Kim asks: “I’m just starting with Needle Felting and my sister has asked me to make a Snowy Owl…I just don’t know how I’m going to do the little talons. Your posts are very helpful!
Welcome to my blog. Thank you for your kind words. Several ways come to my mind for talons. You could make them out of polyclay like sculpy or fimo. That is how I made the beak and nostrils on my parakeet. I have also seen them made from wire wrapped with embroidery thread. People have also used beeswax for talons. I would use thread wrapped wire myself as I did for the parakeet. Thanks for your question!
I am making a set of angry birds and want to add feet. I like your suggestions above. Could you tell us the best way to attach wire feet wrapped in thread? I have the same question for the polymer clay option. Thanks in advance. I love your fabulous creations and your excellent and informative blog!
Welcome! Thanks for your comment on my bird feet post. When you make the feet and legs you need about 1/4 to 1/2 extra leg wire UNwrapped at the top to stick into the body. I would take a coarse felting needle like a #36 and felt a deep hole where each leg goes in. Place the legs in the hole and see if you have the placement right. Then remove the legs, add glue in the hole or on the wire ends and put the leg back into the hole. I would use hot glue or krazy glue/super glue for fast drying. Then add a little wool and wrap at the top of the leg to make the bird ” thigh”ie drumstick! lol!
The poly clay was for the talons/claws. You could mold them on the wire tips and shape them into claws. Then just cook them on the wire feet as directed. Then wrap the thread on the toes.
I added claws to bears as an after thought and shaped and cooked the claws first. Then I had to needle felt a hole where each claw went in. Then I had to glue them in at the right angle and depth. I then added a little fur at the base of each claw. That whole process took me TWO hours. Definitely a labor of love!!LOL!