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Cloudsdale House - Custom Retail Box Prototype by C-quel Cloudsdale House - Custom Retail Box Prototype by C-quel
I haven't just been making or selling pony piņatas; I've also been making some forays into the world of custom retail packaging for custom pony art.

The above is a photo montage for the Clousdale House, a decorative enclosure I created and marketed to help protect custom brushable ponies (although a very non-custom, non-brushable Pinkie Pie is in the picture as a random test subject). :)

The idea is something of a failure though, not only because it didn't sell well, but mainly because the design was a little defective... the glue used did not stick properly to the inside of the box, making it easy to pop off and look hideous. I will fix the few houses I already have made, but I probably will discontinue this product anyway since it's expensive (in time and material) to make and there's not much demand for it.

[Blindbag-sized enclosures, on the other hand, are a different story] >v>

Regarding the details of this custom box....

It's meant to piece together different architectural elements of buildings in Cloudsdale... the front offers a cool expansive window flanked by four elegant columns. In the back is a temple-style entrance with greek architectural elements, a potted [whatever it is that pegasi grow], and stairs. The house is of course course topped by clouds and a rainbow for a handle, but in between you'll see some relief art recounting an ancient tale (from cookies if you get the references). :3

Also featured is a new custom logo I created for our custom pony artwork, entitled "Your Little Custom". Expect to see this logo in many other products in the near future. ^^
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FurFlux Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
sah cute <3
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sah cute, der'll be puzzles and hugging and...OTHER THINGS!! :D
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FurFlux Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yay
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FoxinRamen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:c It's a shame that this model became defective or received little to poor feedback, because I think a lot of aspects to this cloudsdale design is pretty amazing!
I think I really like the nice see-through display with the columns on both sides, it feels nicely presentable. If this model was ever improved upon, I think it'd be awesome to use for Pegasus custom ponies, or even custom ponies with greek or roman themes!
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C-quel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! ^.^

I should have expected it given it was such a new concept and the execution was a little lacking, but in fairness I thought of it FAR too late in the game (literally two weeks before Bronycon). So there simply wasn't enough time to really get it down properly, or give it the right texture and strength.

With the newer retail box ideas, I've actually invested a little more on tougher boxing materials and a more robust (and cheaper) printed surface -- coupled with other realistic packaging elements, I expect it to more closely mimic retail quality (and thus, be as much of a joy to look at as what's inside it. ^__^

In any event, I'll see what I can do to salvage the above idea... I already have two pony custom artists interested in revitalized versions of these boxes for their own customs (including their own branding). Since I don't plan on selling brushable ponies myself, I could simply act as a bulk supplier. ^^
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FireflyLC Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is amazing o: honestly i would really love to package my own customs in something like this! how much were you selling these for?
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C-quel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there. Thank you! ^_^
I was originally selling these for $7 a pop, but found slightly more success at $5. I wish I could drop the price down even further, but the manufacturing process IS a lot more cumbersome and expensive than with the blindbags.

I would have to redesign it slightly to strengthen the windows, but Im sure we can work out a bulk purchase arrangement if you'd like (with your branding, of course).

Id probably be your first house customer, those are some awesome customs. :3
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FireflyLC Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
dude i would totally want to include these in my commissions c: maybe we could partner up and give people the option of ordering one to go with their ponies?

i LOVE this idea so much. and 5$ isn't bad at all!
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C-quel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Vonderful. ^.^

I might send you a few samples of the current boxes, so just note me with details so I can send you one or two on-the-house (non-assembled, to make sure it's flat). Also a picture of the kind of branding you would want on the box too. :)

One thing I hadn't finished in time was a way to hold the ponies down to the box (so they wouldn't rattle around), but I think I have an idea for that. ^^
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Amandkyo-Su Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Sorry to hear that this idea didn't work out :/ Out of all your pony projects, is this one the first to fail?

I can still buy some boxes from you, put them together with super glue, and package my customs in them. These things are too pretty to be tucked away in some folder forever.



........it's the rainbow handle. I love it too much.
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