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Life Size Jirachi by pahein Life Size Jirachi by pahein
Mmmmm, yay, this lil' dude is finally done. That IS a quarter on his... streamer-thingy.

I have to say it: he has a ton of wire in his armature. Everywhere. It sucked. My needles kept breaking. D:

This guy will also be making an appearance at Kumoricon this year.

What else? Oh. He's cute, but I'm unlikely to want to make more of him, so if you do want a Jirachi, it's going to be more expensive than it normally would be for his size. All those details don't seem like much until you're constantly breaking needles on them. DX

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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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Very good! Has a bunch of loose thread, looks like it hasnt shaved in a bit, but anyway good! It must have taken forever, and thse size is VERY good! Anyway, work on getting less loose thread, and I would have to believe its REAL pokemon work. Of course you can expect it to be perfect. Just trying to get to the 100 word minimum. XD Anyway, it is amazing, and you should definetly keeep on doing it. I would request a flygon one, if you are taking requests..... I obviously like Flygons. Anyway, Llama for your GREAT work! Bye!
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basketbears Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Hi I was wondering if you did commissions I love jirachi and yours is sooo cute how much for one including postage to UK
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Sometimes I do take commissions; however, right now is a really busy time in my life, so I'm not at the moment. A life size Jirachi I would price tentatively at 500 USD; shipping varies depending on how fast you would like it to arrive, but USPS Priority mail price would be ~$40.
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thebeatlesduck Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
its so beautiful im in luvvvv lol
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Numbuh1Nerd Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
How big?
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pahein Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
A foot tall, from feet to head-point-thing.
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Psybur Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome Jirachi! I tried to make mine "life-size" but ended up making it "Larger-than-life-size"!
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pahein Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Jirachi's actually pretty small, yeah. :XD: I always make a scale reference picture for when I'm wokring on my larger projects.
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FlareDragonessReshi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Writer
I sincerely hope for your sake, someone doesn't request Zekrom, Reshiram, or Milotic for a life-size commission. I can hear the millions of needles breaking already.... >.>

That being said, you did a really amazing job on Jirachi, he looks friggin ADORABLE! <3 The details, the fluffiness, the EYES. Oh my god, those eyes... :meow:
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
HAHA. No. Three feet is my limit. XD unless... unless someone is willing to pay me $40k a year until I finish one of those?

People seem to love my eyes. Which is awesome, because I love making the eyes. :heart: Thank you~
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FlareDragonessReshi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Writer
WHOA. $40K...

I know some people who are complete Pokemon fanatics who would prolly pay that price O_o (coughiftheyhadthatkindofmoneylol)

Psh, that's a new car, and then some XD

But yeah, keep up the great work~ :3
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Well, I mean, I'm not sure it'd take a full year to make. Maybe. I dunno. But that's a decent wage, yeah? Living wage where I live is around 20k a year... and that's bare minimum sorta stuff. I'd like a decent apartment, a nice health insurance plan, steady supply of food... not to mention the cost of building a needlefelt like that. I'd have to rent a studio just for that, plus cost of wool, wire, etc.... Actually, you know what, at the size of Reshiram and stuff, I'd probably have to learn welding. And then I'd only felt the outside. |D;;

The problem is finding the people who do have the money. >w>
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FlareDragonessReshi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Writer
Very decent wage considering minimum wage around here is about... $16k? So either way, two years pay on one commission wouldn't be bad XD

Pfft, Reshiram would prolly be the hardest to do... her wings and DAT TAIL... Well, same goes for Zekrom and his giant turbine tail, but I digress!

And plus... how the heck would you even mail them to the commissioner? ^^;
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Mail?

If they're that rich, they'll just have me build it where they want it in the first place. :|

Or, alternatively, assemble it piece-by-piece and then do the finishing touches at the final location?
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FlareDragonessReshi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Writer
Very true, and much less time consuming.


Although, the look of the postmaster's face would be hilarious... Like, "You're kidding right?" XD
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha. Sadly, there would have to be semi-trucks or jets involved, I think.
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Matt-Kun09 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
This is absolutely amazing. By far the most impressive needle felt work I've ever seen. I know it takes a long time to create, and especially one this particularly large in size. The details are perfect, and I absolutely love how bright the eyes are. They really, really stand out and were done remarkably. You are extremely talented, and I absolutely love your work. <3
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pahein Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Perhaps the brightest spots in my days as an artist are comments like this one.

Yours stands out mainly because of the "how long it took" part. :XD: It's so insanely nicer to have that than the people who obviously don't read and ask "oh hey can I get one for 30 bucks?"

Anyway. Thank you kindly for the comment; it makes this day a bright one. :heart:
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TwilightSweetie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Artist
Awww~ *A* Its so cute~ >u< You did an awesome job on it.
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MeepakaJirachi13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist
So Cute!!! I love Jirachi:D My friend Soto calls me it sometimes:D
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BlakDragon284 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! I've been wanting to do something life-sized for a while now, but I cant even fathom how long it would take, my felting time is limited to one or two days a weak and a few hours in between. What kind of wire do you use? Is it made of all yellow wool? Sometimes I use natural wools on the inside of larger felts to save money, rather than using up the colored ones. Is that common or am i just weird? lol
Do you add anything to help keep the fibers on the outer layer from frizzing up? I've noticed some of my older felties seem to come undone over time. On my triceratops I put a light layer of hairspray and felted over it, I'm not sure how much of a difference it made since I sold it 2 days later. I only used a little so I dont know how long it would have lasted. I'm still experimenting! Any tips you have would be a great help!
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pahein Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Wire: Smaller creations, 20 or 22 gauge. Larger, as in, most of my life size stuff, 18 or 16 gauge.

