Made by Jon Keller
I made this guy last winter . Initially I was not planning to make a full eagle. I had a small piece of wood and had carved an eagles head. The head looked good so I decided to add a body …. and then a perch . There are several different materials used to make this project , but the main ingredient is paper mache . I made my paper mache using old printer paper . It’s cheap paper and falls apart well when wet , very good for paper mache.
The head is wood . The wooden beak is covered with orange acrylic polymer clay. The feathers are real feathers ( from the craft store ), individually trimmed as needed , glued on one at a time with white glue .
For a body form I covered a balloon with glue-soaked string . Once dry I popped the balloon , leaving me with a string “cage”. I had to cut a section out of the cage to make it conform more to the shape I wanted.
The whole thing was then covered with paper mache . The wings , tail , and legs were all made separately . The talons are made with acrylic polymer clay . The base is a chunk of wood.
There are many more details in the construction ( too many to list here ) , but basically it was an evolution . Some things were done a few times before I was satisfied , but all in all I think it came out pretty good .