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No. 25 by Magweno No. 25 by Magweno
He’s a little dude and up for sale! Sporting a lovely monochromeish design, he has silver splotches all over and a stylish floral bow. Minty green nose and pawpads set off his colourscheme and his eyes are a bright and happy yellow!

He’s been in my display cabinet for a month or so because I didn’t really want to sell him… But needs must. I’m hoping he’ll find a fantastic home.

Dragon-Foxes are made 100% from scratch by me like all my other work. I sketch, sculpt, cast, paint, sew, stuff, photograph, upload, package and ship these guys myself, it’s time consuming but SO much fun. Each one is unique as they are hand painted and they come in a display box swathed in colourful tissue to make a perfect special gift for you or a friend :)

:star:For sale here :aww::star:
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AntiqueGarden Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The design is awesome! I love the slightly alert expression on its face. The green nose gives it a nice touch, it looks really unique and beautiful :heart:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Urgh, this is simply too adorable.<33

And I have a question that no other artists ever want to explain, and I'm not expecting you to give out your secret either because of this. xD My question is, how do you attach the clay parts to the plushy body? Once in a while I'll get a *very* brief answer. Everyone is so hush hush about making these dolls. :/ Again, I'm okay with you not spilling your secret. Pretty used to it after all my past attempts haha.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's not really a secret, everyone does it differently and it can take a while to explain, not everyone has time to sit and write a response. I'm on my day off and procrastinating cleaning the house... ;)

You can do it loads of different ways but almost all of them involve either glue and/or thread. Some people stuff a sort of fabric ball and then glue or sew a 'mask' of clay on it. Some people make a solid head and glue the fur on around it, some people punch little holes around the edges of the clay and sew through those. You could sculpt a plug onto the back of the head and do a running stitch around the opening of the fabric then glue it in place. Every different technique of doing it has its place, whether it's because you want the fur to sit in the design a certain way or because of the design limiting the areas the fur can be attached. The advice I give to most people is to get a few materials and experiment. Even if it's a small block of sculpey and a little bit of cotton with some PVA, it will still give you an idea of how to make it work, if you're that interested.

I use all those techniques because each project requires something different. The fox-dragons have fur glued to the back of their heads which is solid, then sewn onto the body, but I don't do that with big dolls like them anymore because I can cut down on how much resin I use if I do it differently. (Although at 0.0162p per ml I don't have to worry a huge amount.)

When you get an idea of how each one looks and feels you will be able to see how each artist does it differently because of the way the fur attaches and the doll sits.
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AntiqueGarden Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it is so nice of you to explain these sorts of things! I was experiencing the exact same problem as ~xaidenlovelyx and it is really dear of you to just... give it sort of away. It also kind of makes me feel better about trying, because everyone handling these things so secretively gave me the feeling that one has to belong to some sort of doll-maker/tailor/sculptor "elite" to be able to make awesome dolls like this.
So... this comment realy encouraged me and I thank you so, so, so much for it :heart:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's pretty easy to work out if you have the money and time to sit down and experiment with loads of materials.

I'm glad it helped, but it will only have opened up a whole plethora of new questions! :D
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh lordy, no one likes cleaning haha. Gonna have to do some major cleaning in my house too, since I'm moving xD

And ah! I didn't realize there are so many techniques ;o; I'll try a couple of those once I finally get an allowance to buy some art supplies. I'm thinking of dissecting one of those baby dolls that have a plush body and resin head/hands/feet to see how on earth they're attached. Thanks so much for the insight! You don't know how much I appreciate it. I'll be sure to show you my first doll ;u;<3
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If I remember most baby dolls have a plug which the cotton body is sewn around; pretty innovative of you though, I like that :)
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Time to start sifting through yard sales! Lol. I learn better by seeing, so simply reading a tutorial is usually confusing for me. I figure I might as well learn from something similar to what I'm aiming for. :iconlawooplz:
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D I learn best by doing 'cup tests', small experiments to see how materials react with each other... Thing is I inevitably end up spending more time on the cup tests than full scale things heh!
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