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Commission: Tariana by Magweno Commission: Tariana by Magweno
The kirriiiiiin!

This is scenceable's kirin Tariana which I have finally finished! It kept getting put off by one thing or another but NOW it's DONE! And I'm SO pleased with it!

I wasn't too sure about the green feathers or the long horns but as usual I was proven wrong and really like how they turned out. The bright fur just cheers me up so much. I used dylon fabric dye paints for the colour, I'm really pleased with how they work. You're supposed to fix them with an iron but I tried this and it melted the fur (duh) so I just blow dried it at a really high heat while brushing it with a nail brush. I'm really happy I finally have devised a way of doing markings on fur!

Made in the same way I make all my dolls, fimo sculpted onto a wire armature which is then wrapped in batting. A pattern is made and the fur is cut and hand sewn, then any details are glued on with hot glue, the fimo is painted and finally the eyes are vanished and left to dry overnight. The whole process takes a few days depending on how busy I am and whether I have all the materials I need.

These are the same green goose bivots I used on Cerisedolls's purple cat-dragon commission. I still have loads left too, this trimming is going on and on!

I do take commissions, send me an email hello@magweno.com for more info!. The feathers I use are from a fly-tying website and the fur is from a teddy bear supplies website, which means both are very high quality and the fur is very soft and durable. I use fimo soft, usually flesh toned but in this case I used white. Usually I use acrylic paints on the fimo but this time I used the fabric dye to make sure the colours matched well. All the fimo parts are then covered with matt varnish to protect the paint.

Thanks for looking!
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:iconsymphonyofdissonance:
SymphonyOfDissonance Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Looks like the Great Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke :)
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:iconkloue:
Kloue Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
OMG how adorable *----*
Absolutely amazing (^-^)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:icontamarakane:
TamaraKane Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's rad!!!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:icontentoomushi:
Tentoomushi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I love it so much ♥
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks!
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:icontentoomushi:
Tentoomushi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
You're welcome :3
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:iconaxmongrel:
AxMongrel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Your dolls are absolutely fantastic! Worth every penny to the people who bought them, I'm sure!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you!
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is my absolute favourite of all your dolls. I just love the shape and colours and this proud pose. Head and horns are wonderfully sculpted and painted. The golden brown fur fits perfectly to the green background and makes the photo very beautiful. When I saw this for the first time, one year ago, I was stunned! It's a perfect combination of natural animal and fantasy creature. :blowkiss:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug: Thank you so much for that lovely comment
I've started shying away from coloured backgrounds as it throws off the perspective of colour, but it does add such a lovely feeling to the photos... hmm!
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I know. Too many colours at once tend to be too loud. If the doll is very colourful, the background needs to be more simple. But some furs and shapes can be combined with a touch of coloured atmosphere in the background to make the picture an entirety :D
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KiKiKoy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Awesome!!!
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:iconthe-goggles:
The-Goggles Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student General Artist
oh gosh this is just amazing
The face and horns look beautiful!
One question: How do you attach the clay parts to the fabric?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! The dolls are made on a wire armature that holds the whole thing together, I sculpt the fimo onto the wire, then bake it, then wrap batting on the wire, hand-sew the fur and glue around the edges. If you're really interested I wrote a tutorial, which outlines the process pretty thoroughly! [link]
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:iconthe-goggles:
The-Goggles Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome!
you're very helpful, thank you so much for that! <3
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:iconcheesebunnies:
Cheesebunnies Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool
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:iconflaming-dinosaur:
Flaming-Dinosaur Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I knew this was a kirin as soon as I saw it :la: lovvvve!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe glad you like it :D
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AlbinoBluePanda Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
wow awesome! when you have horns or spikes or wings on your dolls, do you cut holes in the fabric for them, or make a pattern around them?
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AlbinoBluePanda Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
iiiiiiiiiiiiiii, have a question!!!
How did you put fur around the horns? was that sewn with the pattern or glued on? and did you use wire inside the horns?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I put wire inside these horns for strength but not all my horns have wire through them
the fur for the head, well... I always leave a flap on the neck pattern so I can measure and stretch the fabric for the head and snip out excess with nail scissors. if I snip too much then I'll glue bits on carefully. :)
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AlbinoBluePanda Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
okay awesome! thank you very much!
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OrangeMetaphor Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the fluff soft? I mean, my god this is beautiful. He's so pretty. ;u ;
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes the fabric paint stopped it from getting clumpy so it stayed soft. Not entirely as soft as it was but I'd say a good 90% as soft as it was initially.
Hehe, I think she's a she, she's *scenceable's character though, but that proud pose makes me think male too!
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OrangeMetaphor Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so cool. And how did you know that? That's the exact reason I thought the character was male. You read minds. xD It reminds me of a Red Elk from Princess Mononoke. Beautiful piece though. (:

