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Quetzalcoatl by Magweno Quetzalcoatl by Magweno
The quetzalcoatl was a test for my new wing mechanism I’ve been prototyping recently. Instead of making a quick duck wing like I usually do, I decided to go all out and use some feathers I’ve been hoarding for a long time. They are made partly with naturally shed macaw feathers I was sent and have a gorgeous flash of colour in the right light, like they are glowing.

The tail feathers are attached to a pivot and can be fanned. The wings themselves open and close like a real birds wings, with the feathers moving over each other smoothly and realistically. They are operated by holding the first primary near the corverts and either pushing or pulling to open. You can see a 40 second video of them working here.

The body has plastic ball and socket armature running through it so the quetzalcoatl can be bent and positioned infinitely without breaking or wearing out. His head is varnished resin and can withstand knocks and drops. The fur is dense tissavel, beautifully soft and richly coloured, one of my personal favourites.

He measures about 30" from nose to tail tip when fully stretched.

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Dormina Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
He's such a cool doll!! :la: Or is he more of a poseable sculpture? I just love his face and those feathers you used on him; very colorful and impressive, especially the fact that those wings actually fold open and closed. :faint:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Interactive fantasy mixed media sculpture is probably a good way to put it but it's a bit of a mouthfull hehe
Thank you very much, the wings took a lot of engineering but came out nicely :)
BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
:XD: Well, sounds like you're creating a new medium of sculpture! (regardless of the long name :giggle:)
And you're welcome, I can just imagine the amount of thought that went into those wings; they really came out amazing!
Angel-Asariel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Might I ask how much one of these gorgeous creations go for? For a Quetzalcoatl that is =)
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This Quetzalcoatl went for 300. I do offer payment plans. :)
Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
when i see those wings working in the video, it reminds me of those japanese fans that fold in and out, nice job!
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The tail works on that principle but the wings are a different and more fiddly mechanism.
Thunderchicken42 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sold already? I'm not surprised! He's SOOO beautiful! You did an amazing job with the wings!
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep he went before he was even put on DA :)
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