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
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.