1. What is a room guardian?
Room Guardians are handmade poseable art dolls that protect your home from negative spirits and energies. They 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 resin casted faces, hands, and feet. Most of them are not plush like a stuffed animal, but they are all bendable and easy to place in different positions.
2. How do I buy a Room Guardian
I do not have an inventory of room guardians in the shop because they sell out very fast. Sometimes I sell them in batches of 2-4 room guardians for a fixed price in my shop, and other times I will auction individuals off on eBay. The best way to be ready for new room guardians is to join my email list.
3. 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.
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.
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. As a general rule, they start at $500 and go up from there with the more complex ones reaching $1500 or more.
7. How big is a typical room guardian?
A bipedal room guardian normally stands between 11 and 14 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. Do you make tutorials?
Yes! Support me on 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.
10. What materials do you use for your armatures?
My room guardians start off with a chicken wire frame for the main body and a plastic ball and socket armature for the neck. Depending on the species and how poseable I want it to be, I will use copper wire or ball and sockets for the arms, legs and/or tail.
11. 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.
12. How poseable are Room Guardians?
Room guardians are not plush. They are made with a solid frame (see question 10) 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.