Do you ship to my country?
I am happy to ship worldwide! When inputting your address at checkout, there will be a list of countries to choose from. If it's on the list, I'll post it.
Please contact me immediately after purchase if there is ANY reason that you think the parcel might not arrive safely e.g.: if your local postal service is unreliable; if you live in an apartment complex with an unsecured parcel dropoff; if your neighbours often receive your parcels.; if you are not home during the day. Contact me here, or through instagram messages, or email hi@suetyfiddle and we can discuss courier services or collection options.
Do you take custom orders and commissions?
Please do not contact me about commissions. Please add yourself to the commission waitlist here. I am currently concentrating on refunding my kickstarter, and am still working out how I want to run my business. I am hoping to start working through the commission waitlist soon, but I don't know when it will actually happen. Please be patient; I'll get there eventually.
Everything is out of stock!
I release my mimics for sale once or twice a month. They usually sell out very quickly. If you'd like to be alerted for my next release, there's a shop drop mailing list right here.
Do you use faux/vegan leather?
All my books and bags are made using genuine leather, usually a mix of goat, pig, sheep, and cow. Some of these leathers will be carved or embossed to give the effect of more exotic leathers e.g. alligator, but all are sourced from common produce animals.
I oppose plastic-based alternatives (and yes that includes plastics made from plants, just as much as plastics made from dead dinosaurs), and none of the faux leathers I've tried thus far have been very nice to work with. I'm willing to keep looking, but it's going to take time and money to source good options and I don't have much of either.
Are those real teeth?
Yes! Many of my products use shark teeth. Sharks have very fragile teeth, and are constantly shedding them and growing new ones. Depending on size and longevity, one shark can shed upwards of 100,000 teeth in a lifetime. Sharks have been around longer than trees, so the ocean is just littered with shark teeth and they are collected from beaches without harming any living animals.
I also commonly use boar teeth, and very occasionally fox, both of which are collected in the wild from natural death. I have also recently sourced coyote teeth. They are tumbled in order to speed up cleaning, but this also results in them being blunted, which makes them much safer to use than shark teeth. Unfortunately, I cannot confirm the source for these.
Can I copy your work?
Not for sale, of course, but I am more than happy for people to make their own books or bags at home, for personal use or gifting. If you post to social media, please do tag @suetyfiddle as inspiration.
You should do tutorials!
I already have. I have a 10 part set of tutorials on both my Instagram and Tiktok accounts. These tutorials have been collected into a Tutorials highlight on IG, and a Tutorials playlist on TT. I also have a number of tutorials for painting the eyes.
Which glue do you use?
It depends! Beacon Fabri-tac for leather and fabric and paper. In small quantities, it will not warp paper as agressively as water-based adhesives like PVA. PVA is very commonly used in bookbinding and I use it to seal and set the spines of my book blocks before covering. I often use superglue to set the eyes in place. For teeth, I usually use hot glue. It reinforces the base of fragile shark teeth, and adds extra bulk to mimic gums. Where possible, anything glued will be reinforced by wrapping or sewing, for maximum durability.
Where do you get the eyes?
Sometimes I paint my own eyes, sometimes I use pre-made ones. If you would like to paint your own eyes, you can find blanks by searching for "round glass cabochons". If you would like pre-made printed eyes, you can find them through various sources (ebay, aliexpress, amazon) by searching for "julie wang glass eyes".
Where do you get the teeth?
Various sources. You will have to do some searching to find a supplier near you.
It's that book from Harry Potter!
No, it's not. All my products are inspired by D&D Mimics.
But it looks like the Harry Potter book!
I don't care.
You should make the Harry Potter book!
I already made one, a long time ago, and I have no desire to do it again. It's the book version, not the movie version, and you can see it here. There's a comprehensive set of build photos in my Instagram highlights.