's books penned by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under his more-popularly-known pseudonym, Lewis Carroll.

This is the scene, from the movie, in which Alice meets up with the Glasses and Mirror Birds in the Tulgey Woods. The Glasses Bird silently perches upon Alice's shoulders, completely unnoticed by the girl, despite being literally in front of her nose, until she happens to look at her reflection in the Mirror Bird's face, spots the comical hitchhiker, and, weary of Wonderland's incessant nonsense and pranks, lifts the creature from her body and gently places it next to its avian friend on a tree branch before moving on deeper into the forest.



These are the quick pencil reference sketches/guides I made in my notebook to aid myself as I worked:



I started off by fabricating the legs, which are shown almost completed below. They're constructed from a series of hollow paper cylinders, strung with bendable wire for structural support and to provide the articulation.



I then proceeded to do the beak/nose and the frame for the lenses. Other than painting/assembling things, and making the transparent eyes, that's about all there was to this project, as the creature's cartoon design is very simplistic. As many of my figures end up being multi-day affairs, it was nice to work on something that could be modeled and painted in one afternoon for a change.



Here's the finished figure. The primary danger in crafting something like this is that, once completed, you'll want to try the glasses out on everything and anything that they'll fit! Speaking of which, I intentionally scaled the creature so that I could place it on a variety of my fashion dolls.















Hanging out with the Ace of Spades action figure I made last year:



All of the eyeglasses and eyeglass creatures I've made to date:



Here's a small gallery of various toys sporting Glasses Bird on their faces:

Build-a-Bear Workshop Sweet Gingerbread Girl:



Disney Fairies Periwinkle (Tinkerbell's sister):



Monster High Jackson Jekyll:



My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Rainbow Dash:



Blooming Thumbelina Barbie (African American version):



Materials:
Lined white paper, a white envelope, newsprint, cardboard from a box of tissue paper, white glue, wire twist ties, transparent plastic sheeting from a toy package, and acrylic paint.

Dimensions*:
5.4 cm (2.1") wide x 4.8 cm (1.9") high x 7.6 cm (3.0") long.
* The listed values will vary depending on how the figure's joints are positioned.

Articulation:
14 Points: Hips, knees, ankles, and all eight toes.

Time:
Several hours on March 24, 2015.
I also touched up the paint/finish the following day and replaced the original eyes, which I had made out of transparent tape as an experiment, with sturdier plastic ones. While the tape eyes looked/functioned fine, they were fairly thin/flimsy and had air bubble halos trapped around the paper pupils sandwiched inside.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2015 08:35:57 AM »

Nifty!

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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015 09:10:15 AM »

Love!
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2015 09:27:14 AM »

You make the most amazing things out of what most folks look at as trash.  I would like my real glasses to look like those Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2015 09:46:25 AM »

Teehee, that is a funny little bird! It makes me happy just looking at it.

All the pics with the models showing the glasses bird are so much fun!

@suereal: I would love to see you wearing them  Grin
BTW are you sure you aren't already wearing them? Alice didn't notice it too....  Wink  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2015 10:43:27 AM »

Oh this is so cool!! I love it!
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This is so flippin' cute! 
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2015 11:20:42 AM »

Definitely my favorite things you've made so far! I love them (it?)! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2015 01:38:29 PM »

Awesome. Love the posability in such a small scale!
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2015 02:42:02 PM »

Ahhh I love it!  Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies.   Cheesy
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