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31  Needlefelted dog diorama in Felting: Completed Projects by CamOovas on: October 15, 2010 09:53:07 AM
This was for Poosel in the Craft My Pet swap. It's a two-walled diorama, the walls are two pieces of foam core board covered in wallpaper.  The black dog is wool and silk, it was really hard to find fiber as shiny as he is!  The rawhide and kong are polymer clay and the garbage can is a creamer cup with a piece of a grocery bag that I candle-melted into shape.

I also included her gecko:

And an outdoor scene with a friend:

I have about a million more pictures, didn't want to get too carried away here. Smiley
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32  Re: Craft My Pet Gallery (Send Out 9/24/10) in The Swap Gallery by CamOovas on: October 09, 2010 12:30:21 PM
Poosel has received and is pretty busy so I told her I would post pics.  I made a diorama of her two dogs and gecko.  The venus fly trap didn't quite make the cut, but I included a cactus instead. Smiley

(the little one has a thing for tissues)

And a shot of Poosel's pups with MissingWillow's Jenna:

We are still waiting on three packages to be received so dont stop checking the gallery!
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33  Hamster in Felting: Completed Projects by CamOovas on: September 24, 2010 09:28:01 AM
Just a hamster I made for AlishaMisha in the IYP swap.   It's lifesize, or maybe just a tad bigger than.

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34  Re: Craft My Pet Gallery (Send Out 9/24/10) in The Swap Gallery by CamOovas on: September 18, 2010 08:04:51 PM
MissingWillow and I did a personal swap along the same time line of this one, and I received from her so I wanted to put it in the gallery where it would get the most appreciation. Smiley

She made me a beautiful shrine of my kitty Maui.  Right now it is just hanging on my living room wall, but it will get a permanent place in my larger Maui shrine after I collect enough to put it together.  Thanks!  And sorry for the pictures, I couldnt seem to get a decent one, so I will post two less than decent ones so maybe you guys can get the whole idea. 

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35  Re: IYP16 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CamOovas on: September 04, 2010 09:58:30 PM
I received yesterday from AlishaMisha! 

Straight from my wist!

Tree of life pendant and earrings Smiley

This AWESOME stamp that I actually stole from her wist, then she sent me:

An elephant for my desk at work

And a mini old-timey sewing machine for my mini house!

Thank you so much AlishaMisha! I hope you like your package as much as I like mine!
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36  Golden retrievers in Felting: Completed Projects by CamOovas on: August 21, 2010 04:31:29 PM
The pictures seem a little washed out... sorry.  They are about 6 inches high and made from dog hair, wool and alpaca.

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37  Re: Craft my pet swap (sign up 8/7/10-8/27/10, send out 9/24/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by CamOovas on: August 16, 2010 07:21:41 PM
Long or short there's no way I know of that you can felt dog hair on its own.  Wool is "feltable" because of the structure of the fiber - dog hair doesn't have the same roughness that would make it hold together.  Of course adding to the wool is an option!

I think you might be thinking of wet felting... you can needlefelt just about anything with enough determination, I've even felted human hair (dreadlock repair) although it is a pain.  Anyway, here is a samoyed bead I just made:
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38  Craft my pet swap (sign up 8/7/10-8/27/10, send out 9/27/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by CamOovas on: August 07, 2010 07:38:56 PM

Swap name:  Craft my pet
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  CamOovas
Sign-up date range:  August 7-August 27, 2010
Date to send item by:  September 24, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement?  No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
In this swap, partners will craft one large replica of their partners pet.  A large craft is defined as a minimum of 4 hours of crafting time.  Any medium can be used- sculpture, painting, crochet, etc.  In addition, you will be sending one small item.  The small item is defined as 2 or less hours of crafting time or $10 or less in cost.  Depending on you and your partners preferences, the small may be an additional rendering of the pet, a second pet, or a store bought or crafted item for said pet.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer.

Name of swap:  Craft my pet
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?  

How about allergens in your home?

Describe the pet you would like your partner to craft (include a link to photos here if you like, otherwise you will need to email pictures to your partner once you have been paired):

What stands out about your pet?  Does it have a certain pose, favorite toy, bad habit?  List anything that may help your partner in crafting your pet.

What kind of animal/s are you comfortable crafting?:

Would you like to craft or receive crafts involving multiple pets?:

What are your crafting skills (crochet, drawing, papercrafts, etc):

What medium/s would you like to see your pet crafted from?:

How would you like your crafted pet to be displayed (on a shelf/wall/clothing, etc):

Do you like to spoil your partner or prefer to send exactly the swap requirements?:

Is there anything you do not want to receive?:

This swap has a long crafting time.  Do you agree to check the swap discussion frequently so as to not miss any important updates?:

Link to wist (if applicable):


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

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39  Help me target my market in Get Product and Website Opinions by CamOovas on: July 20, 2010 02:06:22 PM
I make needlefelted sculptures.  People love them and tell me how wonderful they are, but inevitably the question follows "but what would I do with it?"   To which I must admit, they are completely non-functional.  Put it on a shelf.   I've had people buy my bigger pieces to display in their small businesses or a babies nursery, or on their office desk, but I need to either find and monopolize on the knick-knack collectors or find ways to make my pieces serve a little more of a purpose or fit better into a home. 

So far what I have determined is that I need to make my pieces more artsy... 3-D shadowboxes that can be displayed as somewhat more traditional wall art, or perhaps putting more sculptures behind glass to imply that it is art and not a toy.   Also I've been thinking of things like mobiles for nurseries and turning smaller pieces into christmas tree ornaments. 

Do you guys have any other ideas?  I have other products that sell very well, but the felting is what I really love to do, so I would like to be able to find a way to make some money off of it.   I also offer custom orders of people's pets, and have some luck with that, but it's still not where I want it to be.
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40  Glass photography pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by CamOovas on: July 11, 2010 01:57:24 PM
I've been crankin these out for a while now, finally gettin around to posting.  They are my photography resined onto glass tiles:

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