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Felted Giraffe Kirin by FamiliarOddlings Felted Giraffe Kirin by FamiliarOddlings
Kind of a continuing theme from the Giraffe Kirin painting [link] I made for my twin's birthday. This is also a gift to her, and a side project for me to relieve stress.

I've been told that the word kirin also means giraffe in Japanese so I wanted to explore a giraffe unicorn creature. The colors are my sister's favorites and I thought they added to the magical element. In my research, I read that kirin have perfectly circular hooves, not cloven like a deer's or shaped like a giraffe's, so that's what I tried to do. The horn is completely my fabrication. I don't know what kirin's horns are supposed to be like. Probably antler-like? :shrug:

WIP: [link]

Needle-felted wool over pipe cleaner with paper clay eyes, hooves, and horn. 8 in. tall, 4.5 in. long, and 2 in. wide.
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sofirr Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute; bravo!
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craz4pie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
how'd you get the horn and the eyes and the hooves to stick?
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CaraSuka262 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
How do you make these?
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Marla-chan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
dawwwwww
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Spazzshadow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
wow that is amazing O__O
What kind of process do you use to make that?
Could you/have you done a tutorial?
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D

I make it through the process of needle felting, i.e. poking strands of wool with a barbed needle until it knots/felts together into a kind of fabric. I've been meaning to make a tutorial but haven't managed to yet. I will try to do it soon!
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AndreiMoldovan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Lovely!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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fabular-mrfox Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
This is so incredibly cooooool! I love its huge ears and fluffy mane.

I have just recently started felting, after many years of other fiber-related activities (I love it! I wish I had started sooner!), and I'm looking around at other deviants' felted things for inspiration. Your stuff is fantastic.
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad you like it!

Oh yes, felting is so much fun! I felt that way too when I discovered it -- why haven't I been doing this my whole life?! What other kinds of fiber art did you do, if you don't mind my asking? Looking at the felting deviants around here is very inspiring, there are some amazing people here. Aw, thank you for saying that about mine! :)
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