I started sewing these up last night, from the pattern I drew. Finished them in the studio before I evacuated the premises due to cold, and a fly. There's always a big, black fly in the studio, buzzing around clumsily and almost butting into me. I detest big, black flies like I detest most other insects. The only insects I tolerate are butterflies and ladybirds, but even then, I wouldn't want one on me.
The kingfisher puppet is nearing completion. His legs are a bit chunkier than I would have liked:
The feather detailing makes it look a bit like a parrot...
Neil, the animation department's technician, helpfully carved and sanded the kingfisher's head from some balsa wood for me. Isn't it so luxuriously smooth and beautiful? A tiny, naked baby could slide down it and not get a splinter!
It also has a lower mandible (which will be fixed on later):
Spent the past few hours sewing the pattern into the underside of the wing, and then sewing the pieces of the underside and outer side together:
Wings turned inside out: