The same old question
People have been asking me a lot if they could commission me with something 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 beat down the price of my work.
Propmakers, cosplayers, and other artists don’t just create something within a few hours. Every project goes through the 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 something.
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.