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Nautilus by FamiliarOddlings Nautilus by FamiliarOddlings
Birthday gift for one of my closest friends. Her favorite cephalopod is the nautilus. She was quite amazed when she opened the box and found this little guy! :D

The shell is papier mache painted and varnished; the fleshy parts are needle felted wool. It's weighted in the shell and hangs by a stretchy string so it can bounce and bob like they do while swimming. You can't see in this picture, but I included the siphon. :) A real nautilus has ninety tentacles! Ninety! I only managed to fit thirty for this one.

It's about seven inched long.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional
love it
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:iconfandomfan:
fandomfan Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist
That's an amazing piece of work, nautilii(?) are one of my favourite cephalopods.
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AmpullaeOfLorenzini Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Wish you were my friend!
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nagibzm Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I like this very very much!

Me encanta!
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ElaclairesSkies Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I thought this was a photo of an actual nautilus before clicking on it! Wonderful detail, and I am happy to hear that she loved it :)

This reminds me of a plush I had sewn of a nautilus for my fiance. I love plush making, and am definitely going to look into trying my hand at needle-felt work :D
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juhele Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Hi, very beautiful. I also like nautilus - it is such a crazy and peculiar animal and also a very old species. Some time ago I created one wallpaper with nautilus :-)
[link]
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
This is really impressive! I never knew Nautili had that many tentacles!
The shell looks so nice and shiny, and I really like how true to nature the colours look!
also the way it's peeking out at the world from that eye is completely adorable!
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DarthChinchi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Damn...
So basicly I have to quit school and learn how to do this... Yep, that's what I'm going to do...

When looking at the thumb it looked like the real deal. Looks a bit more fluffy when you see it up close, but I can only imagine how amassing it must look IRL.
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Haha! I understand the feeling but don't throw your life away!

Thank you! Yes, the thumb turned out so cool-looking, didn't it? ^_^ It is quite fuzzy IRL too but the movement I managed to get it to have with the weights in the shell make it worth it. I wish I had made a video of it.

Thanks for the wonderful comment! :hug:
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DarthChinchi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
You are welcome :)
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Reveta Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is AMAZING I love theses guys D:!
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you! They are such amazing creatures, aren't they?
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:iconreveta:
Reveta Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, my mother loves them as do i <3~
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Excellent! :D
Original and very well done too :clap:

I would've put it in a feature if my sub hadn't run out recently :(
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :D

Aww, I'm sorry your sub ran out. :( Thank you for the thought! :hug:
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youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
That came out wonderful! You are sure creative!:D
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :tighthug:
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:iconyoulittlemonkey:
youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
You are welcome:)
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
great idea!
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconzincuddlefish:
zincuddlefish Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
o my god its cute
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconzincuddlefish:
zincuddlefish Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
hi
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Greetings! :wave:
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:iconzincuddlefish:
zincuddlefish Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
hi whats up
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I like your avatar! Is it dancing or is it more complicated than that?
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zincuddlefish Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
no i can make you one a dancer or licker
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IcyBowser Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
From the thumbnail, I thought it was a photo of a real one! Wonderful job.
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Really? :D Cool! Thank you! Um... do you still want a print of it?
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:iconicybowser:
IcyBowser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Ha, no sorry. That was a slip of the mouse. ^^;
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) Okay.
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nellyvansee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is awesome, it look so real!
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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jan3ll3 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
ooohh- it's my favorite too !!! it's so cool and cute !! (: <3 good job~ amazing !
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you so much!
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cloudiworks Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
hahaha, really original, I love it!
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you!
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your devation has been featured in my journal this week. [link] :hug:
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! Wonderful features there! :hug:
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.:hug:
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Celtic-Dragonfly Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing and so beautiful!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Alexandra! :D
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Averuna Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
I would be amazed too. This is just great!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks!
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Mairyl Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
What a clever idea. I really like nautilus(es??) too. I think yours is great. I like how you mixed papier mache and needle felting... Pretty cool!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D I like them too, but after making one, I'm a little less fond of their NINETY tentacles! :faint: So. Many. Tentacles! Just doing thirty drove me insane. I'm glad it paid off though. :D The papier mache and needle felt combination is something I love and it makes me feel like I can make anything I can think of.

Thanks for the comment! :)
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Paddyeahh Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Student Writer
I love it! :D
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D I'm glad!
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Umbri-girl Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Omg that'd be the best gift everrrr
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks!
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