Thunder birds

This is one of my latest sculptures.

I love the way he turned out, for although there are some thing I could have done better; overall I feel he conveys the essence of this legendary creature as I understand it.

He has the rain and lightening coming out of his wings, which was a particularly tricky step, as each tiny glass trail wanted to melt into its neighbour as I pulled them out in the flame.  Also I made an ‘implosion’ fire in the base of this statue with more colour overlaid to represent the storms, fights and lightening the thunder bird is master over.

I love trying to get inside a myth or legend to understand it enough to create the characters in glass. Any suggestions for my next creature?

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