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Owl with Wings by pahein Owl with Wings by pahein
Such a creative title, I know. I'm sorry. I've been a little zombified today.

Anyway. The product of lots of thinking and somewhat a disappointment, this owl is another grad gift for a friend. A male snowy owl, to be exact... which was far easier than any other owl. Owl have buttloads of patterns. Her favorite owl was too difficult for me. ;__;

Wings are difficult. Felt is vastly thicker than actual feathers. I am trying to find a more realistic way of felting wings that fold properly... This time, I used machine-felted stuff from the store. I think I'm going to try laminated felt next time, and borrow :iconglasscamel:'s wire in each feather. But that's mainly because my next bird is going to be a little bit bigger-- a life-size Resplendant Quetzal. If I ever get around to it again; it's rather low on the list of projects I have going on. Sadly. Because I'm stupid and keep on putting projects on my list.

Anyway. Owl. Posable wings. Yay~!

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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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:iconxbox-ds-gameboy:
Xbox-DS-Gameboy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just might steal this~ XD
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so beautiful, snowy owls belong to my favourite birds!
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, this is sooo lovely! I absolutely love this expression! Great!! :heart:
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emilykm2 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Thats amazing
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Hehe, thanks. :3
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Teapot-Mysteries Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
featured here [link]
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks. :meow:
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GlassCamel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
:iconohrlyplz: even though he looks kinda serious: :iconnotreallyplz: *sporfle* :la:

Fantastic! Love the bendy wings and his great quarter-holding skillz! XD Lots of work! :thumbsup: Can't wait to see the quetzal! :eager:
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student General Artist
I... didn't not think of that at all. If I had, he would've been all :iconohrlyplz:. Definitely.

:meow: Thanks.
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dragonmarkaleb Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011   General Artist
Wow, I think this turned out great! I absolutely love the wings on it and it's awesome that they're posable. :3
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student General Artist
:meow:
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magicalwaterfall Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Adorable. :heart:
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student General Artist
:meow:
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Baroquecat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool! :-)
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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shapiru Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I found it well done enough. I will say impressive. I'm looking forward to see your quetzal. (even if it is below yours to do list.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Awww, thank you. :meow:
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Mias-Munchkins Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
wow thats really awesome! ^-^
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks. :meow:
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Mias-Munchkins Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
most welcome ^-^
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MiniMyu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
You are amazing! I love owls and this one came out so incredibly lifelike!
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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Tedimo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
...AWESOME! :heart:
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Hehe, thank you. :meow:
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Jadest Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Hi. Check out my Pegasus. Ive got wire running through the wings pretty much in the shape of a real bird's bones then needle felted feathers onto that frame. I felted both wings flat then bent the wire afterwards to get that curve.

Great work on the owl. And good luck with the next project.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I've seen your pegasus before, and that method is great for static wings, but I'm shooting for realistically posable wings, that fold up like real bird's wings do. Which provides a larger deal of trouble for me. ^^;

Thank you. :meow:
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Jadest Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I've considered doing that before...then scratched that off the list for being too hard. Good on you for trying. I'll be keeping an eye on your gallery to see how you go. One thought I had was to collect my cockatiel's feathers as he moults them and somehow glue them in. I'm guessing when you said you're planning to add a wire to each feather you're using the wire as the feather shaft so when you bend the wings the feathers will be able to settle against each other.
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
You've got a cockatiel too? Hehe. I thought about using real feathers, but then I decided I'd rather use felt for continuity. There are people who do use real feathers, and their stuff looks good-- but generally, real feathers are bigger than their creations, so they aren't able to use actual feather arrangements. Which is a -huge- pet peeve of mine. And you guess right about the wire. :meow:
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OneLoneTree Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is exquisite! I think I spelt that wrong too xD

The feathers must have been so frustrating >.< they are so individual!
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pahein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:

They weren't particularly difficult. There's only a couple of patterns, and they are rather small wings. Though, that they're so thick is really frustrating for me. I don't want to be limited by the form, really, but this is one case where I have to think out of the box to get what I want.
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