Hey all. Sorry, it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been very busy. I just finished a couple more dragon trophies. I’m making one video showing them both. Can’t seem to stay away from those.
I’ve also been working on this project. It’s been very hard working without little Eddie underfoot. But Mazzy has been filling in. She’s always around to see what I’m doing.
I left off with the body finished. Time to add some feet. As you can tell from the title, this is a dragon-like cat, or a cat-like dragon. Since I am making it for a non-profit that helps rescue feral cats (Kitty Bungalow : Charm School for Wayward Cats, http://www.kittybungalow.org), I wanted something that characterized a wild cat. In fact, I’m thinking the title should be “Feral.” Anyway, I’m making cat-like feet. I start by cutting pieces of wire clothes hanger. I twist a small amount of paper round them and wrap with masking tape. At the end I add crumpled balls of tape for the pads.
I tape each toe onto another crumpled piece of tape that is the body of the foot.
Here are the two front feet.
I trim the wire coming out of the legs…
…and push the stubs into the feet. As I’ve said a dillion times before, having the wire inside the “ankles”, as well as inside the legs, allows me to bend these appendages any way I want and they will stay put. I add little balls of tape to act as knuckles (or whatever you call above the joints). I also slice the end of the toes to accommodate the claws.
I use hot glue to attach the claws.
I also add pads on the bottom of the feet.
I added cloth mache to the feet after they were all added. For some reason I forgot to take more photos after wrapping the claws (well, the reason is that I’m old, and I just got distracted). Note that I also added a fifth toe like cats have on their front feet.
I cut off the end of the neck in preparation for the head. I’ll save that for the next post.
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