Cephalopods, fur, and things that move that wouldn't normally: why not combine these into a furry animatronic cuttlefish-slug mostrosity?
Polly the cuddlefish was an idea that we built in 2018 for Maker Faire, and wandered around with until the servo broke and we replaced the servo with fishing lines so we can puppet the arms.
This year we decided to go all fancy and actually try to make a more polished version of a cuddly, fluffy, glowy land-based cuttlefish that would be an abomination if it were real.
Build a clay maquette with foil and modeling clay, then covered it in plastic wrap and tape to cut the tape into a rough pattern for the head, the body, and one arm.
Cut out the fabric pieces using the pattern, then sew the pieces together adding zippers to the body to access the plastic internals/electronics.
Paint the safety eyes and coat the eyes with resin.
Use the maquette to make a 3D scan of the body at Tan's, and 3D model the plastic body arms.
Use thermo-mold plastic to create a head/mount for the servo.
Attached the arms to the head and wired arms to the servo with the fishing line.
Glue components to the body.