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« on: September 28, 2018 03:22:18 PM »

I've always had this idea in my head that I wanted to create this whole scene around Halloween time with zombie flamingos.  Basically cute pink yard flamingos around and then day by day zombie flamingos come in on them.  One by one they get changed into zombies and by the end of the month they're all zombie flamingos and making mischief.  ....But... yard flamingos have always seemed so expensive to do what I wanted when they were ten bucks or more a piece.  Well, this summer I found some cheapie-cheepies at the dollar store and went eureka!  So this year in October I'm playing my zombie flamingo scene.  


I call them my zombie flamingos, but I tried to create a variety of spooky creatures: vultures, mummy, skeleton, devil, werewolfish etc

And the month should look something like this:

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Here's how I made my zombie flamingos.  You could use this tutorial for zombie anythinggarden gnomes, weird angel statues from a yard sale, maybe one of the horse toys or a fire breathing dragon sculpture?
I used hot glue for extra texture and I haven't had these outside yet, so your mileage may vary.  I have no idea if being outside will work for hot glue details, this was an experiment.  At least it looks great now!

Paint with a primer.  I used a spray paint primer specifically for plastic.

Paint using green.  Can use green by itself, or for extra creepiness blend greens and reds.

Dribble hot glue to make fleshy grossness.  .... again, we'll see on using hot glue details outside!

Use a brown grey red color combo and just swipe all the paints on your brush at once and paint on the hot glue.  You can focus red into some parts to make it look like an open wound.  Don't worry about being too precise.

Add some pink to the very tips of the hot glue to give a highlight.... this part can be skipped if you want.  I ended up adding more highlight later too.

Thin out some black paint with water and paint all over your bird. Maybe to a heavy cream consistency.  I like to wear gloves for this part.

Use paper towel and wipe off all the black paint you can get to, leaving it to fill in all the crevices.  

Paint the last details: eyes, bloody mouth, etc.  If you want to bring out the hot glue details more, tap on pink paint here.

Seal with a good clear coat and youre done!

Enjoy your flamingos!  Thanks for looking.
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2018 09:45:54 PM »

This is so awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018 04:59:36 AM »

I think I watched your video/gif for a couple minutes, easy! It's so fun_

And thanks for sharing the tutorial! 

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2018 07:24:52 AM »

I've been waiting for this project and you sure didn't disappoint! LOL, incredibly entertaining. I am sure your neighbourhood will really enjoy the show Cheesy.


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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2018 07:28:05 AM »

Great collection of monstrous flamingoes!  They're all cool, but I actually like the vulture one the best; it's amazing the transformation that a tuft of feathers and a different paint job did on that one.  I wonder what your neighbors will think as the herd slowly changes?
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2018 08:40:56 AM »

I love this SO SO much! I'm so glad that your dollar store had these and that you went in and that this fantasy became a reality!

I do hope you'll tell us how the hot glue held up to weather. If it doesn't, I wonder about paintable exterior caulking? It would probably be more expensive and time-consuming, so if the hot glue works, I'd love to know!

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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2018 12:34:06 PM »

such a fun and creative idea! i love them all but the vulture with the boa for neck feathers is superb.

« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2018 01:34:00 AM »

This is hilarious!.... and slightly terrifying!! I think the devil is my favourite  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2018 07:04:49 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2018 09:24:56 AM »

I tried to make skeleton flamingos last year, but it was a fail using spray paint.  This year I'll be sanding back the paint, priming, and hand painting with acrylics.  I'll be using clear coat auto spray for the sealant... it's worked so far on the ammo can geocaches I've painted.

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