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Introducing fuzzy Pikachu!
I thought the Detective Pikachu movie was just adorable (and Ryan Reynolds carried that entire movie js), and I was inspired to make this sweet lad!
Pikachu is cast in epoxy resin dyed with acrylic paint, so he's still a little flexible, but how is he also fuzzy? That's not lint! Pikachu is entirely coated in a fine, fiber powder called "flock." You've probably seen flocked items before: small, fuzzy ornaments and greeting cards or fabric with a raised velvety pattern are also flocked. Flocking can make miniature figurines look like they're actually furry, which is what I was going for here.
Flocking is surprisingly easy. Just cover the area with glue and sprinkle on the flock. I used Aleene's fast grab tacky glue. You can see a photo of that in this set along with some other progress photos. When flocking, it is best to use a base that is the same color as the flock. I will probably paint the details on subsequent Pikachus so the flocked colors are bolder.
I ordered my flock from Miniature Maker Supply on Etsy. I requested a blend for his tummy fur, and Shari actually looked up the Detective Pikachu movie to get a color match! Fantastic service!
I plan to have a limited quantity of fuzzy Pikachus at Anime Midwest, so be sure to stop by my table! You can also DM me and we can set something up on PayPal. I probably will not put these on Etsy.
Also, a fun thing I learned while I was doing my research: "Pikachu" comes from "pikapika," which is Japanese onomatopoeia for sparkle, and "chūchū," which is Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse sound.
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