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Sat Sep 3, 2011, 10:19 AM
Are your commissions open?
My commissions are pretty much always full. I take 40 slots every 4 months or so, but my slots fill up within seconds after I post that I'm taking new orders

How do I know when you'll be taking order?
I always post a journal update about a week before I open with the date, time and a countdown to when I'll be taking new orders. Just keep an eye out for that!

I messaged you exactly when your commissions opened why didn't I get a slot?
That would be because I get a high volume of notes at that very second, and although I'd love to take all the commission requests I'm only one person and I can only take 40 orders at once to avoid overworking myself.

Do you take point commissions?
Sadly points cannot pay my fabric, so therefore I can't accept point commissions.

How do you make patterns?
I learned how to make patterns by studying patterns that were available for free online and by starting small and simple then working my way up to more complex projects.

Can you give/sell me your patterns?
Sadly I don't give away or sell my patterns. A lot of hard work goes into them, and most of them don't even fit in my scanner anyways lol. Although I do have one tutorial in my gallery right now magnastorm.deviantart.com/art/…

That much for a plush toy??
Handmade plush toys are usually much more expensive than the manufactured ones you buy in stores because a lot more work, time and care goes into each of them. Each of them is unique, and is made to be the highest quality I can offer.

What fabric do you use and where do you get it?
I use minky smooth, which I order from here:  fabricdepot.com/ or theminkyboutique.com

Are you open for trades?
I sometimes will do trades. I'll post a notice whenever I'm interested in some trades

What machine do you use for embroidery?
I have a Baby Lock Ellure plus, and I use Stitch Era Universal to digitize drawings into embroidery designs.

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TheArmyArtist Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
could I ask you for advice on a pattern that I'm making? This is my first time making something this complex and big, but I understand if you're busy.
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LastTyme Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I ask what exactly a feer is?  
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Feers are my original art dolls
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LastTyme Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just one day up and, "Imma make a cute thing to sew!"  And that was it?  They didn't come from anywhere?  Because they are very cute.  
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GoldenEmotions Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there,
May I ask what you use to fill your plushes? o:
I had been wondering that for quite some time, but so far no one wanted to answer me what they fill their plushes with. So an answer would be really appreciated.
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I use plain polyester stuffing. I get it in giant bags at Wal-Mart
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GoldenEmotions Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Now that I have a word for it searching for a local store that sells the stuff is a lot easier.  Sadly Walmart doesn't exist in Germany anymore. But there sure will be an alternate option.
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AlexXe666 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
what sewing machine do you use to sew up the plushes/toys?
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valipop Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what do you use for the eyes in your plushes? ;w; 
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
the eyes are machine embroidered :)
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valipop Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
do you use a tutorial for it? idk how i t works sorry apotewsdgl
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Machine embroidery is done using a specialized machine. I convert image files to a format the machine can read and it sews it, as shown here www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2nu8x… . There are tutorials for software to convert images like Stich Era, Embird and SophieSews out there but actual machine operation depends on the machine.
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valipop Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh thanks!!! ;w;
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reezirk Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Any tips or idea on a good sewing machine that can hold up against minky? :) Which is the one you use? I have a basic Singer machine (( and by basic I mean it only has a handful of stitches )) which doesn't seem to be able to handle the minky. Thankfully I used scarps instead of a full set piece for the test~ 
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any machine should be able to sew through minky. There are a couple things you can check if it's not sewing properly;
-If your fabric gets sucked unto the bottom of your machine you probably need a new needle. A universal needle should work fine but I find stretch needles work even better
- Your presser foot's pressure might be too strong if your fabric isn't moving or too weak if it's slipping a lot. All (I think at least) machines have a pressure regulator though I don't know what it is on a Singer
-If your problem is with the stitches coming out loose, tangled, or overall not right your thread tension might need to be adjusted. Bad stitches could also be related to the needle though
-A walking foot works wonders with minky

These are the most common fixes for minky issues, there are other solutions for a myriad of problems but without knowing your specific problem I can't really be much help beyond this :c
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reezirk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Huh I never thought it could be my machine might have a few messed up issues. Thank you! I'll check it out and see what I can find. I know there's a shop in town so maybe I'll have them take a look at it if I can't find anything. Thanks for the fast reply ^-^ 
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Vivianxzx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Hey ! Your giant toothless plush is so amazing! I want one so badly T^T
May I ask how many yards of fabric do I need to make one? 
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think he took about 5 meters or so? Not sure anymore
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Vivianxzx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Noted ! Thanks alot :D
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Zombietox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Here is maybe a question you can add. 

