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So this will round out my mini-dump of art. Cool thing is, the same place that has the glass shop, also has other artisan-crafty things, like sewing machines, so I was actually able to get this done at college instead of over winter break.

Like my Hylian Shield Backpack, this was a result of me wanting a cool purse, and not finding one on the market. Even if I had, it probably wouldn't be as cool as this one nor would I have had the money for it. So!

Her name is Joy, and she is a Companion Cube purse. Very useful, actually. At 5 inches cubed, she's got enough space to hold my cell phone, wallet, keys... and that's all I need, so I'm good. ouo

People keep telling me I should sell these on Etsy. I asked a question about it before so there are a lot of comments relating to pricing and stuff.
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Sarahs-Woven-Color Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Artist
if you do sell them be careful of copyrights and such. but it is awesome and really neat, you might could sell the pattern with out so much copyright worries though. 
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Slapthefatcat Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
That is awesome! BTW Etsy has a lot of small charges to each thing, but overall pricing for listing there isn't too bad.
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XxBambigirl22xX Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Q~Q I want one.
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zemimsky Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have honestly no idea from which anime or game this comes from but i would so buy it if had money! the shear awesome is worth it!! how coo is that! a functional box :D could be the hottest purse in town :D
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XxBambigirl22xX Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am pretty sure it's from Portal. :3
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zemimsky Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thanks :D
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XxBambigirl22xX Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome. :)
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Lucian-Ciel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very cool.
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Skune Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg that's awesome *-*
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Gingers-PL Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was actually thinking about doing something similar about 2 months ago. Too bad I have no sewing skills to speak of... about time to learn a thing or two ^^;
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks absolutely amazing! :faint:
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Roskvape Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, and I forgot to add: If you work in large numbers, you may be able to buy your materials in bulk for cheaper. (Actually, depending on where you buy them, you might be able to find a cheaper source?)
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Roskvape Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Consider that if you do things in multiples, it may decrease your production time by a lot. Especially cutting pattern--if you can cut multiple layers of fabric at once, that halves your cutting time. Also, because you've done the process once, doing it a second time should go faster because you have it all worked out. Plus, assemblyline'ing it saves time you may spend re-purposing your workspace from one task to another.

Just a thought!
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HyperMemo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I would buy one if I had a practical use! Unfortunately 5" is a little small for my uses, and it would probably be too blocky anyway. Still super cute though!
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is super adorable!

Though it's obviously worth more because of the labor involved I doubt many people would want to pay much more than $100 maybe $150 for this, though there might be some who would pay more. If you do want to sell them I would figure out a price that is fair to you, which would probably be at least $200-$250 given what you have said about the time and materials cost and then offer them on commission for that price rather than pre-making and selling them on etsy where you might have it sitting for a while and not selling.

How much more would it cost in materials to make a larger one? People might balk less at the price if it were a larger purse. It shouldn't take much more time labor-wise to make a bigger one, and might actually be easier on some of the detailed areas :)
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmmm, thank you very much for your thoughts.

There are two reasons I kept it smaller. First, I personally don't need or want much space, and second, a full cube can become really large relatively quickly.

But I think offering them on commission will probably be the best option if I do decide to do this. If people would enjoy this as a two-panel messenger-bag type thing, that will not only be a lot easier to make but less expensive for them.

Thank you very much! :meow:
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I can see a larger cube getting awkward pretty quickly. I just know that I would want something larger myself if I were to buy one. I carry a ton of stuff in my bag!

While a two panel tote/messenger bag wouldn't be quite as awesome as the actual cube, it would still be really cute and seems like a good option for people who like the look of this but cant afford to drop a couple hundred dollars on a bag.

If you decide to do commissions you can easily offer up both types of bags and even different size options so that definitely seems like the best way to go if you are going to sell them :)
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Seadre Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic! :D
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HyricanX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I fucking want it !
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AnglAlejandro Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Good!!!
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IndividualityA Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
THIS is awesome! :D
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Darkauthor81 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
:\ Why is it when I make fan art to sell people are all like "You shouldn't sell fan art you're going to jail! I'm reporting you!" Someone even came onto my storeenvy shop and tried to get storenvy to shut me down. But whenever someone else wants to sell fan art people are all like "We'll help you do it! ;D" I just don't understand it. :(
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, your art seems more specifically aimed towards marketing? This is only how I see it, but many of your things seem to be printed and thus are easily reproducible in that respect. Copyright law itself is less favorable to things that can be easily reproduced and sold. Whether this is fair or not is not my place to say; however, it's probably a lot harder to make one of your plush pokemon hats-- or to make money off of them-- than to sell easily reproducible things for a small price.

It also could be because of the audience, or perhaps that the market is flooded with lots of similar things-- whether they're licensed or not.

Something that looks or is otherwise obviously hand-crafted is not only less likely to be targeted by litigation but also I think less likely to be targeted by the "white knights".

I love the Oregon Trail button, by the way. ;)
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Darkauthor81 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I really don't understand the difference. Fan art is fan art. :\ Companies don't care about the medium. Trust me.

Here's some advice for selling on Etsy. Don't do ANYTHING by Fox, NBC, CBS, Disney, EA, or Bethesda. They comb through Etsy regularly to get ALL fan art removed. Doesn't matter if it's the legal kind (comedic parody etc) You get three copyright strikes with Etsy and then they automatically shut your store down. Don't even try to argue, their lawyer is a prick who will treat you like something he scraped off the bottom of his shoe. Your name and IP is black listed, you're done on Etsy.

Don't advertise. People who want to buy fan art will find you. If you broadcast yourself to the general public you'll catch the attention of the mentioned "white knights". To that end, keep your shop small. White Knights get butt hurt if it looks like you're doing too well for their liking.

