It's been a while since I last wrote! Sorry about that.
I'd like to share Tilley with you today. She was a Bichon Frise much loved by her human, and when she passed away I got asked to make a mini of her. Memorial sculptures are very emotional for me, as I know there's the added pressure of having to not only create a mini dog that resembles the original one, it can also be a very physical reminder of their absence.
Tilley had passed away fairly recently, so I was extra careful with details. I had at first created her without any curls (having the wool felted in a way as to resemble the fluff typical of this breed) but after talking to my customer, it was clear she wanted curls - so I got my mohair locks and went to town. This was probably three extra hours worth of work for me, but well worth it.
I also added some shading with pastels under her eyes and on the corners of her mouth, like the original Tilley had. I then made her a collar, but unfortunately I don't have any decent pictures of that. I basically created one using a felt sheet, added some more wool for sturdiness (it was a fairly thin piece of felt) and finally added some tiny bits of angelina fibre to mimic sparkly studs.
I hope her human was happy with her mini Tilley and that it serves as a loving reminder of the real one.
What are your thoughts on memorial items? Let me know in the comments section.