Looking to have something custom made? You’re in the right place! But first, let me address the basics:
Q: Can you make [insert thing X here]?
Seriously, I can. I sleep soundly, every night, confident in my ability to make nearly anything. That said…
I do NOT make full suits of armor for private individuals. There are many reasons for this (sizing, fitting, other difficulties), but the simple fact is that I don’t do it.
I do NOT make full costumes for private individuals. I’m not a seamstress, and I don’t want to be, so I don’t typically take commissions that require substantial amounts of sewing. There are other people for that.
I do NOT make Star Wars stuff. There are tons of people that do – there are entire communities and industries dedicated to doing nothing but! – so I don’t touch it.
Q: Why the “private individuals” clauses above? Are there any exceptions?
A: The ONLY exception to the above is if you are a Company / Studio / Shop / Publisher / or similar, and your budget is 5 figures or more.
I’ll shortly be adding a dedicated Contact form for you, but for the time being please continue here.
Q: How much will X cost?
A: It depends!
Read on, and then fill out the form below.
Q: Really? That much?
A: Yes. Really.
I’m not a sweat-shop staffed by starving children. I’m a craftsman, and in my line of work I wear many hats – Artist; Engineer; Sculptor; Painter.
You’re not just paying for the physical labor, and the physical goods, that go into a project. You’re paying for my decade-plus of accumulated knowledge, my special set of skills, and the tools and supplies I’ve invested in.
If you still want to commission a custom piece, keep reading!
Some Things to Know:
When I provide you with an estimate for X, keep in mind that it’s exactly that: an estimate. My final prices are primarily based on Time and Materials. The only exception is when I sell things through the Store.
Time: How long will it take to make X? This is everything – research, finding reference images, shopping for specialty goods, planning, sculpting, molding, casting, painting, etc. All the work that goes into a project takes TIME.
Materials: This covers ALL of the physical goods that go both into making X, and into X itself. Sculpting clay; molding rubber; casting resin; paint; glue; fastenings; lights. Disposables like sandpaper; mixing cups, mixing sticks, gloves, brushes, knife blades. Literally everything.
All scheduling slots are first come, first served. I typically plan my schedule out WAY in advance for this stuff, and I take commissions all the time. However, periodically my schedule does fill up, in which case I may simply not be able to meet your deadline.
Some Things to Keep In Mind:
Be Specific – The more clear, detailed, and fleshed out your idea is, and the better you communicate that idea to me, the easier my life is. Pictures are your friend here. I’m a nerd, yes, but please don’t assume I’m intimately familiar with every fandom!
Communicate Well – This follows from being specific, but deserves special attention. Be concise. Tell me what you want, and EXACTLY what you want, as clearly and to the point as possible.
Don’t Sweat the Details – It may seem counter to the above, but you do NOT need to think about specific materials, construction methods, lights, etc. Tell me what you WANT, and I’ll figure out how to make it happen. That’s literally my job.
BUDGET – This is how much cash you have to spend on X.
This is NOT how much you think it might cost, or should cost!
It has nothing to do with me. Your budget is entirely dependent on you, and what you want to spend. Even if you think “Money is no object!” Trust me, everybody has a limit they won’t go over. ALWAYS. That number is your budget.
You will notice this field has several options – you MUST choose one. There is no “I don’t know” or “I’m just asking” option. I do not run estimates or provide “quotes” without a definitive budget.
DEADLINE – This is the deadline you must have X in your grubby little paws.
This is when you want to HAVE said item. NOT when you’re convention / holiday / party is. If you plan to incorporate X into a costume or other project, and you’ll need time to do so, then plan for that. My only concern is when you want it DELIVERED. The rest is up to you.
I ask this so I can figure out if I even have TIME to make it for you. I also ask it so I can work it into my schedule, and plan for it. Please don’t ask me “How long will X take?” It’s not a matter of “turnaround time” on a given project. It’s a matter of scheduling a bunch of different projects, all with different deadlines.
There’s a saying, “You can get something done fast, cheap, or well. Pick 2.” Sometimes you want something, and you want it NOW. And sometimes I can accommodate that! But it’s going to cost you more (for changing my schedule, for bumping other client’s projects, for long hours and late nights).