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Aether Naut by fireflytwinkletoes Aether Naut by fireflytwinkletoes
Aether Naut, the mascot and airship captain of the Travelling Pony Museum. She was really QUITE a challenge. That hair is ridiculous and plush-defying. She will be joining (of course) the Travelling Pony museum.

I don't know why I made it so, but all of her clothing, INCLUDING the goggles that go underneath her hair, are removable. The scarf is cotton; the goggles are minky and cotton applique with fabric paint details; the boots are faux suede and the jacket is a faux leather finish fabric with minky trim and a functional zipper. The jacket is fully lined.
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
A very nice character design, and you've done a lovely rendering of it.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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Warcraftfan333 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all the pony plushes!!!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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xJoleenx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student
AMAZING
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derrickmac1 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I'm not sure if this is a challenge but is there a possible way to create a pony plush who looks exactly like Ral Zarek. He's a plainswalker from magic the gathering from the dragon's maze set?
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Send me a picture!
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derrickmac1 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Welllll...you know what they say...everything is POSSIBLE, but some things are just too difficult to bother with ^^;
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derrickmac1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
That's understandable, well at least you thought about it.
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InkyNotebook Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow she's amazing! Thank you so much! Definitely super excited to have her ushering con goers into the museum~
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
So glad you like her! She was a real challenge, but definitely worth it, I think :D
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StupidNoodleCat Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loooove that hair
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:iconfireflytwinkletoes:
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's got a certain Va Va Poof to it...
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LadyShelob Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
adorable and well worth the extra trouble to make!
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:iconfireflytwinkletoes:
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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MLPT-fan Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Beatiful mane :heart: I fell in love! :D
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:iconfireflytwinkletoes:
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I can't take credit for the design, but it was an interesting challenge to reproduce in fabric!
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steen182 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm pretty sure this is my current favourite of yours! Just beautiful! I love the boots, and the jacket so much!!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thank you! (My current fave is your Daring) The clothes were pretty fun to make - I like the different textured fabrics.
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si1entVi3w3r Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Yay for removable clothes and accessories!!!

Seriously, that kind of loving attention to detail is what makes me love you as a plushie maker, and with so many of them around, that is a distinction. Feel free to consider yourself among the best of the best in my eyes.

I was going to comment-critique this somehow, but isn't there anything wrong with this plushie? I can't work with this! ...though, in all honesty, I should have expected that. So a question: What aspect would you like to improve in your plushies? Also, have you considered experimenting with poseables? Because if you did, I would so commission you right away, screw what the bank says.

Disregard finances, acquire ponies.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thank you!

As far as improvements go, I'd like to work on my mane patterning a bit more, get to the point where I get consistent results from my body pattern, and make their overall look just a little bit cleaner. I'm sure I'll think of other radical changes that need to be made later, but for now I'm at a point where I'm fairly happy with my standard pony pattern. I want to work on my filly and sitting patterns more extensively, though.

I don't like the idea of putting wire frames inside plushes! No matter how much I secure the ends, I'd be worried that with all the posing and reposing something would end up sticking out, or the wire would reach its stress point and break, and the commissioner would blame me. I would like to experiment with jointed plushes at some point (particularly making the head posable) but I'm a bit afraid to do so, since I don't even know how such things really work!
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si1entVi3w3r Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
np.

Ah yes, consistency. Good luck on that. And it'll be good to see some variety in poses and age groups, most plushies do seem to be adult mares standing up, don't they? Your sitting Chrysalis for example was unbelievably cute.

I understand your concerns about wiring. I suppose you'll just have to experiment with the jointed things, like you would with a new pattern, but in your own time. :iconoblitor: seems to have quite a bit of experience when it comes to poseability, from what I've seen, so I suppose you could ask them about advice that kind of thing. I'm afraid I have less knowledge about this than you do!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, part of the reason most plushes are standing adult mares is because that's what people want to commission! I love sitting and filly/colt ponies, though.

Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely check out their work :)
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si1entVi3w3r Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
^_^
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Vegeto-UchihaPortgas Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow!..that is a hard work!..:3..really great!..:3
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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FiMStargazer Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She came out perfectly as wellly as well. I love the outfit you gave her and the mane is just amazing!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! The outfit was part of the design, but making it was a fair challenge :D
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FiMStargazer Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh well heh, I like being a pest anyway lol.

