All five ravens are done! Here are four of them. The fifth raven was a custom order and had to be shipped out before I could photograph it along with the others, but you can see photos of all of them by clicking on "Continue Reading."
This is the fun part: When the ravens finally start looking like birds instead of dinosaurs. Continue reading to view the progress.
Ravens, part 10: The exoskeleton
4/3/19: Wire supports keep the bird upright and stable and prevent the legs from twisting sideways. Continue reading for instructions.
Ravens, part 9: Attaching the legs
It's time for this bird to stand up on its own. Continue reading to learn how to attach the legs.
Ravens, part 8: Beaks
It's time to give these black birds a little personality. Continue reading to learn how to create the beaks.
Ravens, part 7: Building the body
From designing the pattern, to stitching the pieces together, to filling with stuffing. Continue reading to learn how I made the raven bodies.
Ravens, part 6: Legs
The raven legs are finally finished. It took four days to wrap, paint, embellish and glaze all five pairs. This includes the drying time between each step. Continue reading to view the process.
Ravens, part 5: Claws
Claws are made of polymer clay. Continue reading to view the entire process
I make bird legs from wire and brass tubing. For instructions, continue reading.
I love using heavy lace to represent feathers on my birds' heads and necks. But it's not always easy to find, so I decided to try making my own. Continue reading to learn how I did it.
Ravens, part 2: Feathers
I made the raven feathers from double-layered cotton print fabric. Read on to learn how.
Ravens, part 1: Planning
March 8, 2019: I'm getting ready to start on a group of ravens, otherwise known as an "unkindness" or a "conspiracy" of ravens. I prefer the latter, because when these birds congregate, it's easy to imagine them plotting mayhem.
Before I start, I'll need a lesson in raven anatomy. Continue reading to learn more.
Welcome to my fantasy world
I'm a textile artist in Camarillo, California, USA, specializing in three-dimensional fabric sculpture. I use this blog page to record my journey and to share some of my successes and failures, in hopes that it might help you with your own creative endeavors.