This is Step 1- engineer your Turkey Body...you will need a 3" Styrofoam ball, a 6" Styrofoam egg and a 5" Styrofoam heart and 2 -3" pieces of dowel. When finished your Turkey will stand 10" high including the hat and he is 11" wide. Using a bread knife cut your large egg as shown in the above photo. Use dowels to connect your Styrofoam pieces. Do not glue your Styrofoam pieces together. (You still need to airbrush or paint the head and airbrush the feet and cover it with paper)
Since this paper is not double sided, the first thing I did was adhere the plaid and the polka dot back to back to make my own double sided paper. I highly recommend using a 4" Xyron Cheetah Runner to do this...don't skimp on the adhesive as you will be cutting these papers into 1/2" strips. Start placing your feathers on the Turkey on the back end of the egg, where you sliced off the egg. You will be using 2 lengths of 1/2" strips to make the body of your Turkey. The strips with the plaid facing out are 4" in length the strips with the polka dots facing out are 3" in length. The plaid strips are 1/2" x 4", and the Polka Dot strips are 1/2" x 3". Unlike your Christmas tree each row you place on your body will have a 4" strip then a 3" strip - alternating. Place the strips adjacent to each other. The loopy ends will now be uneven - like architectural shingles. Placing your feathers in the right direction is the hardest part of the turkey. When you get your Turkey dressed to about his waist, starting placing in his wings with Murdock Country Creations Autumn Striped Polished Stone Paper, these strips are all 4" x 1/2" and 2 pieces of Polished Stone Paper have been adhered back to back to make these double sided as well. Now continue working around the wings.
Here is the front view of the Turkey. When we got to the very front chest of the turkey (we ran out of plaid paper so we airbrushed the backside of the polka dot paper with E97 and Y to give him a beard. From a design perspective this also tied the overall design of the Turkey together by balancing the airbrushed color in the back of the Turkey with the color in the front of the Turkey. Here is a closeup of how we placed the beard. We actually made 2 fans by placing the pin through all the strips and then gently fanning them out. The bottom fan for the beard has 5 - 4" strips and the top has 4 -4" strips.
(sorry for the blue type and the underlines...I seem to have a computer gliche)
Now airbrush the edge of the Styrofoam heart and the head with E97. I love how they both shimmer after airbrushing...who knew that Styrofoam could look so cool! Now if you do not yet have a Copic Airbrush System you can paint your head and heart...However they will look very different painted as the color will be opaque.
Next trace around the heart onto the Sunshine Daisy paper from A2Z Essentials ( we used this paper for my large Pumpkin.) You will need to buy special glue to glue your paper to the Styrofoam. I used Aleene's Foamtastic -which bonds all types of foam.
Since this is going to be my Thanksgiving Centerpiece - I thought he needed a sign. This great Happy Thanksgiving Stamp is from Hampton Arts..(and of course I love leaves). I colored the sign with the following Copic Sketch Markers: YR07,R29,E97,Y35. Then I airbrushed around the edge with YR09 using the Chisel end of the marker..then for some added fun I also airbrushed the entire sign using the brush end of the same marker which gave me that great random splatter pattern.
To make the post for the sign - we stripped the ruffles off an hors d'oeuve's toothpick (since it is much taller than a traditional toothpick)
For the tail feathers we made cones - just like in Tree #2 and Tree #3 . If you do not have an airbrush system, you may want to make your paper double sided since you will be able to see a lot of the inside of the cone. I used 12- 4" squares of the American Traditional Designs PA0908- Nature Patchwork For the large tail feathers and 8 - 3" squares PA 0910 - Autumn Plaid also from TAD.
Use a 1/2 circle of chipboard to adhere the front side of your tail to. You will need 6 large cones and 3 small cones for the front. Place the plaid cones between every other cone so the the patchwork print will be shown off when you look at the turkey from the front.
Now adhere the backside of the tail to the other side of the chipboard. You will need 6 large cones and 5 small cones as you will want the backside of the turkey to be extra full. Fill in the backside of the base of the turkey with additional 1/2" strips. Before you assemble the tail airbrush the insides of the cones with E97 and Y35. Since Tom is a little heavy - My husband used a 2 1/2" drywall screw to hold the base of the heart to support the weight. (Place the screw, behind where you placed the original dowel)
To make the face I used movable eyes..I didn't have exactly the size I envisioned so I cut black circles from my smallest nestabilities circle die. This made my eyes look large. For the beak I cut out a elongated diamond shape. For the waddle I took a scrap piece of lace doilies and airbrushed it deep red. Using a straight pin I attached the beak and the waddle.
From black cardstock construct a pilgrim hat. My hat is 2 1/2" tall, The brim is 3 1/2" in diameter. I used my circle nestabilities to cut the brim and to cut a 2" hole inside the brim for the hat to fit on my turkey's head. I also cut a 2 1/2" circle for the top of the hat. The buckle on the hat was a ribbon charm from Making Memories that I used a gold leafing pen to alter.
and finally Our Turkey is completed!!!
If you have any questions as you make your version of Our Turkey please do not hesitate to email us.
Thanks for your patience as we wrote these instructions today!!