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Needle Felted Spike by Seamarie Needle Felted Spike by Seamarie
Fashion Style Twilight Sparkle needed help from her number one assistant, so I needle felted Spike the baby dragon to keep her company.

He started out as a pipe-cleaner skeleton, fleshed out with polyester filling and covered in Merino wool with thread and acrylic felt used for the details. His arms and legs can rotate in their joints for basic posing.

I highly recommend needle felting as a fun way to make your own toys.


(Picture on left shows my Spike in front of Hasbro's Fashion Style Twilight backdrop, picture on bottom right shows my Spike riding Hasbro's Fashion Style Twilight with a custom haircut.)
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Piquipauparro Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
lovely! and grate idea of making him the right sise for FS Twilight :D
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Seamarie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I really like the Fashion Style size for dressing up - much better than those tiny brushables. The bigger size is more similar to the toys I grew up with.

Maybe eventually I will make my own needle felted Fashion Style Zecora too. She's such a beautiful character. And I could try to make her a bit poseable too, for extra fun.

I don't know of any poseability tutorials, do you? I would like to improve my skills in that area.
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Piquipauparro Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
no prob.!
indeed! there should be more ponies of that size, it will be a lot of fun to customize or make clothes for them :P
first time i saw them i was impressed how they were the size of a baby G1, i think g4 filly just beat the g2 on the smallest ones.

oh! that would be amazing! Zecora need some more love :P
and she would make an amazing figure :D

poseability tutorials? like, how to make them move? note really :/
sorry i canīt help with that:P
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Mechanical-Dragon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That little Spike is way better then the official figure! I think you captured his sweet face perfectly.
I'm also really impressed that he's jointed! That's so cool and makes him way more play worthy!
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Seamarie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much :)

He was a lot easier to make than I expected. I got his cheeks and snout right on the first attempts, coincidentally using just the right amount of wool for them.

Just like you found with your Butterfree, I will probably avoid craft felt as much as I can in future because it doesn't stick as well as wool. It was especially annoying for his spikes, as the fibres were too short to really poke in. Maybe if I was doing it next time I would put the spikes on before his skin so they could be built up around and held in more securely. But they are all useful learning points and craft felt was a helpful stepping stone before I got more supplies.
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SwanofWar Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Awwwww! So adorable, he looks great!
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Seamarie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) I think he's way more fun than the official figurine.

If you want to try a new craft sometime, needle felting is a great way of making sculptures with fibre. I find it easier than sewing because I don't have to come up with a 3D pattern first, I just shape as I go.
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SwanofWar Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Aye, I'd love to try felting someday if I get the chance :D I've been starting out plushie making for almost a year now and I love it! And yeah, creating the pattern is definitely the trickiest part.
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TheRainbowTroll Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Dawww hes a cutie
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Seamarie Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It may be a fluke that he turned out so well. I'll have to see how my next needle felting project goes XD
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