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Vinyl Scratch Needle Felted Posable Plush by SnowFox102 Vinyl Scratch Needle Felted Posable Plush by SnowFox102
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I AM NEVER MAKING SCRATCH AGAIN. THOSE GLASSES AAAAUUUUGGGG. DX Ok maybe I would make her again, but I had SO MUCH trouble with the glasses. These are the sixth try! :faint: I had a lot of trouble dyeing her hair too, because I didn't have the right color of dye at first.

She's larger than the other ponies I've made, with the exception of the Luna doll I'm still working on. She's about six inches at the tips of her ears. You can see more pics on the eBay link, one which shows her with a G4 Fluttershy for reference. I'm pretty pleased with how she turned out. Her posing ability is good and her coat is soft. Her hair is brushable like all my ponies, made from Suri alpaca which I combed, dyed, cut, and styled myself. I love Suri, but it takes a little extra effort to get it to dye properly, and I didn't have any good blues on hand! Eventually, after many tries, I got the color I wanted, even if I would have preferred it to be a bit more saturated. There are a few strands of angelina fiber in both her mane and her tail, which add some shine and interest. This version of her glasses was made by painting on some fabric that was attached to felt with fusible web. I'm not even going to relate all the misadventures I had with that! But here's a tip for others: Iron-on transfers and fusible web don't like each other. >.>; The glasses hold their shape (and therefore stay on Scratch's face fairly well) because they're coated with several layers of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Her coat is a blend of superfine merino and Huacaya alpaca, which is why she's fuzzier than my other ponies. She's also softer as a result, though. Her eyes are printed onto special fabric, so they're crisp and well defined. I don't really like working with that kind of fabric though, it's very stiff and it's hard to felt through it, so I doubt I'll use it in the future. For people that want printed eyes, I'll use a different material, such as iron-ons on standard cotton fabric.

Awesome high res eye and glasses vectors by :iconthenaro:
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:iconxxstarfallxx:
xxstarfallxx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where do you find a felting needle? I've always wanted to try needle felting...
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you're in the US, I recommend Living Felt as a good place to get some materials to start with. They have a good selection of different needles, wool, and foam mats. Regardless of where you shop, get 38 star needles if you can. They felt much more rapidly than triangles. For wool, what's called "core wool" felts rapidly and is good for making a core to overlay prettier fiber over. Living Felt also sells Merino cross batts, which are a bit pricy but felt very nicely and are good for starting out. They aren't very soft, but generally softer fibers take a lot more effort to felt anyway. Leave the specialty needles and fibers for later. :)
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alvittanyallday Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg I love the pose !!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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:iconalvittanyallday:
alvittanyallday Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome ^w^ u did a good job on her
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jeffthekillergirl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
that's cool,how do you do that?
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:iconsnowfox102:
SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
She's needle felted. I used loose wool, and a specially designed needle to poke the wool into shape. :)
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:iconjeffthekillergirl:
jeffthekillergirl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
oh.thx!
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:iconfanastyfinder:
fanastyfinder Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like her pose.
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:iconkatieasquared:
katieasquared Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so awesome! I wish I could needle felt that well, all my dolls flop over ):
Ah well, practice makes perfect!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Floppy can be a good thing! I've actually wanted to make things that were able to flop and couldn't do it right. ^^; What makes felt strong like this is just stabbing it more, though. No secret, but it does take more time and effort. Glad you like her!
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SuperLuigiTails Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Lolwut? I found this by searching for Mario Plushies on Google. Anywho, that's really neat!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, Google has gotten more weird and less helpful lately. I'm glad you were entertained at least. XD
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Usagi-Zakura Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa that's felted? :o
Awesome. I can imagine it was hard to do.
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not as hard as it sounds, honestly. :D The hardest thing for me is getting the extreme proportions right. My natural style is cute, but the proportions are still somewhat believable.
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RukiaIchigo1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please pleeeaaase make a tutorial. Or something. Because these things are flipping amazing. If you can, please make a tutorial.
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do have some more tutorials planned, though I don't plan to do a basic felting tutorial. Felting isn't so much about technique as it is skill. In other words, you just have to know the basic concept (stab the wool!) and then just do it. There are plenty of basic tutorials out there already. I've already done a tutorial about rooting hair, and one for my method of making armatures. I still want to make one about making posable figures more flexible, and one about using an armature (which is very simple to do, but hard to describe properly).

