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(If this is in the wrong place, my apologies!)

So I wanted to try my hand at making a werewolf skin rug, and so I bought a taxidermy form for a bear. But then I decided it would be much more fun if I could wear the werewolf skin! And thus the wearable werewolf project was born.

While searching for inspiration on how to set about making this thing, I discovered this werewolf shrug created by an artist named Magpieb0nes on DeviantArt. Taking this idea but making it less animal mascot-like and more menacing, I did these sloppy sketches.

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I'm going for a combination of an animal skin headdress and hoodie.

So here's what I started with, a grizzly bear rug shell (with a silly face drawn on it).

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With a saw and a dremel tool, I went about modifying the form to fit onto my head, as well as giving it more canine features. The nose is completely removed and will be re-sculpted. Foam dust EVERYWHERE. I wore a respirator and I still got some up my nose.

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Fitting the glass eyes. I'm using taxidermy lion eyes.

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I'm home alone at the moment, so getting it to fit right consisted of taking a lot of selfies during the carving.

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Hopefully I'll look less like Goofy when it has teeth. ;)

Tomorrow I hope to start sculpting to build up the features. Stay tuned!
 

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Had a full afternoon of sculpting. I used Super Sculpy to build up the features, and then baked it with a hair dryer.

Setting the eyes and sculpting the eyelids...

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For the nose, I stuck in some armature wire, and then crumpled a bit of tin foil around it before adding the clay.

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Added some snarly wrinkles.

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Baking with a hair dryer did take quite a bit, but it seems pretty hardened. Later it will be all sealed for more sturdiness.

Next step will be sculpting the teeth. Won't be happening tonight, I need to rest my back after all that!
 

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Had a few hours today to start on the teeth. The armature wire is glued in with super glue. Sculpting the teeth out of Super Sculpy, baking them with a hairdryer as I go and then lightly sanding them.

Using a coyote skull as reference for tooth placement and shape.

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I'm hoping to remove more foam from the inside to further decrease weight if I can, but so far it's not too heavy.
 

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The last two days have been productive...

Adding teeth...

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Gums...

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Lips...

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To make the ears I first sandwiched armature wire between two pieces of thin craft foam with high temp hot glue. I them attached them to the head and shaped them until I was happy.

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I then built them up with more layers of thin craft foam to make them more rigid and give them dimension.

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Then came the painting. I decided to paint the entire head black just to help keep it together until I can seal it with epoxy resin.

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The teeth are really not this white. They're washed out in this pic.

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His ears are crooked. OH WELL. I tried.

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My fur swatches from Mendels came!

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Next up is sealing. Then I will create a pattern from which I can fur the head.
 

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I've wanted to build a werewolf trophy mount for a while and I'm totally blown away by your build. Fantastic work....can't wait to see it finished!
 

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Same here; I'm anxious to see the next step. Thanks so much for posting pictures as you go along. It's wonderful to follow the creative process!
 

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Lovely work, Hagstone! I am absolutely stoked to see the end result. I like your use of the taxidermy gear. I also never thought to blow dry Sculpey. Do you have a preference for it over air dry clay, or was it just something you already had sitting around? Also, I noticed you're from Madison. I am from Huntsville. Will you be participating in any of the costume contests around town? You absolutely should. A lot of places shell out a nice little chunk of cash. Your costume would blow most of the participants out of the water!

Edit: Even your artwork is fantastic! I just checked out your website! :D
 
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