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Snail Bird by FamiliarOddlings Snail Bird by FamiliarOddlings
My long, long, LONG time coming half of a doll trade with *Magweno I hope you like it, dear! :heart:

I imagine this to the be a juvenile specimen of this species (name suggestions?). They spend their very early days as tiny fluffy shell-dwelling creatures living in the undergrowth. Then they mature to this long-legged form and run around under the bushes, occasionally climbing branches with their little wing talons. Their crest develops and they gain individual markings. As fully mature adults, their wings are semi-functionally, allowing gliding, and their shells are shrunk into a kind of small shield on the back.

This one you can see is quite friendly to humans. :D

Needle felted wool over wire; feathers; plastic eyes; Paper Clay beak and shell; and Lumina Clay talons. Stands at about 6.5 inches tall and rests at 9 inches long with tail curled.

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drawsomething13 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
This snail bird is great! I love it
Professormcwilliams Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
uhm what about naming it Ramphastos mollusca? or if you wanted an actual name you could name it the tousnail :')
CMWyvern Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
The snail-bird is so unique! I love the beak, reminds me of toucans. And the shell! I thought at first that you had painted a real shell! Well done!
nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Omg that's one of the cutest creatures I've ever seen :D
Magweno Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can't get over how brilliant and extraordinary this little guy is! :love: I've been coming back to this photo over the past few days and just grinning from ear to ear, what an incredible creation and made for meeeee! :dance: He's fantastic, you did an amazing job and I'm so proud to own one of your pieces! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HIM AND YOU IN PERSON! :D
SKitFox Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
So freaking adorable X3

I could totally imagine this kind of creature in a place like Pandora in Avatar. Or some other bizarre rainforesty environment. Those colours are wonderful :)
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is just so amazing I want one!
Rhissanna Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a gorgeous thing and that shell is really beautifully done.
pahein Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Aaah, it's got such personality! It looks really awesome. :heart:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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