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    [–] I made a blue-ringed octopus out of wool chew-it-punchy 1 points ago in octopus

    I reported it and was writing a comment too but I think the mods removed it! Thanks for helping, man.

    [–] I made a blue-ringed octopus out of wool chew-it-punchy 1 points ago in octopus

    Thanks for letting me know. Looks like they copied my exact title from r/art.

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 1 points ago in Art

    Sorry but you're not correct. While some types of blue-ringed octopus patterns are more random, I noticed one type had the symmetrical pattern mainly on the two rows going down the top of the head. I thought it was interesting so I incorporated it. I'll PM you some of the images I found(can't post links in this sub)

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 1 points ago in Art

    u/pewnanner

    For a very, very young child I can kind of see your point, but I largely disagree that you can just blatantly claim the existence of a wool sculpture of a venomous animal "sends a dangerous message to kids". That seems a little overly-worrisome for a few reasons:

    1) This is not a toy. It's an art sculpture that took me over 20 hours to create. There's no way in hell I'm going to let a young child/toddler handle it to begin with, so you don't have worry about it being perceived as any sort of toy to anyone. While parts of it are durable, the tentacles  have thin wire inside, and once a tentacle is bent wrongly/misshapen it's hard to make it look as nice as it looked to begin with. 

    2) While some of its cute/innocent appeal comes from the "fuzziness" of this particular sculpture, the animal itself has cute features. It's very tiny and has small tentacles and moves in a funny way. Creating an exact replica of it isn't sending any more of a message than the animal itself since no "cuteness" is exaggerated in this creation. 

    3) Most importantly of all, while I can see your point in regards to a very very young child that doesn't fully understand things, for many children I can see this as a way to teach them to understand and AVOID this lethal animal. As a young child I always had an interest in animals, namely insects and spiders and other weird creatures. Before I can read my mother had already taught me not to grab things that looked like wasps and spiders, even though my dad used his old Creepy Crawler Oven thing to make us little rubber spider and insect toys. When I was first learning to ready I would go through my parents' encyclopedias, reading about any insect/arachnid/snake/sea creature I could. I was very young when I could already distinguish venomous spiders from harmless ones. I distinctly remember as a child learning the little rhyme for distinguishing a venomous coral snake from a harmless king snake using its colored patterns. (Red touches Black, you're okay Jack. Red touches yellow, you're a dead fellow). I also literally had some animal toys that were definitely not friendly animals. Safari Ltd. literally has a "Venomous Animal Tube" which has 9 plastic dangerous animals for children. Do you feel the same about this "harmful toy" as you do about Charlotte's web? Or finding nemo? Clownfish are toxic to the touch and live in venomous sea anenomes, and you're more likely to see a Clownfish than a blue-ringed octopus.

    4) Not the greatest point, but 99% of people are never going to see a blue-ringed octopus. They're not a very numerous or spread out species. To write off a toy like this as sending a dangerous message when most children have no chance of seeing one seems a little over-protective. If this sculpture was of a poison dart frog would you have the same reaction?

    So ultimately, sure, an adult simply handing something like this to a child(that spends time in the ocean where these animals live) without educating them could be bad, but to just claim the existence of an animal sculpture being harmful seems a little reactionary. 

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 3 points ago in Art

    Those spots are just colored wool! They're attached to the sculpture using the same method that the sculpture was created: needlefelting.

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 3 points ago in Art

    It's a comment that says MY ART LINKS in all caps, about halfway down the first page. If you still can't see them, I'll PM the links to you. This subreddit removes any website link posted here.

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 1 points ago in Art

    It's a comment that says MY ART LINKS in all caps, about halfway down the first page. If you still can't see them, I'll PM the links to you. r/art removes any website link posted here.

    Instagram handle is borscht.plz

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 2 points ago in Art

    Nope, this species tends to have a relatively elongated and pointed mantle. Google it and you'll see their weird pointed head!

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 22 points ago in Art

    Yes and I poked myself on accident and now I'm dead :(

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 48 points ago in Art

    Not at all.

    However, they are incredibly venomous.

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 7 points ago in Art

    A process called needlefelting, in which I literally stab loose wool with a barbed needle, which tangles and compresses the wool into a desired shape. It's similar to dreading your hair.

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 2 points ago in Art

    Can't post links here, but check my profile! I just made a comment with links to my art pages.

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 3 points ago in Art

    Thank you for the thoughtful comment!

    [–] I made a blue-ringed octopus out of wool chew-it-punchy 3 points ago in pics

    They definitely did. I've been working on it almost every day and it took about three weeks.

    [–] Blue-ringed octopus, Me, Wool, 2019 chew-it-punchy 173 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in Art

    Goddamn this amazing comment is 8/8

    Also if anyone is interested, there's links to my art page in my profile.

    [–] Made a blue-ringed octopus. The rings and suckers took forever! chew-it-punchy 5 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in Needlefelting

    Thank you! I used 4 pipe cleaners to make the tentacles and keep them posed in place. Here's a few progress pics