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Fifth Generation by pahein Fifth Generation by pahein
So, two things to show off here. First, the piece de resistance-- the life-size needlefelt Yamask. The product of too many hours of work (as always), he ended up slapping me. A lot. That was the most annoying part of making him-- he slapped me. A lot. Anyway he is posable, with a complete wire armature in there. He's currently for sale; note me if you're interested.

Yamask is by far my favorite pokemon from the 5th gen. An overall strong generation, but quite a few personal favorites from here (if I could have felted a life-size Scolipede, you bet your bottom I would have). Yamask is consistently rated as the top scariest pokemon for all-time, and it's easy peasy to see why. Not only does it showcase that humans and pokemon are more alike than would have previously been assumed, it looks at its old face and cries. I mean come on. It's got all the cool egyptian thing going on, too, and it's got the blood-red eyes/tears.... A Pokemon that would be the talk of the town for philosophers, if there are any in the Pokemon world. Since I'm interested in that stuff, well yeah. =w=

Second, my Toukou/White cosplay. Made for Kumoricon 2011, I wore it there for a bit. It's my first-ever cosplay, and I originally wore it while carrying my life-size Mew ([link] and [link] ). Now that the Yamask is done, though... 'v' Here, it's worn by my sister, ~MyNameIsKaliK, who was gracious enough to be my model (for a small fee, of course). There's a c-gear in there, though you can't see it at all, which is... well, I worked a lot on it, anyway. Should've taken a picture of it, but oh well. It even has an interchangable screen with pictures for Black, Cheren, Bianca, and the Professor...

The reason I'm not in the outfit is because I cut my hair since I wore it-- and while it was the right length before, now it's a bob cut, so... my sister was easier to get to than buying a wig. And then I wouldn't have a photographer, if I was the subject.

Overall, I think a successful shoot. ;)

Photography ~adopt524
Art/Cosplay ~adopt524
Model -- ~MyNameIsKaliK
Pokemon Nintendo

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The yamask 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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ShadowRyghas Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT. IS. AMAZING. How much would one like that be? I'm dead serious!
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, probably 400 USD.
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:iconshadowryghas:
ShadowRyghas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about one that was a bit smaller?
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
It really depends on how much smaller; it could be anything from 35 and up depending on how big you want it.
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
SO HUGE. And so cute!
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! ouo
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:iconchibisilverwings:
ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome!
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Red-Flare Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is FANTASTIC. :clap: bravo!
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
:meow: Thank you!
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theamazingwrabbit Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
GAH WAT. YOU NEEDLEFELTED ALL THAT?

YOU'RE CRAZY, WOMAN.
i like it!!!
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
So everyone tells me. :D

Thank you.
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SilverGryphonsAerie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I am in utter awe of the size of this thing- the largest things I've needlefelted are a pair of dragons that are each about three feet long, but they're very slender, nothing like this. WOW.
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
To be honest, sewing at this size is a far more economical option.

I'm just insane. :XD:
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SilverGryphonsAerie Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, but damn, that is still impressive!
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jonita101 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Writer
How much WOOL did that take? That is really quite massive and lovely. I picked up the craft a few weeks ago and have kept to small things. How many hours or days did that take you think?
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, well I didn't keep track on this one, but my life-size Mew took ~60 hours.

As for wool, euhm 1-3 pounds, I think.

Thank you. :meow:
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jonita101 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Writer
Well they are both mind blowing and lovely! Keep doing what you do!
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BigBlueBeastBBB Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WANT! 8D *shot*
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stosphia Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
That
Is
INSANE!!!!!!
You felted that WHOLE THING!?!?!?!?!?!?!????? Oh my god, you either deserve an award or your own sainthood for patience and determination.
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Sainthood is only a title. Nothing worth, except for the deeds that made one worth getting that title in the first place.

Thank you. =w=
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stosphia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student General Artist
<.< ......sorry?
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Eeeuhm I'm saying the reward is in running the race, not getting the prize.

