This is Tak, my singing mechanical bird. He is for SteamCon but he will probably sit on my mantle until then. Anyways, I have some in process pictures and a few more finished product shots.
|I sculpted flattened clay pieces around a foil egg shape.|
|Had to make sure that the pieces fit together but could be separated after baking.|
|I changed the turning handle on my music box mechanism to one from an old clock.|
|After baking the clay, I used small screws to make the holes for the legs a little larger.|
|Starting to glue the pieces together and attaching the legs.|
|Putting in the music box.|
|Mechanical bird guts.|
|Some beauty shots.|
|I added a piece of gold painted buckram to look like metallic mesh at his throat to allow for some extra room for the music box as well as giving his head a curious tilt, like birds do.|
So there he is! He plays a little song that I haven't quite been able to place. It is familiar but not instantly recognizable (for me at least, which is why I picked that particular snow globe at the thrift store to tear apart).
Big shout out to these awesome artists whose work inspired little Tak here.
Mullanium by Jim & Tori