Over the past 4 years of making miniature animals, I have adapted my own technique to suit my sculptures. I use professional polymer clay ,foil and wire to create a base sculpture and then add and carve additional detail in stages (paw pads, teeth, tongue etc) before the sculpture is ready for furring. I occasionally use glass eyes, but more recently have been handcrafting them myself.
I like to paint my sculptures prior to applying the fur as it helps as a guideline for my furring process. This also helps me keep in character.
The furring technique is precise and I use an array of materials from alpaca, yarn, wool and faux fur. To apply the fur I use high tack glue and tweezers. I employ different methods of application depending on the breed.
To bring “life ” into the miniature, I use heat-set fabric inks or soft pastels to create depth and shading. The whole process is lengthy but, to see them transform into the finished creation, is most satisfying.