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« on: June 10, 2008 01:37:58 PM »

I've been reading a lot of books on prehistoric animals lately, and I stumbled across the glyptodons and thought they were the cutest giant armadillo-type critters I ever seen. Here is my first prototype of a glytptodon plush: I used an old wool felt sweater with scraps of craft felt. I wanted to get the dimensions right before I cut into this brown velvet upholstery fabric I'd like to make a bigger one out of. This guy admittedly looks more like a beaver or something than I was hoping for, but he is nevertheless charming. If anyone has suggestions on how to make him more realistic, I would welcome them!

If you want to know more about glyptodons, here's the wikipedia article, but there are many wonderful books to be had on the subject too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyptodon










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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008 01:39:32 PM »

very cute and clean too(no ragged seams and such) nice job.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008 01:47:10 PM »

That's so adorable! Cheesy I remember seeing the skeletal remains of one in the British Natural history museum! Awesome!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008 08:26:44 PM »

this is so funny! Cheesy
i though it was like a rat from the thumbnail, sorry
i think it is hard that he looks so realistic, since he has like a shell in ""real"" life.
but its pretty close
i love the playing dead picture Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008 08:09:28 AM »

I think he looks great! I agree with the above poster he looks pretty realistic to me!
I would add a small thin piece of felt over the body to simulate the shell, and maybe segment the tail. I think the easiest way to do this would be to make your fabric piece longer and then fold little 1/2 inch sections and sew them then when you sewed it into the cont and turned right side out it would be more segmented. If that doesn't make sense I can draw a paint picture for you. Smiley
Other than that I think he's perfect!
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