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25 Nov 2008 - 11:337845
How much would you pay for props?
redundancy has once again darkened my doorstep, so i'm thinking of ways to make a living again e.e

my idea is applying my techniques to production or kits. the big question is... how much would you the cosplayer pay?

the kind of things i can replicate are swords (anything from a dagger to cloud's buster), axes, spears, armour pieces, full armours, small props, etc.

things i can't do include curved blades... and that's it really! (weapons the way i make them have to have a solid core, or they are very floppy.)

the props will all be made from totally safe foam and latex, thus you can even spar with a friend who also has one

so, as a little market research, give a price to each prop from the list below. if you have an actual request, PM it to me and i'll try to work out a reasonable price for it.

1)simple straight sword (bastard sword)
2)fancy straight sword
3)large sword (buster etc)
5)small armour piece (shoulderpad, shin guard, etc)
6)large armour piece (brestplate, full arm)
7)full armour (like my al. see my costumes!)

thanks for your time ;p

25 Nov 2008 - 12:097846
things like the al armour hmm would be worth £150-£200
or £200-£250

25 Nov 2008 - 12:327848
It all depends on who is makeing the item in question. I have made alot of props but they all vary in price since each one is diffrent.

If I am doing something from metal the labor cost alone will start at 100 pounds or $200.00
If something is cold formed or has to be heated in an autoclave (sheet metal oven) the costs go up depending on what the part is.

I try to work with plastic when ever possible. There is a world of things you can do with diffrent types of plastics to make it look like metal or wood.

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25 Nov 2008 - 16:307853
I make wooden weapons for people and they usually pay £20-40 for a katana, depending on the complexity.

However the katanas have a full tang curved blade so that's out of the question for you. Judging by yuor skills I'd say starting price £50 upwards for a decent quality prop.

Katsu no wa Hyotei~♥
25 Nov 2008 - 19:017855
i make all my props and from cardboard and PVA so they normallly cost no more the £15 for a average size prop

25 Nov 2008 - 20:127859
I dont mean this in a mean way or anything, but I dont think youl make much money out of commissioning props! But its always worth a shot

Only you can really put a price on your work. The problem is youl have to under charge yourself A LOT as people just dont have the money for big props/armour.

eg. My Orochi armour/props took me 200+hrs. The materials cost £150. So obviously thats instantly £150, then even if I charged myself £5 an hr (which is not worth the amount of work I put in) thats £1150!!!

How long does it take you to make your props/armour? And whats the base material cost?

I wish you the best of luck with it. Its worth asking on coscom forums.

My God. Its full of stars
27 Nov 2008 - 19:587951
You're targeting the wrong market.

Firstly, cosplays are students, so they won't have as much cash as other people. Also, they are part of the dreaded walmart effect- the idea that clothing and accessories can be brought for £5, so they will undervalue you completely.

I mean- DUDE £250 top price for a suit of armour? A Bespoke suit of armour tailored to an exact size of a person and constructed by a specialist in that area?

That's a designer price- and £250 is the cost of a man's suit- an AVERAGE medium quality man's suit. One that isn't even tailored.

...Sorry, I shall take my outrage somewhere else. I'll PM you about idea's I have for a costume business because I've been thinking down that direction too.


27 Nov 2008 - 21:237957
Maybe your better aimed at a LARP market

Im sure you know the way you construct your props is ideal for Larpers to smack the medevil out of eachother

giving LARPERS a chance to design and have their own props, armour, cosutmes and accessories made for them i think would be a great idea.

Unlike Cosplayers theres not so much as a need to have DIY costumes

They also arnt shy of spending cash on quality work


Last edited by MangaChild (27 Nov 2008 - 21:24)
27 Nov 2008 - 22:227958
That's very true- though LARP weapons have to be constructed in a certain way to make them safe enough. So you'll have to look into that.

And I'd most definately agree that cosplay has a big thing about making your own stuff attached to it. Kinda a shame because I would love to make cosplays for people, but the market just isn't there.


27 Nov 2008 - 23:167959
There is NO market in the UK. Costumes that sell are typical ebay ones eg. Naruto, Bleach

They sell because they are simple costumes to churn out, therefore making them cheap.

Any cosplayer who wants a suit of armour is going to be a hardcore cosplayer who will want to make it themselves. Though I think Mike made a good point about LARP, they will splash the cash on high quality durable pieces!

Even the big names of cosplay commission like Limebarb barely make any money! Just look at her site, shes selling all her old prized cosplays at the moment! Theres no money in cosplay commissions! Sad but true I feel! Sorry to dwell on the negative

*This is just a general point Im making, didnt want it to seem like I was bashing Xaeraels original post!

My God. Its full of stars
28 Nov 2008 - 10:527963
I don't think you're bashing at all- it's just the facts where it comes to costumes.

I do however think that there is a market for steampunk items because that isn't as much about making the costumes, but more about creating a character.

Higher class Lolita has potential too, but not really on the convention scene. I'll be trying a couple things out in May (My first atempt at a dealer.. oh well, might as well try) but I'm not really going to touch cosplay stuff.


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