Renoflex was briefly mentioned in the last post, over the past two days we have used a stupendous amount of the stuff! The renoflex is playing the role of the skin in the design and is being stretched over the bodies to create a hard shell that the fur can be fixed onto. Using a heat gun we are able to mould the renoflex round in strips and staple it to the supporting struts.
"Skinning up" all of the birds took most of our time, but with only one heat we were also able to get lots more done. We carved the heads out of foam, through a similar method to the egg, only we drew the heads out on paper first. We hollowed out the heads to making them as light as possible and also started working with the fur covering the mother bird's neck and head. With this we were ready to use the mother bird in rehearsals!
...And so after awkwardly carrying a giant bird puppet through UKC campus we left the mother to rest in the dark rehearsal space ready until after the weekend.