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Smokey Roan Inactive Member13 May 2017 4:30 p.m. PST

Estimated, or average, or whatever.

How much would one expect to pay for average-good quality 15mm sculpts?

Say 5. Or 10. Or 20? I assume quantity effects price per piece?

Is green putty still the standard medium?

I recently commissioned a guy to sculpt some 1/2 scale car parts ('72 Duster Trunk, base (non shark tooth) grille, base hubcaps) and the grille for a '51-52 Ford F-1 Pickup (to convert '50 F-1 model to Sanford and Son Junk Truck. These were sculpted, then cast as prototypes so I could make cast copies. 100 bucks, but these were simple pieces, ones which I made myself first, from Sculpey as a test in like one hour (but the sculpey deformed during cooking, and its not good for mold making, so I hired a pro)

Obviously, figure sculpting is way more complicated.

My mold making and csting has gotten very good (doesn't hurt my Canadian Uncle owns Glue Products, a West Palm Beach company which sells top notch silicone mold rubbers and resins, and he heps me. He hand made a mold for ten foot high, 2 feet diameter, Aztec motif columns, and Aztec serpent gargoyles, cast in RMC, and he casted his 1911 in resin. Looks exact. He leaves it in plain view in the open glove compartment of his Denali, and carries the real one on him. He learned that from watching High Plains Drifter (the barber shop scene) Don't know why, but….

anyway, I can cast well. I want to make a small set of figures in 15m I will never find from sellers. Not thinking commercial venture (but I would probably make some for folks if they wanted them, in trade or something)

Micropanzer13 May 2017 6:41 p.m. PST

10 dollars a mm for good sculptors

Smokey Roan Inactive Member13 May 2017 8:00 p.m. PST

Nuh uh. Really? That seems extremely low?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2017 8:40 p.m. PST

From conversations on TMP $10 USD per mm is indeed a normal rate. A single 15mm figure would be around $150 USD for most sculptors. If you get someone who is well known and in demand it will cost more. I was going to have someone do some not John Carter of Mars figures but my finances took a dive and I did not do it. Just look through posts on the sculpting boards and you can find folks looking for commissions.

Smokey Roan Inactive Member13 May 2017 9:30 p.m. PST

Oh, sorry. LOL! I read it as "10 dollars per man". I was like, "That seems WAY too cheap!"


150 per fig. OK. In a mold friendly green stuff?

BTW, how many hours does it take to sculpt a figure? I seriously have no idea.

Mako11 Inactive Member13 May 2017 10:21 p.m. PST

Doesn't seem low to me.

Sho Boki14 May 2017 1:28 a.m. PST

"how many hours does it take to sculpt a figure?"

Depends on inspiration. From two weeks until the whole years.

Deki 1973 Inactive Member14 May 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

If you wish you can contact me on so we can make a deal about your figures.

evilgong14 May 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

hi there

BTW, how many hours does it take to sculpt a figure? I seriously have no idea.

About that piece of string …

I have seen a real industry pro knock up a good simple fig in an hour. I have seen me stop and start, re-work and re-think a fig over a week.


David F Brown

clibinarium15 May 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

I'd guess it takes me anything from 4 to 8 hours depending on the complexity.

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