naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
As you have probably guessed from the last entry, this week's Thing I Made Thursday is my dead fairy gaff.

If you have not read the story, please go do so! In all its beautiful, digressive glory, it's as much a part of the thing as the shriveled organs and tattered wings!

First, thanks go to Jenna at Shadow Manor for the awesome dead fairy doom-it-yourself prop tutorial! Much of this came from there, and the rest came from reading about people customizing larger skeletons for Halloween. Googling stuff like Halloween, Bucky, skeleton, how-to, latex, etc., will get you to any number of really good tutorials. Make sure you put in "Bucky," BTW. That's just what everyone calls cheap skeleton reproductions. A Bucky.

Anyway.

I actually made this a little over a year ago, but it has proven damnably hard to photograph, and, too, I have only just received the final story from our favorite retrocognitive psychometrist detailing its origin. The weasel was VERY late. Ahem.

How she managed to avoid making a "handy shandy" joke is anyone's guess.

It took me about a week and a half of fiddling with it for a while every evening to do this. I tore everything up and started over after about three days, by the way. The wings were done over two evenings, since I let the transparencies dry overnight.

Dead Fairy 06

Let me tell you, he was a lot of work! I learned a lot making him, and expect my second effort will be much better.

If you want to see more of this gruesome little gaff, please click below the cut!

More pics! LOTS more pics, including info about the wings. )

Dear lord, this was a lot of work. *pant pant pant*

I hope you enjoyed! If you have other questions, I will try to answer them!
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
As you have probably guessed from the last entry, this week's Thing I Made Thursday is my dead fairy gaff.

If you have not read the story, please go do so! In all its beautiful, digressive glory, it's as much a part of the thing as the shriveled organs and tattered wings!

First, thanks go to Jenna at Shadow Manor for the awesome dead fairy doom-it-yourself prop tutorial! Much of this came from there, and the rest came from reading about people customizing larger skeletons for Halloween. Googling stuff like Halloween, Bucky, skeleton, how-to, latex, etc., will get you to any number of really good tutorials. Make sure you put in "Bucky," BTW. That's just what everyone calls cheap skeleton reproductions. A Bucky.

Anyway.

I actually made this a little over a year ago, but it has proven damnably hard to photograph, and, too, I have only just received the final story from our favorite retrocognitive psychometrist detailing its origin. The weasel was VERY late. Ahem.

How she managed to avoid making a "handy shandy" joke is anyone's guess.

It took me about a week and a half of fiddling with it for a while every evening to do this. I tore everything up and started over after about three days, by the way. The wings were done over two evenings, since I let the transparencies dry overnight.

Dead Fairy 06

Let me tell you, he was a lot of work! I learned a lot making him, and expect my second effort will be much better.

If you want to see more of this gruesome little gaff, please click below the cut!

More pics! LOTS more pics, including info about the wings. )

Dear lord, this was a lot of work. *pant pant pant*

I hope you enjoyed! If you have other questions, I will try to answer them!
naamah_darling: The incisors and canines of the skull of a gray wolf. (Bones)
So I told you guys I would get pics of the awesome Christmas presents [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 got me. Here's one of them. A full-size cast from a Smilodon fatalis skull, complete with tarpit finish.

It's my favorite present I've gotten in a long, long time. Thank you, darling.

sabertooth 01

I'm also making you look at this picture, because it's pretty much the most excellent picture of Tazendra ever taken. Do yourself a favor and go look at it full-size. I cannot stop laughing about it. Every time I see it I go off again.

Dey Had Teef Like Dif

When asked to list her breed on paperwork, I put "lolcat."

Captions welcome.

Lots more skull and pretty kitty pics under here! )

There are lots more pictures of Tazendra at my Flickr account, so you can just click through and scroll back or forth to see those. These are the best pictures of her I've ever been able to take.

Bone Clones sells many different replicas, and while I don't think resin is much of a stand-in for the various wonderful tactile qualites of real bone, the casts of extinct beasties and endangered beasties are certainly of high enough quality to justify the price. The level of detail on this thing is astounding, down to the sinus cavities and sutures. The only reason I can tell it's a replica is because I'm really, really used to looking at real skulls. From more than a few feet away, you can't tell at all.

Anyway, that's the awesome. Hope you enjoyed!
naamah_darling: The incisors and canines of the skull of a gray wolf. (Bones)
So I told you guys I would get pics of the awesome Christmas presents [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 got me. Here's one of them. A full-size cast from a Smilodon fatalis skull, complete with tarpit finish.

It's my favorite present I've gotten in a long, long time. Thank you, darling.

sabertooth 01

I'm also making you look at this picture, because it's pretty much the most excellent picture of Tazendra ever taken. Do yourself a favor and go look at it full-size. I cannot stop laughing about it. Every time I see it I go off again.

Dey Had Teef Like Dif

When asked to list her breed on paperwork, I put "lolcat."

Captions welcome.

Lots more skull and pretty kitty pics under here! )

There are lots more pictures of Tazendra at my Flickr account, so you can just click through and scroll back or forth to see those. These are the best pictures of her I've ever been able to take.

Bone Clones sells many different replicas, and while I don't think resin is much of a stand-in for the various wonderful tactile qualites of real bone, the casts of extinct beasties and endangered beasties are certainly of high enough quality to justify the price. The level of detail on this thing is astounding, down to the sinus cavities and sutures. The only reason I can tell it's a replica is because I'm really, really used to looking at real skulls. From more than a few feet away, you can't tell at all.

