Frequently asked questions
Do you take commissions?
While commission requests are always welcome, whether or not a commission is accepted depends on several factors:
The commission itself
My current schedule
How do you determine your prices?
I am a professional in my field with years of both personal and studio experience. Prices are determined by many factors, including but not limited to:
Complexity: most of my products are modular designs with multiple components
Material costs: all materials used in the production process are industrial grade
Production time: my time and labor is valuable
Quality: my skill level allows for a professional finish you won't find elsewhere
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Q. Can you make me _______?
A. Maybe. It depends on what you are wanting, what the deadline is, and also what my current schedule is. You can use my contact form for an inquiry about a prop commission and I will get back to you through there.
Q. How much do you charge for a finished prop?
A. A very tricky question because it all depends on what you are looking for. You can easily get a toy gun, shield, or helmet at the store for under $80 or even under $40, but I can’t compete with the prices of stuff that is mass produced overseas for next to nothing. Although one could argue that something you would buy at the store is essentially made of the same (or similar) materials to what I would use, the quality at which I produce my replicas is not something you would find in a toy store. Some of the pieces that I work on are the product of many tens or even hundreds of hours of work depending on the complexity of the project not to mention the cost of materials going into the project.
When I am giving a quote, I am factoring in the cost of time, labor, materials, as well as my own skill level in creating a finished product for you that I know you will be satisfied with. I am giving you the best price I can for the level of quality that I can produce, you can check out my portfolio here for more examples. All of the replicas I make are 100% from scratch either from my own 3D modeling or sculpting pieces into a finished design.If you decide to go through with with commissioning an item from me, I can guarantee that you will fully enjoy the product/replica I make for you.
Q. Why isn’t everything in your portfolio also in your shop?
A. Some of the replicas I have made were made with the intention of being a single standalone one-off. These were specifically made for one customer and I did not want to make the item mass produced for my shop. Sometimes (rarely) I will go back to a previous project for a future customer if my schedule allows, but most of the time if a portfolio item isn’t already listed in my shop, it probably won’t show up there anytime soon.
Q. Why do you have different shipping methods for different items?
A. My larger items require me to ship in over-sized boxes, so I have to have specific shipping selections for these products. If you look in the item description for anything in my shop, it will tell you what shipping category it was fall under (e.x.: (Small Products), (Helmets), etc.)
Q. Do you ship overseas?
A. Yes I do ship worldwide. When selecting shipping method during checkout make sure you are selecting the appropriate shipping method.
Q. How long have you been making props?
A. I started making props in 2012, but I officially started taking commissions for props in 2013. I got into prop making through working with wood as a beginning medium, but then started learning 3D modeling/3D printing as well as molding and casting techniques in early 2014.
Q. Will you make me a full set of armor or full costume?
A. Unfortunately full sets of armor are too complex for me to take on as a commission. A lot of the process requires constant test fitting directly on the person who will wear it. Armor making isn’t my forte and I’m not confident in my abilities to provide it as a service to customers.
Q. Will you teach me how to make props?
A. With the number of orders I’m constantly working on I am unable to spend extra time teaching someone the trade of prop replication. Luckily there are many great websites out there that provide in depth tutorials and videos that explain the basics of prop making; they’re a great resource to get started! Here are a few to check out:
http://www.therpf.com/ - The Replica Props Forum - I always see a ton of really great work coming through here. A lot of people do write ups on their work and it’s a great place to learn new techniques.
http://www.smooth-on.com/ - Smooth On - All of my mold making and casting supplies come from here. In addition to having great materials, they also make awesome video tutorials for their products. Definitely a great way to learn beginner mold making/casting.