This has been my life for 3 months.
This all started a few months ago when I was contacted by Aasman Brand Communications to redesign the character Buckles the Husky for Yukon Highways & Public Works. More info about the redesign and stuff here. Well, this is the 2nd part of the project, they contracted me to make 5 “Buckles” plush! Patterned from scratch, and this took multiple revisions until both I, and the buyer were pleased with it, but now, they’re done, and I am extremely proud of this project. The raw, blistered hand and wrecked back was worth it LOL ^^; Can’t wait to get them up to the buyer and I sure hope they’re happy with them!!
Learned a lot taking on a project this large, such as:
- Next time need better time management
- UPS sucks
- Stop trying so hard to make them be “identical”. Impossible with handmade plush.
- Next time need to record work hours at the start. This took far, far longer than I anticipated.
- Prototyping is a royal pain in the ass, but is so very worth it.
- Apparently I can still sew with every single finger bandaged.
- Water soluble stabilizer and minky don’t really mix.
- Machines only break down on you at the most inopportune time.
- Number of Different Prototype Pieces: 10 Heads, 5 hind legs, 4 bodies, 4 noses, 2 tails, 3 ears
- Height: 18 inches / 45.72cm
- Fabric: Snow White Minky, Ash Grey Minky
- Embroidery: Eyes, freckles, and “Buckles” signature on bottom of paws all from Madiera thread.
- Stuffing: Approx 12 pounds / 5.44kg of polyester fiberfill stuffing
- Machine Sewing: All pieces
- Hand sewing: Paws and mouth details, ears, legs, tail, and head attachment to body.
- Hours: Lost count around 100