I love Rubber Chickens
What did you do this weekend? I gussied up my Chicken Mobile. Oh, you know, it’s just another day in the life of a crazy rubber chicken lady!
I am not sure how I got attracted to rubber chickens, it was a slow process.
Key rubber chicken moments include:
- I started using one in my favorite routine Bunny Magic.
- I dressed one up at the last minute for a fun prop to take to a 4th of July parade.
- I found a really fun (and expensive) squeaking rubber chicken at Disneyland that I HAD to buy. Then I had to write a routine for it.
- I turned my ukulele into a chick-a-lele.
- I figured out how make a prop chicken explode.
- I started writing more and more gags with chicken themes.
- I found rubber chicken earrings at convention.
Julia my daughter suffered as well.
I used to sneak rubber chickens into her bed so she would wake up to them next to her snuggled in on her pillow.
I would seatbelt one onto the passenger seat of her car so that as she dashed out the driveway for school she would realize she had company.
I remember her looking at me in all seriousness one day saying “Mom, you have a problem!”
My family, friends, and staff have all enabled this addiction. And I love them for it!
When I bought an adult tricycle for parades it just seemed natural I would turn it into a chicken mobile! It spent all winter in my garage, but now that it’s parade season I needed to gussy it up.
Here’s a video of how I buffed up my chickens for their summer debut.
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How do you ‘clown up’ a rubber chicken?
A traditional rubber chicken by itself is not funny. It is kind of sick looking. Let’s look at some ways to make a simple rubber chicken into a fun playful clown prop.
Glue on some googly eyes. It helps get rid of that creepy dead-eye look!
Using the right glue is the key when it comes to plastic and rubber. Hot glue does NOT work. It just peals right off. Try E6000 Industrial Adhesive; it is super sticking and works great to glue anything to plastic. This glue withstands water and extreme temperatures.
Rubber chickens are hollow. Sometimes they need a little plumping up. Fiberfill will do the trick. Use a wooden dowel to poke in the fluff.
Feathers, anyone? Use E6000 to stick a few feathers on.
Paint the comb and maybe add some lipstick! Originally I used fingernail polish. It works great for small areas. For larger areas try acrylic craft paint. It might stay a bit tacky. Give it at least 48 hours to dry and cure before you go clowning around. How about some nail polish on the claws? I love to show little girls who have their toes painted Gladys the rubber chickens nails. “Look you and Gladys went to the same salon!”
I have added beaded necklaces and ruffled skirts as well. Anything on a rubber chicken looks ridiculous! You can use craft foam to make a collar and bow tie.
Use your imagination. The kids just love it and you will too.
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