I’ve decided to see if I can make a felted owl. As always, the first step was the armature. For the armature, though, I only fashioned the spine, legs, feet, and a rudimentary skull. The wings would come later.
After making the aluminum wire armature, I created polymer clay claws and beak and pressed them around the points on the armature. The whole thing went into the oven to cure. Then I added the pipe cleaners so that the wool that I would apply later would have something to stick to.
I began the wool work with the feet, wrapping the individual toes and lower legs with the finish color, then moving upwards over the upper legs, body, and head with off-white core wool. After building the body up to close to the finished size, I wrapped a wire around the chest with the ends forming the wings, Once again, I wrapped these wire with pipe cleaners for the wool to stick to.
I wrapped the wing “bones” and continued to wrap the body and head until I had enough bulk to proceed with the finish colors.