Mayor mare would be so fun to plushify! I could do her in 3 different ways:
I can basically create anything you visualize. The following methods are all based on set patterns I have created but anything is possible but would need to be quoted as a completely custom piece. (the beanie body is a design-in-process).
15" full sized fully articulated ball jointed skeleton with rotating head: $395
15" full sized non poseable but as above: $355
(the above would feature my more sculpted looking updated pattern with sculpted haunches/butt and new sculpted ear design.
11" Beanie: $225
7" Pocket poseable: $175
I could do a payment plan if that helps with the affordability. Thanks so much for liking my work!! :-D
it just drives me crazy how much people charge, but they are so nice! I would give anything to purchase mayor mare, but I just cant. if I could, I would purchase the 11" inch beanie. sounds very cute. im a big brony, and im kinda in love with the mayor right now
well thank you! We plushie designers charge what we do because each pony is handmade and takes TONS of hours to complete. My simplest ponies are generally about 12 hours and some of my alicorn pieces can be 40 hours or even more. Just to digitize an eye design/cutie mark on the computer takes about 3 or more hours and when I was outsourcing embroidery to a design shop, one pony would cost me about $100 and up to create ($35-$45 to digitize each design and $5-10 for each embroidered print (2 eyes/2 cutie marks). Once I learned to embroider myself, I realized why they charged so much! On top of the time factor, the materials aren't cheap either. I use high quality fabric and embroidery threads which cost $6 per color. I do this for the passion...not for the money because there isn't much money in plushie designing.
i really like how you carefully describe your passion, and i like that you enjoy your time and labor in creating them. In my opinion, the money charged is worth it, but i just cannot afford one. Seems as though you've got this well in hand, and your progress with the ponies has reached a great point in excellence. If i could afford one, my top 3 ponies would be Mayor Mare, Lotus Blossom, and AK Yearling (not Daring Do) i realize that AK and daring are on in the same, but AK is very cute.
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I keep trying to push my talents to be become better with each pony that I create. My Luna I am almost done with is the best one yet!! Thank you so much for liking and supporting my work…it means so much to me!!! :-D
thank you so much!! She actually has a fully articulated ball jointed skeleton with no wires! I used to make a wire armature but the thicker the wire, the more likely they are to break if you bend them a few times. Thanks so much for your compliment!
that Cadance pose.. really neat! I gotta ask, must be some good weight/bulk in the tail for her to stand upright like that, or is the whole pony verrrrry light weight I like the gem on the top her crown and those hoof boots look really great too! Very nice plush! Ooh and stretchy lycra/spanex, I wound up using; now I'm not a plush maker or anything to do with fabric, but one day I hope to learn sewing or something, it looks like a neat hobby and I always like working with my hands. But I wound up getting some stretchy lycra material for my guitar amp. My amp came without any fabric on the front, it was a bare metal grill and it had a bit of a neat look to it, but the speaker cone had a ton of dust/pet hair on it. So a trip to Ottawa street and I found some cool fabric with an art deco pattern on it. hehe It's pretty much my only fabric project ever, but I'm still proud of it. No one else has an amp that looks like it I bet.
Hi there - thanks for liking her pose like this!! To answer your question, her tail is very firmly stuffed so that it doesn't bend under the weight of the pony. I would say that Cadence weighs more than your typical plushie because she is both firmly stuffed and she has a ball jointed skeleton inside of her that allows her to pose. She feels substantial but still cuddly and not heavy if that makes sense. I was SUPER excited to find that gem on her crown and thanks for noticing!! I did a scaled drawing of her before I designed her pattern and that gem is the perfect show accurate scale - yay!! I LOVE that stretchy lycra and that's awesome you found some great fabric for your amp!! I bet yours is the only one in the world like that and looks awesome!! I would love to see if it you post pics in your gallery or you could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I LOVE do-it-yourself projects too! My sewing room has a corkboard I made out of an old frame I painted skyblue and covered with canvas. It is perfect for planning plushies and selecting colors. I'm almost done with an eraserboard I made out of a piece of glass in a frame with decorative paper behind it for listing commissions and supplies I need to buy for them. My next project will be a memory foam cushioned sewing chair to replace the uncomfortable drafting chair I have been using for years.
