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Merlin the Timber Wolf by pahein Merlin the Timber Wolf by pahein
So I have a friend who's graduating that loves wolves. When I presented this gift to her, she loved it, which is great.

That is to say, not for sale, basically.

I did have a lot of fun making this lil' guy... he's got a wire armature, and a posable mouth + tongue.

I found out something new about my camera when I took his photos, so they're better quality than some of the ones I've taken previously. Woot.

What else? Oh: thank you Zoobooks for already-handy reference (but darn you for sending me the same issue twice, my mom got mad and cancelled our subscription...)

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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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PaigeNulph May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love love love this! Your work is very inspiring :)
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pahein May 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you very much. :meow:
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Karinta May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the quarter in the mouth :D
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pahein May 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I thought it was a nice touch, too. ;)
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Karinta May 27, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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animallover1990 Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
so thats why my change has been dissapearing
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funfor4 Dec 3, 2012
cute!
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AzureHowlShilach Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
that's adorable :love:
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RockyDee Jan 14, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
What kind of wire do you use? I'm just starting to experiment with bases for needle felting and used pipe cleaners, but I wasn't sure if there was a better wire to work with >w<;
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pahein Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I buy wire, the sort jewellers would use, at 20 or 22 gauge, and just sort of wrap a wire skeleton out of that for my smaller ones. For bigger armatures I use 17 gauge, currently. I've got, like, 1/4 mile of 17 gauge wire. It weighs more than a small dog. It makes me happy. :,D
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