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Squirrel Fox vs. Lucy by CMWyvern Squirrel Fox vs. Lucy by CMWyvern
Squirrel Fox is my first (ish, actually more like 1.5th) posable art doll!!!!!!!!! Lucy the cat thought Squirrel Fox was a real animal and approached with utmost caution. It was hilarious!!!!!

Squirrel Fox is far from perfect, but still pretty awesome I think! She is able to be posed reasonably well, though the paw/leg join does not behave as realistically as I would like it to. Her ears are can be positioned separately.

So here's the story:
Last summer a friend showed me the works of the incredible and unbelievably talented Wood-Splitter-Lee here on dA. Being who I am, I just had to try making something similar, I could not live without doing so. I already have a fair bit of experience with polymer clay sculpting, so that wasn't going to be a problem... but the fur and the armature? If you stick wire into polymer clay, bake it, and try to bend it, the clay cracks. And how, how, HOW do you dye polyester fake fur??????? Buying it in a solid color is not an option. Cotton dye does not take. Regular acrylic will make it stiff. Dye for synthetics needs to be boiled and vat dyed. But there has to be a way, because Wood-Splitter-Lee (and a few other people) have done it.

Well, I solved the armature problem quite well. (so far, anyway. We shall see how Squirrel Fox holds up over time.)
The dye problem... well, I am happy with how it came out, using what I used, but I am afraid that it is or will wear off over time. Also, I cannot get a true black or extremely dark colors, so it is not ideal. If you know what does work to dye in this sort of application, please, PLEASE tell me and I will be thanking you for ever!!!!!!

Magweno (also on dA, and she has her own website) has a tutorial on how to make posable art dolls, which I recommend you have a look at if you want to make one. However, I did NOT use her method, but figured out my own. (and am still perfecting it, there are a few things about Squirrel Fox that still need work.) My method is somewhat secret right now, but it is not too complicated.

I will tell you what the ingredients are:
super sculpey
fake fur
quilt batting
hot glue
acrylic paint
a dharma "dye"
crystal lacquer (on the eyes)

And used in the making, but not in the finished product:
more super sculpey
masking tape

And lastly, thanks agian to Wood-Splitter-Lee for inspiring me!!
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And yeah, the fox is super cute and I don't see any imperfection.
CMWyvern Jan 26, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Believe me, it does not look as good irl and close up..
solarraa Jan 20, 2014  New member
My daughter wants him:)
CMWyvern Jan 26, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Awe :)

Squirrel fox is not actually for sale though due to multiple issues..
Kreativjunkie Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I still have the dyeing problem. Polyamid stuff colored with acrylcolorspray - then the hand got the same color as the doll just by touching or cuddling. My first aid is to sew different fabric-colored furs together. But the result is frustrating for me. Please send me a note how you dye the fur and what material is the fur? And by the way: I don't understand why you say, your squirrelfox is far from perfect. Lucy and I are of an other opinion :)

There is an extra spray colour made specifically for textiles. I used that on Fidelio and by now it works rather well.


Es gibt extra Textil-Spray-Farbe (ist allerdings auch hübsch teuer, 8€ pro Dose). Die funktioniert ganz gut soweit ich das sagen kann. Weich ist das Fell danach auf jeden Fall noch. Ob es sich abreibt, kann ich so genau nicht sagen, ich schmuse ja nicht mit Fidelio, aber bis jetzt ist noch nichts abgegangen.

Kreativjunkie Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Von welcher Marke ist das?
Marabu TextilDesign Colorspray.
Kreativjunkie Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ich danke dir :D!
Kreativjunkie Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cuuute! Both of them - catched in the right moment :)
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