These toppers currently take about 6 weeks to make from purchase to post office bon voyage.
Would you like to get started?
*1* Decide that you would like me to design and make your toppers. Please make sure the above time frame works for you. If you have any questions or would like to request a rush order please contact me. Rush orders generally cost $25 per week rushed and need to be approved of before purchase. Once approved I will set up a custom listing for you.
*2* Select a listing or listings from the current listings in my shop. If your configuration is not already in my shop please contact me and I can create a custom listing for you.
*3* Purchase. Here is a grand etsy tutorial on how to purchase if you are new to etsy:
*4* Send me your photos and details. I would like the following but you can always send me more:
-One close-up photo showing your faces
-One photo that shows your height difference
-Links,descriptions or photos of what you will be wearing. Please include back sides of dresses, shoes (if they show),hair styles, and details like glasses on or off.
-Please let me know some of your wedding details so I can daydream about your wedding while I make your toppers.
You can send all these wonderful details to me in an esty convo as long as the files are smaller than 2M. If your files are larger you can send them to me in an email to urastarhouse [!at] yahoo.com.
Please be sure to title the email "topper information" or something noticeable like that.
*5* I will take between three and five business days to create a pencil and paper sketch. I will then scan and send the sketch to you through email or convo (which ever way you gave me your details). You can then let me know what changes or additions you would like me to make. I will them scan you a modified sketch for your approval. Any additional changes will follow the same process of modification, scanning and approval until you say that you think the sketch is ready to transfer to wood.
*6* I then transfer the final design to local poplar wood (a fast growing hardwood sustainably logged in Asheville, NC). I cut the design out, sand the edges, burn on the details, and then paint the toppers with US made, non-toxic liquid water colors. I then photograph the toppers ( if there is time). These photos will be used as examples in my shop and website and maybe used in magazines or on blogs. Please let me know if you would like me to send you digital copies. The toppers are then finished with my homemade bee's wax and organic jojoba oil finish. The toppers are polished and then packaged and taken down to the friendly folks at my local post office, where they are shipped first class (unless they are too heavy) and generally arrive ( if you live in the US) to your post/mail box in two to three days.
The toppers will be between 4" and 6 1/2" tall and about 2"-2 1/2" wide. If you need then to be sized differently for your cake just let me know. They come with a removable pointy pegs for attaching to a cake and removing later for display.