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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.

You can find more pictures here: jessefranks.zenfolio.com/p6306…
Sorry there are so many pictures, i'm having trouble editing some out!
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Ice Phoenix by mooki003 ( Featured by cakecrumbs )
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queenmariann Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
so amazing , how did you manage to get the right materials for this work of art and what were they ? :happybounce: Love 
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015   General Artist
Craft and hardware stores as well as online!
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KatsaKitty Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there! I love this, it's so amazing how much detail you put into it. I love the wings, especially the feathers. It says you hand dyed all of them?! I'd love to know how you did that. I'm looking into dying feathers for a project but everything I find is just people dying the feathers a solid color. That's not what I want to do. I want to do more of a gradient type thing or even just stripes like you did. I hope you're able/willing to help me out with this. D: 
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015   General Artist
Sure i can. Lets see if i can explain this well enough!
For a gradient you want to soak the feathers first. The water in the feather will help draw the dye up the feather to help soften the color transitions. Start with only 1/4 to 1/3 of the feather in the dye, keep it there for maybe half the time its supposed to be in the dye. After that start dipping it in and out of the dye further and further up the feather. This may take some experimentation and practice to get the transition how you want it. It also takes time and babysitting because if you leave it in one spot too long then you could get a sharp line, so keep it moving! I sometimes also splash the dye up the feather. The dye will be much darker when its wet so to get good opaque colors keep it in the dye past the color you think looks good! You can always dye it again if after dry its not as dark as you wanted. After rinsing, lay out to dry. To get the feather back into its normal correct shape you can steam them, i just held them over a pot of boiling water.
Once the feather is dry and fluffed you can add stripes. This time you want to start with a dry feather, to keep the stripes sharp. The dye requires heat to set it so i used some sort of food steamer and placed it over a pot of boiling water. then put some paper towels over that because the holes of the steamer were showing up on the dyed feather(a cool effect if you want that!). Lay out the feathers on the steamer, no overlapping. Keep your dye simmering in a little pot as you work. Use a small painting brush and brush stripes onto the feathers. Close up the steamer for a bit but come back soon and carefully brush more dye into the stripes you've created, try to keep the stripes wet with dye. Keep on doing that until the color appears much darker than you need. Sometimes i would stand there and continually brush more dye on. Oh and make sure your dye is very concentrated, this will help the process go faster and give you a richer color.
Rinse then fluff. Carefully steam large feathers, they don't need much steam, just try to shape with fingers and a little heat or else the edges start to curl, If they do you can use a flat iron  to flatten back out.

Hope this isn't too confusing or scary! It can be a long process if you have a lot of feathers but it can be fun and the results will be great! If you have any questions, just ask!
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KatsaKitty Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thank you so much for such a detailed explanation! I'm going to order a bunch of feathers to play around with and get my technique down. 
It was all explained very well, no worries! It seems like a daunting project but I feel like patience is the key haha. 
I do have one question that comes to mind, what kind of dye do you use? Is there a certain type that's better for feathers or lasts longer and doesn't fade? 
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015   General Artist
Acid dyes are the best for feathers. I used Jacquard acid dyes. Good luck!
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Otamio Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015   Artisan Crafter
This is so extremely beautiful! 
It looks so real!! *-* 
Truly amazing work!!!
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015   General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Smok15 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What material do you use to make head and paws?
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015   General Artist
Super Sculpey, polymer clay
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Smok15 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for answer :)
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PentacleSinner Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
I need this at my house!!! So pretty!!!
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StorybookCreatures Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen!!! I truly admire your artistic touch! You went the extra mile for detail and realism just as I strive to do. The layers of feathers on the wings just like a real bird, all the individually painted and attached feathers, the sculpting on the face is just beautiful, and those two long feathers on the head is such a great touch(and a great idea!). I want to clap my hands~ lol I especially like the photos with the snow, it looks like a wild animal in it's natural habitat. c:

Holy crap 800 feathers!? Haha there's always more feathers on a bird than you realise. Can't wait to do some bird art dolls of my own now. ^o^ My family has been raising livestock birds for a few years now so I have a LOOOOOOOT of feathers!
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015   General Artist
Thank you very much! This was a very big project, took a long time to complete but learnt a lot. It would have been so helpful to have chickens or ducks around to help create my feather stock pile so good luck to you on your feathery adventures!
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StorybookCreatures Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I hope I'll have some free time soon to play around with feathers. c:
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xXWinterSlayerXx Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely stunning. GREAT WORK!!!:happybounce: 
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JOCAPS Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
niceI'm on fire! 
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FallenLeavesKoi Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
So beautiful and it looks realistic...I want to hug it!:tighthug:
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KairaTheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
I thought that it was a picture real falcon that had been photoshopped blue.  O.O  Amazing work!
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015   General Artist
Thank you!
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BlackDonut Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!
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PineRain-BJD Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your animal crafts are breathtaking! :D
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015   General Artist
Thank you very much!
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farsidejr Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I love the colour scheme!
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LunaStarLight15 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
its  really good ^_^ i love  all the details and  omg the  colours  their   awesome icey blue ^_^
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ChrisWinters Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist
That is truly an amazing piece you have made! Wonderful job!
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015   General Artist
Thanks very much!
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Sunsphynx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks so realistic, I love the shades of blue used. Absolutely cool looking (pardon the pun)!
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015   General Artist
Thank you!
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Nermsters Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
stunning, all i have to say haha.
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Accidentalrobin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I almost thought it was real, you really did a good job!
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Taekeen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Wow! :D Awesome!! o_o
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Kyle-700 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Someday you should make an owl.
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014   General Artist
Maybe!
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RikerCreatures Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
your fully feathered creatures never fail to astound me.
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014   General Artist
Thanks very much!
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Kyle-700 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Yay!
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dead-krow Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is absolutely amazing! Your works are stunng and deserve a ton of regocnition 
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014   General Artist
Thank you very much!
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sp1r1tst0n3 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 17, 2014
holy crap, i actually thought it was a real bird, it looks so life-like. awesome work on that man *thumbs up*
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!
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sp1r1tst0n3 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
makes me wish this was a real, living creature, i would love to have it as a pet
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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. 
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mooki003 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!
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Crimson-Incubus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I would love to learn how to make something like this
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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.
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miaohui0811 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Is it true? Really can not believe it!www.storecolor.net/louisvuitto…
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TreeTrunkTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love it it looks like a real bird
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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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