Do You Charge Extra For 3-D Figures?

Business By pooky1969 Updated 20 Jul 2010 , 4:50am by LISSI15

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pooky1969 Posted 17 Jul 2010 , 10:16pm
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I'm doing a cake "Nightmare before Christmas" by Tim Burton inspired by many wonderful ideas that I have seen here on CC. It will be a stacked 6" & 8" cake, red velvet and I'm sure I'll cover it in fondant.

My question is, I'm most likely going to be making a 3-D "Jack" out of fondant or gum paste to put on top of the cake along with the moon. I was going to charge $3.00/serving. Would you charge extra for the Jack figure or charge more per slice. If much?

Thank you for reading and your suggestions!

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Rose_N_Crantz Posted 17 Jul 2010 , 11:20pm
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I wouldn't charge for the Jack figure, or even do it, because it's copyright infringement.

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tootie0809 Posted 18 Jul 2010 , 6:12pm
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I agree with RoseNCrantz that it is copyright infringement and would not do it. However, for gum paste figures that are not copyrighted, heck yeah I charge more, especially for 3-D ones! Those are a ton of work! In fact, I did a 3-D Jack figurine for my sister's birthday cake last year (of course, didn't charge for it so I could do it) and that thing took me at least 4 hours to do. Definitely charge for 3-D figures. They may take up a small amount of space on the cake, but some of them can take more hours to do than baking, filling, icing, smoothing, and decorating an entire cake.

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Aeropanda Posted 18 Jul 2010 , 6:26pm
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I'm still struggling with pricing as well. I would think that you would need to be compensated for the time and supplies. Each figure would be individualized, so I would think it would be easier to charge for the figure. But I have no input on the legal aspect as far as copyright laws go. I'm still learning about that too!

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Price Posted 18 Jul 2010 , 6:33pm
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I agree. I would definitely charge for the figures. If I had charged my nephew for the figures on his wedding cake, I would have charged at least $100 to $125 a piece. Gumpaste/fondant figures are time consuming!

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LISSI15 Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 4:50am
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For sure, I would charge for it, making a 3D figure isn`t easy at all adding to that the time you might spend on working it. Remember your time also has a price. The thing as the others say it´s the legal area, which is right but on my personal opinion you have to charge for your job and time.

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