From a sombrero-
The step by step is below.
Covering the sombrero in wax to give it body.
Heating the wax until it completely soaks into the straw.
Lastly I shape it into a pigeon while it is hot.
I am creating a sculpture a week of a German beak trumpeter pigeon with leg muffs. Each week I use a different material. This pigeon was Picasso' peace dove.