I promised I'd put up some more pictures of this guy, so here they are! I decided to stick a bunch together in a collage instead of spamming my gallery with multiple deviations (I know, I'm not so good at making collages. Shush.). So here's some new angles of him, showing how he sits on my hand.
Info: This is a little green needle felted dragon that I made for my mom. Needle felting, for those unfamiliar with it, is a technique that uses special barbed needles to essentially create a 'wool sculpture'. It's the same way they make the felt you buy in stores, except that by only using one needle at a time and adding wool as you go, you can control the shape of the felt. I'm still a beginner, but I'm working at it!
He is made out of natural wools from the Iron Horse Farm, a local fiber farm, and the Flying Ewe, a fiber arts website. He has a wire understructure through most of his body that makes his wings, legs, and tail moderately poseable--the tail is extra long so that it can curl around the finger its sitting on. He's got glass eyes held in by glue and wires, and his horns are made out of wire covered in apoxie sculpt, topped with acrylic paint and matte varnish. The wing membranes are actually white store-bought felt, which I then added a thin layer of pale green wool to.
Thank you! I've had a few requests for it, so I may make a few and see how it goes...I haven't returned to this type of project for a few years, and I remember it taking *forever*, but I'm also a better felter than I was back then.
are they light weight too? I've thought about doing needle felting myself, but I found I like knitting a little better, just an action and not really a have to think about sculpting kind of project. I would love to try to do a little dragon (not as detailed) and in several colors and put them on a mobile for a nursery or something.
They're *extremely* light! They're so light I've considered adding stones inside them to give them a sort of pleasing "heft" like a plush would have...but yes, they're surprisingly light. I'm the reverse, I wish that I could knit but it seems so complicated to me whereas felting is my go-to mindless activity. If you're able to do both though, you can combine them in neat ways--like if you used an amigurumi pattern, and then needle felted on top of it.
Sometimes I use steel wire and sometimes I use aluminum wire...I forget which one i used on this particular project! There's advantages and disadvantages to both, mainly being that aluminum is much softer and therefore can bend easier but also breaks easier. Steel is stiffer and stronger.