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Derpy Derpy by SnowFox102 Derpy Derpy by SnowFox102
Derpy trolls by posing on an unrelated collectable! It helped her balance. :P

Her head is too small, but I didn't notice until it was a bit late to fix, and she had an "accident" with some acid dye that caused her armature to rust, so I wasn't going to sell her anyway. So I decided to finish her as-is for the sake of showing that I can make poniez. :D

Fully poasable thanks to a wire armature (even her wings). Needle felted hand-dyed wool, with a polyester core to help posing ability. Her mane and tail are unfelted fiber, though in the future I'd like to use nylon, which is what the plastic figures use. About 3 1/2" tall (one and a half to two times as tall as the G4 figures), but I could make larger ones. I welcome pony commissions. :D
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MrPr1993 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DERPEEEEE!!! :la:
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Chaparro1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's so beautiful! :iconiloveitplz:
And you got her Cuite mark right!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Fluttershy turned out better, I just need to get her hair to behave. There are WIP shots in my scraps. :)
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Chaparro1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your gallery is so cool! :D
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CVDart1990 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great Job!
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brittklein13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
cute
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shapiru Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was exactky what I thing when I saw her "Wow you can make ponies too". :-)
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SnowyKestrel Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Wow, this looks great! The eyes and the wings are especially good. What kind of wire do you use for the armature? I'm a new needlefelter, and I have only used pipecleaners as an armature so far, lol.
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Some of my older ones have pipe cleaners, but what I did (and this includes Derpy) was make the shape with pipe cleaners and then wrap galvanized steel wire around it. I think there's a pic or two of a WIP figure that shows some of the armature, and you can see the wire wrapped around the pipe cleaners.

What I do now is a little different. I sketch what I want the armature to look like, and pin the sketch to a cork board. Then, usually starting with arms and legs, I place pins at points where the wire will bend, and use the pins like a wire jig to wrap the galvanized steel wire around and shape it. Then I twist a main body wire (usually includes the head, and tail if the figure has one)around the arm and leg wires to hold everything together. Last I add another strand of wire in the same way that I did with a pipe cleaner armature, to add strength. I could also twist two wires together ahead of time and skip the last step, I just haven't yet. I've only made two armatures with the jig method so far, so I'm still working on it. ;) Some time I'll take pics of the jig method, it's very simple to do but hard to explain. I'm too clumsy to work with the wire without the jig, it's too slippery. That's also why I used pipe cleaners.
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SnowyKestrel Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Oh wow, thanks for the detailed explanation! I would have never thought of the jig method; it sounds great! Where do you buy your wire?
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The hardware store. :D The wire you can get from craft stores is mostly jewelry wire, which isn't suited for the job. Some people use floral wire (especially the fabric covered kind) but I don't think that's galvanized, and I kind of like not having to worry about rust if a figure gets rained on or something. If you get it from a hardware store, you can get a couple hundred feet of wire for pretty cheap. [link] This one's a pretty fine gauge, but I'd use something thicker for dolls larger than the ones I've made so far.
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SnowyKestrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Awesome, thanks so much! I already got some from a craft store, and sure enough they only had jewelry wire. Boy was it expensive for such a small amount! I figured there had to be another source ^.^

Again, thanks so much!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The only wire I've seen at craft stores that wasn't expensive was either floral wire, or aluminum, which is a bit soft and fragile. Copper wire from a hardware store would work too, I just use galvanized steel for its rust resistance. :) Whatever you use, I recommend making stranded wire by twisting two or more strands together. It's less likely to break that way. You can buy stranded wire sometimes, but often it's in "rope" form, which doesn't really hold its shape the way normal wire does.

And you're welcome, I like sharing information. :D
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SnowyKestrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Yeah, I wondered how to make wire stronger so it won't break after bending so many times. Thanks so much, you're very kind!
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ShinyVulpix Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Oh man, this is awesome! Excellent work C:
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! There will be more ponies before long! :D
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Good gosh she's cute! I've been trying to felt a Big Mac but oh man, those pony proportions really *are* hard to capture. But she's got such a cute expression and itty bitty pony wings, she's awesome anyway. :) I might not even have noticed the proportions thing if you hadn't pointed it out, honestly.

Yay felt ponies!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
My style tends to be pretty toony, but pony proportions are still pretty extreme. That's why her proportions ended up like that, I did my style. :D Thanks for the comment, it makes me happy when someone whose work I admire so much likes something of mine. :D
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Haylzy-HeartBroken Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
=OOOOOOOO SHES SO CUTE <3 how much would one like her cost?

im thinking of asking for a commission soon but i have no idea what i want......
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It depends on size and complexity. :) I could make one like this or a bit bigger for $20 I suppose.
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Haylzy-HeartBroken Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
=O thats a decent price...

could you possibly make blackwargreymon from digimon or is that to complicated?? and how much would one cost?
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I could make BlackWarGreymon, but he wouldn't be cheap because he'd take a lot of time and effort. He's got a lot of little fiddly details. He'd probably be closer to $50.
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Haylzy-HeartBroken Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
=D Thant be doable for me but i wouldn't be able to order for awhile =O i just started applying for jobs and i need to get a ay pal going =3

you can definitely look forward to me commissioning something in the next month or two 8D your art is so cool
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
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TheShadowKitty Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
She's absolutely beautiful! I quite like her proportions as well, she looks kind of older, and you've kind of put your own spin on her with the adjusted proportions. Hope to see more soon! :)
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Saphruikan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
That's awesome! I like her proportions a lot better like this than if her head was bigger. Beautiful job!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it seemed that way to me too, I didn't have my references with me while I was making her, so I didn't notice the difference until later!
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