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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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demetyoubi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's beautiful!!!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh thank you!!! :D I'm so thrilled you like it! Your work really inspires me and actually got me thinking of making this felted betta. :heart:
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demetyoubi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome and thank you!
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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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amber-rose-creations Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I LOVE the detail and color. Stunning as always!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Whoa, this is so pretty and detailed. I love the colors so much! :love:
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Reptonic Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beta fish are awesome!
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute fish!
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andromeda Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Incredible!
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful colours!
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an excellent work!! You're excellent ad doing these :clap:
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
My goodness this is so beautiful 
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Ganjamira Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconawwwplz: What an amazing piece of artwork!:love:
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Ferngirl Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always liked having beta fish.  ^-^ 
It would be nice to get another one. 
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Kai-ni Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow it's SO CUTE. You captured the fish so perfectly, ahhh ;a; I love Betta, and this is just precious. And it's bigger than I thought it was, when I looked on etsy! If only I could even remotely afford it lD May I respectfully ask your justification on the price? How do you calculate your prices?
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Auronyth Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Soo cute!
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perniciouswulf Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is totally beautiful, i have several bettas & you really captured their look :)
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Magweno Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such beautiful colours! We got a betta fish this year, Mum's birthday present, he's a butterfly half moon in peach and gold - absolutely beautiful and such a character too! I really love the gradients you've captured all over him, the little scales are really gorgeous :D
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
That's really fantastic. I love the way the scales look overall; but you're right in that it could use refinement. I think scales are hard in general... but like nearly everything else about needlefelting, it's likely more time-consuming than difficult per se. 

I don't know if you plan on doing more, but if you're looking to improve your technique with scales, you might consider looking at some of ~Lobster-Ball's works. In particular, I remember a rather fantastically well-done alligator. I wonder if I can find it-- ah, there it is. fav.me/d67elts

Unfortunately I cannot seem to remember where to find the other example that immediately sprung to mind... it was basically layering pre-made felt in a very pleasing way. Perhaps not as applicable as the other example, anywho. 
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Ahh, wow, yes that alligator is amazing. The scales are fabulous, especially on the belly. Thanks for sharing that, it is a very good thing to study. There was another piece I looked at too... Here: fav.me/d51cahg

I'm definitely going to keep working on it.

Thanks again!
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Amytheemobat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
o m g thats so cute >x<
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