I debated using felt and sewing together the armor, but that is a bit cheating I feel. The plan was to make armor plating using the crocodile stitch and free form shapes and squares all sewn together. I picked out a mottled brown that I think is Vanna's Choice in Barley that I had on hand.
|collar piece, shoulder scales, triangle scale chest and half circle chest piece|
For the back I did a longer set of 5 vertical for the spine sort of armor. For the back I also made two half circle shapes for the shoulder plates and one more half circle which I then lengthened to go under the spine plates.
|front side assembly with shoulders|
|backside assembly with shoulder plates, back plate and spine|
|Flat helmet piece and its single scale|
Once the armor was all assembled I realized that I made it sort of samurai-ish... I wanted it to be a but cooler though so I used a bit of leftover super thin Madtosh gold to add swirl filigree to the flat front armor, the back shoulder plates and on the back of the helmet. To keep his armor nice and snug, I threaded a piece of yarn between the shoulder pads and the chest piece like a shoelace and tied it under his arms.
|feet and bear butt|
He's just so dang cute, fierce and cuddly.