Have any how to questions on foam fabrication?  Check out my video, and you might find your answer!

FAQ:

  • Where did you learn how to do this?
    • I’ve been fabricating for a long time,  carpentry, welding, and auto-body.  So a lot of my skills I transferred over to prop making.  But for the most part, the internet!  I used Google and you tube, and found a lot of build write ups and tutorials.  There was a lot of trial and error though.  There many websites and forums that explain, or show how-to videos.  If you’re interested in learning some beginner stuff, check out my video, posted just above.
  • Can you make _________?  -or- You should make ________!
    • I would love to make your prop!  However, this is a business, and it’s how I make money, so while I would love to just take suggestions and build whatever, I have to get paid for what I do.  I do take commissions though, and if you have something that you would like to commission me to make, I’d be more than happy to.  Just jump on over to the contact page.
  • Where do you get your patterns?
    • Best answer, my head.  I draw up all of my patterns, using the computer, or good old graph paper and a ruler.  I know a lot of people use pepakura, or download their files, which is totally fine, there is no wrong way to do it.  I am now starting to sell my patterns though, so check out the store front and grab what you need!
  • How much would ________ cost?
    • I would love to have the skill to look at something and shout off a price quote, just like that.  But I don’t.  To get an exact cost, I need to do a little research and planning.  I will say that none of it is cheap.  Keep in mind, that you are asking for a piece of art, custom made for you, there is a lot of time, labor, and skill that goes into that.  If you’re interested in a price quote, please go on over to my contact  page, and fill out the commission request form. Then select “I don’t know” under budget.  I can give you a ball park, estimate if you are  curious of the cost.
  • Can you give me advice on how to make ________?
    • I would love to help every single person that came to me with a prop building dilemma, and I do try to answer as many questions I can, but I am only one person.  This is why I do write ups, tips, and tutorials on my blog.  Try looking in my blog first, or watch one of my videos, you might just find your answer there, and learn something new in the process.
  • I need a prop for a con that’s happening in a month, can I commission you for it?
    • No.  I have a commission queue, and there are many people on it.  If you are planning a costume for a con or need a prop for a certain event, get your commission requests in early, to ensure that you can get what you need on time.
  • Where do you get your materials?
    • This can be a tricky one to answer, as some areas have restrictions on chemicals, or different suppliers, especially in other countries.  The best place, is to order online. Most sign stores/suppliers will carry various plastics and materials, Hardware stores, and art supply stores as well.  Check out my tools and suppliers list for links to some of the places that I go.
  • Why does it take so long?
    • I have a lot of other commissions to do, on top of that fact that you are commissioning an art piece.  There is a lot of time, research, labor that goes into the fabrication process.  Some larger complicated pieces will take several months to complete.
  • Can you teach me?
    • No, I don’t currently take interns, and I don’t have any classes.  I do however make tutorials, and post as many tips and tricks as I can, I don’t believe in “trade secrets”.
  • Can you do custom or original work?
    • Yes! yes yes and yes.  I love creating and designing completely original pieces of work.  I have done an original pieces for web series and short films.  It’s something I actually prefer more, in all honesty.  If you have an original piece that you would like made, please hop on over to my contact page and send me a commission request!