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The ever popular water bear! Ranging from .1mm to 1.5mm long, tardigrades live throughout the world in oceans, fresh water, and on land.

Tardigrades are extremophiles, meaning they can live in very harsh conditions that would kill most other organisms.

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***Taxonomy***

Phylum: Tardigrada

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***Plush Details***

This tardigrade is made of yellow and white fleece, safety eyes, and is stuffed with polyfil. Created with a combination of hand and machine sewing.

This is my own original design - a one of a kind soft sculpture.

Measures approximately 10" (25.4cm) long and 5.5" (14cm) high.

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***Disclaimer***

Most of my creations do best as display pieces, or as stuffed animals for adults and older children. Many have plastic eyes and delicate parts not suitable for babies or small children.

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***Custom?***

Looking for this plush in a different size or color? See my policies for custom order information.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/weirdbuglady/policy

You might also find more water bears here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/weirdbuglady?section_id=7492522

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***Sales Tax***

*Attention CONNECTICUT residents*
6.35% Sales tax will be added automatically at check-out.

Frequently asked questions about PHYLAplush

Maybe! I take custom requests on a limited basis, and will announce on my shop page when they are available. Otherwise, I keep a Google Doc Suggestion Box, where you may write your request: http://tinyurl.com/PHYLAplushsuggestions I will not guarantee to make everything on the list, but I will use the list as I create more stock for the shop. If you provide your Etsy username (not required), I will contact you when your item is created, so you can have first dibs.
If you see that I am currently accepting custom orders, please use the Etsy "Request Custom Order" button in my shop to initiate a conversation. Be prepared with the name of the organism and your preferred size, color(s), and price range. After we discuss and agree upon a quote, I will create a custom listing you can purchase. After purchase, I will create your plushie. I will send a photo of the completed plush for your approval, and then ship.
My plushies are made with a combination of hand and machine stitching. They are not recommended for rough play, or as dog chew toys. However, they should hold up to regular, gently play or as an office decoration.

I have not tested their performance in a washing machine. Currently, I recommend spot cleaning only.
All plushies are wrapped in colorful tissue paper, and sealed in a bubble-lined poly mailer.
I have a few self-designed patterns I use for my most popular plushies, but most are created entirely free-form.
Sorry, but I will not give out any of my patterns. However, I draw my inspiration directly from nature, which is something that anyone can do!
Fleece fabric, felt fabric, polyfil stuffing, plastic safety eyes, thread, and satin tracking labels.
It was time for a change; Weird Bug Lady was a nickname of mine since high school. When I decided to restart my shop, I wanted a more inclusive name that truly represents my products. "Phyla" (multiple of "phylum") are higher level groupings of organisms. I am an evolutionary biologist, and use the tree of life as inspiration every day in both my professional and artistic endeavors. I hope to convey that there is beauty and wonder in all groups of organisms, regardless of phylum!

Plush tardigrade - white and yellow water bear


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: fleece, safety eyes, polyfil
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 223 reviews
  • Favorited by: 5 people