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Plushie: Gary the Eurasian Jay Bird by Avanii Plushie: Gary the Eurasian Jay Bird by Avanii
At last I acquired a plushie of my very favourite bird: the Eurasian jay! Of course I had to make him myself though xD I used the same pattern as for Kousan the thrush, who served as the prototype for this bird-with-spread-wings plushie, and modified it to suit the jay (different feet and beak and wing shape). He was very complicated to sew, and I cut out several parts wrongly, but here he is in all his glory: Gary! :D It was worth it! He has quite a lot of painting as I only have natural coloured fabrics, so the blue is all painted on with Copic markers, just like the stripes on his face and the spots on his forehead. Inside the wings are pipecleaners, so they're a little poseable. For the time being, I've had enough of sewing wings ^^;

Gary measures 30 cm (11,5 inch) from wingtip to wingtip and 15 cm (5,5 inch) from tip of the beak to butt. Made with synthetic fabrics and a lot of Copic colouring.

He is not for sale! :)

On a totally unrelated note, the scientific name of this bird makes me laugh every time. As I've had quite some Latin classes, I just couldn't help but laugh at "garrulus glandarius" which means something like "babbling acorn-collector" haha, babbling is something they sure do :heart: Latin is awesome.

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:iconanimalartkingdom:
AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super cute! You did a great job on the different colours in the wings
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   General Artist
Thanks very much! The wings were the hardest part, but they were worth it :)
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goiku Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
So cute! :D
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Thanks :D
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Jocelijn Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Its a bird. *I have one near my house that I have been trying to photograph for along time but it is sneaky* always there when I have no camera...
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Haha yes jays can be quite elusive. Bus hang some peanuts in the garden and sit in a spot where he can't see you, and you may have more luck! They're very greedy when it comes to peanuts so maybe he'll stay long enough for you to take a picture. We have them in Dronten too!
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DoodlebertDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute!
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Thanks!
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Babbling acorn-collector? That's awesome xD
And a great plushie, too. Eurasian jays are amazing, and AWW! He's so cute. I love the head and especially the wings. They've might been a pain, but the result is great. I think he is my favourite plushies of yours, at least of those I've seen ^^
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Haha yes! Some Latin names of animals are really funny. Thanks a lot, I'm very proud of this one :) I've been wanting to make one for a long time as there are no commercial plushies made of this bird, but only now I felt I had the skill to make one :)
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