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Plush - Small owl by demiveemon Plush - Small owl by demiveemon
I felt like trying something else than bellystripes this time and decided on dots instead. It was a lot of fiddling, getting the tufts in place, but I like the outcome as it looks a bit more realistic. It opens up for some interesting marking possibilities. :3

As of the choice of colors... I didn't want to use the exact same colors as the previous owls. But that left me with very few choices, since faux fur isn't very common in the local stores I visit. Black seems like a weird color for an owl... So I decided to use an even weirder one and finally found a use for the faux fur I was ranting about here! [link] It's my highest quality fabric, and by far, most expensive one. %D

Materials: Faux fur, faux suede, safety eyes and polyester filling

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Question26 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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liniert Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Cute design! Now wonder your plush owls have so many fans! :D
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks dear. :3
The design is inspired by the plush owl that can be seen in a movie called "Lost in translation". A friend of mine wanted one badly and asked me if I could make her a similar one. I had no idea they where going to become that popular.
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liniert Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I see. :XD:
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Flajdesz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want hug it :hug: :)
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Go ahead! :D
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Sasha0219 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Oh i see now! (Disregard my question on the one of all three) Very cool idea! It worked out great! And I think you could really work with different colors for owls. They don't HAVE to be realistic. Black with some red might be kind of snazzy. Like a crimson red tho. Justa thought :)
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I think that it would look very nice to maybe make a spotted owl. x3
It all depends on what fabrics I can get hold of localy. I'm always keeping an eye out for things that I can use.
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Sasha0219 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
That's really cool you do that :) I've got to start hunting for things. I got a much belated birthday gift card for Joanns and I plan on using it once I can start walking around again!
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard many refer to Joanns. Must be a well established fabric store in the US? :3
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Sasha0219 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
oh right. yes! it sure is. it's got craft items as well. my three favorites are joanns, michaels, and now hobby lobby! what stores do you guys have? or do you mostly just look through second hand?
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, the stores I like to visit are called StofOgStil.dk (fabrics and fashion) and Stof2000 (fabrics2000) and then any store I come across that deals with fabrics. Sometimes I have a look in a second hand store, but it's not too often.
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Sasha0219 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Oh I see :) Well good luck on future fabric hunts :)
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demiveemon Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Throwing nets in Germany. xD
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Xigaiary Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OMGSH SO CUTE O_O
I WANT ONE
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks! :)
The blue one is currently up for sale on ebay if you're interested in having a look. [link]
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chupachopsticks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wee! :> The Owl Plushie is so cute :D ...but the price isn't. :(
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I forgot to mention the working tax. My bf helped me to write down how it basically works:

Working in Denmark incurs taxes of 40-60% (it depends on how much you earn in total. With a low earning, you pay around 40% tax, and with a high earning, you pay around 60% of the last earned crown).

Buying and selling items, incurs a 25% MOMS (VAT).

So, assume you earn 100 DKK and you're in the low earning area. You pay 40:- in taxes, and have 60:- for yourself. Let's say you go to the store and buy an item for 60:-. Of those 60:-, there have already been put in the VAT. The VAt is 25% so that means 12:- in VAT. Thus, at a low vage, you pay 40:- for working tax, plus 12:- for VAT for every 100:- earned. thats 52%.

If you on the other hand have a high earning, you pay 60% working tax, meaning paying 60:-, and then you have 40:- left for yourself. Of the remaining 40:- you go buy an item. 25 % of those 40:- is then VAT, meaning 8:-, thus, after working tax and VAT, you will have paid DKK 60:- + 8:- = 68:- of your 100:-, thats 68%.

The working tax % is probably not completely correct, but close enough.

So, In this case, $85 will first have to apply 25% VAT, meaning $21.25 will be paid to the tax authorities. Then $63.75 is left. Assuming a low yearly earning, would then impose 40% taxes, meaning, paying another $25.50. Leaving $38.25. Then you can subtract materials costs, etc.


So tell me, do you still think the price is unjustified?
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can assure you the price is justified. I just spent a long time replying to someone who was angry about the price level. *copy pastes*
"There are several reasons as for why the price of the blue owl is set to $85 and not to the base price of $71 or lower.

- To clarify the term "basic": a basic small owl would have had the same type of markings and materials as the two larger owls. In this case the blue owl features both a higher quality (and far more costly) fabric and more elaborate markings. So the $14 difference is both to compensate for a higher material cost, as well as the extra time and effort put into creating it.

- I ordered the blue fabric from fabric.com believeing it to be the deep petrol color (almost black with white ticking) shown on the webstore's photo. Living overseas I knew that I would have to pay a LOT more for shipping compared to domestic buyers and that the "free return policy" wouldn't apply if anything went wrong. But since I really adored the color I was willing to pay. What I didn't know, was that the color would turn out to be closer to turquois than anything and to top it, I was charged additional costs from customs and UPS. In effect I paid $16.98 for the fabric (1x1½ yard), $15.95 shipping cost, $8.36 import fee and $21.26 handling fee from UPS!
Tiny as the blue owl may be, the blue fabric used for it amount to $7.26 that can be subtracted from my earnings.

- The US dollar as a currency isn't what it used to be. It's currently very weak and $1.00 equals to 5,86 DKK. I can get half a litre of milk for that...

