Commissions and quotes: 2-6
Average Price: 6
Size and posability: 7 & 15
Materials and technique: 8-19
1. What is a room guardian?
Room Guardians are small creatures that protect one's home from negative spirits and energies. These friends can be easily placed on window sills, kitchen shelves, dressers, or wherever to keep watch over the room. Each guardian has a soft faux fur coat and each is individually sculpted from the wire frame to the clay face and hands, so no two are alike. Room Guardians are not plush, they have a solid body but their arms, tails, and necks are bendable and Inside each of their chests is a unique crystal heart to give each one a different energy. These little guys have a lot of character and they love having a home to watch over.
2. Do you take Room Guardian Commissions?
Yes, I do take commissions, but I only open once a year, normally around April/May. I take a limited amount of slots and they are done lottery style through my shop. That means nobody is guaranteed a slot but everyone has an equal chance. I keep all my followers informed when commissions are opening and exactly what you need to do to submit a request. Check out my contact page for more details on where to receive my alerts and updates. The majority of my room guardians are non commission premade room guardians which means they are straight from my imagination and put up for sale for anyone to purchase. See next question for more info.
3. What are Premade Room Guardians?
Premade room guardians are noncommissioned room guardians that I create from my head to sell to the public. This is what I ultimately do instead of commissions. During the time between commissions, I make different never before seen guardians that I will put up for sale every couple weeks. I sell most of them on my site shop but I occasionally auction ones off on eBay. My room guardians can sell very fast so I send out announcements before they are actually put up for sale. I do offer payment plans for premade guardians, but they have to been in the shop for 24 hours before being reserved.
4. Do you give quotes?
I do give quotes, but I prefer that you wait until I announce when commissions will open next. Prices and material stock changes change throughout the year. Keep in mind; if you give me some artistic freedom on a guardian, you usually get more for your money. That makes the job more enjoyable for me and you get a great surprise when you open your package!
5. Payment Policies
Checks by mail
Reserving a Room Guardian/Payment plans
Must wait 24 hours after the room guardian went up for sale to reserve it.
Contact me and I will put it on hold for you.
First payment must be at least 25% of the full price
First payment must be paid within 2 days of reserving
Product must be fully paid within two months after the first payment
No more than 4 payments.
Refunds and Exchanges
The buyer must provide evidence of the damage within 10 days of notification of delivery.
The buyer is welcome to send an item back to me for repairs, but they are responsible for the shipping costs. Otherwise, I leave each buyer instructions on how to repair a damaged item.
I accept full refunds for premade room guardians, but buyer is responsible for return shipping.
I will only accept refunds for commissioned work under extreme circumstances. Otherwise, a commissioned room guardian is nonrefundable.
6. How much does a typical Room Guardian cost?
Room Guardians vary a lot in price depending on complexity. The simpler end of the spectrum would be in the $500-$600 range whereas complex room guardians can go over $1000. Commissions will run around $100 higher than premade room guardians.
7. How big is a typical room guardian?
A bipedal room guardian normally stands between 10 and 12 inches, and a quadruped’s back stands around 6 to 8 inches. Here is a rough size reference.
8. How long does it take to make a room guardian?
On average, I make a room guardian over a period of two to three days or so depending on the complexity, but some can take up to a week.
9. Where do you buy your faux fur and what do you look for when you are fur shopping?
As far as the fur websites go...I don't have one specific place that I get fur, but I'll give you a few links to some good websites.
For altogether good quality fur www.fabricempire.com is really good. Though you have to buy full yards of the stuff. For smaller cuts and a good variety of solid colors www.fursuitsupplies.com is good. They don't have as big of a selection but it's nice because you can get half yards. If you need even smaller cuts than that, I recommend looking on etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/everafterfabrics has a wide variety of fur and you can get perfect sizes for small projects if you don't need a lot of each fabric.
Also, often times I will just type in the kind of faux fur I want into amazon or etsy search and browse. Amazon will give you good shipping prices. I have bought fabric empire fur from amazon for much cheaper shipping. It's a good place to find a variety of good fur sellers.