I wish there were more hours in the day to get all the stuff down I want to I have a guitar sitting in the basement that I haven't touched in years but I would love to dust it off and remember how to play again. I was never great - just a couple of basic chords but the fun thing is that most songs are pretty simple. Maybe if I have time I can come back to it. Thanks for the nice comment!!
Ah that makes sense then, it was what I had thought in my head just looking at the picture. Ooh interesting, ball joints. I have seen just a few plushies made like that. No no, that makes very much sense to me. My Rarity plush has wires holding the mane and tail to make the shape pose-able, but I can still give her a nice hug. And the plush is built pretty solid, I had her at Bronycon last year and she survived, was worried the tail might come off the most. Cool! Always like when you can get something right. Oh thanks! It is, I posted a picture in my deviant art gallery just before submitting the comment, I'd figure you would want to have a look at it c: . Alternatively, there are a few shots of it on stage with me at CANterlot con, including one pic I took of just the amp and Sweetieplush; picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/… Ooh, wish you luck with the chair and the guitar. Ah no problem, thanks for the reply!! ^_^
I love experimenting with different posable features. I have a new pattern for a posable anthro plushie base in the works that will be a lot of fun to flesh out. I LOVE your amp that you did! That fabric looks incredible and it looks very expensive! Great job!
Thanks! I don't recall it being too over priced, I don't know if I still have the receipt kicking around or not. (not in my bill database, it's probably gone :\ ) It was a fun and satisfying job to finish up and not have to look at an open speaker anymore ^_^ Oooh wish you luck with the new anthro plushie too!
Very lovely work - the mane and tail are so gorgeous. I love how you managed the colors there - it is just so accurate and adorable. Everything about Cadence is so sweet here. I especially like the different materials used here between the shoes and the crown.
Love this pose especially showing off the length of the legs and the wonderful proportions of an alicorn princess. The wings are also just perfect. She just seems so alive and so real with that posability.
Your work is always so wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your expert plushies and being so dedicated to your craft. Looking at your work never fails to give me a smile.
Thank you so much for noticing those details!! I was in love with that fabric when I found it and the picture doesn't do justice to how much it sparkles and gives it that elegance. She is quite the the leggy, sexy girl and deserved to be brought to life :-D I've always had an avid imagination that I've tried to hold on to, even as an adult. I love the idea of toys being "real" :-D Thank you for your sweet and wonderful comments! I will keep trying to hone and perfect my craft - have a lovely day!!!
Thank you so much for noticing!! I LOVE fabrics so much!! The fabric I used is a stretchy gold and is about $35 a yard that I buy at a specialty shop nearby for custom dance/ice-skating costumes. It is wonderful quality and has beautiful iridescent shimmer, doesn't fray and stretches very well when stuffed. I used the same type of fabric on all my alicorns.
Aha! So it's Lycra/Spandex? I can't exactly tell what the texture looks like, I don't want to blame your photography (Trust me, you do an excellent job. I'm a photographer myself), so does it look like this? hostthenpost.org/uploads/ff0d0… (Sorry, I hate to link stuff on other people's art but y'know )
No problem! By the way, how did you add the details on Celestia's crown (the engraving stuff)? I'm just starting out with this plush thing so I'm trying to get a feel on how to do things as I make my first pattern.
Probably luna ^^ I noticed you have a different material for Luna's hooves. Any idea on what that is? I'd prefer that over using minky. Yeah, I'm making test prototypes on a teal minky I accidentally got. Pattern making is extremely challening x_x
Luna's hooves are the same kind of thing as the stretchy gold except in a cornflower blue with a bit more color variation throughout. That is a great idea to test prototypes on minky. I did the same thing...the wrong color and ended up using it to make prototypes. It took me a while to create a pattern I liked. I'm still endlessly tweaking. My 14.5" mare body is due for a major overhaul. There are many things that I see that could be corrected on it. My alicorn pattern now has legs with more shape that flare out at the bottom and it's SO much more show accurate!! Pattern designing is actually my favorite part though!