Building a dinosaur armature

We’ve merged our news section with our new, tiny tool library blog, since we also carry needle felting tools to skillshares; however, this is still the best place for a few works-in-progress, and we had the perfect opportunity this month. I’ve been really busy sculpting a few Halloween pieces, so I couldn’t build anything for our monthly needle felting exchange and decided to ask Jeff to make an armature to contribute,¬†so I could still participate in a small way. Jo T., the recipient, left the choice (this month’s theme is dinosaurs) up to Jeff, and he decided to make a triceratops, his first dinosaur armature. As you can see below, he’s designing it as he goes. There just wasn’t enough space and pulled wire for all those ribs ūüôā

Triceratops armature work in progress

Needlefelted Autumn Cottage Lantern

We are soon visiting my parents to celebrate my dad’s birthday, and I made a lantern for my mother. We started out using our regular, 14-gauge, aluminum fencing wire, but then Jeff had the idea to use a mini (7.5 oz) soda can. The pre-felt I had on hand turned out to be too thick for the haunted house effect I first had in mind, so I went with a warm, autumn cottage one. The LED candles are¬†perfect for a gentle, glowing effect that can be seen in daylight. I’ll use thinner felt for the haunted house I want to show well in darker areas.

Needlefelt autumn cottage on can armature

Be careful what you wish for…and how you ask for it

Jeff makes giant armatureI’m really happy that¬†some friends from my¬†favorite online needle felting group volunteered to test some new armature designs for us. I’ve also been working on a doll just for fun, to celebrate the season premiere of Jeff’s life-long favorite, Dr. Who.

Jeff, our armature maker, is very precise, and¬†he researches and uses proper proportions when making a frame. We had a giggle this week when I miscommunicated my need for a body frame for (the 10th Doctor) David Tennant’s head.

I told him that Tennant is 6’1″ tall, and I showed him the head I’d already made. Proportionally correct, Jeff returned with a frame quite bigger than I expected!

Fortunately, our new horse prototypes will fit on a crafting¬†table and are on their way to our volunteer needle felting experts for testing. Next test, a Pomeranian! It’s always so interesting to see how each animal has evolved differently or not. I’m saving images of armatures and skeletons on a Pinterest board for our reference and to share with you. Be sure to follow our boards and suggest your favorite needle sculpture pins.