=w=;
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:iconstosphia:
stosphia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
oh okay.
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AmberTDD Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
This is easily the most perfect Yamask plush I've ever seen *u* WOW. <3
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! ouo
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:iconcoalredeyez:
CoalRedeyez Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This. Is. Amazing..
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Yukamina-Plushies Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This is amazing! :O
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Epic-Frazz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
IWANT!
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lexiepoo15 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
So amazing!
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! ^u^
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:iconlexiepoo15:
lexiepoo15 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Welcome!
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FantasyDragons Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Aww that is adorable!! Nice work on the plush!!
Epic costume too!
Great work
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much. ^u^
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areica Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Just a question, where do you buy that much roving wool?
I've been on and off needlefelting a bit ever since I saw your 1:1 Mew XD
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a local shop that sells plain undyed wool by the pound for pretty cheap. It's very useful. =w=
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:iconareica:
areica Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Ah, lucky. XD
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lugiamo3 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artist
this is very well done!! love it!!
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you. ouo
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lugiamo3 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Artist
very welcome!!:D
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FoxCrazy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been wanting to start needlefelting for a long time, and I was wondering, how did you learn?
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Uhm, I watched a video for all of five seconds.

And then practice.

Most of the reason why I'm good at needlefelting comes from years of study of anatomy. Applying it to the medium of needlefelting was a breeze for me. I'd highly suggest a comprehensive comparative anatomy reference guide for any artist. That and the more you can think in 3D, the easier it'll be to realize.
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FoxCrazy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see. Well, like, I'm still trying to grasp the concept of how it works. Once I get that, I'll probably be able to get the hang of it.
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llimus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Ugh... So gorgeous... I'm... I'm really tempted to buy it...

Like-- really tempted...
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
You are crazy don't buy my crazy priced things

I say this because I love you dahling. =w=; while I'd love to make a sale if you can't afford it/shouldn't buy it please don't.
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llimus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Aha, when you started talking about how it rubs off/away/(other appropriate word) I wasn't liking the idea as much... lD;;;
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
It's not so much, it's just a thing needlefelts do. Not so much away as.... it garners lint-sorta things. But I digress. =w=;
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llimus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah~ =w= <3

Thanks, anyways... ;w;'
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xSystem Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love what you've written at the bottom about needlefelting :D I was just wondering what your view is on the storage/lasting or needlefelts, and the pilling/fluff catching. I feel it can be a huge issue, so what do you say/recommend? :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Haaaah, yeah, I have no solution. Generally I just felt and then they're "art dolls", not meant for heavy use unless you don't care. My first Mew has been a needlefelt plush in my bed for around a year now and it's held up pretty good. I mean it doesn't look as awesome as it used to but it's only important to me in that it's a life-size Mew and I can hug it.

The sheer volume of wool tend to keept itself together. That being said, my first mew is a denser needlefelt than I usually do. I could probably experiment with that.

The best solution to the fuzz, at least at the outset, is wetfelting, but since I'm not too keen on inviting mold to grow in my things-- besides which I'm simply lazy and don't have the space nor the desire to let my house smell like a barn. Other than that, touch-ups are a fine solution if you need it looking good. Of course I always have extra wool and needles laying around, so for me that's no problem, but for others.... I did try an art fixative once, but it didn't help that much. I really should investigate more about it.

And needlefelts smaller than a foot tall are hardly becoming beloved dolls. Least, the types I do. Without as much touching/finagaling they stay just fine in my opinion. Of course I never really aimed for that "perfect no-fuzz" finish in the first place... as desirable as it may be. Again, I really should experiment but for now I'll just do as I do.

Thank you for the imformed question, by the way. Always a pleasure to share my opinion. Though that's a fool's errand, some say... Mind if I hear your thoughts? ouo
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xSystem Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for such a comprehensive answer :D

I haven't experimented too much with needle-felting myself, mostly because it takes too long for my patience :P Though I agree that it's so fun/easy to sculpt and shape things, and have them come out looking super accurate.

As for the fluffing, I bought a little hand-sized cutie from ~spinphase about two years ago, and he sat on my shelf for over a year just in the open. He got slightly dusty, and as I gently wiped it away it still couldn't help but disturb the fibers out of place. If I ever bought/made needle-felts, personally I think they'd be great in a plastic box/container to sustain them.

I love the larger pieces too, though. It's always cool to see things bigger and bigger, most needle-felts I've seen are rather small/average sized.

Thanks again for the information :)
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