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Damael is a commissioned cat-gryphon art doll with a highlight on tactility and articulation. Something I have been asking myself a lot lately is why I choose to sculpt the hands, feet and heads of my art dolls in hard polymer clay when there are so many materials out there at my disposal to make something look and FEEL as realistic as possible. And if it feels real, it should move realistically too.

Damael's front bird legs are a soft polyurethane rubber and have a wire armature running through them. They can be bent, the toes can be curled around sticks, your finger or manoeuvred for balance.

His back feet are sculpted clay that has been flocked, with soft pawpads attached and have a ball and socket attachment at the ankle so they have a 90 degree range of smooth, non-wearing movement. This is my first attempt with modifying my own ball and socket joints.

The rest of his body is a padded ball and socket construction with dense, soft fake fur that has been hand dyed. His tail feathers can also be spread open and folded, and his eyes are painted glass.

His wings are fully articulated, opening and closing like real bird wings. It's a mechanism that takes a long time to make and is very fiddly! It involves stripping the feathers off a real birds wing (in this case a jackdaw bought from a fishing tackle shop), drilling holes in several places, looping tiny rivets and hoops through them then reattaching them in exactly the right place to a wooden armature.

You can see a video of Damael being put through his paces here!

And there are more photos here

I have been working on and prototyping parts for Damael since May, so this is the culmination of a LOT of work! There are parts that could be developed further (I don't think I'll ever be totally content with the wings I make) but as he is I'm thrilled.
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wvclaylady Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful and "realistic"!  I can't imagine the patience it must take to make all your critters.  Especially the jointed ones!  :-)
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ButtFloof Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool, it would be awesome if a creature like that were real! :heart:
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wtracie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
I really love this one....
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconkreativjunkie:
Kreativjunkie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Real lifelike. Good job!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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warriorcats303 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i thought it was real! keep on the good work!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe! Thanks very much.
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:iconwarriorcats303:
warriorcats303 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no prob! you deserve it :)
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Bright2Sigh Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow
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Mercifell Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist

He is just so lovely! I simply adore your dolls, they always have such detail and craftsmanship within them. And using (silicone?) rubber is a marvelous idea.

As for modifying/creating your own ball and socket joints... I wish there were youtube videos on that. XD;; I've tried myself, but so far all I have is a mess of plastic and nothing more.

And your wings are freaking remarkable. Pfft, I'll stick with plain old wire. |D;; I have no idea how to ever make anything like them.

You just keep finding ways to impress and awe me. Keep being amazing~<3

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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah thank you!
It isn't silicone, it's a polyurethane rubber! But silicone would work too - it's just more expensive and PU rubber does the same job! :D

=Killslay-steelclaw has a tutorial on how to modify ball and socket joints: killslay-steelclaw.deviantart.… It didn't work for me and I ended up coming up with my own method, but it's a great starting point! :) 

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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the flexible-front-legs idea. And those wings are gorgeous!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, this is totally my favourite of all your dolls now, seriously. :D :D :D (and i know I say that for practically every new one but daaayyyyyymmmn, this one's awesome.)
I keep meaning to experiment with polyurethane rubber as it has so much potential!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha yayy awesome :D

Yeah it's fantastic stuff, it can be combined with normal casting polyurethane as well to get different degrees of stiffness/brittleness/viscosity. It's only downfall is that it can't really be painted, but I'm sure there are ways around that...
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would they take flock? 
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not sure! Depends what sort of glue was used, latex peels off too easily.. Liquid PU rubber might work - but takes a while to kick before it would grab the flock. 

Damael's legs actually have red flock in them to give them a bit of capillary depth and are tinted with PU dyes, so they do take flock and dye in liquid form - it'd be interesting to try and 'paint' with uncured PU!
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KaypeaCreations Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*jaw drops* this is very VERY well done you have really outdone yourself ^-^ I'm sure you inspire everyone who sees your amazing work like me :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :)
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Lace-and-Metal Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OOoo... watched the video! Very cleaver, and very well done. Those hours show, and pay off quite nicely. Have a snack and enjoy, cuz damn is that gorgeous.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha thanks very much!
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Tenshi--no--yume Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow it really does look like real !!!! Great job !
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I thought this was an expertly done photo manipulation for a second there XD

Gorgeous doll!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks very much!
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
his feet move? i'll have to try out that material you used for it, is it expensive, where did you buy it, and does it break easily?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
you can read all about polyurethane rubbers through that link :) that should give you enough to do your own research.
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
This is absolutely mind-blowing - especially the wing-mechanism!!!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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TheBeautyInAllThings Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant. Oh, man. I need to start saving up for something like this. I bet the price tag is high, but totally worth it. The detail and range of movement are fantastic! :D
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe thanks very much. This is one of the most expensive dolls I've ever made :)
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Slersk Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Amazing.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks
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Slersk Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Yer welcome!!:)
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:icongebrek:
gebrek Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Such a gorgeous creature and very very well crafted doll. beautiful wings! :meow:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:icongebrek:
gebrek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're most welcome!
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indieMiwi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I wish I had something to say, but... I can only say, this is SO beautiful! Such attention to detail, it looks so life-like, even if it's a fantasy creature.
Amazing
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :love:
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:iconbvanhorn:
bvanhorn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks like the hard work of R & D was totally worth it.  He is amazing.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks so much, it took a longgg time.. but the commissioner was so patient with me, it's so great having someone so open minded and patient!
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mystdragoon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aww thats beautiful! great fitting atmosphere :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconkatragoness:
Katragoness Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
.........This looks so real I thought it was photo manipulation at first.... O.O wow. This is gorgeous! :D
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe thanks very much :)
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:iconedstuff:
edstuff Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
This is simply amazing! Someone is very lucky to be the new owner of this.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Yeah I'll be sad to see him go!
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Y'know, what I'd reeeeeeeally like to see is a raven/cat gryphon. Head, wings, forefeet of a raven, torso and hindquarters of a black cat. I'd pay *way too much* money if someone made one of those... :)
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