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I'm not sure when [or how] it started, but my big sister and I have been engaged in hamster warfare for years.
On holidays and birthdays shots are exchanged. Some years it's as simple as a card, but on a few occasions it's gone thermo-nuclear.
Last year, after being trounced twice in a row, I headed off to Japan Town – the magic mecca for all things cute. But that year fluffy ducklings and doe-eyed farm animals were all the rage, and it wasn't looking too good.
I'd all but given up when on the wall of a little Anime shop I found the ultimate weapon of mass destruction…
Now I have no idea where Lisa finds the horrifically hamsterly things she does. It's one of life's mysteries. Sometimes I like to imagine she has a vast dungeon under her home – like the warehouse in Raiders of the Lost Ark – jam-packed with hamster ordnance as far as the eye can see.
Who can say? She certainly won't tell me.
This piece was fabricated around a wire armature over which I used a combination of stuffed toy and needle felting techniques. The mouth was fully detailed with tiny poly-styrene teeth, Ultra-suede gums and even a teensy tongue. The fur was meticulously hand-dyed.
For the flower branch, I used Ultra-suede glued over wire for maximum pose ability. The flowers were individually made from 100% silk ribbons with beaded centers.
Sculpture dimensions: 4" x 7.5"
Materials: Wool felt & roving, Ultrasuede, silk, polystyrene, wire, and the prerequisite scary-sharp scissors.
Display Method: Free standing
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The standing goal is to seek out, obtain and deliver the most nauseating, affectedly cute hamster-themed gift you can find.