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I'm a 24 year old red headed crafter living in Scotland.
Interests include: animals, landscapes, DIY, self-builds, tiny houses, birds, crafting

I am an advocate of "comfy sofa" blogs! Where you can post about WHATEVER THE HELL YOU LIKE be it business or personal or pleasure or whatever. This is my comfy sofa! I relax here, chat about whatever I like with a cup of tea or glass o wine in hand.

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Off to their new homes! A HUGE thank you to everyone for the overwhelming response to the jackabunnies. There will be more available in May, they will be £45 and will come in ALL the colours! Have a great Easter weekend and eat lots of chocolate ;)

@zombiebun said: Will there be custom slots available?

(This is RE: jackabunnies) Yes! They will be £54 + P&P

animuspanthera said: Aw, are you taking any more than two backers? I want a beeeeeee

I’M SO DUMB! Why limit myself! If anyone wants to back a bee you’re more than welcome - the more the merrier!

This project currently has two backers (which was the minimum I needed to start) and full funding for materials investment. So it will be going ahead no matter what. This offer is for people who want to

  1. Support my work
  2. Get a fuzzy feeling inside knowing that thanks to YOU there are bee dolls in the world 
  3. Get a bee doll at a special price!

At the moment the project is “blind” as it were, I have no concept sketches or drawings or materials collections to show you, but that’s the whole point of this venture! You’re buying me time to spend on research and development - and at the end of the month you get an awesome bee doll for an amazing price! :D

For £110 you can back my bee project and get a prototype Bee doll by the end of May! The finished bee dolls will go up for public sale by mid June at their full price.

This offer will close on the 1st of May.

If you want to back a bee please email me,

how would one go about purchasing one of your little jackabunnies? i'm all about jackalopes & would love to have one!
magweno magweno Said:

I’ll be making big batches of them when I get back on the 28th! They’ll be put up in my Etsy shop for £45 + P&P and will come in ALL the colours. 

I am contemplating ordering a bee/wasp 'Mof'. Do you have any completed ones so I can decide?
magweno magweno Said:

Yes, there are two mofs for sale in my Etsy shop at the moment.

I’m working on a project currently at the backer stage to release bee dolls by mid June. You may want to wait for those instead?

Prototype Jackabunnies Now Available!
30% off - £30 + P&P

Jackalopes are mythical creatures that look like rabbits with a big set of antlers! They originated as a myth in America but I’ve seen a lot of them in my garden, especially over the past week or two. Must be Spring fever, there are lots of little Easter jackabunnies hopping around.

These little art dolls have resin parts cast from my original wax sculpture. They have been painted with acrylics and varnished for durability. They have steel shot in their bums for stability, little woollen pom-pom tails and posable arms! That’s right, you can move the arms of these cuties to give them different excitable expressions!

They measure approximately 6cm tall, that’s about 2.5”, and weigh around 35g.

They have a 30% reduction because they’re prototypes and have small flaws (that are probably only noticeable to someone who has been staring at jackabunnies for four days straight).

(Jackabunnies are not limited to Easter! They will be available all year at their full price of £45 + P&P)

They are vegan friendly and made in Scotland!

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Four little jackabunnies will be up for grabs later today! JUST in time for Easter!

Exciting bee news is that the project has its two backers, so there will be bee dolls by the end of May! 

Hey there! I'm making my very first art doll for my final art projet after weeks of researching materials, tutorials (there were few, but there were yours! Thanks SO MUCH), and inspiration (which you are a large part of!) But I have a huge problem. The armature is done (finally!) but it's MUCH too weak for my creature's head (sculpey, not baked) - it keeps losing balance. Do you have any concrete, crafty advice I could use to make it strong enough to hold it? Thanks in advance! :)
magweno magweno Said:

It could be a number of things causing the problem, here are some solutions. Also, sometimes I find the best way to learn is through failure and repetition! As your piece is unbaked it’s not too late to scrunch it up and start again. The armature is just as important as the sculpting, you have to have solid foundations to work on.

Try hollowing out the head a bit. I always sculpt on top of tinfoil and that helps lighten it a bit. A good sharp scalpel will cut away unbaked sculpey without distorting the rest of the form too much.

I would not recommend this one if you are planning on selling the piece, but if the wire is weak you can try wrapping stronger wire around it and securing it at the shoulders and head with epoxy putty.

If the head is too heavy and the whole thing is just faceplanting constantly then you can try putting something heavy in the tail or feet, like pebbles, steel shot or dried split peas (again, don’t do this if you’re going to sell it).

edit: I did this so quickly I missed the bit about it being your final art project, so scrunching it up and starting again probably isn’t an option! The second and third bodge should be absolutely fine for a gallery piece. 

quequinoxart curse that big blue wet thing! D:

lyrslair HAHA well you’re more than welcome

enredadiza Not at all! Which bit of Scotland are you visiting? I’m in a pretty remote bit off the tourist trail (unless you’re after whisky).

If you ever consider taking any sort of apprentice, paid or not, I will be at your door in a heart beat. Seriously.
magweno magweno Said:

That’s awesome to know, I’m really flattered! I’m not really in a stable enough state at the moment to offer a long term apprenticeship, but it’s something I’ll keep in mind for when things are.. Better. Anyone is more than welcome to visit me in the studio and have a chat and a cup of tea, though. :) If you’re in north east Scotland drop me a line.

Do your Heilan Coos have feet or anything? Or is it just the face with fur?
magweno magweno Said:

Just a nose and horns with a squashy fat body~

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I meant, would you ever take on your own? Someone to teach and work with and help you produce faster?
magweno magweno Said:

OH RIGHT! I don’t earn enough to pay an apprentice reasonably! :) I’d love to though - it gets really lonely in the studio sometimes.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Would you ever take on an apprentice?
magweno magweno Said:

Yeah! If it paid reasonably, was in the right location and was relevant to how I want to develop as an artist. I applied for an apprenticeship at Neil Gorton’s SFX studio last year but wasn’t successful. He said he was really impressed with my work but had applications from people more experienced in the SFX industry, but would watch how I develop with interest. Which pretty much gave me the boost of the century haha.