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radal16
« on: March 15, 2006 12:36:14 PM »

It was suggested that it would be really nice of me to make a tutorial on how to make a songbird.  The following is my attempt.  Please let me know if I need to clarify things or give more directions- this is my first tute so bear with...

1. Make the legs.  I used 18 gauge wire and cute little needle-nosed pliers


2. Make the basic body shape.  For this I made the base out of white wool and covered it with yellow corriedale.  You could also leave it like this and make a chick.


3. Make the tail separately, attach it after you've firmed it up a little.  The shape is going to depend on the type of bird.


4. Make the wings.  For this I just use a glob of wool and needle it into shape as I go.


5. Make the beak.  Take a small amount of roving and roll it into a cone, needle firm.  For me this is the hardest part because I stab the heck out of myself.


6. Add the beak and start adding the surface details.


7. Cover the legs.  Ideally you would use yarn but comes out I didn't have the right color.  So I had to wrap roving around the wire and then wet felt it.


Here he is in his natural habitat


Viola, a goldfinch!  Sorry the pictures aren't that hot, the lighting in my apartment is the pits.  I'd like to see your birds if you try this- realistic or fantasy- so please add on if you like.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2006 04:43:01 PM »

Oh! That is so realistic it's not even FUNNY! Well it kinda is.... SO SO SO beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2006 04:56:34 AM »

just as awesome as your other birds! you're very generous to give us a tut, i'll definitely try it!
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2006 06:19:39 AM »

Thanks Punker Chic, for the enthusiastic praise!

Teamwang, I hope you do try it- you have great imagination, I'm sure your bird would be something to see!

I figured out why my pictures are so bad.  It's too late for the in-progress pictures, but I'm going to try to post a better picture of the final product.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2006 10:33:24 AM »

Radal16, your birds blow m away! I am going to try to make some for Mother's Day!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2006 11:58:04 AM »

Radal16, your birds blow m away! I am going to try to make some for Mother's Day!!

Yay!  I'm so glad you're going to try them.  These might be part of next month's felt-along so you'd be getting a head start.  Please post pics!
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2006 11:58:51 AM »

YAY!!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2006 09:07:28 AM »

This is really impressive.
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2006 10:03:19 AM »

I've been meaning to post this for ages - and haven't had the chance until now-
I was SOOOO inspired by radal16's birds and other lovely creations that I tried a tropical bird for my Mum's birthday. She loves him so much she puts him in her houseplants...heehee.

here he is with naked legs:
 

and with covered legs, much better and warmer too!  Grin


At first I was unsure- but now I love the fact that his legs are practically the same size as his body- it makes him look all akward and strange- like me.
hope you like  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2006 11:24:27 AM »

lexis - it doesn't look strange, it looks RAD! I love the colors that you used, and the tufty head feathers.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2006 12:05:02 PM »

Oh my, Lexis, he is so adorable!  He must look so good traipsing around in your mom's houseplants.  Love his gi-normous feet too.
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2006 12:52:58 PM »

I LOVE him!!! And what's the view out your window??
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2006 01:58:43 PM »

Thanks so much ladies. I lurv him too- I will have to make a brother or sister- they take me so damn long! arg! haha
Also finally watched "March of the Penguins"--So I will HAVE to try to make an emperor penguin as soon as possible too.

Hey batgirl- thanks- my backyard is the ocean- so what you see there in that pic is all the neighbours docks. Tides out too. Waiting for that big tree thing in the background to bloom!!! It's a stunning purple Wisteria- it's rare around here..
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2006 02:30:04 PM »

Lexis, can I come live with you?  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2006 02:36:30 PM »

SURE!!!  Cheesy
I like company. Gives me an excuse to get cookin' in the kitchen.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2006 03:21:06 PM »

*zooming noise as Batgirl races to the batmobile to head for Lexis' house!*  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2006 11:56:15 AM »

Thanks for the Tute! I'm gonna try to make one tonight!

Batgirl wanna carpool to lexis' house? It sounds wonderful, AND sh'e supercrafty.
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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2006 12:01:21 PM »

Thanks for the Tute! I'm gonna try to make one tonight!

Batgirl wanna carpool to lexis' house? It sounds wonderful, AND sh'e supercrafty.

*starts car to pick up Bambi*
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2006 02:49:49 PM »

heeheehee. you guys are so cute. I will get the tea kettle going and we can all sit in the backyard in the sunshine today. Smiley but can you guys bring some extra felting needles? coz' I'm all out.  Undecided
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2006 05:36:35 AM »

I just got some extra felting needles, I'm on my way!
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2006 06:14:23 AM »

No problem! We'll pick up some felting needles and snacks!  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2006 09:01:24 AM »

Weeeeee!! radal too! yay!
hell- lets just make it a big partay- and then we can felt all night long. haha.
I'll provide the Pimms and Lemonade. HEE!!

actually- i think that would be tres cool if that happened in real life.    Wink
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2006 09:20:26 AM »

You say that NOW, wait till we show up with the roving and beer and refuse to leave! LOL
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« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2006 08:37:17 AM »

teeheehee- Just be sure to bring your sleeping bag and we'll set you up to sleep on the dock with the noisy river otters.  Grin  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2006 08:40:22 AM »

OTTERS?? I am definitely coming! I've always wanted to see an otter!!  Cheesy
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*feels left out Sad
i didnt know you had OTTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
can you post me one? Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2006 05:41:34 AM »

Otters are definately going to be the clincher here, poor Lexis will never be able to get rid of us!
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« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2006 05:45:35 AM »

I can't even imagine living with a beach and otters right in my yard!! Lexis, you are the coolest!!
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« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2006 05:47:49 AM »

While your house sounds fab, those birds are so great!  Needle felting is one of the crafts I really want to try.  My mom and mother-in-law would adore a  little goldfinch.
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Hi Susie, no time is better than this time for picking up a new craft! 
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« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2006 06:25:20 AM »

While your house sounds fab, those birds are so great!  Needle felting is one of the crafts I really want to try.  My mom and mother-in-law would adore a  little goldfinch.

That's my plan for Mother's Day, too! (we are celebrating late!  Wink )
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« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2006 06:41:40 AM »

Maybe i should nf an otter for this months feltalong?? with a wired tail!?
Oh babs- you know i would mail you one if i could catch it. heeheehee
actually the otters make this funny chirping sound when they're looking for their partner- its SO loud!! I first thought it was birds!!
There's a few seals arond here too. They've had their babies- and the babies are usually bigger than the parents! its so cute!
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« Reply #32 on: May 22, 2006 04:12:33 PM »

Yay! I did it! A few more images in the felt-along thread. Thanks, Radal, for the tutorial!!!!!

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« Reply #33 on: May 24, 2006 08:22:16 PM »

Oh Batgirl, that little guy is so cute- he looks like he's about to take off!  Did you use seed beads for his eyes?
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« Reply #34 on: May 25, 2006 06:05:09 AM »

Actually, I used straight pins!  Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: October 02, 2007 08:08:41 AM »

I made a tiny duckie! The pictures not too great, but you get the idea!

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« Reply #36 on: October 02, 2007 05:07:42 PM »

Aww, he's cute.  Do you have a side shot?
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« Reply #37 on: October 02, 2007 05:20:55 PM »

Was he made using an armiture like Radal's?
Yeah, he's cute  Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2007 10:02:13 AM »

Here's him from the side...



I'm assuming that since I don't know what an armiture is I didn't use one! Ha!
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« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2007 09:31:23 AM »

Lovely ! Thanks for the tutorial !
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Oh my god I want to make a whole flock of these now XD
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