Frequent Asked Questions
Terms of Service
No. Value declared to Customs is the actual total order amount, less shipping charges. It is illegal to mark merchandise on the Customs Form as a Gift or declare it for a lesser value, we are unable to mark shipments outside the United States as gifts or a lesser declared value than actual cost on the Customs forms. We realize that other artists are willing to do this, but this practice is a felony under federal law and all the risk is with the sender of the package.
VARA of 1990 is a United States law protecting artist rights. VARA provides protection to limited edition sculptures of 200 or fewer consecutively numbered copies and signed by the artist. International protection is provided by the Berne Convention.
All HorseModels.com resin editions (with the exception of the bas relief Christmas ornament) are numbered, signed by myself, come with a Certificate of Authenticity and are less than or equal to 200 copies.
I’m usually agreeable to taking time payments. The balance is due in equal monthly payments set up when you purchase a sculpture from HorseModels.com. On some of my resin editions. If you are unable complete your time payments, we will consider the purchase as “non-performance.” Refunds will encur a 30% fee.
If we haven’t shipped your order, we can issue you a refund minus a fee. If you paid by a physical check or money order, the refund fee is 10%. If your payment was through PayPal, Stripe or other credit/debit card processor, the refund fee is 30%. Refund requests are process within 1 week.
No, Our policy does not allow any customer to presell or trade any HorseModels model(s) before they have “legal title.” This is know as “arbitrage.” Arbitrage includes any public or private advertising for sale or trade of any model produced by HorseModels.com before the customer has received legal title.
Any customer found using arbitrage will have their ordered canceled. All payments received will be refunded minus refund fee. See “Can I cancel my order for a fully paid for resin and get a refund?” for refund fee.
Once we ship a customer’s model, legal title passes to the customer.
We do allow customizing on any unfinished, unpainted resins as long as you adhere to the VARA law. We do not allow customers and non-customers to customize a Debbi LerMond model in such a way that it is distorted, mutilated or modified in such a way as to damage Debbi LerMond’s reputation as an artist. We only ask that you state who has done the customizing.
We do not allow any of our models to be molded, 3D scanned, or 3D printed, whether you have customized them or not. We do not allow customizing, stripping and/or repainting on any of the resins which I sell painted. Should one of these models break, chip the paint and need repair and/or repainting, I will allow them to be restored to the original finish by an artist approved by Debbi LerMond.
Artist’s Copy is a personal copy set aside from a limited edition artwork, usually sculptures. It is not part of the edition, but can be numbered similar to a regular edition with an AC before the number. It is usually more valuable than the regular edition pieces and is often given to a foundry as partial payment for casting. Many artists retain the Artist’s Copies to customize a bit different from the edition to make them more valuable. Artist’s Proofs usually refer to flat medium limited editions. They are the copies which the printer sets aside to have the artist approve of the color and clarity of the reproductions. Many Artist’s Proofs are sold with extra drawings on them by the painting artist to help increase their value.
Artist’s Choice is a term peculiar to the Model Horse Industry where a set number of the early castings or 3d prints of a limited edition will be painted the color of choice by the painting artist selected by the sculptor. Sometimes the painting artist and sculptor are the same person and sometimes the painting artists are referred to as “Guest Artist” who will paint up the sculpture their choice of color. There is no AC in front of the numbers on these Artist’s Choice sculptures, only the number of the casting appears on the sculpture.
A Foundry Copy is a casting or 3D print which is cleaned up either by the sculpting artist or approved by them after the technicians at the foundry cleans the casting up to look like the original sculpture. It is retained by the foundry to use as a “go by” for cleaning up and casting/printing the edition. It stays with the foundry to use for promotion of the foundry’s capabilities.
A duplicate certificate of authenticity may not be issued if the original certificate of authenticity is still in existence. Enclose proof of purchase by providing a copy of the Bill of Sale, Paid Invoice, or Receipt. Complete “Affidavit for Duplicate Certificate of Authenticity” form and return it with the duplicate certificate of authenticity fee of $20.00 USD, or $30.00 USD if replacement certificate is mailed outside the United States.
First and foremost, I have a hands on approach from start to finish. Coming from the bronze world and having to deal with foundries, I find that my work retains its integrity if and only if I work on the sculptures through the entire process. That is why I make my own molds, do my own casting and clean up each model. I work from life which gives a depth to my models which is not found in works by artists who only use two dimensional reference material or software sculpting tool like Zbrush to sculpt from. All of my resin editions (with the exception of Steppin’ Out Too! and Scheherazade SM) have RFIDs transponders embedded inside them for security protection. Many of my newer models editions have the exclusive Magne-Click™ technology invented by us which allows the model to be easily attach and detach the model from the metal base which comes with the model. We use only museum quality polyurethane resin and use 308 stainless steel rods for reinforcing the resin legs and tails.