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Needle Felted Black Wyvern by tallydragon Needle Felted Black Wyvern by tallydragon
This is a needle felted black wyvern--a wyvern being a draconic creature with only two wings and two legs (no forelegs). This guy was a real challenge! I've been working on him since before I started the green dragon (he went on hiatus for awhile).

Needle felting, to summarize briefly, is a technique used to create what are essentially 'wool sculptures'. There's no sewing involved; instead, by punching the raw wool thousands of times with special barbed needles, you transform it into felt, and can control the shape of the felt.

This guy's insides are a coarse, rough wool (this felts densely, for strength) from the Iron Horse Farm, which is covered on the outside with soft black wool from the Flying Ewe website. His wing membranes and underbelly are made out of coal colored storebought felt. He's got glass eyes and has horns and claws made out of wire and apoxie sculpt. I painted the horns/claws a mottled gray, then added pearlescent gloss, then added matte varnish...which, to my dismay, looks exactly like silver paint (live and learn, I suppose).

He's quite a bit larger than the green dragon, and his wire understructure is more complex: he has a separate wire in each wingfinger, as well as wires in the legs and tail, making him gently poseable. This is because the green dragon was made for perching, but this guy was made for standing; he's a quadrupedal wyvern, not a biped, and stands propped up on his wingthumbs and first wingfinger (I have this whole hypothetical biology mapped out in my head. I even gave him a keel.). He's fun to hold too though, as you can see. ^_~

More pics of this guy are coming! (soon as I catch up on some sleep)

Colored wools, glass eyes, wire, felt, apoxie sculpt, acrylics, matte varnish, pearlescent gloss.
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:iconinvaderskull1995:
Invaderskull1995 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool :)
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TouchedbyLavender Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing!
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
So awesome! So adorbz ^w^ Amazing job!
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:iconfebedragon:
febedragon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
How did I do that? It's beautiful
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:iconkittenkamew:
KittenKaMew Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Wow! I just started needle felting, it is very fun! Now, I have some new ideas :)
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:iconmagicmilly:
MagicMilly Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Beautiful!
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:iconspyersecol:
SpyerSecol Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your work is so life like. I make bead and wire sculptures.  check out my page please.  :)
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:iconmoopsybear:
moopsybear Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it's cute too XD
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sheenamontane Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Another great dragon!
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:icononewayday:
Onewayday Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Oh my god that is adorable!
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XxTalixia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Would you be willing to make another of these for sale? As a commisioin? because im really intrested
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:iconcrossingstar:
CrossingStar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW. You amaze me with your work!
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:iconsweetlingsdream:
SweetlingsDream Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
how do you get the felt so 3d looking XD
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
By building up the shapes, kind of like sculpting, but with wool. :)
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:iconsweetlingsdream:
SweetlingsDream Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh right thank you
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:iconreka-the-borzoi:
Reka-the-Borzoi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
it looks real... o.o
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:iconsavy13:
Savy13 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
This is the cutest thing I think I have ever seen...
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:iconmushies12:
Mushies12 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Too...cute... "ERROR" "ERROR"
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:iconimintygemini:
imintygemini Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All of your dragons are so adorable >w>
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:iconcolecanth:
Colecanth Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Cute!
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redwolfradolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I love this thing.
Is it posable and stuff, it says you used wire.

One more thing, are you selling these, or are you considering selling them?

If so, how much would you want for a custom one?
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RosieandButch Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Fantastic work!!
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tairiman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow. Tried a little bit of needle felting recently as a bit of an experiment (I'm not normally very artistically inclined). Then I look up needle felting on deviant-art and find stuff like this. Will definitely keep an eye on some of the stuff that your making.
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Needle felting is a lot of fun, though it definitely takes some getting used to. :)
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 42 - Wyvern" You can find it here: [link]
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconladyarah:
ladyarah Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure!
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Snow-W Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You crafty thing you
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Scarygothgirl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's amazing! I'm hoping to start learning needle felting- but I don't imagine I'll ever make anything quite like this!
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BirdiLover Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely LOVE your work. This wyvern is beautiful, and it's wings are so detailed!
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pandamochi45 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
u shold start a shop at etsy.com! i wanna buy one of your dragons so badly! grrr >m<
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:iconpandamochi45:
pandamochi45 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
you should start a shop at etsy.com! i really wanna buy sumthin from u but nuthins for sale! >m<
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deltafiremoonterra Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I want this plushi !
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:iconjessiebelle93:
jessiebelle93 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
this is really cool! I can't even imagine making something so awesome :heart:
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Gypmina Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Artisan Crafter
That is soo awesome!
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:iconharmonykoi:
Harmonykoi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
SO COOL!!!~
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Claudiface Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
What a beautifully shaped wyvern.

It looks so awesome.
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:iconmypetmoon:
mypetmoon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Just amazing! I really love his head shape....
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've featured your wyvern here: [link] :D
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!! I'm flattered you liked it enough to feature it. ^_^
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RazielleDbx Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Beautiful !
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GetYourGoat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic! My needle felting days ended shortly after starting...too violent (aka too many stabbed fingers).

Keep up the good work!
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lugavi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012   Artist
very cool!! x3
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Tamilist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The time it must have took to make this, combined how cute it is:D Definitely deserves a fav. Very well done
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AOEer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Q.Q I want a pet dragon now. It's so cute!
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phoenix-draches Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Would you be willing to post a pattern?
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I'm afraid needle felting isn't the kind of craft where you can use patterns. ^_^;; There are plenty of tutorials online that can teach you how to felt, though.
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Xeysra Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Please tell me you sell these XD
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:icontallydragon:
tallydragon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Artisan Crafter
At the moment I have none to sell, but I'm working on it! :)
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I want!
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