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Betta - blue and yellow spade by FamiliarOddlings Betta - blue and yellow spade by FamiliarOddlings
You might not know this about me, but I am obsessed with betta fish. I adore them! I love how predatory and feisty they are -- even their anti-social nature charms me. Their gorgeous fins and colors are breath-taking and the best part? Only the boys get this fancy and froufrou. :aww: I can spend hours looking at picture after picture of these fabulous living ornaments.

Here is something I've been working on off and on for a while. Trying to capture the fancy fins and colors with felt was very challenging but ultimately quite rewarding. The "scales" effect needs work, I think, but I'm so proud that he can stand on his own!

This guy is a halfmoon tail with dragon scale coloring... There's more to categorizing the particular characteristics of their colors and tails so if someone wants to tell me how you would identify this one, please let me know in a comment.

Needle felted wool over pipe cleaner with fish sticker eyes from a fly shop. He's about five inches long.

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Betta-girl11 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Artist
You did this animal amazing with acuteness:)
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you! :heart: You have a betta?
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Betta-girl11 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student Artist
Welcome:D!! 
I have 3males
i have 3females
i will breed tho later in the year or next year:)
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, that's so cool! :D Breeding is so exciting!! I only have one female.
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Betta-girl11 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks!! It is
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themaniacalmenagerie Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is absolutely amazing! 
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Jwells0326 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG..... this is amazing... would you be able to make a tutorial on how to make one of these?????
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gekkogeck0 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. Just wow. The fins are perfect!!
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LaedyRose Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am in awe of the detail and those jewel-like colors.
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The details are great on this! 
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