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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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Versailles (or Verse for short)

A winged pegasus kirin designed by Scenceable who commissioned me to turn her into an art doll. This is Janine’s third commission in two years and she never fails to spur me on to wilder heights. I remember her first commission Tariana was an orange and white kirin with a single, smooth kirin horn and two long antelope-like horns and I was so freaked out about the idea of sculpting horns… horns could break! :O!! And using GREEN feathers with an orange/white design?! Shocker! But she assured me it’d be fine and well… Tariana was my best doll at the time! And you know what, I just checked back on it and I uploaded Tariana’s pic to the net on the 23rd March 2011! That’s exactly two years to the day! Heh

Verse is an art doll, she has a wire armature wrapped in stuffing and fake fur. Her wings are real pheasant wings and her antlers are a mix of resin, plastic, wire and epoxy. The commission officially started back in December but I actually started work on her late January. It hasn’t been non-stop work, but she’s definitely been one of the most work intense dolls I’ve done. Those antlers… Each leaf glued on individually… That’s two days work on it’s own. :)

The wings have been preserved, dyed and then taken apart and reassembled onto Verse’s wings. They are sort of partly mechanical so the feathers fold smoothly look pretty when folded as well as when spread. It’s a really complex and fiddly process to make folding wings, but boy is it worth it.

She has glass eyes that were intended for frog taxidermy (don’t ask) but look great as miniature equine eyes. I haven’t taken measurements… She probably stands at about 11” including antlers.

My commissions are OPEN, send me an email with your reference for a quote! hello@magweno.com Prices range from £170-£330 + P&P, I ship internationally (based in UK).

Or visit my Etsy shop for lower priced resin cast mofs and dragon-foxes!

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