Admiral Batzaar

Mounted bat, original skull cleaned and in tact, fully decorated from his countless battles in the skies of New Jersey.

He’s a hero.

And that’s that.

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Stick it.

 

Recently one of my favorite clients commissioned me to create several custom pieces for her, one of which being two pairs of talon hair sticks: one for her and the second pair as a birthday gift for one of my other favorite clients.  These two gals are so fun to design for because they just tell me what they want and let me go.  They trust me, and enjoy what I create.  It inspires confidence when people have faith in me.

One set is crafted from a pair of feet formerly belonging to the black rooster I skinned a while back to make a hat out of.  I just remembered I need to photograph the hat; it’s really quite smashing.  Anyway, the spurs on this cock’s legs are a force to be reckoned with and I got such a good energy from this specimen that I really wanted to use it for this project.

The foot itself is mounted on a stick I sharpened and textured myself, and accentuated with rabbit fur and feathers of peacock and rooster.  The talons themselves are treated to a glossy pearlescent coat of color.

The second pair is slightly larger in size; I used pheasant feet and from there it’s basically la meme chose as the first pair.

I used repurposed mink fur with pheasant feathers this time around.

And that’s that.  I’m eager to see how they look on the ladies as they both are quite striking women with full heads of thick black hair.

As usual, thanks to Jim Coughlin for taking such consistently awesome photos of my work.

Philly confidential: Happy Birthday, Shannah!

Elvis was reincarnated as a bear and his skin is on my table.

 

I finally got around to working on a bear-skin rug for a client; she is another really fun individual to work with who basically said, “make it as glitzy and shiny as possible.”

Words to live by.

So I set out to source materials and make the sparkliest, most pizazzified bear-skin rug the world has seen.

I bought the skin frmo a hunter who shot the bear with a bow and arrow, harvesting the animal for food.  The cape arrived tanned and fairly soft but I had to rehydrate some parts to soften them up more in order to work with the facial areas.

Opal the cat approves of this fur.

Here is the head form.  I altered it slightly to express a nice Elvis-like lip curl, and proceeded to plaster the top left fang with crystals.

 

Diamond Tooth, indeed!  And this is just the beginning.  Stay tuned for an update on this hunka hunka burning work in progress.