! I've worked a very long time perfecting my pattern to what it is today, and want to keep it for myself.
More than likely, but if you knew how long it takes to make a good pattern from scratch, chances are that you would understand. Ask any other plush artist, most likely he/she will say the exact same thing.
Chances are that I like their commission proposal more than yours, such as a good OC, or a canon pony that I haven't made before. Even more so if you're requesting a pony that I get too many requests for (check commission link). If I make you upset, I'm sorry, but I like to change up my variety, and not make the same character over and over again.
Don't worry though, there are plenty of other awesome plush artists out there that would probably take your commission.
Why do your plushies cost so much?
When something is handmade, a heck of a lot off time and effort goes into it. More so than the average person thinks. All the time I took to develop my pattern, plus the time digitizing embroidery, and the 30+ hours it takes to make a single plushie adds up. Materials can be expensive, too. I buy my minky for $7 every half-yard, and sometimes if a plushie has many colors, such as Rainbow Dash, it costs a lot! Stabilizers, and thread for embroidery can also add up substantially! So I hope you can understand that what I do isn't just another plushie rolling off an assembly line, but a one-of-a-kind artpiece that I create with patience, precision and love. Do you accept any other payment besides real money, like points or art trades?
Unfortunately, I do not. Commissions help me pay for important bills, and daily expenses. Materials also aren't cheap, ya' know! Well then, how DO I pay you for a commission?
We can conduct business through PayPal, and payment is required in full before I start. Can you teach me?
I can give helpful tips, yes. But I just don't have the time to sit down and teach someone for hours and hours. If it has to do with my pattern or how I make something look a certain way with my pattern, please understand that I don't really like to talk about it or reveal too much, as stated before. If I don't reply to your note, that's probably why. What are your plushies made of?
The main fabric I use is called "minky." I embrioder with a combination of Sulky/Gütermann thread for the eye/cutie marks. The stuffing is Silky Soft polyfill. I use craftwire in the tail for support, and if I am making a pegasus, in the wings aswell. Where do you buy the minky you use?
I buy my minky online, from a few very reputable retailers. They are TheMinkyBoutique, FabricDepot, and Fabric.com. All three have extremely soft and very high quality minky that just melts in your hand (metaphorically, of course!). How large are your plushies?
They are approximately 15" tall.