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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.

Photos etc. are to me, Avanii

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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  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I must admit I always thought that Latin was some kind of always-serious-language (Except for the eagle owl. Here, we have a dangerous owl who eats golden eagles, let's cal it Bubo Bubo) I can imagine it being hard to find an Aurasian jay plushie in a shop.
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   General Artist
Haha, it may look that way at first glance, but many animal names are pretty funny when you think about it. (the bubo made me laugh too, though I'm not sure what it means). Apparently the magpie's name (pica pica) refers to an eating disorder xD Probably because they eat virtually anything. The common polecat (mustela putorius) or ferret (mustela putorius furo) means something like "stinking mouse-carrier" with 'furo' meaning as much as "thief" :D. So ferrets are, according to their name, "stinking, mouse-carrying thieves" xD

Yes it's virtually impossible, googling them gives no results either. Why must I always fall for the obscure, non-popular animals C:
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eating disorder? Good they can't read, not the best name in the world xD I didn't know they had such ... descriptive names.
Wait, does ferrets stink? O.o

My favoruite animal is a hooded crow. People think they're boring. How can they?! But I also love owls, and those were easier to get a plushie of. I have one who can turn her head ^^
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   General Artist
Haha yeah, there are plenty of others with such descriptive names! Well, ferrets do have a rather strong smell, but not everyone is bothered by it. I can't really tell myself as it's been ages since I last saw one and I don't remember smelling him, but yes, some people think they stink... But then again, one can say the same of big dogs or horses or other people, it's all in the eye (nose xD ) of the beholder I suppose :)

That's not something I hear often, no. I think many people fall for an animal's looks first. Animals that are generally considered pretty or which have a special relationship with people (such as pets or farm animals) are often people's favourites, while the smaller, lesser known or less impressive/beautiful animals get overlooked often. I don't really have a specific favourite animal, but I am fond of the mustelid and rodent families, but there are plenty of people around me who don't know what a marten or stoat even is :shrug: Ah that's cool, owls are really popular in my country nowadays, I see them everywhere in jewellery, bedsheets and clothing (as a matter of fact I am wearing a shirt with owls on it right now!) :)
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guesss so, too. I personally don't mind the smell of neither dog nor horse, (as long as we're not talking dog breath ... ) but somebody says they smell.

I love hooded crows, or all corvids really, because of their intelligence, the way they manages to fit in everywhere, even though you hunted them heavily once it almost made no difference (except for the raven, they almost was excint in Denmark once), all the things that are so unique about them (won't talk about that now, or this message ends up ten pages long xD ) but it was the hooded crow that caught my heart because of the black spot on their neck, and how it differs. I take photos of them, and I've seen them shaped as hearts, butterflies, hourglasses, even one who had an 'inkblot' which left half looked like a bird with spread wings. But I must admit they're not that pretty except for when the light hits thair wings so they turn blue.
They're kinda huge, though.

Owls are pretty popular all over the place, I think. The problem about being a bird-nerd is that I facepalm everytime I see a "wise owl". Owls are dumb assasins who kill huge eagles in the dark night. And if you tried to place glasses on that tiny beak, they would fall off.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awww! Very cute, awesomely well done! :D
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Thank you :D
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carbonacat Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome ! :D
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Avanii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Thanks :D
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carbonacat Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :heart:
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