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I have created and sold more than 230 custom, one-of-a-kind ray guns since 2010(7 years). It's been a good gun-run. But 3-D printing is taking over on the solid-plastic prop-making front. I've sold only ONE(1) of my custom props in the past year. The competition is technologically advanced beyond my budget to keep it up. I'll still make a ray gun or prop every now and again for my own costumes or adventures. But I'm forced to store my ray gun supplies and bits to make room for my products that are still selling. But it was a GREAT GUN-RUN!! :)
You can see many of my creations in my DeviantArt gallery and some ray guns still available in my ETSY shop.
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NycterisA Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's remarkable!
I know my local public library has 3D printers that you can use; could that be a possibility for you? (Rather than buy one.)
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I will gladly look into that.

Thank you for the idea!! :)
 
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VibrantIce Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
3D printing is certainly a consideration - faster, cheaper, lighter, and repeatable.
But repeatable means not unique like yours.

Last year there was a con that didn't allow cosplay firearms at all due to the mass shooting in Florida that had happened near the time of the event.
Maybe that sentiment is a factor for some buyers?
Even I, as a pacifist, have struggled with the idea of making a militaristic costume.
Some of the weapons and armor are just SOOOO cool looking!

Steampunk is becoming more mainstream, so maybe that also means more competition with commercially available rayguns?
But that might also mean more high-end purchases by discriminating buyers...

Have you looked at the competition to see if you could find a competitive edge?
Have you tried advertising on brassgoggles.co.uk?
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the input, my friend.

I think that it might be in my wheelhouse to continue to create Steampunk props out of metal and wood. 

Such materials are preferred over plastic by many in the genre.

Thanks for the outside perspective! 

~D
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VibrantIce Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good.
When I said 3D printing was a consideration, I meant as the reason sales have dropped - not that you should consider it!
I think the discriminating customer will appreciate your material selection and craftsmanship.
Have you ever considered doing an art show?
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I always consider doing art shows and fairs.

Sadly, time, circumstance and budgetary concerns take precedence for the moment.

Gradually, my artistic budget will increase enough to venture out into the wilds of the creative frontiers again. :)
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke.

I'll still do commission pieces when people want them.

But I definitely need to get my tiny work space re-sorted to my current adventures.  :)
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Siobhan68 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Awww... I am sad for you. But I am glad you won't give up creating Rayguns completely! :huggle:
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