Can you feel the paint on the fur? Like, is it a noticeable difference? I'm just so curious because I've bought things like this from other people and sometimes you can feel the paint noticeably.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really want to make that red elk, I forget his name - aku? hakul? - but he would really make a cool doll.

No I try really hard to keep the fur soft, like I said it's about a 10% drop in softness but compared to using watered down acrylic it's sublime. something I'm worried about is if water is spilt on the doll then the colour will just wash out, if I had used watered down acrylic then that wouldn't happen but I'd compromise softness. it's a bit weird, not sure which to go for. looks or tactile quality..

(my flatmate just came through and reminded me he's called yakul!)
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Effulgently Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
It's just so beautiful!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thanks
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SuperSibataru Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Artist
You are SUPER talented, just so you know...=3
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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:iconcheeteach:
Cheeteach Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Wowz. Really awesome piece of art.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ever try super glue? I recently used that to secure and help creat a medieval jousting tack set. Even the saddle was pieced together with super glue. Don't know if you would be interested in trying it, but it's an idea. I really love this piece. Can you create a tutorial on how you did the fur covering/markings? Please and thank you! :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've never used it to coat something for strength, it's the gloss I'm worried about, but I've started looking into flocking things so I might not have to worry about that anymore! Thanks for the tip.
Yup I can do that. It might not be for a couple of weeks but I'll get round to it sometime. :)
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I find super gluee doesn't look glossy whe dry. How do you flock stuff? Thank you for the upcoming tutorial! :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha maybe I didn't look close enough!
Flocking is a fine powder that gives a raised, velvety feel (I think most flocks are tiny shavings of crushed velvet). You smear a little bit of glue on whatever you want to flock, get a squeezy bottle filled with flocking powder, then puff it onto the glue. It gives a really nice fuzzy feel. Apparently you can get flocking in different lengths but I'm having enough trouble just finding normal flock! I might have to make my own.
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol. It's ok. :) I apologize also for the mis-spelling. My comp had ideas of his own....lol I own several flocked toy horses, but have never been sure how they were flocked....If you do flock stuff, and/or make your own flock, then you should make a tutorial! :D If you want to, that is. :)
And thank you for the explanation. :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've done a few experiments with it which I documented, I had a breakthrough when I realised I could use my chef boyfriend's condiment bottles as puffers. I made a creature once with the intention of flocking him and it was a disaster, it looks like he has a mouldy leg :/
Yeah I will! Most people say to just dab it on but that didn't work for me at all, so a tutorial would maybe help someone haha.
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! Can't wait to see what you come up with. :)
Yeah, a mouldy leg doesn't sound too good.... :P lol
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:jawdrop: I love every detail about this! Those horns are impressive, and the green feathers go beautifully with the fur! Terrific dye job too!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:dance: Thanks so much!
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DirtScraps Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very welcome! :XD:
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LoopyWolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
magnificent
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:iconziratoni:
Ziratoni Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
so cute ^_^ I love the fluff :D
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:iconwood-splitter-lee:
Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
dylon fabric dye paints, where do you find them? :?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
My boyfriend gave them to me, I think he probably got them in a wholesale craft store but I've seen them in my normal art shop. I don't live in America so I can't help you as to exactly which shops to find them in!
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ok thank you! :lol:
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dino-spectrobe Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, i like it!
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