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Mini and Fullsize Parrot by Pickleweasel360 Mini and Fullsize Parrot by Pickleweasel360
This parrot is called a White Bellied Caique. I had never seen one of these before now. Here is a photo of a real one. [link] This was an order from Etsy by the same person who asked for Twisty the Llama.

They are based on a parrot named Paddle. Unfortunately she passed away and that's why she requested these to remember her by. I was lucky enough to get to see videos and photos of her to work on these. She was such a darling little bird.

The full size one is pretty close to the real height Paddle was. I tried something new for the beak. It seems a little large but I like the curve it gives on the end. The feet have heavy wire in them so that they can grip and hold onto a surface. It can balance by itself as you can see. The wings also lift up.

The mini one also had poseable feet, but they are pipe cleaners. They feet are bigger so that it can balance and grip things better. The wings on it also lift up.

I had a lot of fun making these. I tried to pay attention to the small details especially since this is in memory of her lost bird.

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EDIT: I forgot to add this. I started off using this pattern to make the large one. [link] After a few rows into the body I started making it up as I went. It was a good base to start off with. It does have some helpful techniques in it. A modified version of the wing is what I used for the mini one. There is a tutorial for wrapped wire feet also. Its not the one that I used but you could easily change it to make a variety of different fe
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Hikatsuke Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O great, this is really realistic!
SN2 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
sorry for your loss :( that happened to me too with my lovebirds (all 4 died mysteriously in 1 night :? and i couldn't find the cause of death)
DarkDollArt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very nice work:clap:
borysbrytva Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
CleverRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ..... I LOVE CAIQUESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...I HAVE ONE !!!!!!!!!:3
MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful work! :clap: I love all the little details you put into these two. The feathers, poseable wings and feet, the colors, the eyes! I'm sure the new owner is proud! :D
MCalhen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
What a beautiful job, particularly on the wings! I find them absolutely stunning! :D I always find your stuff so wonderful, I can't believe I didn't have you on my watch list. (I just had to check. o.o)

It's great that you have made her for the person to remember Paddle by. :3 Such an amazing dedication.
kreepykim Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very well done!
PatiLee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
The little one is cute with those strangely big feet. you said it's for balance, but still... Cute! :D
You did a great job with the two parrots!
Bunnysfriend Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow you don't stop to amaze me xD
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