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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: magweno.etsy.com 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!
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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! magweno.etsy.com :)
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Mothfox by Magweno
Mothfox

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, hello@magweno.com, 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, magweno.etsy.com for tutorials and collectable bits and pieces. I have tutorial in there on how to make moth wings that might interest you!

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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! magweno.etsy.com

And finally the best place to get a quick response from me is email! hello@magweno.com
Diddy Dodos by Magweno
Diddy Dodos
A lot of my work focuses on the fantastical and mythical, so it seemed quite natural to branch out into dodos. Who could resist those vacant stares and adorable chubby tummies! Why do these dodos have bows and bells? ...Well, why not? I just love putting bows and bells on teeny creatures.

Diddy Dodos make thoughtful and pretty little gifts for everyone who loves cute things and dodos. As each is handmade they also make a fantastic collectors item.

There are two colours in this set, grey-face and yellow-face. I couldn’t decide which I liked best! The grey-faced diddy dodos have pale pink bows and silver bells, the yellow-faced diddy dodos have ginger bows and golden bells.

Diddy Dodos measure just 3.5” (that’s 9cm) tall, are weighted with steel shot for stability and have been hand-made from start to finish by me, in my studio in the highlands of Scotland.
I started by gathering lots of material on dodos – reference images, photos of the taxidermied specimen and drawings by other artists. Sketching the rough idea for the dodos with a few colour notes helps me decide which style I think will work best, then I do a to-scale drawing. From this I sculpted the feet, wings and head, then made moulds of each part from silicone. The resin was dyed to the correct colour, then the parts cast, sanded, details painted and finally they are varnished.

After the hard parts have been finished I then work on the soft side. The bodies are cut, sewn, filled with steel shot and then stuffed. The little pom-pom tails are made from mohair wool and wound loosely to mimic the fluffy curly tail of a real dodo! The parts are all assembled, using tiny stitches and careful glueing, then finally the little bow and bell are added and the eyes varnished.
The whole process takes a few hours.

I produce pieces like this in batches when I am asked to by three people or more. If you would like to see more dodos then please send me a message! The more feedback I get on my work the more likely I am to improve and make more. :) If you have any suggestions for a creature I could make next then please feel free to drop me a line.

Thank you for looking!

Diddy Dodos are 100% vegan friendly :) There are no animal products used in the production of this piece.
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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! magweno.etsy.com

And finally the best place to get a quick response from me is email! hello@magweno.com

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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] magweno.com
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nEVEr-mor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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Happy lated birthday 0.0






Your dolls are realistic.
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Happy birthed day.
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy birthday~ :iconcakeplz:
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Happy birthday, you amazing artist and person! :cake:
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy birthday, Maddy! :heart:
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