I'm glad you like my work! :D
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RukiaIchigo1 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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TheSlenderFan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!
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:iconhigginstuff:
Higginstuff Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This Vinyl Scratch is amazing! ^-^ I absolutely LOVE how you did her hair! And she is poseable.. that is really cool! :D
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm glad she turned out ok, I thought I'd never get her hair to behave. XD I like making everything posable, I think it adds an extra point of interest. :)
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Mirnamiu Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
How did you made the mane and tail?? I mean what material they are :D Very beautiful work!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
They're Suri alpaca and a few strands of angelina. I did a tutorial about how it's rooted: [link]
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queerponies Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic, great job!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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EverydayImherpderpin Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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EverydayImherpderpin Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problemo! ;p
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:iconmistressvixen:
MistressVixen Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
You totally should felt her little DJ booth. xD
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
XD I actually haven't yet felted anything that wasn't an animal, except for the mushroom pin cushion. I've never been good with inorganic things anyway, and felting doesn't lend itself well to sharp angles, unless you're *GlassCamel. :P
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E-man300 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
nice job
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:iconknienke:
Knienke Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
She is beautiful! Very good job. <3
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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hyperkit9978 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
you have probably just inspired me to start doing this
were did you find your supplies?
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm a little short on time today, so for now I'll just give you a couple of links. This is a great place to start, they even have beginner kits: [link] And this is where I get short fiber superfine merino batts: [link]

Later, I'll make a journal post with all my favorite shops, including where I get specialty fibers like the Suri locks. I've got most of it typed up, just need to add a couple Etsy shops. :)
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melinoe2010 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
i love this so much
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:boogie:
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IcyReflections Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Stunning photo!
That pose is so fun.

This plushie came out so well!
I am envious of how wonderfully the head turned out! xD
How did you get it to look so accurate?

Amazing job!
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I mentioned in a previous comment that I have trouble thinking of good poses for my posable figures' photo shoots. I'm glad to hear you like this one!

As for how I got the proportions, it's generally easier (I think, anyway) to get felt to be the shape you want, as opposed to traditional sewn plushes. It's like modeling clay, if something's not right you just add more or take some away. Usually I just squish the wool down rather than cut some off if there's too much in an area, though. I also use printed or drawn images of the character I'm making as a reference. So far I've only made figures that were small enough to have full-scale reference images, so I can just hold the figure up to my picture and adjust things until they match pretty well. You can kind of see what I mean in this mini tutorial I did about armatures: [link] I used that drawing both for the armature and for the proportions of that figure. For Scratch I used a print out of a generic pony base shape, from the Pony Generator. My normal style isn't quite as exaggerated as the FiM style, so if I don't check my references often the proportions end up way off, which is what happened to the first felted pony I made. XD
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PonyVillain Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Yay, she's finally done. And she's awesome. :clap:
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! She did take a while, partly because I was giving priority to other projects and partly because of me messing things up, but I'm pretty happy with the outcome. :)
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Kherivhenxe Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
That sounds like it was an ultra pain to make XD The result is beautiful, especially that haaiirrr~
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I love using Suri for hair, it's so shiny and soft. :D
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Hoozuki Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
That is a really excellent job! I can tell it's nice and firm and that you took a lot of time to get the proportions down. (This is from a fellow needlefelter!)
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I actually have to try not to felt things into fuzzy rocks! XD Most of the time that's a good thing, but on things like legs that I want to move I've had to experiment a bit. I've done several ponies with polyester batting wrapper around their armature, that keeps the middle of the legs soft so they can pose, but it's kind of annoying to do. Recently though, I got some crown tip needles for surface finishing and found that they're great for making things with soft cores, since they only felt the surface. The Luna doll I'm making has posable legs that work by having only the surface fibers felted firmly, and the middle is still soft. Much faster and less irritating than the old method!

I appreciate input from fellow felters, and it makes me feel good when someone who really knows the craft compliments my work. Thanks! :D
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:iconhoozuki:
Hoozuki Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
My pleasure! Glad to see people still doing this kind of thing. :)
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Gypmina Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Looks really cute!! This may be a dumb question but what is needle felted exactly?
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SnowFox102 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a dumb question at all! Needle felting by hand is a relatively new craft (started in the 80s). It's a process of locking wool fibers together using a specially made needle to poke the fibers into place. You can make practically anything with it. I like it because the result is a plush with no seams, and no sewing. I'm pretty bad at sewing. XD Do a search on dA for "needle felt", there are a bunch of awesome felting artists here! That's how I got into it. :)
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Gypmina Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Ok cool! Thanks!
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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
That is super cute. I love the lively pose.
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