Got a really pretty girl I see to show case the hat off well too, heh. =P
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Someday I will show my true face and my watchers will flee in horror :P
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FiMStargazer Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, I'm sure they would =P
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FiMStargazer Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and I responded to the wrong message lol. This was ment in responce to the Rayquaza hat (V2) lol.
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Winree Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this has got to be the second most amazing plush I have seen!~
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That jacket.... :icondashawesomefaceplz:

I have got to get better at using other fabrics, and making pony clothes in general. She's gorgeous!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

I am proud of the jacket - it looks even better irl :D
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have some leather left from a black leather jacket I mutilated for a cosplay. I'm really tempted to make it into a jacket for my Vinyl Scratch. Never know ^_^. I'll have to learn to use zips too 0_0.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That would be awesome O_o
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Inky-Pinkie Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is one of the best things I've ever seen! How on earth does she not fall flat on her face from the weight of that huge hairdo!? Tis magic I say! And while we're talking about hair, how did you create it? I've never seen such an elaborate mane on a plush, if say you did in in one try I'll probably cry, I struggle to make the simplest 3D objects! Love her shoes though, boots on ponies is even better than socks. ^-^
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, I think the 'How does she not faceplant' comment is the most common one I've got so far! Her tail balances her head weight :)

Her mane is actually a lot simpler than it looks - the front part is made up of 4 lightly stuffed flattish pieces that are hand stitched together at the edges - the layers create a full 3D effect.

I did it in one try :D

The boots were surprisingly easy to make! I wish they looked a little crisper, though. Maybe I'll interface shoes the next time I make them.
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Inky-Pinkie Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, seeing as the plush practically defies gravity I'm not surprised! ;) And ahhh, I see, it's not magic. Just physics. Did you consider weighing down the feet or did you know the tail would be enough to balance it?

That's clever, although I could have personally never figured a way out to re-create it in plush form, so I must applaud you for managing to do it. *claps enthusiastically*

.... *starts sobbing hysterically and bashing desk with fist* Why, Celestia, why?! How can people be so talented?!

If they're easy then I suggest you make more, they look incredibly complicated so people will think that your even more fabulous than before. And I like the non-crisp look, it gives them the effect of being worn-in and loved. But if you want to use interfacing then I warn you; I nearly killed my sewing machine when I used interface on pegasus wings and tried to sew them. But that's probably just me not reading the instructions or something.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't consider weighing down the feet because I didn't think about how heavy her hair would be until I made it (bad Hannah is bad at planning). So it was just luck that it worked out! It makes sense, though - her tail is about the same volume-wise as her hair, so it should balance. If it hadn't, I probably would have weighed down the base of her tail.

Breaking things down into simpler shapes makes things so much easier! It's not talent, it's craftiness. :P

If people commissioned boots, I would certainly be happy to make more. Although I think making them zipper up the back might be a better strategy than hooks or snaps, which is what I used this time. I actually use interfacing all the time - you just have to be careful what weight of interfacing you use and what fabric you use it on - if you use interfacing on an already thick fabric like minky, and then use two layers of interfaced minky, I wouldn't be surprised if your machine had trouble! :P
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Inky-Pinkie Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, naughty naughty! Always think ahead, but seriously though I don't think you can call yourself 'bad' when everything you make looks so full of life it could start walking at any second. But yeah, your right about the tail although I'd be scared to weigh it down at the base of the tail because it puts a lot of strain on the seam, and I'd be scared the tail will drop off or something! xD

Very true, very true. But for people who have no common sense like me my brain can't come up with such craftiness. And you're talented at being crafty. So I still win. :P

I must tell all the people to commission boots, I need to see more! And that's a pretty good idea, it'll make them a lot easier to put on and take off as well. Not to mention it'll look like knee-high Converses... Now that's an idea, ponies in Converses... Yeah, I'm really bad at being careful, and actually it was minky, my machine couldn't cope even with it on the lowest tension.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love how we now have seven different conversations spread over two comment lines. :D

Yes, you win! :worship:

Zippers would be harder to install, though.

Maybe try again with lighter interfacing?
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Inky-Pinkie Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi again! I'm really sorry about not replying over the weekend, I've been away on a practice expedition for staying a month in Uzbekistan. But now I'm home! And you'll have to put up with me again! Plus, there are now new deviations for me to spam you with messages, so yay for being incredibly irritating.

They my be harder to install, but won't they have enough benefits to make them worth doing?

And yeah... Although I'm scared I'll destroy my machine for a second time.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, wow! What's the purpose of your expedition?
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S0GGY-D0GGY Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Wow, crazy modular clothing.
How does she stand up so well?
You secretly bolted her to the ground!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
She's just really sturdy! (And her tail is heavy enough to balance that hair...)
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Vlorrie Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh WOW! I absolutely love the detail you put into her! This is personally the best quality of pony plush I've seen, smashing job, and I LOVE the color combination! :clap:
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