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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
Cute!
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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:
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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 :)
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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!
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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 =)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This Quetzalcoatl went for 300. I do offer payment plans. :)
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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!
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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.
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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!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep he went before he was even put on DA :)
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Red-Bunn3h Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm such a lurker XP Ninja Plot! 
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Treekami Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwww he's cute! I like how he can wrap around your hand. =)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah he's pretty nifty!
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THOSE FEATHERS! *flails*
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know they're pretty awesome, right. I gotta get onto my feather collecting friends again actually my stocks are running low and fishing supply stores are letting me down!
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really need to get a decent feather supplier too; I have a few ideas for dolls but they all require feathery wings and aside from those really cheap packets of dyed chicken feathers you see in craft shops, I've nowhere else to go!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
www.lakelandflytyingsupplies.c... sometimes sell full bird wings but it's mostly crows or pheasants and they're alway expensive. www.troutcatchers.co.uk sometimes have too
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, excellent, thank you! :D
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Sylvaerian Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
All your creations are so stunning, and the fur choice is amazing. I also watched the little youtube video for the wings. They are so fantastic. ; v ; You just keep making new onnovations to make these little guys better and better! Can't wait to see what you come up with next.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
OH I just got some GORGEOUS coyote fur from my new fur supplier and I am in LOVE with it. Expect to see some sort of furry golden flowing dragon sometime in the future!
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Sylvaerian Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
OH MAN. That sounds amazing. ; A ; Can't wait to see~! <3 (It's so hard to find good fur, lol. So congrats!)
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this came out beautifully! The wings and tail and just about everything with feathers look wonderful, as well as the fur, and that head! For some reason I really like his head, almost as much as his wings. I really like how it's gray like the majority of his body, but still has splashes of color, and the tuft of feathers is a really nice touch. I also really like how thick the neck is as it leads up to the head; it makes him look powerful.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I definitely wanted the head and neck to look chunky and strong, I was toying around with the idea of trimming the fur but I decided not to, because that sort of ruff around his head is kind of sweet hehe.
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
And yeah, it looks great. ^^
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Eredien Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The fur gives a lovely soft texture.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's lowly soft fur! ^_^
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CMWyvern Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Your quetzalcoatl is just wonderful!! The gray really sets off the bright feather colors.
All those brilliant parrot feathers... I'm guessing this is one of your more expensive dolls!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah they're all limited materials so it was one of the more expensive ones.
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CMWyvern Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
So I imagine!
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bvanhorn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very pretty.  Your new wings really add to the realism of the piece.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, that's the aim! One day I'll fool someone into thinking I have a real gryphon...
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bvanhorn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just add radio control, a willing accomplice and even I would swear that it was real.
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Oreloki Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Agh! One of my favorite mythological creatures. Ever. And you did it full justice! So incredibly gorgeous!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, very much!
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CJM99 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
OMG this is epic - you just keep getting better and better!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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BlimeyCat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
This is one of the reasons you've been an inspiration with your art dolls for a long time! Those macaw feathers are the perfect touch. And the wings move so well! He looks like he belongs in the Latin American rainforests! So gorgeous. I'll stop gushing now.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's where I picture him! Yeah those macaw feathers were hard to part with but just work so well. Good thing I have plenty more! :)
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wordweaver1001 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so cool! I can't wait to see more!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
What would you like to see specifically? Then I can know when I'm taking pics :)
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wordweaver1001 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I LOVE poseable colorful creatures with wings, feathers and/or fur!! DA member Wood-Splitter-Lee has some good ones to check out!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh I thought you meant more of this particular doll.
& I know Lee, I was making dolls before her and answered a lot of her questions when she was starting out.
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wordweaver1001 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
whoops, sorry for the miscommunication!!
and that's really cool! I'm sure you were an inspiration for her!
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varoujan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool! You should post a close up of it's head.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Okay, will do! :)
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Rhissanna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He's a gorgeous showcase for your articulated wings.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D thank you!
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dragonariaes Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous. The new wings look fantastic and I love the motion of them.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm SO happy with them :D can't wait to make more wingssss..
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