What size are your snow globes?
My company makes two sizes of single custom snow globes, and four sizes of quantity custom globes. If you’re ordering a single custom globe, you can choose between 120mm diameter and 150mm diameter. The 120mm stands at 150mm tall when assembled, and weighs around 1.2g. The 150mm diameter globe stands at 180mm when assembled, and weighs around 3kg. If you are interested in getting quantities produced, you can choose from 65mm, 80mm, 100mm, and 120mm sizes. Here’s a basic visual chart to help you see the sizing better.
How much do they cost?
My single custom globes start at $799 USD – see all the pricing options here. When ordering in bulk, the price per globe does come down quite substantially but is highly dependent on how many you order. You can see some pricing indications here. For a personal quote based on your required quantities, just complete the quantity enquiry form.
Where are your single globes made?
I started out making single custom globes from my home office in Melbourne, Australia in 2011. I used pre-made figurines to create personalised settings, but as demand increased – at one stage I had a 12 month wait for single custom globes – I started getting asked for much more detailed settings requiring sculpting work, as well as larger quantities, so I needed to expand my production capabilities. I now have a wonderful young sculptor named Alvin, who works for me from his home in Northern China, doing incredible sculpting work for my single custom globes. He is extremely talented and has taken my settings to the next level. As demand and costs increase, especially for freight, I have streamlined my process for the assembly of single custom globes by having them assembled at my quantity production factory in Southern China. Once your hand sculpted setting is complete, Alvin ships it to my factory manager, where it’s hand assembled and then shipped direct to you. Please rest assured that this is in no way a compromise on the quality of my snow globes – it is actually the opposite as my factory has several professional machines that remove all the oxygen from the water mix prior to assembly. This means your snow globe should remain bubble free for many years, something I could not guarantee if my single custom globes were being assembled elsewhere. It also means you have a choice of snow and/or glitter colours, all direct from a professional manufacturer of these products that are specifically made for snow globe use.
Where are your quantity globes made?
When I first started getting asked for quantity delivery, I scoured everywhere looking for the best production team. The team I decided to work with is based in Southern China and is a very small specialist arts and crafts team, including an incredibly talented sculptor plus painters, assemblers and engineers. I could not find a team anywhere else that offered this kind of quality work, and that were prepared to make such small runs (we accept orders as few as 120 globes – most factories, even outside of China won’t make less than 500). As you can tell from my pricing it’s far from the cheapest, but in my opinion, definitely the best. My team is extremely well paid and we work together to create the best product, not the cheapest.
How long does it take to make a custom snow globe?
So that Alvin can produce each single setting properly, we have put in place a twice-yearly delivery window for single custom globes. This means you can elect to have delivery either in June or in November, depending on when you place your order. Quantity orders take anywhere from 60-90 days from our first agreement on the design.
What's the story with your Collectible Snow Globes?
In 2015 decided to create my own range of limited edition collectible snow globes because I had so many people asking for custom pieces, and I just couldn’t keep up. I was turning down so many potential customers due to time constraints, and I felt that surely there must be some way to help people to get a unique, beautiful and meaningful gift, without them having to wait 12 months. So I decided I would start creating my own designs – I started out with the “Cherry Blossom Time” snow globe, 2016 saw the release of “WinterGreen”, 2017 was the year of “Colorado Calling” and my final Limited Edition, “Autumn Came” was released in 2018.
Can I order quantities of custom snow globes?
You most certainly can. I have an amazing team of sculptors, painters, glass blowers and specialist engineers who can create your dream design from scratch, and then make multiples. Whether you need 120 globes or 120,000, my team can make it happen. Find out more about the process in this blog post I wrote and visit the enquiry page.
What are they made of?
All my single custom globes feature a glass globe, with a dark wood look resin base. The inner setting is usually made of polymer clay. For quantities, the inner setting is made of moulded resin from an original clay sculpture. The base is also made of moulded resin, and all my globes are glass. I do not offer plastic snow domes.
Can you include a music box?
My single globe kits are unable to fit a music box. I can incorporate them in quantity orders however it’s important to note that music boxes are often readily available only in very traditional tunes, due to copyright restrictions. If a music box is not already produced, you will need to provide me with the copyright release and music notation in order to get custom music boxes made and fitted. They are an additional cost to the snow globes.