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Octopus WIP by FamiliarOddlings Octopus WIP by FamiliarOddlings
So this is what I've been working on the last month. It is the new blue-ringed octopus. Still working on it, but getting there! You can see I've made a few revisions on the design and also the color is somewhat more intense this time around. I'm also adding a beak to this guy, as requested by the commissioner. :D

1. Pipe cleaner armature for the arms
2. A base of plain wool batting needle-felted into shape on top of the pipe cleaners
3. Starting to felt colored wool on to the base in the blue-ringed pattern, careful about the eyes so the shape is good
4. Felting the rings on the arms (I start with the light blue so it stays bright and pure)
5. Still felting the rings... There are a lot of them!

The beak -- made out of paper clay and painted with acrylic.
Eyes -- paper clay painted with pan pastels and acrylics for the pupil and the white outline so it "glows." Thank you, =ShePaintsWithBlood for introducing me to pan pastels! They are so perfect for cephalopod eyes! :D

Feel free to ask questions, I'll try to answer in a timely manner. :)
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:iconcrftyldytoo:
crftyldytoo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Artist
Love your work. Thanks for sharing!
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Tammysoul Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this it reallyHug  is very generous of you
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WegaBlueSun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
That's an amazing piece of work. Whatever you're charging is probably not enough for the effort it takes!
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oHmega14 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is too cool! :la: I have to try it!!
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How much would something like this go for?
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toshers-girl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I've never heard of needle felting before. It looks like the head is hollow so I was wondering how you get the felt to hold the shape?
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KierstenViolette Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   General Artist
Its amazing to see a bit behind your process. Do you just glue the paper clay to the felt?
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kimberleytheresa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint: my favourite cephalopod

i want one so bad D: it's amazing :D
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aprilwilcox Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
I LOVE THIS! THANK YOU FOR SHARING A PROCESS IMAGE!
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ElaclairesSkies Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Wow, to see the step by step of this makes it all the more admirable and awe worthy. :D Thank you for sharing!
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daaa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm just curious, do you not run into issues with breaking your needles on the pipecleaners? How do you work around having the wire in there?
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good question! The pipe cleaners do make it more difficult and I have broken my needles -- but not as much as you would expect. I angle the needle around the wire and try to be extra careful. It's mostly not that hard except on the tips of the arms where the wool is just a thin covering on the pipe cleaner, then I have to be really careful and hold the tip of the arm between my finger and thumb and poke the needle right by my finger. I actually have callouses on my finger pad from where the needle scrapes against my skin, haha. Hope that explains it a little? I'm trying to put together a tutorial that shows how I do it but it's taking a while to put together.
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Bleblebob Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
So cool
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconbleblebob:
Bleblebob Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
I wish I had money so I can buy something for you.
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MissMayonnaise Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
I'm actually a fan of these animals, this is just beautiful... I want it...:iconrlytearplz:
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D Haha! Yes, they are awesome animals! Thank you!
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MissMayonnaise Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
You're very welcome :iconproudplz:
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MaudMontfort Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
.....so how do you apply the wool to the armature? do you treat it like clay?? i wanna do thiss...
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes, it's kind of like clay but very light and you have to manipulate it with the needle. I wad the wool onto the armature, sometimes wrapping it, and then poke it a thousand times until it takes the proper shape. Don't know if that explains it well enough for you...

Have you gotten a chance to try it out yourself yet? It's a lot of fun!
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MaudMontfort Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Thank you so much for the info! i haven't tried....yet!
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Averuna Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
I've greatly admired all the critters you've made with needle felting. I actually acquired a book on it and want to try it too. It looks like fun.
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Averuna! That is so kind. It really is a lot of fun! Have you gotten to try it out yet?
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Averuna Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
I haven't gotten a chance to try it out yet. I'm waiting until the holidays are out of the way, and then I can begin playing around. It really looks like fun.
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CreativeExcess Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh how intense my desire is to own one of these! Someday!!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D I hope that desire comes true!
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Bodhisama Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
S/he is looking fantastic so far and I love that electric blue you're using! The variety of the rings look much more realistic and aesthetically pleasing as well -you just get better and better at these as you go, I'm highly impressed. :nod:
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you so much, Keturah! :hug: I am trying! The color of the rings was specifically mentioned by the customer so I went and bought a bunch of blue dyes and experimented away. I'm so pleased you noticed the variety of the rings -- I tried really hard to make those better this time around. Looked at tons of photos and kept checking and double-checking to get the shapes right. Thank you for the compliments! :D
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bloodrose83 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Lucky commissioner. :aww: I really like the shade of blue used. It provides a nice contrast with the lighter body color, but not so high a contrast that it draws my eye away from the overall piece. Those little guys look hard to make! Hope both you and your Etsy shop are doing well.
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Megan! The rings are such a pain to make, but I guess it's worth it, haha.
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bloodrose83 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
As long as you're happy with the end result, I think that's what matters most.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Awww this is looking so beautiful and amazing so far! I love the bright colours and the way the rings stick out like that. I so want to tough them. The process of adding colour is super interesting too. Ooh, I thought those were Pan Pastels you had there! I am glad they are working so well for you ^n.n^ :blackrose:
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! The blue really pops out because of the colors I used around it more than the color itself -- really surprising and interesting to see that happen! You can sort of see in the #5 photo, the arm sticking out the back has all the colors on it except for the darker blue that I outline all the rings with at the last. Such a different look! Oh, yes, the pan pastels are awesome! I am looking forward to using them for some other projects too. ^_^
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gotclawz1 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
i love these, i want to make one but i can't afford another hobby
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D Yes, I understand! So many awesome things to do in one lifetime!!
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vikingsoprano Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
I am totally in awe of your talent. This is so great!
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm so glad you like it!
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zincuddlefish Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
cool
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks! :highfive:
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zincuddlefish Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
cool
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