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I'm always enamored by the OOAK sculpted & flocked animals on Ebay, but I can never win an auction and they are quite expensive! So, I decided to buy a Schleich cat at the local toy store for the princely sum of $6 and flock it myself.... How hard could it be right?... Ummm it's hard! lol

I have a real problem with overestimating my abilities and underestimating the skill required for a LOT of mini tasks. :D I'm sure there is a name for this affliction but I don't know what it is. :doh:

Anyway, here is my first attempt. It took forever and involved quite a lot of attaching removing and reattaching combed wool to this tiny animal. :crazyeyes:

I learnt a lot of things during this process. Mainly things I wouldn't do again... I applied way too much wool, I was going for coverage but it ended up creating the thickest coat ever on a cat (this Cat could live quite comfortably in Antarctica.) which made it incredibly difficult to shape, and ended up in a larger cat than is really true to scale... (I'm just going to call it a Maine Coon :D ).. Also, I used knitting 8 ply Merino wool which when combed out is quite curly. I did this to keep the budget down, but next time I would use specialty combed straight wool for this process.. It's expensive, but the result is superior and for the amount of hours spent on this project.. I really should have bought it.

I also still need to work on the ear hair a bit and use some pastels to colour the nose & lip area. I also need to define the claws a bit more and perhaps some shading inside the ears. I can see another haircut may be in order also.

Overall though, pretty happy with the first effort. I see now why people sculpt their own animals.. You can put them into poses that aid furring and give more definition to the legs and feet. I will probably try to do my own soon, but first I have to figure out how to make eyes. :)

Her colouring was chosen to copy my first ever cat, Susie.. she was a fat lovely old soul who never scratched me even when I put her in the toilet and closed the lid.... :eek:

 

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:clap:Very impressive!  Considering this was your first attempt, I think you did a great job.  I love these kind of animals.  I drool over Kerri Pajutee's stuff all the time, but I don't think she does much half scale.  And you've made such a sweet kitty!  Really, she looks very good.  I can see why you'd want a bit more pink inside the ears, but otherwise, she's just an adorable, fluffy cat I'd like to hold on my lap and pet.

So why did you choose wool?  I bought some "flock" from an online seller (because I would seriously like to try this myself someday, if I ever get up the courage).   I've also tried making flock by snipping embroidery thread very, very fine.  But for some reason, I've never thought of using wool.

And I have to ask--why on earth did you put Susie in the toilet?

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8 minutes ago, Debsrand56 said:

:clap:Very impressive!  Considering this was your first attempt, I think you did a great job.  I love these kind of animals.  I drool over Kerri Pajutee's stuff all the time, but I don't think she does much half scale.  And you've made such a sweet kitty!  Really, she looks very good.  I can see why you'd want a bit more pink inside the ears, but otherwise, she's just an adorable, fluffy cat I'd like to hold on my lap and pet.

So why did you choose wool?  I bought some "flock" from an online seller (because I would seriously like to try this myself someday, if I ever get up the courage).   I've also tried making flock by snipping embroidery thread very, very fine.  But for some reason, I've never thought of using wool.

And I have to ask--why on earth did you put Susie in the toilet?

Thank you Deborah! :)  I love these kinds of animals too... I'm always drooling over them, but when I see the auctions on ebay go into hundreds of dollars.. I sigh and resign myself to making my own... lol.. One day I will get one from a true artisan.. just not until I pick up an overtime shift I can use specifically to pay for one of them. :)

I think I used wool because I read about combing it out in a tutorial somewhere on the interweb... the issue is it holds it's shape from being twisted even once combed out. It would probably be good for an Airdale Terrier or other curly animal but not so good for a cat. I also wanted some length to the hair, not pure flocking all over. I guess it would be the same process as the embroidery thread to make the flocking though.. for the short hair areas around the head and feet, I used the same process as you but with 4 ply baby merino.. sooo soft! I used longer strands on the body and tail for longer hair to shape. 

I forgot to mention that I cut the tail off the Schleich model and created a new one out of wire so it is pose-able.

Ummm... My 4 year old self decided she needed a bath... apparently (according to my Mother) there was also an incident with the toilet brush, ...:blush:  Bless her heart.. she just took it all in her stride... She was saved because my Mother heard pitiful meowing coming from the bathroom and investigated. Poor wet Susie was sitting in the bowl looking like a drowned rat..... I was clearly an awful child.. :oops:

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Oh, my goodness, that is too funny!:roflmao: Not an awful child--your heart was in the right place,but poor Susie!  I'm glad your Mom came to her rescue.

