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:
a dharma "dye"
crystal lacquer (on the eyes)
And used in the making, but not in the finished product:
more super sculpey
And lastly, thanks agian to Wood-Splitter-Lee for inspiring me!!