"What camera do you use to take pictures?"
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I currently use an old Canon PowerShot :)
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TamilaB Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there! 
I have a question for you that I don't see in the faqs (I haven't looked anywhere else so maybe it has been answered... sorry).
Later on in my life I would like to make cosplay costumes and such.... And I was wondering, what are the copyright laws? like, you make pokemon plushies all the time and ponies and whatnot, are you just, free to make anything as long as you don't say that it is your design? Or did you like, get an agreement with the company or something? :3
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Namelom10 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...you're a great, hard working prof...I'll attend JXA ♪♫♫☼
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mollymariemort Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I imagine that it costs more if you have to come up with a pattern for something? So custom characters cost more? And the other variable is how hard it is to make? Thanks, I love your cute little plushies. I wish you luck with your business.
~Molly
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The price for a plush depends on size, complexity, and special requests(unique pose, fur instead of minky, etc). I make new patterns for most my commissions, so custom character vs fanart character doesn't really matter.  
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CRITTER-PIXELS11 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Your plushies are incredible! Quick question, how long does it take to make a giant plushie, say the Yvetal one? It's incredible! 
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! 
Giant plushies take between 40-70 hours to make, depending on how complex they are :) 
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MiniDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How fast do you get filled up with commissions when you open them?
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
They're usually filled instantly. I take 40 commissions each time I re-open and as soon that the clock hits 0 my inbox has a good 50+ requests
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MiniDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So they fill up in one day? Or in a hour?
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
They fill up in seconds 
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MiniDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh shoot! No wonder you make a living for these dolls.

Well, that kind of sour my chance of getting a Sonic doll from you(I'm still gonna try).
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MiniDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I did not realize until after reading a lot of your journal entries how fast your commission list fills up :omfg:. I hope I get to commission you to do a good-quality Sonic doll for me. :)
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Seoul-Dew Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how exactly does the waitlist work? do you finish active commissions first and then waitlist (all before the next round of commissions or?)
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
When I re-open my commissions I take a total of 40 commissions:
The active commissions are the 10 commissions that are payed for and that I'm working on at the moment.
The waiting list is made up of the remaining 30 commissions that have been discussed and agreed on but not payed yet. Whenever I clear my current active commissions the top 10 waiting list slots move onto the active commission list and payment is required then. It goes on until I reach the end of the waiting list. My commissions only re-open once the waiting list is cleared, which averages out to once every 6 months or so. 
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Delivary Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Hello, sorry in advanced if this has been asked but do you take remakes of plush you've already made?
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do, though there are some exceptions like other people's OCs and a select few plushies that I'd rather not re-make ahah
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Delivary Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay, thanks a tonne for your time, I was interested in the americat but we'll see in future if I can actually nab one of those slots first! haha ;^;
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CrushonDib Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Would you be willin to sell patterns if I were to only use it for my own use, not commercially?
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Still no planning on selling my patterns since most of them were created specifically for commissions and it wouldn't be fair to my clients, sorry.
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prinprin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've read about an Etsy seller who was also concerned about selling her patterns, but she decided to risk it. She found that she made even more of a profit by selling her patterns as well as the finished product. The seller also noticed that some people would buy both the pattern AND the finished product! :D I don't know if this will help you, but I just wanted to share :)

If you'd like the link to the article that mentioned this particular seller, I can try to find it for you as well.
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's not that I'm concerned about not making enough profit with patterns. Patterns are what define me as a plush artist, they are what makes my work mine. Just like an illustrator doesn't share their linearts I don't share my patterns, sold or otherwise, with occasional exceptions :)
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prinprin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't completely understand. Are you saying that your integrity as a plush artist remains intact?
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HERthatDRAWS Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you pack your plushies when you ship then off? Like do you wrap them in something then put them in a box?
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I put them in plastic bags in case the box gets wet, but that's it
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PastYourPorchlight Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I'm not asking for a tutorial or patterns or anything but I'm so curious about your process for pattern making. Do you build forms and make the pattern by pinning onto to it or have you been doing this long enough that you just kind of have a feel now for how you need to cut things to get the shape you want?
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deeed Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
My curiosity has been (well and truly) piped and I've been looking at getting an embroidery machine (second-hand). I would love to design my own eyes and sew them onto fabric!

Do you know if the Stitch Era Universal program produces files that can be loaded onto any embroidery machine model and brand?
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yup, it can export in every file format any machine should need
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deeed Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Great! Will definitely try it out. (I did search it up and found the page about exporting as different file types. The 'Universal' in the name should have been a clue, ha!)
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
If I tell you my poor heartbreaking plight of being a starving African child who can't afford the shipping costs for wonderful American/Canadian made plushies, would you share a discord pattern with me THEN? 8D (mostly joking... ...unless this totally not exaggerated plea actually works, then I'm serious)
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