Frequently Asked Questions
What is Eirewolf Creations?
Eirewolf Creations is my art business, owned and operated by me, Erin Metcalf. I create and sell leather masks and OOAK (one
of a kind) whimsical polymer clay sculptures of animals, faeries, and fantasy creatures of various kinds. To learn more about how Eirewolf Creations
came into being, see my "Artist" page.
Where can I purchase your creations?
I sell my sculptures on ArtFire. No account signup is necessary to purchase on ArtFire. This site is great because you can buy fine art and handmade crafts directly from the artists and crafters who created them!
All available items will be marked as such in the description below their gallery photos. See below for information on commissions. If you would like to be added to my private mailing list to be notified of new and available art, please .
I want one of your sculptures but I can't afford it all at once. Do you do layaway?
Yes, I will consider layaway for items over $150. I generally require 25-50% down (nonrefundable), depending on the price and popularity of the piece. Please about the piece you want to purchase on layaway and we can discuss terms.
What are your shipping methods?
I package my sculptures very well and ship USPS Priority Mail (within the U.S.), fully insured, with delivery confirmation (and sometimes signature confirmation). For potentially fragile pieces, I double-box to provide extra protection from postal elephants. I use lots of cushiony packing materials to ensure my creations a comfortable ride to their new homes. :-)
I try to ship as quickly as possible upon receiving cleared payment. Usually that means within 1 or 2 business days, unless I am away. I will email you when I receive payment and when I ship. I would greatly appreciate an when you receive the piece, so that I know it arrived safely (or didn't -- in which case, we will work to rectify that!).
International buyers are welcome! Please note that I am not able to ship all items to all locations, due to customs regulations.
Do you take commissions?
Do you have an idea for an original piece, and you like my style? I am sometimes available to do commissions, if my schedule and current workload (and Muse) permit. (I do not do portraiture or illustration; I specialize in small fantasy and animal sculptures, as well as leather masks.) Please note that I will not exactly duplicate a one-of-a-kind piece. However, I may be able to create something similar to a piece you see in my gallery. If you have an idea for a piece you'd like an estimate on, please .
To best communicate a commission idea, please consider the following when explaining your idea:
What would you like?
How would you describe the physical traits and personality (or animal-ity) of the character?
What size do you have in mind?
Are you thinking of a specific pose?
Will you want it painted in full color?
What level of artistic liberty are you comfortable with?
Are you expecting, for example, a howling wolf... or a howling wolf with midnight-blue fur tipped with silver, a ragged scar across his right eye, and
missing the tip of his left ear?
The less exact you are about a piece, the more fun it will be for me to design it, and more of my artistic style with come through -- but the less it
may end up looking like what you had in mind.
Do you have a timeline in mind?
Is this piece a gift which requires a specific date of delivery?
If there is a deadline, it needs to be clear as crystal from the beginning.
What do you charge for commissions?
Of course that depends greatly on what is involved, but I can give you a ballpark idea. Commission prices for one-of-a-kind pieces related to my current series are as follows (subject to change):
- Dragon Snails: $90 and up (less for hornless young ones)
- Scions of Legend (Unicorns): $325 and up
- Fairy Dragons: $375 and up
- Hlarim (Furry Fae): $425 and up
Leather mask commissions are $80 and up for a custom-painted mask based on an existing design; $100 and up for a new design (more if it's a design I'm not likely to use again).
The "and up" factor depends on specifications such as complexity, colors, size, time restrictions, etc. Prices for commissioned pieces unrelated to my sculpture series will vary. Please for details.
Before starting a commission piece, I generally require a nonrefundable deposit of half the total. The other half is due upon completion and before delivery. (I will send photos of the finished piece.)
How long did it take you to do that (sculpture, drawing, etc.)?
At last count -- about 35 years. ^__^ Each piece I create comes from the heart and is a part of who I am, so each piece reflects a lifetime.
However, I know that's not the answer you're looking for. It varies. Small, simple pieces can take as little as a few hours, though that is rare.
Many pieces take days or even weeks to finish. A few large (think life-size) pieces I've created have taken many moons of labor and love. (I don't do
large pieces very often.)
How did you do that?
Of course, that depends on what you're referring to. ^__^ Feel free to . I may not give away all my secrets, but I'm usually quite happy to answer questions or help a fellow artist.
What inspires your art?
The short answer: I find inspiration in books, in people, and in other art. But my main source of inspiration is nature, and its awesome and loving
Creator. God is the ultimate artist, and gave me this talent and desire to create.
For the long answer, see my "Artist" page.
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