A taxidermy/insect themed store in Phoenix contacted us to make an enormous, seven foot long stag beetle! Quite a unique project. We decided to make it from EPS foam for the body, HDU for the pincers, and all-thread rod legs reinforced with epoxy clay.
I laminated the pincers and started roughing out the EPS block.
Next, I added the legs…
I sculpted over the all-thread rod legs with FreeForm Air, an epoxy dough.
I reinforced the middle legs and the pincers with fiberglass, then moved on to give the whole piece a coat of polyurethane foam coat. It dries into a hard shell, sealing all that foam and making it weatherproof.
Next, I moved on to painting. We used All Surface Enamel from Sherwin-Williams.
We couldn’t resist having some fun with such an unusual sculpture!!
Thanks for looking!