I use a base color wool too-- less expensive. In this case, the base undyed wool happened to be the color I wanted anyways.

And no. People keep suggesting it, but I'm lazy and by the time I've finished felting the form, I'm usually sick of the project... ;P I do know some people wetfelt their creations after they've been made.

Sorry for the curt answers, but I just returned from a con and have a lot on my plate right now. Were I not trying frantically to arrange at least ten things all at once, I would normally be more talkative. ^^;
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BlakDragon284 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm usually very tired of a project too, by the time I'm done. But I'm concerned that all that work would go to waste over time if I didn't try something to help hold it together. I'm worried hairspray may have a bleaching, or otherwise discoloring effect on the wool. So I'm hoping someone can suggest things they have tried and found successful. I'm not sure what wetfelting is, or how to do it. but if it works I'd try it. =]

Thank you for your reply, I'm the only person, of all my local artist friends who does this, so getting tips and pointers from anyone is great!! Thanks a lot. If you ever have time to look over some of my other felties, I would love, LOVE, any advice you might have. And would really appreciate your time. ♥
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pahein Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Wetfelting is using soapy water to agitate the wool to make it felt more... I avoid doing so because of the size of my projects, it'd be heck to wait for each layer or whatever to dry... not to mention the increased base wool costs. I think discoloration would depend on the dye and hairspray used, though. Right now I'm trying out a fixative meant for paper things (charcoal, pencils, etc) on one of my smaller pieces that receives a lot of wear and tear; so far it's held up great, but it's not been tested for very long yet. So we'll have to see how that turns out.

Needlefelting advice... ah ha ha ha. I guess I might be in a position to give that? I dunno. Mostly my advice is to sit back, prepare for LOTS of TV while you felt, and have patience.

As an artist in many mediums, however, I'd suggest studying anatomy and comparative anatomy. But I always suggest that.
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BlakDragon284 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm also mixed media, as art goes. I love to
sketch and doodle, and I dabble in all kinds of things from sculpting to painting to cg art. But I found a real interest in needle felting. and the more I do it, the more I love it.

I need TV to felt for any extended period of time! lol!! But I also can get in a few pokes and jabs at work. Its only when I start poking myself repeatedly that I know its time to put it down!

Please let me know if your fixative works, I dont know if I'd have the patients for wet felting either. it seems like it would be messy.
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pahein Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Needlefelting is pretty addicting. ^^;

I find it hard to focus on needlefelting for too long. The longest session I've managed is eight hours, but that was when no one was around to bother me. Usually I only get one or two hours in at a time.

So far, it's working ~okay~, but nothing spectacular. The felt is still frizzing off, albeit slower than it was before I tried the fixative.
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FMAnarutoDUH Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Will this appearance be in Artists Alley or elsewhere?
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, nah, this is my first con, he's gonna be lugged along with me one of the days. :meow:
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Neeko48 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011   General Artist
Great work as always! I love seeing what you make!
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you.
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Inzim-1 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
That's REALLY impressive! :wow: All the detail and design are amazing!

I also might be at Kumoricon. :eyes:
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you.

I might see you there. :eyes:
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Inzim-1 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
No prob! ;)
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Mitriel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
kawaii *__*
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
[08/21/11] adopt524: Clarisse smiled at Judas's wordless approval. She floated beside him as they made their way back to the hotel.
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MaryCapaldi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is so adorable! The fuzziness just adds to the cuteness since it looks so soft. Very nicely done.
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you.
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MarineElementia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
DO WANT ;_;
..but I'm poor. xD Good work. :]
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you.
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oDominic Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Brilliant job! Looks amazing. I love the eyes.
Well done!
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you.
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mihoyonagi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is seriously fantastic. Great Job.
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you.
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dragonmarkaleb Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011   General Artist
Oh gosh, he came out so cute! I'm really liking the little details. Even if it doesn't look like a lot it's still a nice touch, especially with the eyes where it looks like there's a bit of a mixing of color there. :3 You planning any more life sized Pokes for yourself? |D
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Hehe, as in drawing, eyes are my most favorite parts to work on. :aww:

Yes. Plenty. Hopefully I'll have Yamask done by Kumoricon, and after that, I'm looking forward to planning a Whimsicott. :meow:
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shadowsoffear Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD IT'S SO CUTE.
And I'd never seen or heard of this art form before, but it's just gorgeous. Kind of like a plushie, kind of like a plastic toy... with the benefits of both!
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you.

And yes! I know! That's why I love needlefelting so much. :D
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Merbear-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
He is beautiful @____@
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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MiniMyu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
I'm so happy.. you made him! Too bad about the wire, but, but! <3 That's wonderful results y'got there, marm. ^^
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pahein Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
:meow:
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