Pricing Question For Sculpted Figures

Business By tcakes65 Updated 29 Aug 2009 , 10:12pm by aine2

tcakes65 Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 1:39pm
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A bride contracted my business to do her wedding cake next April. The wedding and reception are being held at the zoo. She decided to go elegant with the cake, but is adding some whimsical touches. She requested that we sculpt a bride and groom for the topper as well as realistic looking animals to be incorporated into the design...tiger, monkey, zebra, giraffe, and elephant. We've done figures here and there, but nothing to this scale. How much would you charge for the bride and groom topper and each of the animals? It's a 3-tiered cake with 6", 8", and 12" tiers with the animals being sculpted to scale to fit on the cake. Hopefully that will give you a idea that they won't necessarily have to be extremely large. My concern is the detail that will have to be put into realistic animals and pricing accordingly. My husband (who is my business partner) and I have differing opinions on pricing, and I wanted to get others' opinions on the going rate. TIA! icon_biggrin.gif

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kelleym Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 1:54pm
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Having just taken aine2's Bride and Groom class, I was just talking about this with some other students in the class, and we decided the Bride & Groom would be about $100 each.

When I used to do animals for baby shower or birthday cakes, I charged $10 for them. I can generally do one in about 15 minutes.

tcakes65 Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:11pm
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Wow, that's really fast! My hubby suggested pricing the bride and groom at $100 each and $50 each for the animals. I thought the animals should be priced much lower. Thanks so much for the info. It really helps.

tanyascakes Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:18pm
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Hey, kelleym! I was just thinking about this myself. I didn't think to ask any of the rest of us who took the class. But I was thinking more of $150, so I am way off base. I guess pricing should be based on he intricate design and scale you are using. But I would price the Bride and Groom as a set not each piece. JMHO

tanyascakes Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:19pm
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Never mind, what I said. I thought you meant $100 for the set, kelleym! Not all here this morning. But perhaps you are right with the 100 each thing. They were alot of work!!

Price Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:30pm
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I will be taking a class with Aine2, the end of October. Bride & Groom and Baby in Bath. I can't wait!

I haven't done a Bride and Groom yet, but I have done other figures and I think $100 each sounds about right for the B&G figures. I think $10 each for "realistic" animal figures sounds too low. If you were doing them as cartoony type figures $10 would be about right, but I think realistic is going to take much more time to make.

tcakes65 Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:32pm
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Does aine2 have an instructional video for the bride and groom?

kelleym Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:33pm
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No, you have to take the class to learn how to do it her way. icon_smile.gif

tanyascakes Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:43pm
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And let me tell you it is worth every penny! She makes it so much fun and so easy once you are doing it! I thought that it was harder before I started. Not to say that it was a breeze. But I felt very confident with doing it afterwards!

cylstrial Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 5:06pm
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I would LOVE to take a class with Aine2! Hopefully, it'll be in the cards one day!

$100 a figure? Wow! I don't think that anyone would ever pay me that. But if you can get it, good for you!

kelleym Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 5:17pm
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Originally Posted by cylstrial

I would LOVE to take a class with Aine2! Hopefully, it'll be in the cards one day!

$100 a figure? Wow! I don't think that anyone would ever pay me that. But if you can get it, good for you!

Think of it as a custom art sculpture, not a "fondant figure". Lorraine even said that she usually makes the top tier a dummy because her brides like to preserve their figurines. For the work and talent involved, I think $100 each is very reasonable. To be honest, I wouldn't be interested in doing it for less unless I was giving it as a gift.

And hey, if they don't want to pay for custom ones, then they can get a Wilton topper for $30 - $60. icon_smile.gif

Sassy74 Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 5:28pm
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I think $100 for the bride/groom topper is reasonable. I charge $20 each for fondant/gumpaste figures. I can't do them in 15 min (yet!), and I try to add lots of detail. The fact is that you often have to mix several diff colors, maybe make a batch of RI or chocolate "glue"...these guys can be very time consuming, so I don't do them super-cheap. If you're doing several animals that involve some of the same colors, you might be able to charge less, and if you're doing them all at one time you won't have to go thru the process over and over, but I wouldn't do them for less than $15 ea. absolute minimum. JMO.

ALR1955 Posted 29 Aug 2009 , 12:13am
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Where is Aine2 giving a class?

kelleym Posted 29 Aug 2009 , 12:15am
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Check out her blog. icon_wink.gif

aine2 Posted 29 Aug 2009 , 10:12pm
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Thank you for the lovely're all much too kind! (blush, blush, cheeky smile! icon_lol.gif )

I'll be back in Austin next April so another Bride and Groom will most definitely be on the menu. I'm in New York in October/November but the class is full. I'm in Chicago in March if that helps anyone. In fact, I'm in a few places next year and they are listed on my website. Seattle isn't listed but I will be there in August 2010. The dates will be confirmed soon. Bride and Groom classes are always the first to fill up but the other classes are a lot of fun too! thumbs_up.gif The aim is to learn the techniques and put them to use in all aspects of your modelling.

I DO plan to have a DVD available but I cannot say exactly when this will be. I need to get this year's commitments finished and am already planning a better schedule for myself in 2010 to allow the time to do all these things so fingers crossed my organisation skills won't let me down!

Thank you ladies. It's a pleasure to teach you, here's to 2010! thumbs_up.gif

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