Koko Chameleon 3" sphere

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Project by 3DBMe posted 05-01-2010 11:45 PM 2301 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another character I just finished. It’s carved from a 3” pine sphere. I am trying to get as much character as possible even if it means contorting the body into a position it could not actually attain. I wanted to have the eyes pointing in opposite directions as a real chamaleon can do but the wood grain didn’t let me. The legs are a bit more stout than the real thing but again they match the head which is oversize.

Took about 20 hours and finished with boiled linseed oil. After the surface cures and hardens I will do a bit more sanding.

I wanted to put bumps on the surface but haven’t found a successfull method of doing that yet. I tried ‘turning’ a piece of 3/8” aluminum with a dimple on the end and turned down the other side so the shank can fit my Dremmel but it got out of round and ate too much on a test piece so I dropped the texture idea for now. If anyone has a tool or idea for me to get those dimples I’d appreciate the details.

BTW: I’ve added a pic of my pet Kokopelli which I had for a few years. He has since passed and I wanted to give you all some reference. This photo is NOT retouched. He had some amazing coloring. RIP.

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#1 posted 05-01-2010 11:50 PM

Wow. This is just perfect. So lifelike if it weren’t for the grain you could believe it was the real thing. I don’t think you need to do anything further to it. It has the appearance of something living already.


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#2 posted 05-02-2010 12:44 AM

I agree, it’s beautiful, like a baby, some innocent. I’m a architect and read a lot about the old stone carvers, and I can see how some guys like you were born with a talet.
Impressed – deeply.

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 12:49 AM

Thanks to both of you for teh kind words. Stone is definitely another medium I would like to try some day.

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 01:31 AM

This little critter keeps staring at me… LOL!!
Excellent Job… He(?) looks like he’s ready to uncurl in your hand, get up, and start walking!!!

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 05:00 AM

very cool

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#6 posted 05-02-2010 05:34 AM

amazing little piece … I love it

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#7 posted 05-02-2010 01:11 PM

why not use a dremel with a small grinder attachment?

Very cool look you have there, love it

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#8 posted 05-03-2010 02:04 AM

totally cool carving…

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#9 posted 05-03-2010 02:04 PM

I think I can help you…
I will PM you, as it is longwinded instructions, & it might be a bit too late (???)

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 03:54 AM

awesome tribute.

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