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So. Uh, yep. Flaaffy. I always spell their name wrong... miss the second 'f' every time. This one is one foot tall.

I wrote down how long this took me. 38 hours and 30 minutes. The largest chunk of that time spent watching the Chevalier de Deon series (or, or, well, the title's something like that), but that had a horrible ending. so horrible

Uhm, so yeah. Second commission ever. Whee~!

Tried a few new things with this: namely, shiny fibers (for the tail orb and eyes) and looser felting for the fluff. I'm mainly worried how it'll hold up, but it did two things: one, saved me oodles of time, and two, it feels so soft. I'm jealous I can't keep it, almost.

But I got paid, so it's all good, and I will gladly see it off to its new home.

Off to my next stuffs~!

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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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Flarietale Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
So cute ; v ;
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Limelight-Night Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I love your needle felts! I've just got into needle-felting, its great! :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
It is, isn't it? ;)

Thank you! ^u^
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Feltiriums Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
amazing :) good work!
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SanaGale Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
How do you get them so smooth looking? I really felt the hell out of my projects, but they still have a loose halo of fuzz all around them. I use merino wool...so maybe it is too fine in general to be felted smoothly without spending 100+ hours at it.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
They're big?

They still have fluff on them, but usually with these bigger projects all the roving wool keeps itself together. It's still a problem I'm working on addressing, honestly... but yeah. There's wet-felting techniques that can help, and then of course you could just spend a bajillion hours on making it denser.
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SanaGale Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
the roving is holding together and they aren't loose, but the "finish" to my projects look far fuzzier than what I am seeing from needle felting artists. I heavily felt my projects. I think it might be a trait of merino wool. Wool Basting seems to felt much smoother from what I have seen but I was wondering if there was anything special people do. As for wet felting techniques, I don't know how well they work with 3D projects. I have tried smoothing over things with some water and a tiny bit of dish soap, but I can't see much of a difference.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Eeeh, "smoothing them over" with water and dish soap wouldn't make a difference. The idea of wet felting is to agitate the wool together-- as far as I know, it'd take a bit more serious scrubbing... Merino wool? Really? I use that for a lot of my projects... I get the feeling it might be a factor. It's silker, it comes in roving already less felted together than my other rovings tend to...

Mmmm, dunno what wool basting is. Honestly, the best thing you can do is experiment on some scraps. Felt something, then see if glue or some other adhesive works. Just keep at it and you'll find a solution. Me, I'm... not motivated enough to find a solution, so I probably won't. ^^;
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SanaGale Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Ha, thank you for the tips. I will keep experimenting to see what works.
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hezoo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
So accurate, So beautiful (sparkles!), So all around awesome :heart:
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