Always keep in mind the pile length when buying fur and try to find pictures of the backside of the fur. Anything 2" pile and up will be pretty darn fluffy on an art doll, depending on the size of your doll course. If you think you will be trimming the fur at any point, it's good to know what the fur will look like cut down. The back side of the fabric will give you a good idea. Some furs are light on top with a dark bottom so you know that cutting the fur down will be darker. Some fur when left long, looks evenly colored, but underneath you will notice spots of color instead of a nice blend so when cut down it will look unnaturally spotted.
Just one last tip: do not ever buy "fun fur" it's like the worst of the worst quality.
As with everything, it takes some trial and error to know what you like. I've definitely ordered some bad fur in my day haha. These are just some guidelines.
10. Do you have a tutorial?
I do not have a public tutorial, but you can join my Patreon to see my full process with video tutorials and WIP pics. You can also take a look at these other great art doll making resources. http://anyaboz.deviantart.com/journal/Artdoll-Making-Resources-573929359
11. What materials do you use for your armatures?
My room guardians start off with a chicken wire frame for the main body. I use copper wire for the arms, legs, and tail so they can still bend and I use a plastic ball and socket armature for the neck. I fill in the holes and beef up the wire with aluminum foil.
12. Where do you buy your ball and socket armatures?
I purchase the ball and socket armatures by the foot at www.crscrafts.com. I mostly use the smallest size, 1/8 inch but I'll use 3/16 for bigger guardians that need more support. They have even bigger options and different joint attachments. Just search "armature" in the search bar and all your options will come up.
13. What kind of clay do you use?
I use Super Sculpey clay for the head, hands, and feet and I use instamorph plastic or apoxie clay for horns and claws so they are more durable.
14. What kind of paint do you use and how do you seal it?
I use cheap craft store acrylics to paint the clay parts. I seal the paint with Mr. Super Clear sealant spray, then I use a varnish to make the eyes, nose, and mouth look shiny.
15. Are room guardians plush/how posable are they?
Room guardians are not plush. They are made with a solid frame (see question 12) so, though you can bend their, arms, necks, and tails, normally the spine and thighs are stationary. There are exceptions of course, but a typical room guardian does not bend like a plush doll would.
Check out my posabiltiy video to see where a typical room guardian bends.
16. How do you attach the fur to the body?
I sew the fur at almost every seam except in a few places where the body doesn't bend. The parts of the fur without seams are glued directly onto the aluminum foil and chicken wire frame.
17. Do you use real rabbit fur?
You may have noticed some of my older room guardians have real fur pelts. That is because I used to make room guardians strictly from real fur, but starting January 2015, I made the switch to faux fur for personal and ethical reasons.
18. Do you dye your fur and how?
Yes, I do dye some of my faux furs if I do not have the right color or pattern in my existing fur stock. It also helps to blend hard color edges into more of a gradient change. I can color faux fur much easier than the real fur, but there are still limitations. Some patterns I still have to cut and puzzle together. And I prefer to limit the amount of dying on my guardians because the color tends to make the fur feel less soft. I use the same acrylics I paint with to add color to the faux fur and I brush it out with a wire brush so it doesn't clump.
19. Can you tell me about the crystals?
The crystals are tumbled stones, not crystal points. They vary from around the size of a nickel to the size of a ping pong ball depending on the type of crystal. If you have not looked in to crystal properties or crystal healing, I recommend you do. Each crystal has special qualities that help you with things like creativity, self confidence, emotional stress, etc… The stones I have are clear quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, tiger-eye, onyx, citrine, sodalite, carnelian, and bloodstone. If you do not specify which stone you want, I will choose what I feel is the best fit. If you want to send me a crystal from home, by all means, send it. That is your choice.
20. Do you do trades?
I only do trades once or twice a year most of the time, and if I am interested, I will come to you. So, no I would not say that I am open to trades.