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Ratty Magnets by DragonsAndBeasties Ratty Magnets by DragonsAndBeasties
So, last week I had to put Bear down. Bear was my studio rat for anyone who doesn't know.

He lived to be 3 years, which is crazy old for a rat. He was a tough little guy, and it just broke my heart to have to put him down. His health declined rapidly over just a matter of days. I hoped he would just go peacefully in his sleep, but being the little fighter he is he just kept truckin, despite his absolute misery. I know it was the right thing to do for him, but it never gets any easier making that decision. Rats tend to have terrible ends to their lives... I've only had 2 out of 13 now that have gone peacefully in their sleep :(

Anyways, to combat the sadness, I spent the weekend making rat magnets for my fridge. I made all my past little rat buddies, and used them to hold up pictures of themselves. I got pretty teary while I was making Bear (bottom left) so I made a necklace just like it for myself as well.

I really loved making these little guys, and they look so stinkin cute scurrying about on my fridge. I think I'll make them one of the few made-to-order items available in the shop soon, so other ratty owners can get their little friends made too if they like :)

Here they are on my fridge:

Hand sculpted from Premo Sculpey clay, details painted in acrylics, swarovski crystal eyes, about 2.5 inches from nose to tail tip.

Please visit my FAQ page [link] before asking questions about techniques and materials. Just about every question I get is covered there. I’m not trying to be rude, I just get tired of answering the same questions over and over ^^;
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esile123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student General Artist
I miss him Waaaah! 
esile123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student General Artist
I had a little ratty buddy and I would like to make an order he was white with black sploshes on his back like the one on the bottom left to the right in the picture could you tell me the price his name was Bennie
Soraya-Arts Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Need some of these 0w0
larhah Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I recently lost my two rats as well.  Sigyn was sickly for a long time, but Rajani, while covered in tumors, seemed otherwise healthy and entirely happy until she passed away over night unexpectedly last week.  I love that you've captured how adorable they really are.  Your rats look cute and sweet, which was always how I found them.
KatrinaFTW44 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
So cute!!!!!
dark-she-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww.... so sorry I know how it feels :cry: rvmp . I've been through 4 rat deaths..... not as many as you but it seems a lot.... Any way I'm sorry for your loss. I just lost my little albino Snowy :( he died from a wound from an abscess. But I do love these little fridge magnets!  In fact I think I can see some of my little boys amongst them! 
xWhiteWolfStar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, these are based of toys arent they? :D
shoppingtrolley99 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! I love the pear shaped bodies, they're really cute.
rearea Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My condolences on you loss. The little boogers arent with us for long but they do make a huge impact. I had rats since 2000 but after my last one passed a year and a half ago I decided no more, at least for now, which has been extremely hard for me. I still look whenever I go to any pet store.

Have you had any plans on commissioning for these? I would love a set.
moopsybear Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww that must have been really hard i had to put my dog to sleep :( :iconsilentcryplz:
it must have been the same to you
Elaihr Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really sorry about Bear, but I bet you gave him a good life... One of my rats passed away a short while ago, and I fear her sister's time will come pretty soon as well, as they were both pretty old for being rats :( Hugs to you, and thanks for your awesome work!
brandi3981 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry abour bear :( a couple of years ago i was scouring the internet to see how long the tend to live cause in hp3 sirius said that he knew scabbers has to be peter because 12yr was a curiously long life for a common garden rat
SweetRolls Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
this is like.... SOOOOO AMAZAYN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kefertari Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012 sorry :( but cute little magnets! I lost my hairless rat Templeton about 3 months ago, he was old and he just died in his sleep :( I miss the little guy. That was when i lived with my aunt and my 17 year old cuz, and al of my causins guy friends came over and i had Templeton out on my shoulder and they were so scared they did not get out of the car and one was crying, and these where 17 year old guys! haha! 13 year old girl-1 17 year old guys-0 ahaha good old days :D
Kezhian-Queen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a little guy, Algernon, who died about a year ago :C

He developed a respritory infection and got mites. It was really sad, but he went in the middle of the night and seemed not to be in too much pain.

I have my other little man, Pavoratti, now to keep me company. He seems to be doing fine, but rats are such great pets. I think I'll always have one.
kittycutie11 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
My rat died recently, her name was Maggie, an albino. She was 4. :iconlazycryplz: She also had a sister who died over the summer.
Rats are definitely the best pets that are small enough to hold with one hand! :meow:
Anyways, the magnets look absolutely beautiful! Keep up the good work!
RatteMacchiato Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
They're quite awesome!
WingedFalcon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Is it ok if i make one that has the shape like this but colored like my dead pet rat? :(
RouxHart Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you sell these? id be seriously willing to buy some, I am a rat fancier from QLD, Australia and these are just stunning. im sure the rat community around here would LOVE to get there hands on some of these if they saw some!
glo0bule Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've got rats since 10 years, but I don't wan't anymore, because they died too early...

