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    How To Make A Customized Maneki-Neko

    A.K.A. those cat statues with the waving paw!

    "Maneki-neko", also known as the "beckoning cat" are Japanese figurines that are believed to grant good luck.

    You've probably seen some when walking in a Japanese or Chinese restaurant. I decided to see if I could make one that looked exactly like my cat (who is also lucky). It's really not that hard to do!

    1. First, buy a little solar-powered cat figurine. I went to Chinatown and bought one for 5 dollars. You can find them for sale online too.

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    2. Look at your cat. Study its colors and pattern.

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    3. Paint the figurine with acrylic paint. Use a tiny brush to really emulate the hairs of your cat.

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    * Use phosphorescent paint for their eyes so they can see in the dark like a real cat.

    4. You'll know its complete when you can't tell the cats apart.

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