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.
Did you sculpt them and then cast them in the polyurethane? Can the polyurethane be painted? Any insight you can provide would be very helpful.
If I were to do this again I would make a plaster mould and pour silicone, because the tear strength of the polyurethane wasn't great. Silicone is more expensive but has much longer life expectancy and you can buy ready made silicone oil paints off the shelf.
Hope that helps!
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
I keep meaning to experiment with polyurethane rubber as it has so much potential!