Attack of the Needle Felted Alligators!

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Just when you thought it was safe.....

Moments before the alligator attack, Kitty and I were sitting in the kitchen minding our own business….

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imagine the du-da-du-da-du-da suspenseful, foreboding "Jaws" music

….and BAM, the needle felted alligator puppet jumped off the table and attacked Kitty!

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but don't worry, Kitty was victorious!

…oh, I was just daydreaming! I started making some puppets the other day, I intended to make a dragon like this one:

needle felted dragon puppet
Needle felted dragon puppet

….but at one point it started looking like an alligator, so I “followed the shapes”. The simple puppet I set out to make became more complicated, with fairly sharp fimo teeth and finger slots to put your hand so the alligators mouth can be opened and closed. This isn’t s step-by-step tutorial, but I did shoot a few of the creation stages, have a look!

needle felted alligator hand puppet
needle felted alligator hand puppet

I made the alligator’s top jaw first, his lower jaw second and the body sleeve last. I inserted glass doll eyes into the sides of his head. I connected the two jaws with a thick, flat piece of wool that acts as a hinge.

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mouth hinge

The tricky part of making the finger holes in the jaws is making them deep enough for your hands so you have real control over the motion of the jaws. I used a pair of scissors to cut deep holes in the top and bottom jaws, I pulled out as much wool as I could so that it was still snug when I put my hands inside the holes. I felted the holes as best as I could to make them smoother.

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finger and thumb holes for the alligator puppet

 

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My hand fits snugly in the finger holes

Here is the gator without any teeth, he looks pretty pitiful. I made the alligator teeth from off- white fimo (the photo shows an example of the teeth placement).

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toothless alligator puppet

I shaped the alligator’s teeth so that they’re slightly rounded, those are shark’s teeth at the top of the photo, for a future project. I baked the teeth at a low temperature for about 7 minutes, then took them out to cool and harden.

fimo alligator teeth
fimo alligator and shark teeth

With scissors, I cut deep slits in the jaws (following a photo of a real alligator with his mouth open) and glued each tooth in with fabric glue.

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teeth placement

I needle felted a sheath to cover my arm; I wrapped the sheet of needle felted wool around the end of the alligator’s head and needle felted it on.

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Flat felted sheath to cover your arm
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Felting the sheath onto the head

Now I have a fairly realistic alligator puppet with which I can use to help tell fairy tales or stories, use as a conversation piece at dinner parties or chase the cat around the house with!

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Needle felted alligator hand puppet

Needle Felting FairytalesTutorial

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The needle felting frog/princes is looking for his princess.

How many frogs have you kissed looking for your prince? Well let’s not go into that now, but this little felted frog is really a prince that has been enchanted by a spiteful fairy. He is doomed to be a slimy, green amphibian till a princess gives him a big smooch. Will he find his princess, will they live happily ever after? Follow this tutorial to make your own needle felted frog/prince:

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The Frog and the Princess
The Frog and the Princess
Breaking the Spell!The Frog and the Princess
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Waiting for love

Continue reading “Needle Felting FairytalesTutorial”

Bon Voyage Helene

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friends at the beach

Yesterday was Emili’s last day to play with her best friend Helene; Helene and her family are moving back to France. The girl friends from their school class spent a poingant day with Helene at the beach.

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making childhood memories

The girls were very busy building sand castles and  laughing and splashing one another!

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jellatenous globs of jelly fish

We found jelly fish washed up on the beach; these are very small compared to previous years.

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Forget me not

As a going away present for Helene and Emili, I needle felted two dolls, one for each girl. Emili the girl received Helene the doll and Helene the girl received Emili the doll.

Helene and Emili dolls
Needle felted Helen and Emili dolls

 Helene and Emili have been in school together since the first grade; I am still friends with my best friend from the first grade!

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needle felted friends

We all tried to be brave and not cry, but Emili and Helene’s last parting hug broke me. We now have a great reason to travel to France!

Fairy Real Estate-Needle felted Tree Stump Playscape

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Gnome Home-Needle felted tree stump playscape

FOR SALE: Magical Luxury Villa, 606 Forest Floor Way-Loft/Studio space, pond view, spacious interior with a nice mushroom garden, a quiet and friendly neighborhood, close to the Cricket Kindergarten, a good location: 5 minutes from downtown Snail Square, the Toad and Stool Pub and Forest Mini Market. 
Listing Price: 6 acorns, 2 snails and a pile of leaves

The gnome seller of this beautiful home must sell quickly as he’s bought a mushroom condo in a warmer climate. -Please contact Forest and Fauna Fairy Real Estate agent Laura Lee Burch to make an offer. 

The tree stump is spacious
The tree stump has a spacious interior "home space".

I’ve deemed myself a fairy real estate broker, qualified to help fairy folk find the home that best suits them.

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Let your imagination run wild!

I’m holding an open house at the property: Come one, come all! Truffle Beer and gnome nummies will be served.

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Open house guests mingle in the garden

Fun with Needle Felting, Photography and Puppies!

Pitt the bulldog
Pitt the bulldog puppy chasing the girls.

I‘ve decided to make Fridays a day to post photographs-related or not related to my work. I’ve always taken a lot of photographs and I’m now experimenting with having my digital photos printed in book or magazine form so they’re accessable. I have many of my photos on Flickr, but for some people, like my aunt who dosn’t have a computer, I still need to print some of the photos.

The main photo is Pitt (with an Israeli accent it sounds like Pete, which is what I thought his name was untill just recently); he’s chasing Lili and Elli and trying to bite their feet!  He is the cutest little bulldog, fiesty and sweet. He just looks like a puddle when he lies down! Pitt was the inspiration for one of my first needle felted tiny dogs.

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Man's best friend in miniature.
Needle felted Pitt
Tiny 3" tall, needle felted Pitt the bulldog

I’m working on more tiny dogs now….