Bear head turns into Bear suit.

Alex Felicano in Cardboard bear costume

The day has come, halloween is here, and all this work is worth it. Gio has his afro cardboard frankenstein, Oscar is rocking a full cardboard Pokemon Charizard, Damien is welding a pair of custom cardboard katanas, and Alex is suited up as a cardboard bear.
Alex, Gio, Damien and Oscar Dressed up for halloween 2016

This is a shot of the Bear at work, before the Costume contest, second place!

costume of a bear made out of cardboard

Don’t Shoot, I did not take the Picnic baskets and I am not a zombie.

Kurt pointing a gun at Alex Feliciano in Cardboard bear costume

Bear Head

A cardboard Bear Head, of the left side built Alex Feliciano

Pushing hard towards halloween, flowing with Cardboard and Hot Glue, here is a picture of the Bear Head. You can check out earlier pics here. I’m happy with the head, I will be starting the suit next. Worried about the paint job, cardboard nude or custom paintjob?

After halloween I will get back to the Clem Heads.
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Adding lots of detail, looking for the feeling of fur.

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I’ve never built a bear head before. but i have always wanted to build a large animal costume. Alex Feliciano, ” I might make it in time for halloween”.  We will see.

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I really like this view. I think about painting it and wonder how to go about it, I have lots of crazy sketches and this dog head from a few years back.

Dogies ready to mount…

All three of the ‘Clem Heads’ so far.

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So Shinny.

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This blue enamel is like butter to work with, One Shot and Rustoleum <3 !

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This is first of the seven heads, to be mount on reclaimed fence board… stay tuned for more.

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Painting the Dog heads

Working on the dog heads, what to do? I will attempt to make all them super!

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I grabbed three of the seven heads to take to The Sis & Moon studio.

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These to are  just getting started.

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I found lots of air holes, I will patch and paint. It was a good test and will need some more work.

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Thanks Murph for the “One Shot” I will return them shortly!

 

Working on new Dog Head, update.

I am very  happy with the silicone mold so far, I have been able to make seven heads. Next up…  painting.

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A closed mold is easier to spin around, learned that the hard/messy way. I wrapped a piece of cling wrap around a scrap of cardboard, silicone and cling wrap make a decent seal.

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Yes that is “pink lacy” elastic, it’s what I had on hand. I have a big roll of it, don’t ask.

Casting Clem Heads, Alex Feliciano

Now for some trimming and sanding, then Paint! super excited!!!!

 

Working on new Dog Head, update.

With the outer shell done (plaster around pink silicone) I made the first casting. The gary head is the plastic casting (copy), the white one is the original sculpted (modeling clay) head, and the pink is the silicone negative.
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This is my first pour, I need to practice, a few thin spots and air bubbles.

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Clem was happy with the likeness.

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A little vanilla sky, Clem style.

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Working on new Dog Head, update.

Starting the mold (mould) from the sculpture.
Finished the left eye and nose, then started the mould process. I was nervous at first, I always thought that the original sculpture would be trash if you didn’t make the mould just right (that’s for plaster moulds), but after the first layer was dry I was hooked. I think (cross fingers) that this will be a good first test and I can then start scaling up.

First pour of silicone
I will let it cure overnight and apply another coat of smooth-on 5050 in the morning. So far easy to work with and i like the pink on white I can see the high/strong and low/weak points.
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Second coat
Clem is waiting for the first mold pour before she approves anything, Clem is on the left.

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Third pour now with registration points, and dams to fill weak spots.
The ‘Clem Head’ is almost ready, I used scrap clay to make terraces around the eyes and nose areas (lots of detail low thickness). Registration pieces were cut from bits of foam insulation, but i will be using left over silicons bits in the future, the foam ripped holes and have escaped.

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I made a Mother mold
Mother mold made out of plaster, it’s a simple two part mold, next time I’ll make it lighter and maybe more sections. I didn’t put too much (none) thought into the back.

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De molding
Very excited about this part. After 4 days I wanted to see how the original sculpture would fare.

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The original came out trouble free. The original is made out of Plastilina clay and popped out without the use of any demoulding spray.

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Putting the parts together
Starting the casting process mother mold together with the silicone mold, and the an after thought backplate.

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The backplate, cork and elastic… will it work?

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After twirling the plastic mix (smooth-on) around for 7-14 minutes. I remove backplate and peek inside. This is my first time doing this so I have no idea if this is right…

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After demolding
I am so happy at this point. Sculpture (pink) original (white) and first cast (grey).

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It is late at night but i press on and make 7 castings. Clem Heads are ready to paint.

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The next morning Clem joins me and checks out the work, she even poses so i can do a comparison, thanks Clem.

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Update: The Giant Maggie head
I have a lot of work to do and can’t wait to get back to it. I have to finish the pieces for the May, Hive Gallery show first, and then it’s back to giant dog heads. Below is the incomplete Giant Dog head with coins for scale.

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