Having been in the prop making world for some time now, we've learned along the way that as a builder/prop maker/cosplay creator (whatever you call us), there are some things that we love and appreciate when clients do, and some things that you should just completely avoid if you're commissioning a project.
Let's start with the things that prop makers (not just us) are not fond of. Some of these may cause a builder to not work...
At Snakepit Studios, we not only take commissions, but we also commission a lot of other artists for projects. So we understand what it's like to to be unsure when working with a prop maker on a custom project.
Here are a few things that we have learned along the way that will hopefully help you as you are looking for a cosplay designer to help you with the costume or project you've always dreamed of: