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« on: May 09, 2016 07:22:59 AM »

I had been trying to think of something to make as a Mother's Day gift for several weeks, so, when I saw this "Copycat" image, illustrated by "Cryptid-Creations" (Piper Thibodeau), at DeviantArt, I instantly knew that I had finally found the right subject matter to model. If, like myself, you like cute drawings of word puns, then her work is definitely worth checking out:


On the right is the hollow cardboard copy machine chassis (upside down) and, to the left, is the internal lattice support structure for it (which makes the object sturdier and helps prevent warping/distortion during the painting and handling process). Once I had colored the paper output slot area on both components black, I popped the lattice inside the chassis and sealed it up.

Here is the more-or-less fully assembled copy machine. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure that I've ever seen a copier that opens up, to the side, like this one does--on every model that I can recall using, the lid always opened front-to-back, but maybe I'm just remembering incorrectly. And, no, I don't know where "He went", but the felines said that it had better have been a trip to the kitchen cabinet to get out a bag of Whiskas' Temptations cat treats.

Pictured are the five papier-mch felines and the copier, just about ready to be painted. I didn't insert their fishing line whiskers until afterwards, as they'd just get in the way of the brush and make things more difficult.

Here's the finished figurine. It turned out okay, but, as I procrastinated making it until almost the last minute, I was sorely pressed for time, so, there are aspects that could have been done better (for example, the cats are rougher in form than I'd like). I spent about fourteen hours altogether on this project, but that was a nonstop, marathon work session, which is a less-than-ideal way to do things.

Newsprint, tissue paper, cardboard from a cereal box, white notebook paper, magazine paper, wire twist ties, acrylic paint, ink, white glue, super glue, fishing line, and transparent plastic from a memory card package (base only).

[Excluding the base] 10.0 cm (3.9") wide x 3.0 cm (1.2") deep x 5.5 cm (2.2") high.

Two days; May 7th and 8th (2016).
I also attempted to fabricate the copy machine several days earlier, but I screwed something up when I was measuring and laying out the device on the flat cardboard, so, I gave up on that design and discarded it.

« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2016 07:43:05 AM »

This is just fabulous!  I'm sure it was a very loved gift.
Thank you for sharing your progress shots, it's always amazing to see the transformations your projects take.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2016 07:43:42 AM »

Hilarious and fabulous work!

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2016 08:33:47 AM »

That is SO AWESOME! HA HA! Love it.

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2016 09:04:00 AM »

Just super awesome Grin  Your mom is a lucky lady Grin

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2016 09:56:24 AM »

Oh wow! What a wonderful 3D interpretation! And SO META.

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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2016 10:26:19 AM »

Loved your Kopycat.  Amazing to me you did all that work in just two days!  What a great gift Patraw; you never fail to amaze me.  Smiley (By the way; you really brought Piper Thibodeau's art to life.)

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2016 11:15:47 AM »

Patraw, I do think what you create is awesome and how you post details of you you make the items.  But I have to tell you, my favorite part is the funny narration you always put in there somewhere!  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2016 04:15:26 PM »

I love, love, love this!!! Did I mention, I love it? Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2016 05:22:00 PM »

A perfect 3D rendition. Kopykat's face is priceless, but I found the unpainted newspaper "kitty lumps" to be hilarious!

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