Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monkey project

Remember this little fellow? Well, I've been wanting to find or make a monkey as a final part of a project. I found this chimp at the Sturbridge show, and really liked his position. I was a bit nervous to sculpt a monkey from scratch, so instead I decided to adapt this resin figure. I repainted his fur brown, then super glued on a tail made of thick florist wire. I mixed up a dark red flocking from red and purple flocking and glued it on to make his jacket. I had to go back and touch up a few spots later, but lightly tamping it down with a soft brush helped a lot. Then I worked on the head, using little snips of brown viscose wigging. I chopped up more wigging into flocking for his tail and legs.

The gold "embroidery" on his jacket is really just gold nail polish. I used antique lace at his collar and cuffs.
He's not quite anatomically correct of course, since I started with a chimpanzee rather than a monkey, but I'm quite happy with him all the same.
I'll get pictures of the entire project up soon!


  1. He's so cute!! I love how he tunred out!! Gold nail polish was a stroke of genius!! -ara

  2. Oh, how cute! It's hard to tell - how big is he? Love the jacket! Don't keep us in suspense for too long over the project - I can't wait to see it!

  3. Oh he has turned out fab...really cute.
    What scene is he going to be in ?

  4. Eliza, I cannot believe what you did with that monkey! I didn't think much of him before (sorry, I don't have your eye), but now he is just simply amazing! You are one talented young lady!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Oh, and I love Captain Jack . . . he's gorgeous . . . what can I say?!! LOL!!