CBS got our shop shut down because of our "That's What She Said" button. It was to our understanding you couldn't trade mark a commonly used phrase. We should have realized money and lawyers make laws more like strong suggestions and looked it up on the trademark directory to make sure. Right after that is when a deviant art member went after our storenvy, thankfully storenvy is run by anti-corperate hipsters. Never been happy for hipsters before that time lol. We took down a few times and they let the rest of it slide.

The whole thing has killed my desire to craft. Without that Etsy income I'm on welfare now and I'm just too bitter and depressed to make anything anymore.
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
It definitely helps to do fanart of companies that feel that fanart and fan products are a good thing. ^^; As far as I am aware, Nintendo doesn't usually litigate in the US, and from what I've heard Valve is pretty laid back as well. It is good to know that, though, so thank you very much.

Moreover it seems that objects like clothing and very 'utilitarian' items are largely exempt from copyright law; although not from trademarks. I suppose because this is an object immediately recognizable from the game, if I tried to sell it, Valve could litigate on the basis of an unregistered trademark.

Honestly, most of what I do is more for me than for others. While I'd like to make money crafting, most of why I craft is because I like cool things but I don't have the money to pay for really cool things. And I can make them, so... y'know.

Ideally if I were to sell things as crafts, it would be crafts of my 'original' creation. If there is such a thing.

Call it the optimism of a naive youth, for that is what it is, but it isn't impossible to make a living on original products. Yes, it is harder, and when you don't have practice that makes it even harder on top of the harder... Then again, crafting was never something I have wanted to pursue for a living, so... I dunno, really. Thank you for the advice.
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Aseika Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is cool
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SquidsWithHats69 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think this seems like a fun craft ;u; would you have a pattern that I myself could make this wonderful cube? if not its completely fine <3
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, I do technically have parts of a pattern, but they're all cut up and not very clear...? Most sewing things are made with seams on the inside, but this particular piece requires a lot of seams on the outside in specific patterns and some of them are faux seams and then you have to handsew stuff and uguuu.

If I gave you a pattern, it wouldn't be enough to figure the piece out, is the thing, and I simply don't have the time to stitch together instructions.
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SquidsWithHats69 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh thanks anyways ;u; I can just try to figure it out myself. it shouldnt be that hard... right? but thanks anyways <3
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
A simplified version of the pattern would be very simple. Since mine has the ridges, basically, that's what makes it fairly difficult.

Good luck!
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SquidsWithHats69 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thanks <3 you too with your awesome crafting skills :nod:
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Mokoni Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Artist
...is it bad I was expecting a little puppy to come out? DO YOU HAVE AN ETSY? I agree you should sell these. It's not enough to live off of...but it is a small suppliment.
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I do have an Etsy! Not a well-stocked one, however. =w=; I find that I make things for myself, but then it's really hard to make time to make extras for other people. I really should work on that more. ^^;
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Mokoni Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Artist
That's understandable. Not to mention if you make it for other people then it loses the original personal value.
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AlexFlorezArt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
$20 an hour x 20 hours is $400 + $50 for supplies. $450 is perfectly reasonable for a handcrafted designer purse, and $20 an hour is a reasonable rate for craftsmanship work.

My suggestion would be to make really good cutting templates and find someone with excellent bulk cutting tools so you can pump out enough pieces for 20 purses in one hour, then blast through the sewing as fast as possible so each only takes 2 hours. Then you can reasonably sell them for $60-$70 each.

Though "mass" producing unlicensed products of intellectual property involves other problems... But Valve is one of the most chill companies I know of, so you'd probably be fine.

On these notes, I'd trade you some of my original paintings ($50-$500 range) so I could get this for my fiancee. ;)
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm not particularly interested in mass production-- since it is more detrimental to the company involved, and I like Valve-- although, yes, that would be the easiest way to make money. Though, even if I had access to bulk cutting tools, there's simply no way this particular design could be sewn in 2 hours, based on the level of detail and difficult precision necessary.

While occasionally an art trade can tempt me, I couldn't even take a commission right now, let alone an art trade. And even after that, I like doing art so much all I want to do is sell things so I can go and make more things. As much as I appreciate art, I guess, I appreciate making art more. Thank you very much for the offer, however. :aww:
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AlexFlorezArt Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know the feeling. I'm currently interviewing for jobs while trying to survive on print/original sales. Not fun, but better than working fast food.
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ApocalypseKitty Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If this were a lunch box i would be all over it XD
I personally don't see the companion cube being very practical as a purse but the design is great and you did a wonderful job creating it into what YOU wanted! :D I wouldn't sell them unless it was by commission, because people are going to want it to have pockets on the inside and may be even having the middle divided, i know i would. The more customized a customer wants it the longer it would take you to make it and the more it would cost. I agree with Omgega-WereWolf. Put them up for commission charge what you want and if someone doesn't want it then fine. You wouldn't lose anything.
Good Luck!
:3
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
How does the thing stay shut? Buttons? Magnets?

As far as pricing goes, it's very simple. Price it at what you think is fair and if someone wants to buy it that's great. If not, then it's not worth your time to create.
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
It's not immediately obvious, but there is a zipper. :aww:
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I never seed the zipper.:iconsobplz:

You are awesome
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jess35463 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
...do you not see le zipper?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I do NOW :iconbucktooothplz:
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jess35463 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
lulz!
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monmon20 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student
Offering anything lower than a $100 is straightforward offensive, but you could definitely ask more than that. Don't sell yourself short.
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pahein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! Maybe I'm wrong, but this is exactly what I think I needed to hear. >w>;; It's all too easy to sell yourself short when everything around you seems to tell you you should, so you can 'compete'.
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monmon20 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student
glad to help:)
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HakoWako Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I wish I could make one myself , so cool, oh so cool ;3;
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