Frequently asked questions!
Many answers to common questions may be found here!
- Are you currently taking individual prop commissions?
- I'm sorry, but I am mot taki ng commissions at this time.
- When WILL you open commissions to the public?
- To be honest, I don't know! I'm working with God Save the Queen Fashions on a number of projects,. and on a bunch of props that have been sitting on the burner for the longest. I'll be molding and casting some of them though
- When WILL you open commissions to the public?
- Can you send me blueprints/patterns?? Can I buy your molds?
- I'm sorry, but I spent a LOT of time and research to come up with my blueprints, patterns and designs. Its a major part of what makes my projects unique, and I would rather not give everything away. I DO however share a lot of process photos and notes, that could help you with designing your own.
- Would you have any tips for a beginner?
Most of this is problem solving, and once you "figure out" how to go about making something, then its a matter of designing and construction.
Planning!- I find that the most important part of making a prop is proper planning. Draw up some blueprints and lay it out, instead of just looking at a photo and fudging away.. having plans to work with really helps it look better, and gives the opportunity to fix mistakes before making them.
Materials!- Try and pick the right materials for the project! If you're making a Buster, use something thats light (ie matboard & insulation foam), lest you wind up toting around a 50lb sword.. thats no fun to carry during a weekend! If the prop is big, try and find ways to break it down, so you can fit it in a small car (or even suitcase).. the smaller it can be contained, the easier to transport! Even if you're broke, there are ways to strengthen it while keeping it light. A lot of household items (ie. buckets, cups, bits of fixtures etc) make for great parts for props. A dollar store will never look the same!
Tools! Just remember that you don't need a studio like Industrial Light & magic and amazing expensive tools to make props! Though power tools speed up things a lot (which is necessary for me cuz of the workload) its not absolutely necessary. Get to know what you can do with your tools, then the rest is up to your imagination! I'd always reccomend a Dremel though!
And don't be afraid to mess up! It WILL happen sometimes... well, actually a lot!
- What materials do YOU use to make props?
I really like working with wood, namely poplar, pine, and Red oak, though I'll often use something a little more exotic for accents things like gun grips if it calls for it. I'll also work with insulation foam, foamcore, matboard, plywood, sintra, styrene and whatever else works!
- What kinds of tools do you use?
It depends on the prop of course! I'll often roughcut pieces with a tablesaw, mini bandsaw, and a hand jigsaw. Rough shaping is sometimes done with a belt sanders, but usually I'll work the shape with handtools like a Surform, rasps, and files to get the accuracy I want & avoid cutting too much off. Theres sometmes a Dremel rotary tool in the mix. Much of it is followed with sandpapers, files, and other tools to finetune things before painting.
- Will you remake props that are already in your gallery?
- Most of those that are currently in the gallery are what one would call "one offs", meaning that I hadn't planned on making them again, and made no molds or anything.
- Will you take clothing commissions?
- I'm not a seamstress by trade (I mostly hit & miss my way to success with sewing), and personal costuming projects take a long time to make, so sorry.
..Unless you're Ubisoft. Call me *phone fingers*
- Well, what WILL you be making then?
- Theres a good number of props from some game and tv series that I have planned, some for personal cosplays, and some other things that I really think are cool! Be sure to stay tuned, because the list is rather long and varied :)
- Can you make metal or "battle grade" weapons/props?
- I don't the facilities & knowhow to make actual metal props, weapons, and/or armor. With the exception of things like bolts, screws, and a bit of sheet metal here & there, any metallic elements are actually some other material painted to give a metallic appearance. These are made primarily for costuming & cosplay, and as such, they're not designed with fighting in mind.
- I have a question, but its not answered here..OMG what do I do???
Thats when you fire me an email! Send questions to: fevereonREMOVETHIS@gmail.com
(be sure to remove the "REMOVETHIS")
- Why haven't you responded?
Really wish I was able to answer all your emails, and if it wasn't annswered in the FAQs I try, but honestly, between propmaking commission work, the convention schedule, and personal stuffs and the sheer number of questions, inquiries, and the like, theres just no way i can keep up with them all. If you don't hear from me, and its NOT something answered in the FAQs, I apologize!
- will you bear my children??? I'll even throw in a box of tictacs!!!