Sculpt Commission ~ How does it work?
Each silicone and vinyl doll kit begins with a clay sculpt. It is an labor intensive and expensive process that I don't take on lightly. It takes me several weeks to complete the sculpting process. Below you will find the breakdown of the steps; each step is billed separately. You want your own portrait baby sculpted? Please read first through the information on this page carefully.
Phase 1 - the Sculpt
Depending on the size of the sculpt you choose (preemie, newborn, toddler), prices for this service vary. I will need several measurements and high-quality images from various angles. This phase includes your consultation and progress images. The cost of this phase are different for each customer and will be covered after the consultation.
PHASE 2 - molding and casting
When the sculpt is completed, the mold for a silicone kit gets made. That can take up several weeks, depending on the style of mold for each sculpt. Vinyl kits get molded at the factory while silicone molding occurs here at the studio. After the completion of the mold, the silicone gets cast.
The cost is approximately 2,000 USD depending on the size.
PHASE 3 - completed baby doll
At this point, either the blank silicone kit is sold to artists to be painted or the painting process begins right here in the studio. I typically paint about 2 kits myself for sale. This will be determined by the overall goal: blank kits for sale, a one-time commission baby, or completed babies only etc. Completed babies have a large price range starting at about 1,000 USD depending on size and style. Each commission is uniquely tailored to fit the needs of my clients.
Painting is followed by rooting hair into the baby's head. Each of these process is very time consuming and varies in detail. If you are interested in a commission, please consider these questions:
What is your end goal; completed baby doll or blank silicone kit?
What is the edition size: Can other artists and collectors purchase a kit for themselves?
What is your time frame for this project? I often work on multiple projects and with various payment plans; a quick turn around is not possible.