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julie parrott

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julie parrott

Hi from England,

    Here are my latest 2.I have used hand cut flock for the bulldog.

some artists say this is a easier method but i find it takes much more time as extra detail to muscles and wrinkles is needed to emphasize them and not to mention the time taken to cut the flock to a fine consistency!

 

 Would love to know from any other animal artists if there is a "finishing spray" available on the market that preserves furred miniatures.

 kind regards julie 

 

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ElgaKoster

Your dogs are beautiful Julie.

I will admit to being hesitant in buying a flocked animal, I always wonder how the glue will hold up over twenty years or so, I see so many 1980's and 1990's fabric craft projects in charity shops where the items are falling apart.

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MeezerMama

I adore your dogs!  

 

Can you find any ideas on model railroading forums and how they treat very fine flocking on terrain?   It's just an off-the-wall idea ....  

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julie parrott

Thankyou Elga and Chris for your kind comments and advice!

 

I will definately have a thorough look and see if there is a product to preserve flocked and furred sculptures.

thanks julie

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miniarquitect

Hello Julie,

I have never worked with textile or furred miniatures. So I don't know if what I'm going to say is stupid!.

there is some breathable waterproof sprays that I use in some clothes and gore-tex shoes. When is dried is invisible, no shining, but it protect against humidity and stains. It is perfect in leather, nobuck...

It is a surface protection, consequently, it doesn't prevent the aging of adhesives and glues, but it can help a little.

Your dogs are incredible!!

Francisco

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miraclechicken

Wonderful dogs! I don't know if I am interpreting this right but are you wanting to spray them from anything getting on them or anything coming off? Because getting on, I don't know, but if it is to keep coloring from coming off, that is not a wise method to use to make them because of just that reason---

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julie parrott

thankyou very much for the advice and kind comments

I think probably anything waterbased would not be ideal so I have given up on that idea !

 Have a great week

julie

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WeekendMiniaturist

Julie,  this is an interesting question.  There are sealers and fixatives for art, ie paintings... so I wonder if sealers would work on a flocked animal... I would recommend that you place some flocking on a wooden block, write on your block what you sprayed on it, and let it sit for 10 years and see what happens.  I was recently in our local craft stores... Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Joanne and reading labels for sealants.... I think if I remember correctly that Sandra Wall, suggested we could use an acrylic sealer on paper flowers, but I did not use it;  Had I done this in 2006, the year of that class, I could have given you some feedback on paper and sealers.  The problem with sealers is that I think it will mat your fiber, and subsequently the reason why I wouldn't use it.

 

Oh goodness these critters are adorable!

 

Tamra

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julie parrott

thanks Tamra, I guess its just a case of displaying them ideally in a glass case..... and out of direct sunlight too,,,,I recently had a frustrating mornings work when I left my painted piece ready for furring while I walked my pooch. unfotunately i had left it in full view of the scorching sun in my workshop window and came back to paint peeling off !  so thats a valuable lesson I learnt <_< .

 I am more concerned with the light coloured flocked dogs as I feel if they got dusty there would be discolouration,and excessive handling could also emitt residue on to them.

I tend to fur all my dogs but when it comes to shorthaired breeds,but the really short haired ones with good muscle definition and wrinkles(bulldogs,sharpeis etc) I can only see flock as the best method being in miniature form,as i feel i would lose the shape and wrinkle if I furred. 

thanks for all your advice!

julie

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WeekendMiniaturist

Julie,  Oh yes, flocking is going to pick up residue from our hands when we pick up the critters.  Thank you for reminding me of this, as I do have a dog and a cat... the cat is furred, but the dog is flocked. 

 

Items in a spray can, tend to be solvent based, and solvents can make fibers into a gooey mess... but Judee Williamson instructed us in her Dressing a Bed VHS to spray our ruffles with hairspray.  I did dress a bed more then a decade ago, and my ruffles were still fine and not the least bit messy.... I stripped the bed a couple of years ago and re-dressed so it would be the correct color for a room in my dollhouse.

 

ah... a light bulb just went on... :)

I think I remember you live in the UK.   There is a product called Polyvine that is water based, and this may work... you can try spritzing the suggested flocked block of wood... Oh, I do not want you to test on a critter at my recommendation, as I know you have a lot of work in the animals.

 

We used Polyvine in a class to seal the edge of a hem made of chiffon silk...  I did find it in the US with a little research, but if you are in the UK, you will probably find it easier then our US participants.  The key is that it says fabric... fabric = fiber!  For US participants, I wonder if the Ceramacoat varnish is the same concept as Polyvine - I know that waterbased varnishes are also sold at the Art Supply store, like Dick Blick.

 

www.polyvine.com

 

 

"A revolutionary water based varnish for the protection of a wide range of decorative surfaces - for interior emulsion wallpaper, fabric and plaster work...." 

 

And... definitely "dead flat"... as we don't want shiny pets, except for their noses and eyes!

 

If you try it, I hope you will give us some feedback.

 

Tamra

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julie parrott

Thankyou Tamra for the superb info, polyvine is definately worth experimenting with and yes of course I will give some feedback of how things turn out.I wont risk it on any critters yet :P

 I am also going to try a hairdressing finishing spray which someone suggested to me today so I will let you know the outcome on that too.

have a great weekend everyone and thanks for being so helpful,julie

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