Terms for custom orders: For a custom doll we can do a similar face or body but not an exact likeness without the consent of the model. In the case of a licensed character, such as a cartoon or movie character we cannot do an exact likeness without consent of the license holder. In most cases achieving that license is prohibitively expensive, or simply impossible to get for adult dolls. Custom projects have long, flexible lead times. We will not rush a project because we always strive for the best possible outcome. After discussing a project with our team, if a direction is approved the order is started with a 50% non-refundable deposit. Once the item is finished in clay, 1 round of revisions is available at no additional cost. That said, we do not present an item to the client until we feel it is right. 25% is then due when the project is approved to go to mold making. As soon as the mold is complete the remaining balance is due before we pour silicone.
Please Note: Ordering custom products requires a fair amount of vision on the buyer’s part. We offer advice and recommendations and education along the way, but always remember the item in clay does not look the same as the item in silicone. Clay is dark and opaque, silicone is fleshy and translucent.
Pricing for custom orders vary on complexity of the order and whether or not we can resell the item. In most cases, if we feel we can recoup development costs we will share those costs with the client. In instances where we cannot resell the item, or do not think it will sell well enough to recover our expenses, the original buyer has to pay 100% of the fees. In the case of a new standard body with existing skeleton, the cost is $50,000. If we can resell the body in our standard line, we share that expense so the price drops to $25,000 which includes 1 silicone doll from the new molds. A new head including skull system is $8,000. In most cases if we can resell the item the cost will be split with us resulting in a price of $4,000 .The pricing described here assumes we can use our existing skeleton parts, unmodified, and our typical production techniques. If the build is such that a new skeleton would need to be designed or special production techniques be developed costs could be much higher.
Sharing projects: We know that the costs are very high for custom projects. If you can form a group of people who all agree on the desired finished product we are happy to work with the group. Keep in mind you should have all your specifics agreed to up front because only 1 round of revisions is included with large projects (heads and bodies). Sharing the costs for the sculpting and mold-making does not mean you have to share the products that come from the mold. Each person would get their own finished version completed to their individual specifications.
Limits to what we can do: Limits are very broad but will come into play when material limitations, physics, time/costs and practicality come in to play. For example, a 7 foot tall doll is not viable because it would require an entirely new skeletal system and would be too tall and too heavy to move. Equally, a doll representative of someone very fat would not be doable because it’s impossible to maintain desirable softness as well as manageable weight.
When we do new heads for our clients, they are almost always likenesses of real people. We cannot do 100% exact replicas, but we can get very close. That said, we cant tell you who the models are, but feel free to guess! Faces that were done by special request were Alicia, Yuriko, Celeste, Celestine, Eliza, Chloe & Gabriel.