Custom Design Commissions

I do take custom commissions for entirely new toy designs so feel free to contact me with the details of what you were looking for to see if I’m available.

Useful information to include would be: 

  • Any sketches or descriptions of the design you were interested in
  • Rough measurements/specs for the toy
  • Timeline for the project

What I charge for custom designs

The actual rates will depend on the project details & timeline, but I break costs down into the following categories. 

Modeling Cost

The cost for me to produce a master/positive. 

Hourly rates available on request, but most people seem to prefer flat-rate so that’s what I normally go with. 

What’s included: 3 rounds of revisions on the design with previews sent along the way. Additional revisions or significant changes to the design may require reworking the modeling fee

Master printing & post processing

The cost to take the digital master, print it on my 3d printer and make a nicer surface finish so it’s not full or wonky pixel marks everywhere.

Molding Cost

Just the cost for me to produce the 3d printed master and make a mold for the final toy

Final Toy Cost

The cost for the actual toy I’ll be sending out. 

Opportunities for Savings

I’ll normally ask at the beginning of a project if the design is a one-off that will be produced for you and you alone, or if it’s a design I’d be allowed to sell in my shop after the project is over.

Often times, I’ll offer lower rates for the project if the design can be sold later.

What do you get as the end result?

Unless otherwise specified, a finished toy in the colors of your choosing will be the end goal of a project. 

If you’re only interested in a digital design, printed master, mold, etc just let me know at the beginning of the project. I don’t mind farming out my printer and design services, but that will affect the quote for the project. 

How does a custom commission work?

Let me know what you wanted to have designed, I’ll give you a quote and if all looks good, I’ll send an invoice for the work. 

To begin a project, I normally take a 50% upfront, non-refundable deposit for the modeling work. The remaining 50% is due on completion of the model. For each additional stage of the project (mold making, pouring the final toy) 100% of the cost will be due prior to continuing working. 

I’ll send updates as I work to get feedback and make sure I’m going in the right direction. 

Once the modeling is finished and both parties agree to move forward, I’ll go into a 3d printing hole and just do the masters, molds & final pour and then get back to you with pics of the first pour of the project. 

Custom design commissions are treated like custom pours and include a complimentary repour if you don’t like the first pour. The only difference is for exclusive/one-off designs. If a repour is requested for that, I reserve the right to sell the rejected pour in my shop after the project is complete, but I won’t sell any additional castings. 

Changes to project scope

Changes to the project that exceed the workload of the original scope may require an additional fee, which will be negotiated before work continues on the project. If an acceptable price can’t be agreed upon, the project can be canceled if you so choose. 

Such changes may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Dramatically changing the measurements or scale of the toy (affects molding & casting)
  • Adding additional texture/detail that wasn’t discussed upfront (affects modeling and possibly molding)
  • Significant changes to parts of the model that were already approved (affects modeling)
  • Excessive revisions (beyond the 3 included in the project)

Cancelling a Project & Refunds

A project can be canceled at any time. Refunds are given at my discretion and are not guaranteed. 

As a general rule of thumb, I don’t offer refunds for work that’s already completed, so if you decide after the mold is made you don’t want the finished toy, the mold fee won’t be refunded, but if you cancel a project before I do any work, I’ll usually give a full refund.