Sunday, August 10, 2014
Rabbits and Roses
I've been making these small rabbits for my Etsy shop. The first one I listed - the one at the right in the top picture - sold pretty much as soon as I listed her. They're really a joy to make, althoughtthey're not so simple as they may look.
Even though they're small - 3" to the top of the head - I've built them over an armature. I did that for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted them to be posable, although the posing options are quite a bit less than for my large gray needle felted rabbit. But also, the armature guides me as I sculpt. So if I start out with a good armature I'm likely to get the shape I'm aiming for, and it's repeatable.
The jury's still out on the whiskers. Mostly I used 4lb weight Fireline which is a nylon beading thread. The stiffness is just right, but it's a little thin. So for the Dutch rabbit and the brown rabbit below, I switched to a #1 Tuff Cord that I got at http://www.beadshop.com. I'm thinking it might be a bit thick, but I like the feel of it.