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Halloween Prop Update: Marmota Monax

on February 27, 2009 - 1:06pm

Marmota Monax Halloween Prop on
Normally I get impatient during the prop making process, but it's been different with Marmota Monax. Every stage has been at a slower pace, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

He now has feet and a base coat (white latex primer for the head, hands and feet; black acrylic for the body).

He can hold his little lantern well, and I can easily slip it in and out of his hand.

It's the next step that I am debating. Originally, I had planned on having all his body cloaked but I've been hit with some (slightly odd) inspiration. What if I covered him with fur?

I don't like most of the fake fur products out there, and I really can't justify spending extra money on it at the moment. But...what if...I covered him in real fur?

I'm not talking about buying the hide of an animal, nor using an old fur coat from a thrift shop. I'm talking about the thick hair of a dog.

I'm going to visit my mother and her beloved Bouviers this weekend. They are all in need of a spring grooming which will result in bags of cottony fur. My thought is to take some home and literally glue it to the prop body (currently black).

Crazy idea, but it will give the prop that mangy realistic look I want. It won't be outside, so I don't have to worry about weatherproofing it.

It just might be the coolest effect I've come up with. If it works.

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