This is the fun part: When the ravens finally start looking like birds instead of dinosaurs. Continue reading to view the progress.
4/6/2019: Here's the raven a few days ago after the wire exoskeleton had been covered and the glue had dried.
The next step is to paint the body with a matte black acrylic.
Wrap the upper legs with fuzzy yarn.
Pin the feathers in place, and then sew them to the body with upholstery thread and reinforce with glue. Start with the tail feathers and worked forward.
Back view with tail feathers pinned in place.
Another view of the tail feathers pinned in place.
Once the feathers are attached, Pin pieces of homemade lace all over the face, neck and upper body.
Front view with lace pinned in place.
Once you're happy with the positioning, stitch and glue the lace in place, and hold it with pins until the glue dries.
After the glue dries, add another coat of black paint over the upper body and lace. Let the paint dry overnight. Then all that remains to do is attach the eyes.
Meanwhile, I'll continue working on my other four ravens.
Ravens, Part 1: Finding Inspiration
Ravens, Part 2: Feathers
Ravens, Part 3: Making lace for the head and neck
Ravens, Part 4: Starting on the legs
Ravens, Part 5: Claws
Ravens, Part 6: Legs
Ravens, Part 7: Building the body
Ravens, Part 8: Beaks
Ravens, Part 9: Attaching the legs
Ravens, Part 10: The exoskeleton
Ravens, Part 11: Feathers and Lace
Ravens, Part 12: Finally finished!
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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.