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Ice Phoenix by mooki003 Ice Phoenix by mooki003
Commissioned work. Ice Phoenix concept by :iconsilver-drake:
Completely handmade, his head and talons were sculpted from polymer clay and painted in acrylics. The body has a faux fur base covered in real feathers. Feathers are from cockatoos, parrots, peacocks, doves, chickens and some from my very own ducks! It can be posed and the feet can grasp. The tail can fan in and out like a real bird tail! I wanted the wings capable of folding in but this was all so new to me so they only have slight movement to them. They can go up and down and slightly fold in. 

All the feathers were permanently dyed by me. The yellow in the large feathers are natural coloring from cockatoos, the rest of the feathers started out completely white. If it is blue it was dyed! I really enjoyed dying them, especially the stripes, and although it was a ton of work i can't wait to work with some more feathers!

Approximately 786+or- feathers were used.
Measurements: 13” from the ground to top of head, 21” from tail to beak, 38” wingspan.

No birds were harmed in the making of this bird! The feathers used are all naturally molted from happy birds! Meaning they were collected from the ground or bottom of cage. Feathers were purchased as naturally molted from bird rescues, businesses and pet owners. There are also some duck feathers that were collected and saved from my passed ducks.

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Sorry there are so many pictures, i'm having trouble editing some out!
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Given 2014-02-11
Ice Phoenix by mooki003 ( Featured by cakecrumbs )
sp1r1tst0n3 Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
holy crap, i actually thought it was a real bird, it looks so life-like. awesome work on that man *thumbs up*
mooki003 Featured By Owner 4 hours ago   General Artist
Thank you!
GraceJediHeart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks amazing! Such a cool idea, and you did beautiful work on the feathers. 
mooki003 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!
Crimson-Incubus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I would love to learn how to make something like this
TreeTrunkTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
If you have the time would you consider making a tutorial on the beak if it was made out of clay?
mooki003 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   General Artist
The beak was made out of clay but unfortunately i do not have the time to make a tutorial. If you have any questions, i would be happy to give you some help.
miaohui0811 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  New member
Is it true? Really can not believe it!…
TreeTrunkTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love it it looks like a real bird
the head looks so real

how the duck did you do that`?
I am collecting stuffed buzzards and your work is amazing!
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