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CM Smoky the Pegasus by AcuteCat CM Smoky the Pegasus by AcuteCat
This is a Breyer Horse (collectible plastic figure) that was modified and customized by me.

This was Breyer's Smoky the Cowhorse -- I carved his face extensively to correct his 'pig eye' and 'pig nose' (a flaw common to this model) and added real (dried and cured) pigeon wings over a base of ApoxieSculpt and wire. The wings were provided by a friend of mine who hunts [humanely and legally].
He was painted in acrylics. A pair of eyehooks were drilled into his back so that he can hang suspended in the air.

This guy is part of my personal collection, but my CM horses for sale can be seen in my Etsy shop: [link]
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hdjl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
That's so cool how you used real wings. He looks amazing!
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like him! :)
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passionatepremise Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful...<3
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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passionatepremise Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! <333333333
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to do this to some of my duplicate models. I have....3 pairs of wings. All in the freezer because I'm not sure how to dry and cure them. Any recommendations?
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, the ones I got were already preserved when my friend sent them to me -- she skinned the whole birds and dried the hides with large-grained salt.

I do know that you need to get as much of the 'meat' out of the wing as possible. I've also heard that people use borax in place of salt.
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equestriad Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i like his nose, nothing wrong with it
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I meant his original nose, before I fixed it.
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The-Toy-Chest Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I've never seen Smokey look so good. :O
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love the mold, except for his funky pig nose...which happily is fixable.
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littlebluebonnet Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how did you make the wings? its very pretty
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
They're real pigeon wings.
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littlebluebonnet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you used real pigeon wings wow !that is cool.
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*Love*
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Toboelover Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, that looks fantastic! I need to get my hands on some real wings now.
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yep, there's nothing like the real thing. :D
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Toboelover Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your friend wouldn't happen to be willing to sell any more wings, would they?
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure -- it's actually been a few years since she sent me these. However, you can sometimes find preserved wings on Etsy. :)
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Toboelover Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I just looked. I found only two pair on Etsy, but found another pair and a pack of four different color pairs on Ebay. I hope I get my debit card soon, as I would love to buy some.
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! I hope you'll be able to get some! :)
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Almalphia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
WOWZERS! I have Smoky too, and this is so cool! I love the wings! I have a couple of friends that hunt I may just have to ask!
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AcuteCat Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, my friend gave me pigeon wings and starling wings. They look much better than any wings I can make by hand.
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Almalphia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
real is always more real looking, maybe because they are real...LOL!
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