Beardie loves Barbie but Bertie bear better.
Carding in a little silk with the wool makes all the difference, I loved making the long flowing coat on this needle felted bearded collie dog.
My little white poodle will be leaving me this week to go into a raffle to help dog charities. I’ll be sad to see her go, but happy she can help dogs in need. If you are in South Wales on 27th May this event is looking like it’s one not to be missed. www.fonmoncharitydogshow.com
Just finished sculpting a beautiful girl with so many spots… A harlequin Great Dane. It was a lot of work phew!! But I’m very happy with the result and if the new owners like her it was all worth while.
I remember the first little dog that I made with a really challenging brindle coat, it was an Australian Boxer cross, he ended up being a real favourite. I think the difficulties Iv’e had making the beautiful harlequin coat will make the Great Dane special too.
Many of the custom dogs I have made have had a story attached, I have my favourites for different reasons, but the dog that most touched my heart was Scooter Rae. This lovely girl was well known and dearly loved by many Flickr members who followed her life in pictures on the internet. Unfortunately she passed away and people were very saddened by her tragic loss. I was asked to make a memorial sculpture of Scooter Rae. I studied so many pictures of her everyday life that I felt I knew her. When little custom Scooter was finished, I was instructed to send her to Scooters owner anonymously from a Flickr friend. I wondered about the reaction to this unexpected gift, I needn’t have worried Scooter’s owner was overwhelmed by the kindness of that unidentified friend and she loved the sculptural reminder of her beloved pet.
Update Picture six…All finished and ready to go to America.
Update Picture five…Nearly finished, just a few little tweeks here and there, then mini Brandon will be ready to go to his owner. I also have a leather collar to make with a name disc.
Update Picture four… Final curly layer is very time consuming but well worth the effort. I should be able to finish this layer today and maybe even add ears and a topknot, this will make him look a lot more like a poodle.
Update Picture three… You won’t see much change here but I have been tightening everything up, picking at it here and there, making sure the sitting pose is secure and that he doesn’t keep popping back up. Ready now for the final layer, I love this bit, I can start to turn him into Brandon the pet miniature poodle rather than a frame with merino wool attached.
Update…Picture two. Added a bit more bulk to the body and started to get him into sitting position, have yet to needle felt the curly layer. Inset the glass eyes and stabbed around the eye and nose area. Didn’t get too long to spend on him over the weekend but hope to do more work on Tuesday. I really love making poodles, but I guess I would as we have a wonderful standard poodle boy called Kite.
Update…Picture one. A frame or armature was made and a layer of black merino wool was needle felted to that frame. I don’t worry about the true colour or shape too much as this is only the first layer of wool and something for the main layers to be needle felted onto. I have carded black and a little slate merino wool together ready for the next layer tomorrow.
Today I will spend the day needle felting. I will post a picture of my work this evening.
I am going to post updates of this little dog until he is finished. You are welcome to follow my journey.
Little needle felted Dandie Dinmont dog went off to his new owner yesterday, with his leather collar and disc (owner wanted Happy Birthday written on it)
I was happy with the end result, the slipper in his mouth looked much better than the needle felted food. I went over his back with a layer of alpaca, it was a good blend of the right colour greys and added to the realism.
His handmade German glass eyes sparkled in the light and with dashes of silk in his topknot he was ready to meet his new owner at the birthday party.
© Gai Button 2013