- Living in Denmark is expensive. To give you a better idea of what prices are like where I live, here's an example: According to [link] a Medium Big Mac Meal costs about $6.35 in the US, that translates to 37,22 DKK. The exact same meal bought down the street costs 56 DKK (I called them and asked).
In Denmark we pay 25% taxes on everything we buy or sell. I don't know what the exact taxes are in the USA, but I've heard that they are very low (as are your overall prices). Since I pay 25% taxes on anything that I sell, that's another $21.25 to subtract... Yippee!
Shipping from Denmark is also very costly. Unlike the US, UK or Germany for instance, we don't have a lot of services to choose from and if we do, rest assured, they are very expensive.
Buying bulky faux fur fabrics from other countries, because the're hardly are any to choose from in danish stores, is very costly and combined with several risks as stated above.

- Keep in mind that I'm trying to make a living with my art and creations. Being human, I can't squirt out plushies within minutes or even seconds like a factory mashine. It's physically impossible and crafting is wearing down my body, especially my hands. A high price limits the number of recieved orders and enables me to minimize the delay and I can give my hands some rest.
Being currently unemployed and without any financial support from the state (bless my bf for helping me out), I can't afford to give away my creations for ridiculously low prices, because you happen to be spoiled with low prices, low taxes, low shipping costs, an close to unlimited range of fabrics of all kinds and colors."
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chupachopsticks Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa whoa whoa! Yeah i know the price is fitting for something as cute and quality as that, but then I'm sorry, I ain't got any cash. :( Don't worry, I recommended it to some of my friends with cash, so expect an order soon! :)
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demiveemon Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: I think that user struck a nerve. It can be frustrating at times.
Aw, that's nice of you to do. :3
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fullmetalheart1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
It looks so cute! You made this surprisingly fast o3o

Good job~! :meow:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Getting more used to the perks of the pattern and the blue fabric was surpricingly easy to work with. And I wanted to see how fast I would be able to finish it if I worked nonstop. xD
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fullmetalheart1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I tried to make a ball out of fabric and fluff things before.... it turned out to be a box thing ono||

I'm so jealous of your awesome skills! :iconwhatdoesitmeanplz:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 Maybe you should try making the shape like those you get if you divide an orange in four pieces, That will help support the round shape.
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fullmetalheart1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student General Artist
That makes more sense than what I did... I took two semi circles and sewed them together... :iconotlplz:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No need to feel embarrassed. :3 You gained the knowledge that semi circles can't create a ball. ;3
I think it's very hard to estimate in what way a shape warps when it's going from 3D to 2D or the opposite. That's why I always start out with making a clay model, which I can use to derive the pattern.

The only reason I knew about the shape needed to form a perfect ball, without any edges or folds, was because of geography lessons in school. I remember the teacher mentioning that Greenland shows as many times it's actual size on maps, since you can't just flatten earth on a paper, without distorting everything. It needs to be cut the way you would be cutting an orange. only then can you flatten the pieces without creating folds and distortions. But you still can't fit them into a square map, without making changes. ;3 *hopes this makes some sence*
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fullmetalheart1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, I'm glad that I at least learned something! ^-^

I remember my Geography Teacher telling me that too.. although your explanation makes more sense that what she told my class XD
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? XD Your teacher must have been speaking in weird way then. (since I'm sure my babbling was pretty weird here and there) xDDD
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amurana Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
The belly tufts really make it stand out. So pretty!
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I'm happy I went with the belly tufts. I think it looks a lot better than the stripes. Imagine one of these... [link]
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kokoro13 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I'm so curious how you got the little flecks of blue in the feathers!
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I tore small tufts of fur from the edges of my blue fabric. Then I fiddled all the hairs of the tuft into the eye of a needle and gently pulled them through the offside of the belly, carefull not to pull them all the way through (which happened rather often). Last but not least I put dots of textil glue on the bases to keep them in place.
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kokoro13 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Sounds... maddening! Kudos to you for having that kind of Herculean patience!
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
After Willy the Pangolin plush [link] it was a walk down candy lane. %D
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xdeathbybananax Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's adorable and I want it. Blue color and all :love:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
x3 Putting it up for auction on ebay to see what happens.
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xdeathbybananax Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oooOOooo I shall definitely have to look into it! :love:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you stopped by for a look, dear. :hug:
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Jocelijn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
How did you do the spots I would love to know how. It looks so nice.
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I tore small tufts of fur from the edges of my blue fabric. Then I fiddled all the hairs of the tuft into the eye of a needle and gently pulled them through the offside of the belly, carefull not to pull them all the way through (which happened rather often). Last but not least I put dots of textil glue on the bases to keep them in place. :3
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Jocelijn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thanks :)
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TinyAna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the color on this one.
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that. Finally I found a good usage for the blue fabric. :D
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LittleNjo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
toto....ro?
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Definatly has some similarities. :D
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
This is so cool... which fur did you use from fabric.com? It's gorgeous!
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The exact color is not available there anymore. I checked a little while back. My order history says "UH-631 Plush faux fur teal".
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littleDragonDaniela Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Die Eule ist wirklich niedlich. Ich mag den bauch von dieser lieber als die mit den Streifen *_*
wie hast du die Flecken gemacht? Die einzigen Ideen die ich hab sagen das ist verdammt fiel arbeit o_O
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke und mir geht es genau so. Ich mag die Flecken. Sie wirken viel natürlicher als die Streifen.
Ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass du schon ausgeklügelt hast, wie ich die Zöpfchen gemacht habe, aber hier gibt es nochmal die Antwort in Englisch. *copy&paste knuddel*
I tore small tufts of fur from the edges of my blue fabric. Then I fiddled all the hairs of the tuft into the eye of a needle and gently pulled them through the offside of the belly, carefull not to pull them all the way through (which happened rather often). Last but not least I put dots of textil glue on the bases to keep them in place.
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