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Nela by Magweno Nela by Magweno
Nela is a commission from :iconnela-g:. I know she's been really excited about her too so I hope she lives up to expectations!

Tropical Nela by Nela-G

Certainly a very complex commission, Nela has a finger inbetween each of her primary feathers. She has a goat hair and duck feathers, all of which I dyed myself on my woodburning stove ^_^ She has been airbrushed with acrylics and varnished to make sure the paint doesn't come off.

She has a wire armature, so she is fully posable. I made these dolls from scratch, starting with a wire armature. I sculpt fimo onto the armature, wrap with stuffing then measure and cut a pattern for the fur. I then paint the fimo, glue on any embellishments like scales or feathers, finish the wings and finally paint the eyes. The eyes add life to them for sure, and are the most important part. Her wire armature means she is fully posable, from her head to her feet, also her wings can be bent at the "wrist" and "shoulder".

Nela was complex not because of her armature but because of all the little details. An earring, tail cuffs, her necklace, the way her hair fell, the colours of her wings, the little ridges of fur down her spine... Even the sculpted feathers around her eyes were unique and different to do. Making her tail feather was a certain "eureka" moment! I was originally going to make it from fimo until I realised how I could make it far more realistic using a goose feather.

I do take commissions! Send me an email hello@magweno.com for more info
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Thank you for looking!
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:iconsboyayan:
sboyayan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous!
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:iconluskenwusken:
LuskenWusken Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you attach the feathers without them falling off?

Oh and what type of wire did you use?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used hot glue
galvanised gardening wire
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:iconluskenwusken:
LuskenWusken Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! *o*
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toothlesslover101 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
wow cool
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:iconstaarsa:
Staarsa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And what do you use around the fur part? Is it a plush kind of thing around that?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure what you mean? The dolls are wire wrapped in stuffing and then have fur sewn over the stuffing, so they are squishy but posable.
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:iconstaarsa:
Staarsa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you get it to stay on?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The batting or the fur? The stuffing I buy is a bit like velcro, the fur is sewn.
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:iconstaarsa:
Staarsa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, I see. I love your work!
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:iconstaarsa:
Staarsa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you sell these custom made? I would totally buy one of my dragon ^^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes I do! Would you like me to add you to the waiting list?
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:iconstaarsa:
Staarsa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, sure, but does it cost? :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not to go on the list but the commission will lol! Between 150-300
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:iconstaarsa:
Staarsa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eep! I don't have the money! xD
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:iconcryptidgirl:
CryptidGirl Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   General Artist
gorgeous absolutely gorgeous! I adore he fact that the wings are actual feather and not just sculpted to look like feathers. then agin if they're just sculpted to look like feathers then I envy you immensely lol
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
No they are real feathers haha!
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:iconamerica-suiteheart:
America-Suiteheart Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!! how do u do that- just kidding
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:iconipassionfruit:
iPassionFruit Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful wings! And I love the expression!
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:iconkookybat:
kookybat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so. freakin. AWESOME.
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:iconmammalfeathers:
mammalfeathers Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011   General Artist
Looking great!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :heart:
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DragonForge311088 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Wow, absolutely gorgeous! Love it! :O
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconjustkeepdrawing:
justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
That feather on her tail is gorgeous.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks, it;s encouraging to know I can make custom patterned feathers now :3
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:iconjustkeepdrawing:
justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
:3
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:iconnaoru:
Naoru Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
So detailed, she is beautiful! Every single doll you upload is just breath taking!!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Magweno, how is your airbrush air compressor? I have a big one but I am afraid that it can explodes, that's one reason because I didn't use my airbrush yet -.-
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's fine, it's 30psi when it's fully pumped and 15psi constant pressure. if you're worried about it exploding you can let air escape from the air hose joint to lower it to 30psi, but i don't know if that'll work haha
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha Thank you n.n
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DracoAndGrace Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool. Awesome work.
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:iconelreniagreenleaf:
ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Saw this one on tumblr! :heart:
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SPACEKOUGAR1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful~
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:iconcapedluna:
capedluna Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
This is amazing!
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:iconkimberleytheresa:
kimberleytheresa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you have me hooked on furry dragons :3
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Furry dragons are cool. Scaly ones are good too though!
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:iconkimberleytheresa:
kimberleytheresa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely agree there :D
dragons are just all awesome!
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ExcessiveExpression Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That tail is so cool. :U Best idea ever. I love how you did it.
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It was good fun! And now I can make feathers with any markings I want on them, which is so awesome ^_^
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:iconexcessiveexpression:
ExcessiveExpression Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! Speaking of feathers, did those macaw feathers show up yet?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not yet, I have a feeling customs might have stopped them because they're feathers and they have to check they're not infected with something :p Maybe, I dunno! :( I hope they get here!
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ExcessiveExpression Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's possible. They were supposedly marked as "art", but in the case that they have been stopped it should be fine. They're only domestic greenwing feathers, and aren't from any restricted or controlled species, so they should pass through. Though the way customs is, it might take a week or two longer. x_x
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I just got them
Oh my goodness better than any christmas present! they're STUNNING! and so many of them! You're so kind, I've been feeling so awful today it was really great getting such a wonderful gift, thank you so much for sending them. I don't know if I could use them in a doll haha, they're too beautiful ^_^
I doubly want a macaw now if they moult feathers like that @_@
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ExcessiveExpression Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Man, he drops feathers like that all the time, and we don't have the heart to throw them out, so we keep the best ones in buckets and bags and use them in hats and stuff... Mostly they just sit around. :P I couldn't really fit tail feathers in there, because they are MASSIVE, but I tried to get some matching wing sets in.
Next time we get a whole bunch of them like that again, I'll have to mail you more! He moults all his feathers probably a couple times a year.
(He's so much trouble though, you don't want one for yourself. Trust me. Ahahaha~)

I'm glad I was able to cheer you up, too! Maybe it's for the best that they came when they did. ^^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I keep staring at them in my studio, they're sort of iridescent green. not even iridescent, more luminescent! they're wonderful. I love them to bits ^_^ Someone suggested I make a mask from them, that could be cool but I don't have the heart! Thank you for picking matching ones for me, that was really perceptive and cool.
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faery-dustgirl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
such lovely colors! you are truly talented! amazing work!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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faery-dustgirl Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your most Welcome!
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