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Felted green dragon collage by tallydragon Felted green dragon collage by tallydragon
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.

Materials: Colored wools, glass eyes, wire, felt, apoxie sculpt, acrylic, varnish, and needle felting supplies.
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Creative-Dreamr Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So small and cute!^^ He came out great.
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dragonlover219 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
okay can you sell me one? im willing to spend 30 dollars, maybe a little more 
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ShelliG Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
I keep coming back to this... Love it! Are you making any to sell on Etsy?
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Artisan Crafter
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. :)
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Beautiful work!  I love the markings, and that his mouth is well defined. (Looks like he's smiling!)  :w00t:
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SteamPixy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is beyond adorable. Amazing work.
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CirceKali Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
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.
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Artisan Crafter
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. :)
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CirceKali Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
we should collab on some ideas. I'll teach you to knit if you teach me to felt. ;) with our soft cuddly creations, we'll be able to take over the world!
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thewoodsorcerer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Could one be done in reds and a little bigger? Would love to own one of these little guys.
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