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Two otters by Cassandra-Leopardess Two otters by Cassandra-Leopardess

Here is my original otter with the new baby otter I made as a commission for someone :D

I never knew my otter puppet would be so popular so when I sculpted it I never made a mould of the parts. But I did cast the parts for the baby otter so I will be able to make more baby ones :)

I decided to replace my otters whiskers with more durable acrylic fibbers since they looked so good on the baby otter.

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DeerfishTaxidermy Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
These look so cute, haha. I just saw that you make art dolls. Really nice work :)
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Cassandra-Leopardess Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :w00t: I really love them too :D
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DeerfishTaxidermy Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I once tried to make something like this myself, but it ended up with me getting a rage attack and throwing everything into the corner. I think this is real art. I have much respect for people who can make such cute artificial creatures like you! :aww:
I always see the great creatured that Woodsplitter-Lee makes and always think "WOW...how does she do this? ^^; " haha :D
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Cassandra-Leopardess Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thank you :aww: Haha yeah realistic art dolls like these are wayyy harder to make than real taxidermy animals :D I am making a big lot of otters right now and these will probably be the last otters I will make cause they just take so much time to make lol. I find the most easy way to make an art doll is to find a plush animal and cut off its face and replace it with a sculpted one made from sculpy :)
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DeerfishTaxidermy Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, that's how you make it? That sounds kinda cruel :XD: No just kidding...I just was wondering how do people do it that don't use stuffed animals? :-? I have always been curious how they make them look so real with all the fur and so on. Do you mold the heads or do you make a new one for every creature?
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Cassandra-Leopardess Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I make all my dolls using my own hand made patterns and fur that I buy from a craft store :) But using poor stuffed animals is the easy way lol =P If you look for plush animal patterns you could use those for making dolls as well. You would just have to modify the pattern.
And for the heads I sculpt them out of Sculpy and then I make a mould with silicone so that I can cast new heads and paws out of resin. Resin tends to be more light and stronger that Sculpy but if I am making a one of a kind doll I just use Sculpy.
For the final touches I blend the resin heads into the body buy gluing pieces of fur onto the resin and I finish off the details with airbrushing on acrylic paints :) I hope this was helpful :D
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DeerfishTaxidermy Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks for taking the time and explaining this to me :meow: This was helpful, a lot! :aww:
Though I will probably never make such dolls. I am very bad at thinking of my own designs for animal/creatures and I don't want to copy anything. I am not very creative, lol D:
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Cassandra-Leopardess Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's ok :D I'm sure there would be some cute animals that you could make :aww:
If you're ever interested in getting a custom doll I do occasionally take commissions :)
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waimole13 Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg this is absolutely adorable! how much would it be to make something like this? and do you ship internationally?
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Cassandra-Leopardess Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes I do ship internationally :D They are $200 all up :)
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