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

Me encanta!
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
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 :-)
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!
DarthChinchi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
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.
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:
DarthChinchi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
You are welcome :)
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