But I love your magnets ^^
craftstudios Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How long did 1 rat take. they're amazing!
heliotropal Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are so dang cute!!
monica19rasna Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
they are cutie magnets!!!! :)
CalamariCream Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I miss my rat, too. I had to put him to sleep because he developed a large tumour on his leg. He was suffering so much. As much as I miss him, going through deaths with my rat, and previously, my hamsters was more difficult then people could imagine until they actually own one.

Beautiful magnets. I would cover my fridge in them!
lies700 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
love them !!!
CalamariCream Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love, love, love these!
Nunafish Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those r so CUTE!!!!!! I've had 6 rats in my life and I have three right now. how much would it cost to get my 6 rats turned into magnets?
WolfPaws123 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Words cannot describe this amount of WANT
HermiTheHusky Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute ^^
The-variationalist Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss! The loss of a ratty is truely heart wrenching and painful, they just steal your heart! R.I.P. Bear! The magnets are absolutely beautiful!
CalorieFox Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Sorry about your little guy.. I understand the feeling. My oldest hamster had a stroke so we couldn't put him to sleep in time for a peaceful goodbye.
Would you make hamsters?
balorkin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are more than adorable! I have had rats for 11 years, and I know exactly how you feel! *hugs* the idea with the magnets is such an adorable way to remember them, though! It's fantastic and they are so cute! Great stuff!
Illogicat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sorry for your loss *hugs* I went through the same thing when my guys went....It's a shame that they have such short lifespans because they're such awesome pets :(
FantasyTwilight Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
While I've never had a pet rat before, I know what it's like to lose a pet in general. I've watched several pets come and go and it will never be easy on me and the pets really weren't mine, they were bonded to my mom. However I have a cat now and she's my baby (even sleeps with me in the mornings after hubby gets up and goes to work). I will prolly be in a really depressed stage for a few months when she does eventually does pass (hopefully she'll be several years old and dies naturally). I will be keeping an eye out for the magnets though cause my mother in law loves collecting rat realted things and I'm sure she'll love one of these.
BirchFeather26 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
X3 my cats anmes Bear
BlueDumbo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, these are just beautiful. So sorry to hear about Bear :( Rats are such lovely creatures - we had to have our little lady Elsie put to sleep a couple of weeks ago too, and it really is such a hard decision :(
These little magnets are a fantastic tribute to your ratty brood - and personally I think they are my absolute favourites of your creations :)
RIP little Bear xxx
roefanne Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
this is so awesome(: how did you make it?
HunterFreaxx Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Sorry about Bear :C My hamster Panda died about a year ago she was a fighter too but she went in her sleep <3 If you would'nt mind I'd actually like to make my hamster using these as a reference (minus the long tail of course) I'd give you credit if I posted pictures!
DinaSan1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss, EVERY pet's losing is painful...
But I can't help the adorableness of your tribute, I mean, It's such a lovely thing to do...:heart:
I love the white one with the red eyes the most :love:
triangulor Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have nothing against rats, but I can't honestly say I love them like you do. What I like about this though is how fun it is to see how much YOU love rats and kind of feel some of that love for Bear myself, a rat I never even met. I hope he died having been a happy rat and you enjoyed the years you had together.
Melody-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
D: I'm so sorry for your loss... It must've been really heartbreaking. :( I know how that feels because I lost a few hamsters in the past. They died peacefully though. I have one now, but hopefully she won't die anythime soon...
RiaBodai Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that pain! I had 3 hamster! I loved all of them so much!!!! :,C Loupé, Ubo and Tiny.....
Bambiiie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the pain of loosing a rat. :( I've owned 9 in all and had 4 put down, gave the next 2 I got back to the rescue so when one died the other could be put back with others right away (one of my rats did die of heartbreak....he died about 4 days after his brother was put down :(), and I know own 3. My favorite out of all of them was a FAT rat called Bandit who I always called hamburger boy because he was the size of a hamburger. He was a little trooper and lived a LONG time before we (my family and me) finally had to put him down. We even got a vet to come to our house to put him down peacefully and I believe that they had to inject him twice because he just wouldn't go with having one.... -goes to cry in a corner- I still love the rats my family has now (2 girls and a boy. don't worry all of them are fixed) by I haven't really bonded with them. Their really my mom's rats cause she spends the most time with them......-sighs- I still miss my little Hamburger Boy though. :( I hope your rat is happy wherever rats go when they pass away.
scourgedeath Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww DX
EnlightenMehDed Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
AAaaaaaiiiee! <3 So cute! *____*
WalkingFatJoke Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They are cuter then cute. I really love the little brown faced one on the bottom right.
Also, my condolences about Bear.
ChouShoe Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
They are so cute ^^ I would love to order some some time if you ever start selling them.
Akagitsune Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, these are so adorable! i'm sorry to hear of your loss...i loved and lost 13 ratties over a span of 8 years, so i feel your pain. they're wonderful little friends. :hug:
jbailuk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
N--E--D Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Writer
I think it's a lovely idea and if you made necklaces and magnets it would be so cute ;u; if I had any patience with sculpting I'd make my kitty kat who died last year .
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