Anyway, that's the awesome. Hope you enjoyed!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Thane Gold Tooth)
I have a niece that actually appreciates dead things. Do you know how few people can say that? Anyway, this is what she got for Christmas. Most kids would probably be horrified to get a cat head in a box.

Cat Skull Box 01
Note the Miskatonic University label on the side. The seal (and the font on the label on the bottom of the box) is taken from the wonderful resources at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, to whom you should really give your business. (And because their resources are licensed only for not-for-profit prop use, that means I can't sell anything I make using them, so . . . umm . . . be related to me, I guess, or make your own seal and label.)

Anyway, this thing was incredible fun to make. Please, click through and take a longer look! I'm very proud of this one.

Yes, that is a real cat skull. )

Inked Cat Skull 07
I just love this picture. It looks like Fish's head is much larger, but if you look at the distance between the eyes, she is not much bigger than the cat the skull was from. Fish is fat but aside from that, she is slightly above average-sized for a female housecat.

Due to the wide variance in domestic cats, I cannot even make a ballpark guess at the gender of the skull. Some housecats have sagittal crests -- Fish does -- and some do not -- Tazendra doesn't. Some females have stocky, thick bones, like Sif, and some males are naturally gracile, like Mathurin was. As with domestic dogs, our cheerful meddling has broken the barrier of consistency that give most wild species their comparative uniformity. And you know, I'm grateful for that, because I've had an incredible variety of cats in my lifetime, and each has been wonderful and special in her own way.

I'm quite happy with this project. It's rare that things turn out more or less exactly as I want them to, but this was a pleasing exception, and I got pretty much precisely the results I wanted. The only thing I could possibly say is that the skull does not look old. That, however, will fix itself with time.

Hope you enjoyed the show! It's a real pleasure sharing this stuff with you, I have to say. I know I've been busy lately and slow to reply, but I appreciate your comments, every one of them. Art is hard for me right now, and each kind word is remembered and goes to feed that fire. Thank you.

A note about skulls, animal parts, art, and ethics, for those new to the show and not sure of how I do things.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Thane Gold Tooth)
I have a niece that actually appreciates dead things. Do you know how few people can say that? Anyway, this is what she got for Christmas. Most kids would probably be horrified to get a cat head in a box.

Cat Skull Box 01
Note the Miskatonic University label on the side. The seal (and the font on the label on the bottom of the box) is taken from the wonderful resources at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, to whom you should really give your business. (And because their resources are licensed only for not-for-profit prop use, that means I can't sell anything I make using them, so . . . umm . . . be related to me, I guess, or make your own seal and label.)

Anyway, this thing was incredible fun to make. Please, click through and take a longer look! I'm very proud of this one.

Yes, that is a real cat skull. )

Inked Cat Skull 07
I just love this picture. It looks like Fish's head is much larger, but if you look at the distance between the eyes, she is not much bigger than the cat the skull was from. Fish is fat but aside from that, she is slightly above average-sized for a female housecat.

Due to the wide variance in domestic cats, I cannot even make a ballpark guess at the gender of the skull. Some housecats have sagittal crests -- Fish does -- and some do not -- Tazendra doesn't. Some females have stocky, thick bones, like Sif, and some males are naturally gracile, like Mathurin was. As with domestic dogs, our cheerful meddling has broken the barrier of consistency that give most wild species their comparative uniformity. And you know, I'm grateful for that, because I've had an incredible variety of cats in my lifetime, and each has been wonderful and special in her own way.

I'm quite happy with this project. It's rare that things turn out more or less exactly as I want them to, but this was a pleasing exception, and I got pretty much precisely the results I wanted. The only thing I could possibly say is that the skull does not look old. That, however, will fix itself with time.

Hope you enjoyed the show! It's a real pleasure sharing this stuff with you, I have to say. I know I've been busy lately and slow to reply, but I appreciate your comments, every one of them. Art is hard for me right now, and each kind word is remembered and goes to feed that fire. Thank you.

A note about skulls, animal parts, art, and ethics, for those new to the show and not sure of how I do things.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Thane Gold Tooth)
Hey, remember that vaguely embarrassing wolf penis question I asked a while back? About the penis bones? Well, part of that was motivated by me actually coming into possession of one.

But you can't expect me to just leave my wolf baculum just lying around! Heavens, no!*

I made it a bottle! And a story to go with it!

Werewolf Baculum 01
The label was handmade and applied with acrylic gel, then the top bound with twine and decorated with bone beads.

More pictures below. )

So, my question for you all is, would you like me to post the short historical entries that go along with these? I think they're quite fun.

* It might find its way into someone's alcoholic beverage and become the beginning of a bad pub joke.

** I'm looking totally innocent, here.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Thane Gold Tooth)
Hey, remember that vaguely embarrassing wolf penis question I asked a while back? About the penis bones? Well, part of that was motivated by me actually coming into possession of one.

But you can't expect me to just leave my wolf baculum just lying around! Heavens, no!*

I made it a bottle! And a story to go with it!

Werewolf Baculum 01
The label was handmade and applied with acrylic gel, then the top bound with twine and decorated with bone beads.

More pictures below. )

So, my question for you all is, would you like me to post the short historical entries that go along with these? I think they're quite fun.

* It might find its way into someone's alcoholic beverage and become the beginning of a bad pub joke.

** I'm looking totally innocent, here.

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