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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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sboyayan Sep 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous!
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LuskenWusken 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 Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used hot glue
galvanised gardening wire
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:iconluskenwusken:
LuskenWusken Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! *o*
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toothlesslover101 Jul 20, 2012
wow cool
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Staarsa 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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Magweno 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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Staarsa Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you get it to stay on?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno 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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Staarsa Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, I see. I love your work!
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