That is good to know about the wool.  Maybe someday I will be brave enough to try.  I saved one of Kerri's tutorials, and an article from AIM Magazine about making your own half-scale cat out of polymer clay, but I don't know. . . .  The tail, by the way, looks fantastic.  Good call to remove the original and make your own.  

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1 hour ago, Debsrand56 said:

Oh, my goodness, that is too funny!:roflmao: Not an awful child--your heart was in the right place,but poor Susie!  I'm glad your Mom came to her rescue.

That is good to know about the wool.  Maybe someday I will be brave enough to try.  I saved one of Kerri's tutorials, and an article from AIM Magazine about making your own half-scale cat out of polymer clay, but I don't know. . . .  The tail, by the way, looks fantastic.  Good call to remove the original and make your own.  

Devil Child all the way, I'm afraid... I also once chopped the pigtail off the little girl next door :shy:..  only the one... I left the other one on and then tried to stick the chopped off one back on with sticky tape.. because know one would know the difference, right?.. :rofl:

Yes, Kerri's animals are so inspiring.. and I believe I've seen a Golden Retriever in half scale by her. I'm sure you could make a great cat or dog Deborah.. you have a real skill for detail in 1:24 so I'm sure any animal you make would be equally as good as your other accessories. There are some great you tube videos around as well but they make it look way easier than it is ... unless you have a knack for gluing fiddly things (which clearly you do).. Manual dexterity is a must! 

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What a cute little kitty.  I too love these small animals, but I just can't bring myself to pay for an artisan made one.  You did an excellent job for your first try.  I don't even have the guts to try to do it.  I am doing good just to pleat my draperies and make bedding.  I enjoyed reading your journey on making the cat.  Now, I know I am not the only one who always does it wrong the first time.  That's why I always buy twice of what I need for a project as I know my first try, well won't turn out as I planned.

I am sure this little kitty will always be special to you, as it's your first one and it's also a replica of your real first kitty.  Poor, little Susie, she must have been a real trooper to handle her toilet bath.  If it makes you feel better, at least you didn't put her in the dryer.  That's what my brother did to one of our cats,  He didn't shut the door but just held the button in so he could see the kitty go round and round in the dryer.

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You are more adventurous than I am. A while back I looked at some flocking directions and it seemed so complicated that I quickly tabled the idea. I love your little kitty. Great job!

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9 hours ago, 1martinimomma said:

What a cute little kitty.  I too love these small animals, but I just can't bring myself to pay for an artisan made one.  You did an excellent job for your first try.  I don't even have the guts to try to do it.  I am doing good just to pleat my draperies and make bedding.  I enjoyed reading your journey on making the cat.  Now, I know I am not the only one who always does it wrong the first time.  That's why I always buy twice of what I need for a project as I know my first try, well won't turn out as I planned.

I am sure this little kitty will always be special to you, as it's your first one and it's also a replica of your real first kitty.  Poor, little Susie, she must have been a real trooper to handle her toilet bath.  If it makes you feel better, at least you didn't put her in the dryer.  That's what my brother did to one of our cats,  He didn't shut the door but just held the button in so he could see the kitty go round and round in the dryer.

I know what you mean Colleen.. I always have such grand plans.. and the results are at best mixed.. lol

OMG, your brother! :rofl:... Thanks for that story, I feel much better... I hope the cat was ok after a trip around the dryer!

Susie was a gentle old soul.. but she also may have just been too fat and lazy to fight back. :D

 

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8 hours ago, amyole said:

You are more adventurous than I am. A while back I looked at some flocking directions and it seemed so complicated that I quickly tabled the idea. I love your little kitty. Great job!

 

4 hours ago, Mid-life madness said:

Well done Samantha!

 

3 hours ago, otterine said:

I think you did a great job for your maiden voyage!  :clap:

 

3 hours ago, Qubanqtee said:

that looks great!

Thanks for the encouragement ladies! Appreciate it. :)

I'm doing one of my dogs next.. I've chopped the ears and tail off of a cheap chinese model to fashion my own... I'm working up to a fully original piece. :D

 

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Beautiful! I am attempting to make my own items for my house due to budget but, I know I will never be ready to tackle something like this. Good job.

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You should flock another schleich animal...maybe guinea pigs??!?  Seriously - you did a nice job on this. What house will she live in?

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On 6/4/2017, 11:29:58, Lise A said:

Beautiful! I am attempting to make my own items for my house due to budget but, I know I will never be ready to tackle something like this. Good job.

Thank You!

On 6/9/2017, 1:11:39, Elsbeth said:

You should flock another schleich animal...maybe guinea pigs??!?  Seriously - you did a nice job on this. What house will she live in?

Thanks! I intend too.. it's on my list of many projects... each one we try can only get better right?.. She will live in the San Franciscan I think. :)

 

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