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Baby Appa Feltie by Steph-Laberis Baby Appa Feltie by Steph-Laberis
I have been getting a lot of traffic today from Reddit and some grumbles about the price I set for the Appas. Let me break this down to help you guys understand!

Time spent on each Appa: 10 - 15 hours, depending on pose and details.
Price: $150

Hourly rate: $10/hour - $15 hour, give or take.

After paying 30% self-employment tax to Uncle Sam: $7 - $10/hour

Minimum wage where I live: $8/hour

So while the final price appears so steep for something so small, I am not making much more than minimum wage for my effort! And that was OK - felting isn't my bread and butter and I enjoyed making Appas for people. I wasn't trying to rip anyone off, I just wanted some compensation for my time :)


:iconbpresing: I apologize for spoiling your surprise, I can't sit on this much longer! He doesn't have his final "accessory" just yet, but that will come in time. Baby Appa himself is effectively finished, he's got his back stripes and everything. I should have given him a wire armature to be able to pose those legs better, I think. Live and learn!

Will update once his sidekick is finished ;)

Edit: I've been getting a lot of requests to buy this little guy, so thank you very much for asking! While he's already going to a new owner, I want to put it out there that although he's small, he took many, many hours to complete and would be priced around $150. I don't mean to scare people off but I wanted to give a frame of reference.

Second Edit: You know, I was going to felt a very small Momo to sit upon Baby Appa's belly, but after two tries and two Momos that came out too big for this Appa, I give up. Baby Appa is done and is his own stand alone piece ;) I'll still finish one of the mini Momos and post that in its own time.
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shideichis Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  New member
Oh my, It's ssooooo cutee and I love appa tongue :happybounce: 
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AsheronAddiction Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
That's amazing. Don't let anyone tell you you're charging too much! Anyone who knows anything about handcrafted art knows how long and hard artist work to create original and custom masterpieces. You go girl!
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howlingwolf142 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Aw. :3 It's so cute!
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rhar1703 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icontobuscusplz:GIMMY GIMMY DAT GIMMY GIMMY DAT DAT!!!!
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Drakooz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This. Is. So. Fucking. CUTE I WANT TO HAVE ONE!
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GeneralFouFou Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is adorable. I love Appa, and he's so cute in miniature form!
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CimmerianMuse Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww my goodness it's adorable!!!
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96lightDN Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute!*_*
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RehanaKn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You GO Steph!
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