If the Auchs are doing one of their 3-D books, like Chickerella or Beauty and the Beaks, MJ creates chicken manikins, designs and makes costumes for them, then sculpts multiple sets of eyes and beaks for each character to give it a variety of facial expressions. She also sculpts their shoes – her favorite part of the process. MJ needle-sculpts the wings from wool, incorporating wire to make them posable. When all of the chicken parts are finished, MJ takes the birds upstairs to Herm’s chicken photo studio.