Oh goodness.  Poor little MiniMalfio.  This is the second head he's had:  his first hairdo was actually human--er, Muggle--hair, but it was not at all satisfactory.

    So I tried again, this time using a new technique that I stumbled upon on eBay ("It's not just a shopping experience, it's a lifestyle"), using needles manufactured for 'dry felting'.  Maybe more labour-intensive, but less painful and, I think, yielding a more attractive result:


  (sorry it's a bit blurry, but you get the effect, I think.)

    I elected to dress him mostly in generic black, with the addition of a splendid brocaded waistcoat:


    It seemed obvious to me that Malfio Manor would have a fireplace, so I constructed one out of a cardboard box, some doweling, Paperclay, and a mantelpiece of something called "Bloodwood".  I almost didn't care what it looked like, the name was so perfect--


      DH had just installed bamboo flooring, and our dog wandered in while I was taking these photos, and decided to take advantage of the carpet, tragically petite though it was:



     Not everything in Malfio Manor is so benign...





     A friend who sews 1:1 garments shared some scraps, so Malfio acquired a spiffing new garment of shot silk taffeta, embroidered in silver:


     Char made some terrific screencaps from one of the Harry Potter television specials, which included deleted scenes of Lucius at home at Malfoy Manor.  I was surprised to find that this domestic situation included a pair of what looked like Irish wolfhounds, and was possessed to produce one of those Malfio.  It's made of wire and wool, needle felted like his owl, and has glass eyes.  The outermost "fur" is llama wool.

     A detail of the hound's head, showing his nose, sculpted from a two-part epoxy called ProCreate.

     This dog fits much better on Malfio's tiny carpet.


     A close-up of Malfio's armour, showing the embroidery.  The individual pieces are not sewn together, except at the shoulder seams; rather, the body laces closed at the sides through miniature black metal grommets and the sleeves tie on as well.  This photo shows off his brooch well--it's also made of ProCreate.  I couldn't figure out how to attach it to his shirt, how to fabricate a pinback for the closure.  I finally hit on the idea of making it around a two-part metal snap (or popper)--the brooch is on the top, I sewed the bottom to the shirt, and when the brooch was dried and painted, I just snapped the two together.  Voilą!

     The infamous furry hat.  The cloak clasps are a pair of sterling earrings (well, minus the ear wires.)