Why Custom costs more



I recently finished my Minions project for my niece and during the project I realized I cannot make these for anyone else.  That is, unless someone wants to pay what they are really worth!  I love sculpting, and I Love the look on people’s faces when they see my finished product.  Unfortunately, the time it takes to make some of these renders them impossible to offer unless people want to spend 300-400 dollars on them.  I highly doubt that is the case.  So, I decided to show everyone the steps it takes to make these minions so that the world would understand why custom costs more.

The fastest step was creating the bodies.  The eyes took quite a bit longer.  First you have to make the white, then the brown, then you add the pupil.  After that I added the strap around the head.


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Then I had to create goggles.  This was done by wrapping a straw in gumpaste and then cutting rings around it.  I slid each ring off gently and then painted with silver edible paint.  Once this was done then the goggles were placed on the minions.  Next to give the appearance of glass in the goggles I used clear piping gel in each eye.  We are already up to 5 hours of work to get each of these items done.





Now the minions need clothes.  I could have just painted them on… but I thought 3 dimensional clothing was better.  So i created each individual overall for my minions.  Then I placed arms and had to cut hands.  Each finger had to be cut and shaped.  Shoes had to be made.  And then finally straps.




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Now that they have clothes, they needed their mouths completed.  For the purple ones this meant teeth!  A few of each color got tongues… I mean why not?? Then I had to add hair.  I used gumpaste for the yellow Minions and I made homemade cotton candy for the purple minions.  All hands were painted black to look like gloves.  Overall I spent 4 days working on these minions with a minimum of 5 hours each day.  I think they came out pretty good… but I don’t expect to accept any orders for small detailed creatures unless I charge what they are worth.  These were for my niece…. so her smile fully pays the bill!!  Happy Birthday Isabella!


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