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Friends Fly Together -- Commission by pahein Friends Fly Together -- Commission by pahein
Whew! My first commission of the summer's finally done. These two dragons, LJ (brown) and Vire (gray), belong to the lovely *AzuL-J. Between the two of them I've learned a decent amount about needlefelting.

Mainly, that attempting hair like that is tedious. Actually, attempting anything that involves lots of individual parts is tedious, as I learned with the feathered wings. My most ambitious attempt at a folding wing yet, LJ's brown, blue & teal wings were a labor of love. Each feather was sewn individually and consists of two to three layers of fabric, with a wire hidden inbetween the seam of the feathervane. Then I stiffened the feathers with a mix of modge-podge and water. All 32 of those feathers connect to a piece-wise contraption of a wire armature inside, to mimic the actual movement range of a real wing. It... didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, but it's still pretty awesome.

LJ's hat was suuuuper eensy weensy tiny. I was barely able to sew it with my machine. Both it and her scarf are held in by pins, because needlefelt is wonderful like that. I should make myself a cute pinholder. Oooh. Now I've got an idea. Heheh.

I think that's it... Oh! By the way, I think I've learned a trick to keep fluff down on needlefelts in the process of making these. I didn't use it on them, though, because it gives them a totally different texture. I'm not sure if I like it yet, but I've tried it out on one of my old pieces. If anyone's interested, shoot me a comment and I can upload some pictures. I'd LOVE some opinions on it.

Now I'm outta stuff. I've got a couple more commissions down the line, I should probably pen up and updated journal... I think that's it! Oh. One last bit... Commissioning me would be a cool thing, because it's the only summer job I have!

So go ad do that! Details right HERE!


And, of course, critiques are always welcome. :meow:

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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 to bind the wool together, 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 take commissions occasionally when I have the time, and since it's summer, I have it! A lot of my slots are open for reservation right now, over here. If you'd like a quote, just send me a note! I'm always happy to answer any questions you may have.

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:iconelycian:
Elycian Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, these guys are so cute! So detailed wow~
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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Sme81 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Hey there, just here to let you know how happy LJ is with what you have made for her, not going lie I was a little skeptical at first before I really knew what they were but they are awesome and also look really amazing.
Thanks again for the great work, I cant wait to see them in person myself when i go to see her.
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like your style. These guys are very unique and creative
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful dragons! I just love the dark brown one mainly! His face is too cute!
All your time and work for sure worth a lot on these couple! =D

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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :meow:
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
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:iconravean:
Ravean Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Love, love, love dem foldy wings.
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Aren't they fun? They're probably not what I'm going to end up doing eventually, but they've given me an idea of what I should be aiming for in the future, more or less. Wings are ridiculous, though--I've rediscovered that much. 
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Anzeo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so awesome.
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, that's a new one. :XD: Thanks!
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sylvialovespink Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So beautiful!  I'm sure your customer will be so happy to own these :)
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aacrell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
These are freaking awesome. Them poseable wings, just wow. 
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Aaah, thank you! :meow:
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
These two are wonderful! And thank you for the explanation about needlefelting. I had a general idea of how it was done, and I am always amazed at the details people get with this process!
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm glad it could be of use to you! Needlefelting is really great that way; to me it's a great mix between painting, clay, and plush-making all at once. Which is great because I dislike all of those but LOVE their results, aheh... 
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foxy-yazoo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
WOW these are beautiful! Sewing the fabric wings with the needlefelting is a really interesting technique, I hadn't thought of anything like that. I can only imagine how tedious that hair must have been, but it turned out great! 

I would be interested in a trick to keep fluff down on needlefelts, it's an issue of me.  I do it by dunking the needlefelt in hot water a few times as I've been making it, and it's had moderate success.  I'm curious as to what you do! 
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student General Artist
One fluff-taming method, coming right up! :) fav.me/d6gaj7u
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Early on in needlefelting, someone commissioned me for their fursona, which happened to incorporate a zipper. After pondering over how I'd add it in for a short while, I just tried needlefelting it in, and it worked, so that's really the only reason I thought of it. It's not a technique to be used too often; depending on your fabric, it can be hard on your needles (I broke all three on my holder at once when I hit the fabric the wrong way!) and it mainly depends on the fibers holding the fabric in. Presumably, anything that has small holes in it could work similarly, though I've never had reason to experiment with it. 

I always shied away from wet-felting the surface because some of my stuff can get big, and I'd really hate to have water stick on the inside and start growing mold or something. I don't expect that it would happen, but it's always been an image in my head that keeps me from trying. :< I'm going to take a picture of my experiment as opposed to just normal needlefelt, and add my thoughts on it soon, so I'll let you know when I post that~
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CamelliaCorn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
sweet jesus, this is so detail, dude you got some talent there ;)
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you very much! :meow:
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CamelliaCorn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you are welcome
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Safyr3 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icontakemymoneyplz:
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BlueDragonsBum Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Writer
Holy crap... OuO

These are the best character recreated stuffies I've ever seen! 8D

You're REALLY good at this.
I can't even describe how good. :XD:

Truly you have an incomparable skill. c:
Excellent work.
Seriously!
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you very much. :D
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, these are awesome! I love LJ's glasses and wee little hat. The details in the felt are perfect as always, and the wings look great!

I'd love to see your fuzz taming method! That's something I'm always interested in. I've just been using superfine Merino when I need a really smooth finish, but even that has some fuzz. I always like learning new things anyway. :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student General Artist
One fuzz-taming method, coming right up! :) fav.me/d6gaj7u
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :D The hat was fun to make, haha. Compared to what I was expecting, though, the hat was more effort and the glasses were less effort than what I thought they would be. 

I'll post a picture in a coupe days with a comparison and my thoughts on the method. :meow: I'll let you know when it's up~
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shaloneSK Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
OMG AAAwwwwwwwwww that is sooo cute!!!!! XDDD Simply amazing work! :heart:
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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shaloneSK Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Welcome :3
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garbagekeeper Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, look at them! They turned out great! I love the way you did the wings and how they bend *o*
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Ehehe, thank you very much! :meow:
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AzuL-J Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are absolutely completely perfect! Not only did you manage to transform mine and my boyfriend's dragons into a physical form through needlefelt you've also managed to produce them to look like my style! I can't even begin to describe how appreciative I am that you accepted my commission and also how excited I am to have them in the mail in a couple days :lol:.

I'd love to write more, but you already had a big explosion of happyness from me through a note when you sent the sta.sh image :XD:!
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm really glad you like them. :meow: They were dropped in the mail on Thursday, so you should be seein' them sometime this week. :D
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AzuL-J Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee<3
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SpawnFire88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Outstanding work OwO
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