How To Make An Incredibly Realistic Model Of A Green Iguana

Step 1: Research

Step 1: Research

Step 2: Steel Armature As A Foundation

Step 2: Steel Armature As A Foundation

Step 3: Armature Covered In Modroc Plaster

Step 3: Armature Covered In Modroc Plaster

Step 4A: Clay

Step 4A: Clay

Step 4B: Clay

Step 4B: Clay

Step 5: Adding Skin Details

Step 5: Adding Skin Details

Step 5B: Adding Skin Details

Step 5B: Adding Skin Details

Step 6A: Spines

Step 6A: Spines

Step 6B: Spines

Step 6B: Spines

Step 6C: Spines

Step 6C: Spines

Step 7: Covering The Clay In Silicone To Get Every Detail Moulded

Step 7: Covering The Clay In Silicone To Get Every Detail Moulded

Step 8: Iguana Banana!

Step 8: Iguana Banana!

Step 9: Moulds, Strengthened With Fibreglass

Fibreglass goes on the outside to strengthen the moulds. Then fibreglass goes inside as well to become the body.

Step 10: Finished Pieces Bolted Together

Fibreglass into each part of the mould, then bolt the parts together. Filled the seams in with a gel coat and chopped strand mix from the inside to join them together properly.

Step 11A: The White Is A Primer Paint

Step 11A: The White Is A Primer Paint

Step 11B: The White Is A Primer Paint

Spines re-added.

Step 12A: Painted

Step 12A: Painted

Step 12B: Painted

Step 12B: Painted

Step 12C: Painted

Step 12C: Painted

Step 13: Eye

Step 13: Eye

Step 14: Finished

Step 14: Finished

What amazes me (now, and always) is the ability some people have, to take what they see (in life, or, even more amazingly, in their mind) and actually form it in the real world. Even just the initial rough clay shape is more than, say, I could do. I am really, really impressed with this.

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