Have you ever wondered what YOU would look like as a bobblehead? Yes you! Or your favorite family member, sports fan, co-worker or retiree? This is a fun gift and with a photo and a few details anyone can make a personalized custom bobblehead which actually looks like the bobblee.
How To Make A Personalized Bobblehead?
Of course you need the help of professionals whom are quite adept at turning a photo into a bobblehead. I researched the prices and styles of customized bobbleheads and decided upon the pro at bobbleheads.com to make my gift bobblehead.
First step is a photo. As this was a gift for a very serious and committed sports fan I knew I would want a sports themed bobblehead design. As the bobblehead was a gift I could not ask the giftee for photos without arousing suspicion so I had to use a mediocre photo. but I also figured the pros ‘get it’ so while it wasn’t the best image it was sufficient for what the designers and molders needed.
Choosing The Design
As I mentioned I knew I wanted a sports theme, but there are many different choices, colors, configurations to choose from. The more accurate and detailed the instructions you can give the designers helps the design immensely.
As the bobblehead was a golf theme plus a university theme I included the school colors along with the HEX PMS color codes to ensure accuracy. This really helps with the accuracy of the colors versus just stating green and white. To find the HEX code of a university google the name of the university and HEX; you will find the numbers usually associated with the web page of the university’s marketing department.
Proofing Custom Bobblehead From Photo
After I placed the order I received entry to the online proofing process. I received a proof via email each step of the design process; I could either request a change, comment or approve as is. I won’t kid you that I was a little taken back by the first proof which is a clay head. I thought what the heck, will this really look like the person at the end of the process(it did) – the clay head is the base for the painting so the features on the clay head need to resemble the features of the person.
Makes sense right! So when you proof the clay head keep that in mind; painting will do wonders transforming the clay head into your accurate bobblehead person.
Painting The Bobblehead
This is where your creation comes to life and the bobblehead starts to resemble the actual person. As golf is a passion for the giftee as is the alma mater i used the golfer body with university colors and a logo hat. Hats are alacarte price wise and for this bobble was well worth the addition.
How Much Time Does It Take To Make A Custom Bobblehead?
From start through proofing through receipt the time elapsed was about three weeks. The custom bobblehead actually was received in the mail much quicker than anticipated. I will note I was very attentive to the email proofs throughout the process to speed the creation along. The three weeks included a design alteration along the way from one of the proofs.
I highly recommend bobbleheads to design your personalized bobblehead. It was so nice to deal with a company that delivers as promised. The gift bobblehead was a huge hit and memorable gift for a very special one of a kind person.