The same old question
People have been asking me a lot if they could commission me with their ideas and how great that would be and so on.
As soon as we move to a price estimate, the discussion ends or the possible client tries to haggle.
Prop makers, cosplayers, and other artists don’t just create something within a few hours. Every project goes through a process of planning, getting the right (amount of) supplies, crafting, molding, casting, finishing, packing, shipping and so on.
Even if the material costs aren’t that high, look at the time I spent on crafting.
My Ebony Helmet alone took me 2 full days (24h) to build it from scratch and put all the details with Apoxie Sculpt. Oh, and it wasn’t painted yet.