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Hi, I have feathers by Rrkra Hi, I have feathers by Rrkra
Better photos later. Maybe. When daylight and proper background. T_T

Critique is on because...because I have that button but barely ever use it. Feel free to say what you like/dislike/looks weird, things like that.
(*Is aware that the photos are horrid off, that light background is bad with white feather-ends, and that anatomyproportionsstuff is not there* =D )

I finally finished him. Slightly less than 5 months of work...
Feathers. Feathers everywhere. But he looks so fluffy...

Front legs, wings/feathers, tail - move (are posable), hind legs move too, but they aren't posable. In wings, every feather can be posed (they are sewn together, so nothing extreme).

Birdthing and my cat.
Cat and birdthing by Rrkra

Size: Around 52 cm (20 inches) long - from front claws to the end of tail feathers. Around 25 cm (9 inches) high. Wingspan about 50cm. No idea about exact weight, but it's heavy...

For the curious people: process of making.
Wip by Rrkra - Made some feathers, made a head for them...
Wip2 by Rrkra - Neck, leg. Still had no idea what I was making. But the leg moves. ( - More legs.)
Wip4 by Rrkra - Decided that I wanted feathery wings. Thus, many wires were added.
Wip5 by Rrkra - Decided on a pose. Yay, sitting pose! Still not certain about the tail. (Later: - Tail will get feathers. And then even more feathers. Also, yay, hind legs!)
Wip7 by Rrkra - Feathery tail! (And I finally realized, how many feathers I will need for wings. But the bases were already made. Poor me.)

So yeah. As you see, planning =/= my strong side.

Two tutorial/walkthrough thingys were made in the process - paws:… and feathers:… .

~170gr main blue (263- Inside-Color Rainbow Crystal/Light Capri);
~75gr silver cube (21- Silver-Lined Crystal);
~60gr treasures (88 - Metallic Cosmos, 82- Metallic Nebula);
~80gr other colours (942 - Transparent Sapphire, 141 - Ceylon Snowflake, 121- Opaque Lustered White, 23b - Silver-Lined Dark Aqua, 161 - Trans-Rainbow Crystal, 88, 82).

Also some clear Delica, blue iris Matsuno 6-cuts, some lustered white Miyuki beads, metal "silver dust" beads, two blue agate beads for eyes, two small black agate beads and two big rainbow obsidian beads in wings, blue metallic Swarovski crystals, blue Czech claw beads.

Braided line: ~320m. Wire: 15+ m. Lots of big plastic beads for filling.
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I have seen many things sculpted, sewn, stuffed, cast, and many other creation actions, but this piece has created a whole new world of beading in my mind. I had often seen the beaded lizards youth would create for key chains and play things, but this artist has gone above and beyond with their talent. They have taken a common 2D medium and launched it to a whole new 3D level.

The detail and the care that has been put into the beading is incredible as is the uniqueness and creativity of the character. The colors, soft blue hues, are very gentle upon the eye which certainly allows comfortable admiration and enables the eye to float over the piece itself. Absolutely well done and masterfully executed. I do look forward to future pieces from this artist.
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Very pretty, I love the different shades you used. It really shows your skill. I hope to see other little, feathered creatures in other colours. Maybe try and incorporate more than one colour in your work, like red and orange to make it look fiery. Perfect piece of work anyways. I always love to see your final products.

I'm hoping that one day, when I actually have the money, I can actually purchase one of your fine pieces. I would be honored to have one of your wonderful pieces sitting on my coffee table or displayed on my mantle.
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Chrissi-eM Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is gorgeous  I think it is a hippogriff,  and the work involved alone would have put me off even trying to attempt it but I love this it deserves pride of place wherever it may go 
Rrkra Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Might be one =P
And yeah, even if you like beading, the time needed to make big creatures is scary XD
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Cerise357 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think someone needs to write a fantasy book for your creatures....
You really do the most magnificent bead work I have ever seen.
The form and texture, the decorative patterns
are just exquisite! 
Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Mmm, fantasy books<3
It's fun to make them - and if someone gets inspired by this, even better =D
I like details :XD:
chrystaleckes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Very Nice!

Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
ScereyahaDreamweaver Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can't imagine the patience it would take to make something like that. The sheer amount of time spent on that without being able to see the final result would drive me crazy. Did it help to see each piece of it coming to a satisfying conclusion as you worked? ..Or are you one of those rare people who is just so balanced and patient that it doesn't bother you? I guess you have to enjoy doing it enough in it's own right, or you wouldn't make so many.

This is such a charming and unique little creature, the lack of 'normal' seeming proportions does not detract from it at all. The only problem I see is that it's too precious; I'd be afraid to handle something like that, for an irrational fear of breaking it. It's obvious from looking at it how much work and time it took. It has such a strong style too, and I love the feathers. I would figure out how to critique this, but I'd just be saying this exactly and giving you full stars across the board, and then be frustrated that I can't give you full stars for things like 'patience' and 'time spent' or 'investment'... or 'managed to do this without their fingers falling off or going insane from how tedious it seems'.
Rrkra Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I'm sometimes a bit too patient - guess that's why I find such a time-consuming craft fun... Or maybe music/tv/audiobooks/gaming along with crafting helps :XD: 

Heh, I always handle things I didn't make veeeery carefully ^^
Worth every minute spent =D

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