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151: Life-Size by pahein 151: Life-Size by pahein
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No.: 151
Name: MEW
Species: Plushie

Ability: Cuddlebug

Height: 1'4"
Weight: 3.5 lbs

Description:
This life-size MEW plush is one-of-a-kind. Made by someone pure of heart with a strong desire to see it, it is possible that this plush may attract a real MEW someday.

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EDIT: For those interested, [link] has details. :meow:

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Geekiness aside, now... This is an honest-to-goodness life-size needlefelted Mew. It's 1'4" tall, with a tail of a whopping 50" long. It weighs 3 1/2 lbs, which is pretty good considering it's needlefelted. (A real Mew is supposed to weigh 8.8 lbs.) It does have a wire armature, but the sheer amount of wool around the wire prevents bending of the body. The arms, neck, feet, and tail are all posable, however. Other than the wire, though, it's all wool. More importantly, it's all needlefelted wool, and it's really dense and firm.

Thus, this is the product of many, many hours of blood, sweat, and tears. No joke-- there are actual drops of blood in there. Needlefelting is dangerous. I did find out, though, that it took me eight hours just to get the final layer of pink on the form. And that's possibly the smallest layer of felt. AND I redid half of that layer twice.

I'm pretty pleased with the result, though, even though it took me such a long time. I brought it around with me a little bit once and suddenly I was surrounded by geeks cooing and complimenting me on it. That was awesome.

I plan on making a tutorial on this guy; I've got all the pictures, it's just a matter of putting them together cohesively. It might take a while, but bother me about it and it'll get done quicker.

Also! This Mew will make an appearance at Kumoricon 2011, so those coming, watch out for him! :heart:

Ah, and watch out, guys: my next personal project involves the wishing pokemon, Jirachi. :)

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This creation was made with a type of crafting called needle felting. Basically what happens is I take a bunch of loose (i.e. roving) wool and jab it with a needle (many, many times). The wool bonds to itself, slowly getting firmer and firmer. Eventually, it's firm enough to stand by itself in a sculpture-like way. By adding more roving wool, I can sculpt a creature or a person or whatever out of the wool.

Needlefelting is a relatively new craft, having only been invented 30 years or so ago. It's similar to the process of wet felting, but instead of using water, needles are used.

My needlefelt creations almost always include a wire base, so they are extremely posable, and I find the freedom of sculpting and the resulting plushness to be everything I could have asked for in a medium.

I happily take commissions, and my prices range from 20 and up, depending on the complexity but mainly on the size.

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:iconakatsukiminato:
akatsukiminato Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awwwwwwww mew is suuuuuuuper adorable!!!!
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:iconshadowmooncake:
awwwww so cute!!!
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:iconamarynththeninetales:
Seeing your needle felt sculptures, I feel a combination of awe, inspiration, and envy! I needle felt, and I've done a tiny Chikorita, but only recently have I found out how to make the wool firm. ;-; I LOVE YOUR STUFF! 
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:iconpahein:
pahein Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahhh, thank you very much. ;u; 
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:iconscarletkat151:
scarletkat151 Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely want this! Do I need to send you a note?
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:iconpahein:
pahein Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
If you'd like to discuss a commission, yes, a note would be a good place to discuss that. c:
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:iconcookiepielover:
Simply extraordinary ^^
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:icondragonlvr2k5:
DragonLvr2k5 Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cute... A little expensive for me atm, but I'd love to get one one of these days... XD
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:iconmcweetbix:
I just started needle felting, and looking at this masterpiece again I've deemed you utterly insane.
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:iconpahein:
pahein Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. >w>
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