Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Jack Boards
Originally uploaded by Gantaeno
Hi everyone,

My MoHare is complete! Hisname is Jack and his Flickr set is here.

I hope you like him, it's been a long journey but it could have been MUCH longer without the push to get him done in time for the article. As he's a prototype his permanent home is with me (YAY!) but I will begin work on the first one for adoption shortly. The next hare will be alpaca which is a more dense, fluffy fur: should be very nice! I will also work on making the arms a bit skinnier I think, and start on the outfits for these guys. Can't make up my mind if the next one's a boy or a girl though ;)

Any comments or criticisms I'd love to hear them: better I make the changes now before I wreck some REALLY nice fur!

Chloe and the Luglys xxx

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

What's that I spy?

What's that I spy?
Originally uploaded by Gantaeno
Look who's done!

Or at least, pretty much done :P His name is Jack, I'll give him a military title later once his waistcoat and medals are done. His medals are being cast in pewter in America and I can't wait to see them!

He has full armature in all four limbs and both ears, needlefelted features, realistic brown glass eyes with eyelids, suede inner ears, full Schulte mohair hide... am I leaving anything out?

I'm still needing to work on his pawpads, I'll do that tonight before taing his glamour shots tomorrow!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed meeting Jack....

Chloe and the Luglys xx

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Hare Update

Hare Update 2
Originally uploaded by Gantaeno
As you can see we're finally getting somewhere!

I cut out all the limb parts last week, then worked out today that they were all too long. Whoops! Luckily they were realatively simple to cut back to size, especially as I have LITERALLY NONE of this mohair left!

I'm thinking of redoing her tail, making it a bit bigger... Obviously he's missing an arm and an ear, but at east we're getting there now.

Hope you like him :)

Chloe and the Luglys xx

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Hare with Plasticene Legs

Hare with Plasticene Legs
Originally uploaded by Gantaeno
I make up plasticene versions of a lot of my creatures before I make my paper patterns... I have a plasticene leg, head and arm for this guy: here you can see the fake limbs underneath the fur body.

I'm trying to work out if they're out of proportion here? The leg will be a little more bent (I love armature!) on the finished hare, but I'm still not certain... opinions? For me personally I have the more problems with the are... I think it's the length of the fore arm...

I'm looking forward to doing the arms actually, as I'm going to put magnets in the paws so he can hold his medals and his uniform :D I kept meaning to do this with a sloth but always forgot before sewing the paws up: trust me, once you've finished a sloth paw the last thing you want to do is open it up again!

As you can see I also attached his finished ear (started the next one too!). It has an internal wire too, perfect for posing :) I recut the inner suede as it was a little puffy towards the ends still: now they're a much better fit.

Hare Face

He's a little sheepish!

More soon hopefully,

Chloe and the Lugly's xx

Thursday, 10 February 2011


Originally uploaded by Gantaeno
Hi everyone! Another quick update on my mohare. As you can see I've got the first mohair version of his body up and... well, maybe not running but at least wriggling ;) I need to make some changes to the curves of his belly, but otherwise it's headed in the right direction: the back looks lumpy just because of the pins ;)

I also added some whiskers and under eye lids to his face, I will shade those later so they're more subtle.

In other news FINALLY I got my website renewed: apparently you have to remove the last two letters of your post code?! Ridiculous... anyway, it's still not showing my site but hopefully it will come back soon...

Thanks a lot!

Chloe and the Luglys xx

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

He makes me Blush...

Hiya everyone :)

I can start with some good news: Blush has found a new home at last, hurrah! He'll soon be on his way back to America, meaning that he is returning to his 'birth country' in a way: lets hope he makes his new owner very happy.

In a way Blush's auction is a great thing for me, as it signifies that my lack of advertising, new creature creating and ebaying has not affected the appeal of my weird creatures too much... I was worried that my time away from Ebay during this "recession" would have affected their sales, but when you take into account the change in the dollar to pound conversion rate, Blush's final price was pretty close to that of my first ever auctioned sloth! That sloth was Liebe, also a pink and white guy. Maybe it's the luck of the pink??

In other news, my website is still down, they still don't know why, and I am still totally BORED of trying to get them to sort it out, so if anyone knows of another reliable website company I'd really appreciate it... don't seem that bothered, even though I am a premium account holder with them too... for now, I hope this blog will do?

On the Mohare project, I have the paper draft of a leg pattern to add to my progress pile, hopefully I can sew up a mock up of it soon to show you all.

Thanks for watching!

Chloe and the Lugly's xxx

Sunday, 6 February 2011

The Mo-hare project!


Although I've had a blog for quick Je Suis Lugly updates before, I've always run it from my website. Sadly, my website disappeared a few weeks ago and they're not being particularly helpful about getting it back online, so who knows when it will be back up and running...

Anyway, a few days ago I emailed Teddy Bear Review magazine about an editorial on design processes: basically how you end up with a finised product from the idea you atarted with. I don't have much for the sloths as I was very lucky when designing them: their pattern worked pretty much from the word go! Subsequent creatures have been trickier, and as I was halfway through my latest idea, I thought I'd contact them and ask about taking part.

Turns out, the deadline is the 24th of February...

I'm going to attempt to blog a little of the process every few days to keep myself on target and to encourage critiques and comments from other people, as this would usually take me a good few months so I will need all the help I can get!

The basic idea is an anthropomorphic hare, a bit like a Brian Jacques Long Patrol member if you're familiar with his books. I've almost finished the head, I have paper patterns for the body and legs, so in theory it's possible he'll be finished in time, but in practise... fingers crossed! I'm already talking to metal workers about getting some custom medals cast for my first series of 'Mohares' (lol!) and I really hope that this project is going to kick me back into bear making action... all in 18 days!

More on this later, but for now, welcome to the hectic new blog!

Chloe and the Luglys xx