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Wire Controlled Shoulder Puppet (Griffon)  (Read 35325 times)
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2011, 01:55:59 pm »

The eyes are amber colored glass beads. They do fine in the oven. Fimo bakes at a relatively low temperature, so I have never had breakage issues in any of my artwork with them. Here are some photos of the body, and the head painted, with the body assembled. I still have to paint over the epoxy sculpt I used to hide the wire and attach the wings. I made the wings from feathers my father in law had left over from his days of making fishing lures. The main body is toilet paper tubes I cut, covered in paper mache and then coated lightly with Fimo and sculpted details into. I used a razor to get the feathering detail on the body. I still have to run the wires thru and stabilize the head as well as attach feathers and other fine details...  It is still not done. And Sorry for the poor image quality... My digital camera is still on the fritz and I am relying on my phone for the moment...

the head painted ^

Detail of the front talons

Again... I am sorry for the image quality...
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2011, 02:31:07 pm »

Wow! Really nice detail. Very realistic. What kind of movement is it going to have? Will it flap it's wings and move it's head?
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2011, 03:40:33 pm »

Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2011, 03:54:52 pm »

He is gorgeous! The pictures are pretty good quality don't fret. Smiley
« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2011, 04:33:39 pm »

Thank you everyone! It's only going to move it's head. I dunno how to make it flap it's wings as well at the moment...
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« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2011, 11:33:07 pm »

He is georgeous! I love him.
Maybe if you took some kind of fishingline etc. to a counterweight (maybe lead like they use for fishinglines, but it should be quite a bit of it- it has to keep those wings up) and connected a second line to the outside, bringing both outer lines together into one and attaching a marblesized bead to it: then you could pull the bead (string) and the wings would flap. Experiment a little with the lever laws. I hope I am making sense (I'm not quite sure if my English is awake yet zzz)?
(Well, I live next to a river, so we have lots of fishing shops around...  Wink)
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« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2011, 03:14:00 am »

Wow, that's fantabulous! I hope when you've finished you post a video of it.
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« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2011, 03:48:53 am »

Very impressive work!
I guess, if it is spected to lay on your shoulder, the wings should be in a resting position in order to give realism. (like a parrot on its pirate)

Regarding movement for the wings, perhaps a simple axis in the skin of the body,and the wing counterbalanced with a lead inside the body could give quite realistic effect; every time you change the position of your body, the wing would move, as if the gryphon tried to re-equilibrate on your shoulder
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2011, 05:32:52 am »

Beautiful! I can't wait to see him in action.
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2011, 06:46:16 am »

It looks amazing, really fantastic work.
im kind of jealous, i wish i had made him!!
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2011, 08:01:25 am »

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the feedback! I will work on getting a mechanism for the wings to flap on the next one. And I do plan on making many. Once I get the technique perfected, I will be making them to order and they will be custom. :P
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« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2011, 10:21:14 pm »

They should be selling like warm rolls!
« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2012, 08:31:41 am »

Sorry I kinda just disappeared for a bit. My computer, Camera and Kindle fire all died right around the same time as some personal stuff. I have pictures of the finished Griffin!

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« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2012, 09:13:10 am »

said it once and say it again: adorable!
« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2012, 04:35:45 am »

Awesome work!
Glad to see you back too Smiley
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