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This is SaritaWolff's lammergeier gryphon Ozzy! Who turned out to be a really fun commission. :)

I made a lammergeier gryphon once before during a project last year when I first got into making the dolls; it was nice to revisit the same animal one year later.

He measures 7.5 x 4.5 x 14 inches and is entirely posable, including his wings.

My dolls are fimo sculpted onto a wire armature which has been wrapped in batting. I then measure and cut a pattern out of faux fur and hand sew this around the armature. Any details are glued on, the wings are then made (if applicable) and finally the fimo is painted and varnished. The whole process takes a few days - one day I'll record how many hours!

He's posing here with a fimo light horn I made for myself at Halloween but didn't end up wearing.

Thanks for looking!

I do take commissions! Send me an email hello@magweno.com for more info
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QueenofRandomness108 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Named after Ozzy Osbourne, right? 
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LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I can't get over his wings. Or really him in general. What exactly is a lammergeier?
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Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think they're vultures, or a member of the vulture family, or cousins of vultures... Something like that.
Anyway they're enormous white, silver and black birds of prey that eat bones. They fly up high with a bone then drop it on a big flat rock to smash it, then land and eat the shards. They're absolutely fascinating birds, I saw one once in France with a bone, it was really thrilling. They're also known as bearded vultures.
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LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Interesting. And also apparently very beautiful. I will go look them up!
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LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I love the wings!
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mevagh Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
Seriously awesome! I've been so busy recently and consequently haven't been on dA for a month or two...so I was mega impressed when I logged on and saw all the dolls you've been making! The wings on this one are so amazing, I watched the video you made of it. Keep up the incredible work!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heh yeah I've been a busy bee... The wing construction has got a lot better since I made your doll, but it's still special to me because it was my first. :D
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Elkian Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
OMIGOSH SOOOOO CUTE
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Magweno Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
glad you like him :D
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Ophillia Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
So cute!
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Baroquecat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He's wild! :-)
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh this is epic! I love this one!!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:aww: Thanks!
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NooniePuuBunny Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, its all fuzzy. It would probably eat my face if I wanted to pet him.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ozzy seems like a really sweet character, he'd probably just want cuddles!
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Torotix Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I've started making my own gryphon doll now, I'm at the stage where I need to find some floral tape :| but I think I have done the wire body OK, I hope it turns out at least half as good as yours :P
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Floral tape isn't totally essential, you can use masking tape instead. :) There are just a few florists around where I live so I can just get it within five mins of needing it
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Torotix Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Would it matter if the masking tape burnt off in the oven and the foil fell off?
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
The foil is just there to add a bit of solid body to your creature, it's not absolutely essential but certainly adds to the realism of the doll and also saves you batting.
Also it probably shouldn't do that if your oven is at the right temperature. the ends of the floral tape might because it's crepe and wax but masking tape wouldn't I'd imagine. If you're worried about that happening put it at the bottom of the oven rather than the top (my oven is super weird and uses the grill to heat itself so if I had my sculpts any higher than the bottom then they'd burn) and that should stop it from burning.
As long as you have a strong, sturdy wire armature with the epoxy holding it together then it should be fine. That is what matters most.
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Wulvie-leigh Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that is so cool!!! I love those wings X3
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thankies, they were fun :D
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KumoriYori Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
This is cool! I love how the wings are posable! Wite with black looks so great together =D
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah totally, but it means I get white hairs on my black jeans and black feathers on my white top sdfsfffsd
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KumoriYori Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
haha I had that experience last night, with rainbow feathers. They flew all over @_@
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:XD: I'm still finding red feathers in my tea from when I made Luca!!
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bluecatqueen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aww, yay Ossifrage! Every time she draws him I just want a real one to cuddle, which is why this is so awesome! I mean, not that I can cuddle him, but it's a possibility that someone can! You did a beautiful job, he's true to character.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know he totally looks so fluffy, when I bought the fur I actually opened the parcel and cheered I was so happy it was the right length and stuff... Haha, such a dope.
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Love the expression! Lovely white fur too, and I can't wait for the video! :excited:
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JolieBonnetteArt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, my goodness! Too, too adorable!
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MarieBlack07 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
he is so cute. love the eyes.
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DancingMelody Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Aww, it's so cute. :heart:
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s-hhh Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Ooh I looove the face. ^_^
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