Yellow!

pikachuSince  I took a break from Slowpoke, I was thinking that I would do a Jigglypuff, since you know, I’m really good at circles.  But then my mother donated her wool that she wasn’t using (it’s not really a hobby for her), and in that collection was yellow.  It wasn’t really a yellow needed to make my husband his Abra, but I could definitely make a Pikachu!  Besides, that’s more of a mascot for Team Instinct anyways.

So I’m using Living Felt Merino Batt Lemon Peel?  It came in the spring collection color set, and they don’t really tell you whats in there.  But that’s the closest I can match it too.  Butter cup was a close color match as well.

My husband felt my frustration with the Slowpoke, and since he is a gaming expert, he felt he should help.  I think he just felt bad because he played his video games all day long (not that I mind, that’s more felting time), so he wanted to spend some time with me.  So he made an armature for me.  He’s definitely not use to making these, nor does he have any clue as to what to expect once the wool goes on, so there were a few unexpected mishaps I had to kind of adjust to.

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Rule #1 to Armatures, don’t make circles.

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As you know, I’m really good at circles, at least without armatures.  But I find putting this beautiful shape (that’s not really a shape) into wire, makes it really hard to fill in the middle.  So around and around I went until finally, I just squished it together and told my husband he is never allowed to make circles on an armature again.  He saw the process, he understands now.  So Pikachu is going to be a little larger than we anticipated.

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cheeto puff arms with a bit of pipe cleaner to hold them downward

I also learned some new tricks with making shapes stick better.  Add a pipeclean, or fuzzy stick. *laughs* I think my tail turned out really nice!

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I’ll be honest, I’m a little disappointed with the face.  When I put on Pika’s cheek color, it took down the cheeks.  My husband says I’m being to hard on myself, but that’s just who I am.  I have to remember, I’m still really new at this, and everything right now is a learning experience.  I’m also happy my eyes are on the same level, I seem to have trouble putting things on not crooked.  Getting there though!

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This took me about 10-11 hours.  Again, I was bad at keeping track of time.  I’ll have to find me an app where I have to clock in and out between project times. I think my next project will be something for the holidays. Maybe pumpkins… do I have any orange?

Inventory: A lot of Pink

slowpokeSo after calculating inventory, I have found out my next Pokemon should be something pink.  I’m not a big pink person, and so I know I will never really use all this wool up.  I won this wool in a contest as part of a goody bag from Living Felt.  You could see my winning design on my first post, as it was my first felting project (still pretty proud of my first one).  So I’m using, I believe (ripped that paper off too fast), Merino felting batt in Tulip.

So I had a couple of choices.  Jigglypuff or Slowpoke.  I already did a circle shape Pokemon, and well lets face it, I’m pretty good at circles.  So I thought I would venture out into a more complicated shape.  Again, I’m using up my cheap “crappy” big store brand wool as a build out and saving my Living Felt core wool for my… more serious projects?  Well, I’m just trying to use up this stuff so it doesn’t take up more space in my wool bin (what I really mean is so I have more room when I order more wool).

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So I’m working along, making a few adjustments to positions.  I had a lot of different images to work off of, but everyone voted for the standing position that slowpoke is doing in Pokemon Go!  So that is the one I went with.  I made the legs too long, and had to cut them off.  I’ve made 3 different mouths, but none really worked.  I seem to be having a really hard time with this.  So I’m going to set this one aside and maybe try another Pokemon, and then come back.  I have made the front legs more like what they are suppose to be.  But the face.  The face just makes me angry.  So for now, he remains unfinished.

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working that duck face XD

 

Working Armature

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fuzzy sticks and jewelry wire cutters

I’m trying my first attempt at building the base to my first dog sculpture with armature in it. I got 18 gauge wire from Living Felt, when I made my order, knowing that I would need this for what I wanted to do. I did have to make a run to Wal-mart to pick up, what I call pipe cleaners, and everyone else is now referring to them as fuzzy sticks. So now that the label says “fuzzy Sticks,” that’s how I will refer to them. I just thought I should clarify in case you didn’t know if their name change or if you didn’t know what they were called before of their name change.

A youtube video (she talks about the build of an armature at about 6:20) had told me to twist my wire, so that’s what I did. It turns out, it really hurt my fingers and I had a really hard time twisting. When we made our next late night trip to Wal-mart, I went back into the jewelry section and picked up the last of the fuzzy sticks (you can never have too many right?) and a wire cutter. This has helped me twist my wire so much better. It gives me a better grip and I can twist evenly all the way down. It also allows me to cut wire, which is more important than I thought.

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Once I got the armature to where I wanted it, and that includes making sure it stood on all four legs properly, I covered the armature with fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners).  And once that was all covered, I rechecked to make sure it was still on all four legs, and then started to twist the wool around the wire.  I should remind you, work your needles at 45 degree angles, as to not jab into the wire.  I have yet to break a needle using this method.

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With this being my first one, I added slowly.  I will be adding coat all around, except for the poodles clean feet, but I still want to make sure I capture the true shape of the legs.  I’m also curious as to how I’m going to go about the face, feet, and tail.  The face and feet have no fur, as poodles have clean faces and feet, but the tail has just a tiny bit of hair, if I do the German Trim.  I think I would like to try and trim that I don’t typically get to practice on.  On the other hand, I was thinking I might need to stick with a trim that I know, as I work through the unfamiliar media.  I can’t image trimming wool would be too different from trimming a poodle, but it would be easier to work with a trim I know rather then learn how to work these felted dogs, and a new hair cut.  But we’ll see how brave I get, once I get to adding the coat in.

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I’m really not sure what type of wool I should use to get to my goal.  I  asked Living Felt what they recommended the kind of wool I should use for the coat, when I get there. They happily responded back to help, and I am so grateful for their kind recommendations.  I will share what Marie had sent back to me.

Wow, this is awesome. For the body,. of course I think you are safe with core wool and batting, it will compact nicely and smoothly. For the long fibers, experiment with: NZ Corriedale, Merino Top (though this is very fine and sometimes wants to lay on itself), and other fibers with a staple length of 3″ or longer. We also have organic POLWARTH, and other fibers like SHETLAND, JACOB and Lincoln (not all come in white tho). It is best to get small amounts to start and experiment. Plus save back a small sample from each purchase noting where you bought it, what it was called, what it cost and the name of the color. I hope that helps!

So I will be making an order, as soon as I get a little closer.  I really would like to do my research before I invest a good amount of money, and I’m definitely going to make a small order of probably a few ounces of each and play with them on a test subject.  That way I get it right on my sculpture.  I’ve also been looking into some books.  But most of them I can not get at my local bookstores, so it looks like I might be making an order on amazon.  The more research I have behind me, the better.

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A photo from my first place win, you can get an idea of what a German trim looks like.  You can slightly see his shaved spot from surgery.