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FOR SALE - Helaku by Magweno FOR SALE - Helaku by Magweno
Helaku is Liwanu's sister! I mucked up delivery times and the next 3 commissions all need the same fur so I had a couple of days spare, so I made Helaku. I love her red feathers, they have a seriously stunning green iridescent sheen to them in the right light. She also has inset taxidermy eyes, which is a first for me. A lot of people have suggested I try using pre-made eyes and I'm so stubborn I keep saying I'll make my own resin eyes, but I bought these a while ago and it was time to use them.

Anyway, what I'm sure most of you are excited to hear: she's for sale! Also heralding my first eBay auction! scenceable suggested it, seeing as I'm revising my prices it would be a good idea to see what they're averaging at. She'll be up for auction for the next ten days.

:star:Follow this link to see the eBay listing and read more detailed information!:star:

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I make my dolls entirely from scratch. From a roll of wire and a pink lump of fimo I work them into my dolls, it has taken me years to learn how to make these and it is a very rare and unique craft (there are only a few people on DA who make these and we are very specialised). I start by making a wire armature, then sculpt fimo (a polymer clay) onto it, that makes the head and legs. Once the fimo has been baked then I wrap the armature in stuffing, measure a pattern and then cut the fur. I hand sew the fur around the armature, then add embellishments like feathers and scales so that in the next step I can match the colours. I then paint my creation carefully using tiny paintbrushes and an airbrush, using high quality acrylic paints. The last step is to varnish the clay to make sure the paint doesn't come off and to add a realistic gloss to eyes and scales.

I do take commissions! Send me an email hello@magweno.com for more info
Thanks for looking!
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Given 2012-07-22
FOR SALE - Helaku by *Magweno ( Suggested by DragonflyAndromeda and Featured by FrockTarts )
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KittenButler Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ohmah god, do you like take requests or something like a custom cuz I totally love these ;w;
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what varnish brand do you use because whenever i use the one i have it makes the paint sticky.... 
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Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
vallejo matt or plasticote spray, if I had access to a cheaper source I'd use krylon crystal clear, it's fantastic stuff. 
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok thanks a lot! another thing, i finished making my art doll, but my dog chewed on it and ripped off a claw. i tried gorilla glue and hot glue gun, but neither worked. do you have an idea?
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Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
cyanoacrylate glue - CA glue - loctite brand lots of good ones but I use an unbranded, unlabelled CA glue from my local hobby shop.
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok thanks, and i submitted two pics of my first art doll to your "poseable art doll" group 2 days ago, and it still says its waiting to be reviewed. if it's stuck want me to resubmit it?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No sometimes it just takes me a while to get around to checking it. :)
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:iconparadigma62:
Paradigma62 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Fascinating creature, that really inspires!
(:
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:icon1500:
1500 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
So beautiful!
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:iconevesdiscord:
EvesDiscord Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconohmygodplz: :iconiwantplz:
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:icona-dawg13:
A-Dawg13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Cool!.... what is it O_o...
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:icondrunk-titan:
Drunk-Titan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awe thats cute
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:iconmdwp:
mdwp Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww so cute!
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:iconalhirae:
Alhirae Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Dolls like this are always so incredibly amazing. I'm always glad to see great pieces of art, and the pieces like this one always are at the top of the chart for me. Wonderful job! :heart:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thanks so much!
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:iconalhirae:
Alhirae Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
No problem!~ :heart:
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silvermoon442 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous! I wish I could make something like this. It's beautiful. I wish I had enough money to get one .-. Fantastic!!! :la:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thank you!
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silvermoon442 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're super welcome!! :iconsuperheroglompplz:
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:iconmskm2001:
MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
this is cool
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   Writer
This is such an amazing creature, I'm in awe. She's like a cat, a horse, a ferret, a bird and the feathers make her look like a butterfly and a moth from the back of her head. (Not to mention the rather dragon-like head) Yet the photography and the attention to detail (when making) and pose (when photographing) make her look like she could easily be a new species. On a slightly different path of conversation, in the last photo she looks so like my sister's cat DeeDee. (may she rest in peace)

I honestly envy your ability to make those creatures and would love to be able to do that myself. (If I practice I may one day be this good and if not, at least I tried my best) You have such a special talent and I'm glad I came across this picture. If only I had the money to comission something...
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I found her quite hard to pin down as to what exactly she is. She was one of those lovely dolls that I felt I could just relax with and enjoy, so she did come out a bit of a mish mash.

You should try and make one, they aren't that difficult and are very rewarding when you get it right. :)
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   Writer
True, but that's what makes her so lovable. (I showed my sister and she thought it was so cute)

I think I will! In fact I'll go try that right now!
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Freed-Wings Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
This is awesome!
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:iconalynwind:
Alynwind Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
great job mag!
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PiroDragon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
question and this is probably a no, but is there ever a possiblity of you maybe making a step by step of these beautiful creations?? i really want to be able to do this but have no idea how to start
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes but it would not be free :)
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:iconpirodragon:
PiroDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How much???
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I haven't decided yet but I have a poll on my frontpage currently to find out how interested people would be in buying kits with all the materials for 30/$50
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PiroDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah i voted on that xD. I would deff buy if u ever did put it up
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ManlyFish Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Damn, that's sweet! Gorgeous work, I love all the little details! I'd love to have it, but I'm low on cash.
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Miss-Audaum-Lovet Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
thats awsome sauce!
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bagheera29680 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
My god this looks alive. Amazing work.
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
ok, I have seen the bigger pic - your creation has many facets - part bird, part cat, part weasel, part armadillo, hooves from who knows what, and maybe a bit of a dog pound mutt thrown in. My question, is it house broken? Seriously, quite imaginative and original creation.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes she is house trained lol!
Thanks
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:iconhoneydewcainplz:
HoneydewCainplz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool!
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:iconnebelstern:
Nebelstern Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   Digital Artist
.... that's a little creepy... o.o
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:iconp1x3lzz:
P1X3lzZ Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Kinda creepy... but ok ;o;
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:iconitsukiart:
Itsukiart Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's so cool XD
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Asashi-Kami Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
[link] <--- Helaku? :D

That's an awesome concept/doll for a creature there. Its articulation makes it looks believable. :D Great job!
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MettagiriSuru Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist
:) it's cute!! ^__^ anyone would be lucky to have one of these!!
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:iconkristenmash:
KristenMash Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool! Awsome work
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Day-Before-Yesterday Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting... definetly a good way to freak out my dog.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
My dog likes eating them :/
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:iconday-before-yesterday:
Day-Before-Yesterday Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's smething to worry about, heh.
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J-eEe-Y Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
INCREDIBLE job. I won't buy this because I don't need it but it is really impressing.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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:iconmidori250:
Midori250 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love the image of when she is picked up! i cant stop looking at them all. so wonderful.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Awe Mag I always loved the paint job on this fellow grats on another DD!
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