This is the creature I have been working on recently. Her name is Bella, and she is [supposed to be] a hedgehog. This is just the prototype. I have some specially-purchased, gel-spiked mohair for the actual finished version, but since I wasn't sure how I was going to make the legs, I wanted to practice with some other mohair first.
She has toes! Little wiry, metal toes! The legs start with a bit of wire armature. These are wrapped in a thinner wire, which is also used to form the toes. Then they're thread-wrapped (which looks great on its own, but doesn't hold firm enough), then felted over the top. It was a bit of a voyage of discovery, but I'm really pleased with her.
I think her front legs are probably too close together (see second picture), and I wish there was less contrast between the spiky bit and the white fur.
In spite of these flaws, I still think she's really sweet. I'm not going to sell her, but I'm thinking of running a Facebook giveaway. Other 'business pages' seem to run them all the time when they reach milestones in terms of numbers of 'likes'. My problem is that I never know what to give away. It seems a bit OTT to giveaway a bear, when they're so expensive to make. A prototype though, which is good but not quite good enough, seems a reasonable medium.
Beautiful Bella! Awesome work, she looks fantastic. Cant wait to see the next verion :)
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