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Mini Kirin by FamiliarOddlings Mini Kirin by FamiliarOddlings
I'm making a few of these mini kirins as a special prize for the contest over at :iconmyths-and-legends:

At this time, I'm not offering to sell them, they're just prizes, okay?

Oh my gosh!!! Tiny felting drives me insane! :crazy: But they're so tiny, which gives me a fuzzy feeling inside. :D

Needle-felted wool over pipe cleaner with painted paper clay hooves, eyes, and horn. From foot to horn tip it measures 4.25 in.

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Foal01 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how in the world do you make these!
BranwenMorgaine Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Your depiction of the kirin looks curiously like giraffes, which makes me wonder if you're familiar with the history of the Qu'lin in China.
"In legend, the Qilin became tiger-like after their disappearance in real life and become a stylised representation of the giraffe in Ming Dynasty. The identification of the Qilin with giraffes began after Zheng He's voyage to East Africa (landing, among other places, in modern-day Kenya). Zheng He's fleet brought back two giraffes to Beijing, and they were referred to as "Qilins". The Emperor proclaimed the giraffes magical creatures, whose capture signalled the greatness of his power.
The identification between the Qilin and the giraffe is supported by some attributes of the Qilin, including its vegetarian and quiet nature. Its reputed ability to "walk on grass without disturbing it" may be related to the giraffe's long, thin legs. Also the Qilin is described as having antlers like a deer and scales like a dragon or fish; since the giraffe has horn-like "ossicones" on its head and a tessellated coat pattern that looks like scales it is easy to draw an analogy between the two creatures. The identification of Qilin with giraffes has had lasting implications; even today, the giraffe is called girin (기린) by the Koreans and kirin (キリン) by the Japanese."
SpyralEyed Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gumbi01 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
OMG *cute overload*
pahein Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Gosh darn needlefelting small stuff is the WORST EVER.

I know exactly what you mean, but based on your sizes, I'm thinking quite a bit deal smaller than you might be.
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
It is so hard to do! Oh my gosh, just peeked at your gallery -- you're right! And you're crazy! But in a good way. :D
pahein Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Being crazy beats being normal, anyway. ;P

I'm actually toying around with the thought of trying to needlefelt a figurine just to see how small I could make it. As I imagine it'll be quite difficult, I kept putting it off. X3
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
:nod: Very true! :D

Haha, yes, that would be extremely difficult, I imagine. :D I'm eager to see it, though!
HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute! Love 'em!
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
:hug: Thank you!
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