If curious as to what lies beneath that furry, fiber coat of my miniature scale cats -- this pic is an example of how I generally start all my smaller sculpts. I first form a raw clay shape of the head and body using polyclay and tools. Then I will bake/cure the head/body, and will carve and refine the face, nose, mouth, ears, etc. Once I get the overall shape down, I will use an Xacto to cut the head away from the excess clay I used to hold onto it while sculpting. Next, I will drill both head & body and attach together using wire in the core (and bake once again). After the piece has a final cure in the oven, I will paint with Genesis oils, and finally, apply a natural fiber layer using glue. I find it very odd after having showed this procedure, that some individuals still think that my work should be classified as Needlefelt??
I personally use a water-soluble craft glue called Aleene's Tacky glue. Occasionally, I may need to soak the furry coat off of my polymer clay sculptures and start over. I find it much easier to remove the fiber/glue when using this type of craft glue vs an epoxy or fabri-tac.
You got me into miniature cats.... Thank you. I made one that looked like a dead rat with no eyes, I made another that looked okay but the fur was hard and stiff and it was yarn and it sucked One is almost finished and it actually looks and feels like a cat!
Maybe one day I can make them half as good as yours <3 <3 <3