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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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:iconkenzelli:
Kenzelli Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I want a tiny green dragon! So cute.
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tindala Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
adorable if you could sell them for points... :3
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:iconcreative-dreamr:
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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:icontallydragon:
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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:iconsteampixy:
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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:icontallydragon:
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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:iconthewoodsorcerer:
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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:iconcrystalgears:
CrystalGears Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this little guy, so cute!
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:iconriftmainpulator:
Riftmainpulator Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
What kind of wire do you use? I want to try and start doing this
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013   Artisan Crafter
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.
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Cuileth Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow...you felted this?!?
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LastxLullabyxx Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How much for one!!!! I hope its cheap!!!! Lol
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:iconcofispoon:
cofispoon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
This is the sweetest little thing, ohmygosh
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:iconkikivlk:
kikivlk Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I want him!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love him! He's delightful. He perches so well on your finger. Great job using the wire armature to allow him to be poseable.
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:iconboobear96:
Boobear96 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wants, I wish I could make one but, I am sure needle felting is quite a task (sorry if the term was wrong...)
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:iconskayster:
Skayster Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The dragon is amazing. Is it for sale by any chance? :)
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:iconexzelcicangel:
ExzelcicAngel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wuv it so >w<
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:iconlizstevensart:
lizstevensart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I LURVE this little dragon!!!!!
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GalanorBrighteye Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This guy is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had this skill. <3 I'd love to have him. He must have taken AGES to complete.
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:iconlenoranightfluffytai:
I want one
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TheDarknessDash Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its soooo cutie!! i want it!
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BelldandyCris Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Great work! It's even nicer to know that you made for your mom :) Keep up the good work!
PS: I love dragons!!!
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drakina Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Um, still a beginner? You must be hugely talented, to be able to pick this up so fast.
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I'm flattered ^_^;; But it's not true! Compared to the pro pet miniaturists, I'm still an amateur felter. But I prefer fantasy to ultrarealism anyway. :)
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drakina Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
There's so much more you can do with fantasy, that's for sure. Much of the reason I prefer it. Less of an issue if something doesn't turn out exactly like something else....
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:iconthetautoutrain:
thetautoutrain Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing. '
how long does it take for you to make them?
do you sell them?
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm working on a few to sell, but it takes a ridiculous amount of time to make them. It's actually hard to felt very small things and have it not be a mess of frizz. :) When they are done I'll be sure to post them here!
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MrsAngelaGr Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
This is so detailed - really lovely. Reminds me a bit of Merlin's ring in the film 'the Magician's apprentice'.
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:icontsu-chu:
Tsu-chu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
This is so Perfekt. I love Dragons!
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:icondutchorca:
DutchOrca Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute, I love the curly tail!
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How adorable! Lovely and realistic dragon design, too! GREAT job!
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dragaodepapel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
When I see this picture first time, I said: I need to learn needle felting.

It's amazing!
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Hermafrodyta Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Awesome! I wana it![link]
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:iconariexis:
ariexis Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I want one too!!!
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Safier11 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
That's amazing. I am newish at felting also, that must have taken awhile.
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:iconxcubx:
XcubX Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG this pose is sooo similar to my dragon here!! -> [link]
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DeepWinter300 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
you're a beginner, but you made that?!... i need to pick up needlefelting
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:iconmagicaldragon8:
MagicalDragon8 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oi, how cuuuuuuute!!!!! :iconomgsocuteplz:
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:iconspinstermaiden:
spinstermaiden Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
He's just so adorable!
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:iconactina:
actina Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Extra little green dragon ^_^
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DRAGONxWolfLuver013 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do u make that? with the fibers and stuff
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:iconpunze:
Punze Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
He really is beautiful. I'd love to buy one for my best friend since she is really into dragons.. and i'd do anything to make her happy! (Last year I went up and visited her as a surprise, her face was priceless when she saw me.)
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asraiphotography Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
great work, love it
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Dapplefire Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
AWWW!!! I want one SO badly! Wish you were selling them! I'm sure you would be swamped by requests. I can't believe you call that beginner's work! That the best I've ever seen! You should open a shop. You've got real talent!
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