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The Triangle Issue
In working out your costume or prop, there are three things to keep in mind when you are constructing.
You can only have two out of three. This is something people have issues with. Kinda like if you went to Walmart and bought your costume. It is cheap and you have it now, but be serious. It is not going to be perfect.
But I want it now and perfect. OK, but rush jobs are not cheap. Well then I want it perfect and cheap. Then I have to put this on hold until materials are found that are in my price range. Well....... Poo. I may have to resort to polyester. Just kidding, polyester is never the right answer unless the question is "What fabric should I not use?"
~Figment the Goblinsmith
So how does one solve these three issues, Figment?
You have to work out which of the two is the most important. These are the things to work out when you are shopping for an item or if you are building an item.
So what would you suggest for the person with this question to do and how to resolve this? What sage advice or examples can one provide for guidance?
It comes down to what are you willing to sacrifice. Time is the easiest to factor in when you know your goal. If your goal is to have your project done by the next Dragoncon, then you can sacrifice that portion of the triangle. You have the time to find the materials you need and can hold off on getting the expensive shipping on a package or can do the research so you do not have to get the giant tube of silicon rubber from Smooth on. There are cheaper alternatives. Casting materials can come from big name businesses online or you can go to Home Depot and get silicon calking. If you work out your schedule, you have the ability to do the research to make smart and economical choices.
If your time is the factor, you may just have to bite the bullet and get the materials you need to finish the project when it is scheduled to be done. This is a big issue when you have a specific budget to fall within to. Watch your budget, either personal for an upcoming product or others if for a commissioned piece. If it is for a commissioned piece take your time into account when you give them a quote. Plus, look at the materials and research you already have. If you knew you can get cheaper materials from somewhere in town then that will help you meet your goal time.
If you want your item now and you want it cheap, well this is where things become tricky and as a former college art student I understand the all-nighter. Your finished project will not be to your standard and that is when things mess up. If this is for you and if you can live with it then go for it. This is the hardest one of the three. This is when people break out the paper mache and the spray paint.
My advice; watch your schedule, do your research, watch your funds and have fun. Oh and never underestimate the power of a good nights sleep on your work. Art school sucks.
Thank you for the wisdom, Figment. This should help all within the quandary you have posed.
Most welcome and thanks for the conversation.