12.10.2012

{Art} Needle Felted Ant and Bee

Several weeks ago I was contacted by someone with a request for a custom item. She had seen my needle felted animals on Etsy and asked if I could do a set from her favorite childhood storybooks: the Ant and Bee series, by Angela Banner.
 
 
Here's the reference photo she sent me: 
 
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And here's my needle-felted version:
 

 
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I used jewelry wire to create the armatures, legs, antennae, and mustache, and I used polymer clay (Sculpey brand) to make the feet and hands. After baking them, I used super glue to attach them to the wires (I made little holes in the clay where the wires were going to go before baking), then painted them with black epoxy.
 

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You can learn more about the art of needle felting here, here, or here.
 
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In other news, today is my friend Carrie's birthday! If you get a chance, stop by her blog and send her some birthday love! {Happy Birthday, Carrie!}

7 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness... the came to life straight from that cover! They are fantastic, Beth!

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  2. Simply wonderful. You absolutely nailed them!

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  3. Aww! Thanks, Beth! And I have to ditto Jennifer's comment - they do look like you pulled them straight from the cover. SO CUTE!! Love the arms/legs! :)

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  4. really sweet...i love the bee the most...

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