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Putting the "fun" in "fungal infestation"

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A while back I posted some Shroom Dudes I'd sculpted, and noted one of them had a bunch of little shroom fruiting bodies sticking out all over. I mentioned how this was done, but a step-by-step can't hurt. You'll need a mini, sewing pins with flattish but slightly domed heads, a very fine drill, some pliers, and superglue.

Here's a long-unused Manes demon I got in a WotC grab bag, and a much-more-recently-acquired Nolzur's Myconid Adult. Let's call 'em Cletus and Boletus. Cletus will become a Spore Servant.Boletus will get an upgrade.

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Clamp your mini down firmly. FIRMLY!  Otherwise the drill bit may try to skitter, and if there's one thing you DON'T want skittering, it's a rotating blade.
Now, get a very very fine drill bit and drill some holes in 'em! What angle should those holes be? It's graceful if they're more vertical than 90°, but you can make it work with most angles.
 
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Next, get as many pins as you have holes drilled. These pins will be your long-stemmed mushrooms.
It's probably smart to gauge the angle of the hole by inserting a straight pin into each hole before you begin the next step.  And it's always a good idea to be a smarter crafter than I!

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Then, BEND them pins. You want smooth curves, but *not* consistent lengths or uniform shapes. 
Mushrooms do not require light to grow, but the taller they are, the further their spores can disperse. 

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Now, get that superglue and glue those pins into the holes you've made for them. I advise starting at the top and working down. For verisimilitude, you want to avoid uniform heights and parallel curves (and indeed, straight lines at all).

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Then slap some paint onto those fungal stems and caps, and hey presto!

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Those are OUTSTANDING conversions, Rigel. The Nails work SPLENDIDLY as long stemmed mushrooms...an inspiring idea well worth stealing. TERRIFIC WORK!

AND  remember Fungus is your Friend.

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1 hour ago, Glitterwolf said:

Super!

Thanks! Easy and effective. Should have them painted within a day or two.
 

9 hours ago, Crowley said:

Nails... That's... Simple.

 

Brilliant, really... 

"Simple, yet functional" describes my projects as well as it describes me! :poke: 

If the pins are shorter and unbent, this would also be a good technique to convert a Stone Giant into a living Nkondi figure. Now *there's* a pulp-tastic idea.

 

10 hours ago, malefactus said:

Those are OUTSTANDING conversions, Rigel. The Nails work SPLENDIDLY as long stemmed mushrooms...an inspiring idea well worth stealing. TERRIFIC WORK!

Thank you very much, as one who knows! I thought you might have used the idea on your Mushroom Troll...
 

10 hours ago, malefactus said:

AND  remember Fungus is your Friend.

...It's growing on me! :lol:

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13 hours ago, Rigel said:

 

... I thought you might have used the idea on your Mushroom Troll...
 

 

I haven't tried the nails yet. I have been using jewelry head pins, different gauge floral/stem wire, & an occasional tooth pick/bbq skewer covered in green stuff.

G.W's Mushroom & Goblin combos have me thinking of my own versions. SO I have a lot of mushrooms underway, personable or not. The nails may be 

a cool addition to the mix...it can become an obsession.

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