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About Artisan Crafts / Professional Maddy Norval25/Female/United Kingdom Group :iconposableartdolls: PosableArtDolls
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HUGE BEES by Magweno
I've been making giant bees! They're nearly ready for sale OMG! :D These guys are the size of a CAT
Crystal Kitty WIP by Magweno
Crystal Kitty WIP
Crystal kitties will be a limited edition release possibly available through a kickstarter. I'll need to finish this prototype and do some maths to work out a price first. There has been a bit of interest but let me know if you would be interested in buying one or supporting a kickstarter for one! 

I'm planning to do a birthstone series, maybe chakra crystals and limited edition colour releases in naturals and so on. They will be highly collectible and will have backstories, fancy packaging and information zines etc! Each would come with a little individual collar with it's number X)
Orange and White Alligatoroid Ophae by Magweno
Orange and White Alligatoroid Ophae
I made this guy back in August during the last ophae batch release!

Ophies look great but they are SUCH  fiddle to make and cutting all the feathers makes the biggest mess in the world, I also don't make a lot of profit on them so I don't make them very often. BUT! I get asked when I'll make more at least twice a week! They're so popular! SO I've released a batch of 10 custom ophies in my Etsy shop. You can choose from six different heads and any colour you like. It'll take a couple of weeks to make then will be sent out post-haste! Five slots have already been taken and two are in the process of being reserved so quick, better get yours now: Who knows when I'll release another batch... Not me, but it's been seven months since the last time I did. ;)

They have little wire armatures in them so they can be wrapped around fingers, staffs or wrists. They make fantastic con companions!
Purple Flutterbunny by Magweno
Purple Flutterbunny
I made this wee guy because I can! I really enjoy making jackabunnies, they're so sweet and so much fun to assemble and paint ^_^ Adding butterfly wings just makes them even better for me!

I have some jackabunnies available in my shop! :)
Mothfox by Magweno

It’s been a while since I last made a proper art doll like this. I was actually commissioned to make this piece back in September, but what with frustratingly slow suppliers, changes, edits, re-sewing it and of course life in general it’s taken until now to be finished.

This piece is based on one I made back in 2013, which I called the moth-gryphon. If I were to rename them just now they would be called mothfoxes.. but I think I can come up with something even better than that. I’ll have to think on it!

His torso is about the length of my hand, as is each wing. The wings and his body are wired so he can be posed into a variety of interesting positions. What with the joints being wired, this is more a piece for display and occasional repositioning rather than a toy. I’ve been looking into making more abuse-friendly art dolls, but as the majority of my customers buy to display I figured there isn’t much point changing this system.

(Of course I do offer alternative armatures when it comes to commissions but they each carry their different good/bad points and individual pricing.)

This piece cost £270 + postage. If you would like to commission one please get in touch via email,, with the moth or butterfly species you would like me to replicate and I will send you an invoice for the first half. It won’t take six months to make though, that was an exception! Ideally it will be more like one month, but could take up to 10 weeks realistically.

The head is an original polymer clay sculpture, and the feet are resin casts from my Plumpkin dolls. The fur is super-fine quality fake fox, it feels like silk, it’s gorgeous stuff and tricky to get hold of around here. (Commissions aren’t limited to this fur though, I have many to choose from in all sorts of colours!)

Thank you for looking, and please have a look at my shop, for tutorials and collectable bits and pieces. I have tutorial in there on how to make moth wings that might interest you!

I'm just so excited, I'm like a little girl haha.

Yesterday we had a very expensive satellite internet set-up installed that runs off our battery. It means I don't have to bum wifi off neighbours or spend hours in cafes anymore, and it means I can start spending time on DA again!

I had a poke around some of my favourite artists pages and wow, there is some astounding work out there. I've found it really difficult juggling life, a croft, bills and my work. There has been some seriously heartbreaking and stressful times for me and my family in the past nine months, but hopefully this will bring about an hugely positive change.

What's excited me most since I came back online is that Spoonflower now do custom printed minky. I swear my jaw nearly fell off when I heard that! It's really going to revolutionise how I produce work, I can't wait to get my sketchbook out and start working on some ideas. I'll definitely be starting with some mofs.

I've been  progressing on speeding up processes through batch processing and have made some headway with casting clear silicones and resins, also with ball and socket joints for moving jaws and wrists (wrists always catch me out). Wings have had some more attention but not as much as I would have liked.

Big commissions are still closed but I am taking on one or two as and when I can. There are dodos and custom fox dragons available in my shop at the moment!

And finally the best place to get a quick response from me is email!


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Maddy Norval
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United Kingdom
When I'm not mucking around with dangerous chemicals and daydreaming about little ugly goblins I'll be over-excitedly experimenting with some other material and making a huge mess.

I graduated from Illustration in 2011 and am now registered as a small business making art dolls on commission. Art dolls are an old craft with a long tradition that has burst onto the DA scene with hundreds of deviants now making monsters, creatures and critters of any shape or form imaginable. Why not unleash your imagination and send me a message to chat about creating a one of a kind monster just for you? You can contact me either here or at hello [at]

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StarryWarriors Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there! big fan of your art. Do you do commsions? and if so, what is your cheapest price? 
wvclaylady Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there!  I'm just loving your work!  I love your sense of humor and whimsy in your pieces! Have a great day!
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much & thank you for the comments on my pieces :)
nEVEr-mor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, here are these polish frizzle examples! (they are just from a google search):………
RKoemi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Happy lated birthday 0.0

Your dolls are realistic.
MSCajax Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Happy birthed day.
Stygma Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Birthday Sweets by KmyGraphic
nikolai60 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!
kuroitenshi13 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy birthday~ :iconcakeplz:
Sahasa Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Happy birthday, you amazing artist and person! :cake:
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