The spell is an attempt to give more freedom to the player and allow for better RP without giving OP tools or weapons. It is directed toward high fantasy settings with very common magic.

The idea being that a player can make his own costume items mostly during downtime. Such Items are not tools or weapons or magical. And I tried to balance the spell with the possibility of failure.

Artistic muse – 1st level transmutation

Casting Time: concentration, several hours

Range: reach

Components: V, S, M (varies)

Duration: permanent

A work of art is created from non magical raw materials with dimensions depending on the raw materials but no larger than 2m^3. The caster rolls a spellcasting ability check for each iteration of the spell (lasting 1 hour). The DC is (12 + number of past checks ever done on that object). Failure leads to the loss of the art and all materials. Success adds 2 tenths of the materials value and allows the caster to add, remove or change details to the art. The caster can end the magic safely only after the current hour of work is done. The caster must be completely undisturbed during casting and can't make any action at all until the spell ends. He automatically fails all save rolls and his passive perception drops to 0 during casting. The art is non magical and the number of hours required to create it are for the DM to decide as well whether to tell the player the exact number of hours or just give him a general idea (size, complexity and monetary value are the parameters). If the magic is stopped by the caster it can be resumed (DC will include all past work on the item by all casters). Only one caster may work on an item at a given time. No weapons, armor, tools or buildings could be made with the spell as it creates fairly weak items. Each level above 1st adds an additional tenth to the materials value per iteration.

Classes: bard, sorcerer, wizard, cleric


  • The size limitation is put to limit the items to things that could be worn or put on display and not require structural integrity.

  • The raw materials must be gathered by the caster beforehand in order for the spell to allow customization without breaking economies.

  • I've done some math the maximum a player can use this for gold is about the same as wish and only on the higher levels so I think it is balanced in that regard but I might have overlooked something.

  • the helplessness of the caster during casting is in order to not allow a player to change his gear during play to skip over.

  • I've given the DM control on the difficulty level of each item with determining how many hours are required to finish an item (basically the ability to refuse absurdities) and set it so the player can work on an item over a long time. An example of such absurdity would be a character with low Intelligence that wants to make an automaton with gears and such. Its not a tool or a weapon or armor and it can fit the size and description but it would make little sense so the DM would set the number of hours required to finish the art high thus giving lower chances of success. The player however would still have a chance to complete a very difficult task over a long time and the DM might reduce the hours needed after several failed attempts as the character learned from past mistakes.

  • I'd like to get criticism of how this spell could break a game because I covered anything I could think of and might (probably) have missed something.

  • I'd like remarks about my wording as I'm not the most coherent writer. Suggestion on improving the wording are welcome.


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This is the spell fabricate but more complicated

The spell fabricate is basically the spell you have written:

You convert raw materials into products of the same material. For example, you can fabricate a wooden bridge from a clump of trees, a rope from a patch of hemp, and clothes from flax or wool.

Choose raw materials that you can see within range. You can fabricate a Large or smaller object (contained within a 10-foot cube, or eight connected 5-foot cubes), given a sufficient quantity of raw material. If you are working with metal, stone, or another mineral substance, however, the fabricated object can be no larger than Medium (contained within a single 5-foot cube). The quality of objects made by the spell is commensurate with the quality of the raw materials.

Creatures or magic items can't be created or transmuted by this spell. You also can't use it to create items that ordinarily require a high degree of craftsmanship, such as jewelry, weapons, glass, or armor, unless you have proficiency with the type of artisan's tools used to craft such objects.

Fabricate is a 4th level spell, and your spell does not require proficiency in any tools to make finely crafted objects, so I'd say your spell is actually better than fabricate. Your spell is also much more complicated, with having to keep up with successful checks, DCs, casting time, etc. Just use fabricate or one of the options below.

Maybe you're looking for the crafting rules from Xanathar's Guide to Everything.

This is a needlessly complicated spell that produces a product that we already have in-game mechanics for:

A character who has the time, the money, and the needed tools can use downtime to craft armor, weapons, clothing, or other kinds of nonmagical gear.

Xanathar's Guide goes on to give some details about how this works. Anything your spell can do, I can do with the crafting rules without the possibility of failure.

Just ask your DM if you can buy some custom threads next time you're at the market.

I'm a big fan of customizing non-mechanical aspects of your character. In one f my games, I have a bard with a rather flamboyant personality, and I have several outfits for different occasions in very loud colors. To obtain these outfits, I said to my DM, "next time we're in town for a few days, I'd like to commission some custom tailored fine clothes." I got my 3 sets of fine clothes tailored to my specifications for 15 gp each (the cost of fine clothes is listed in the PHB).

You don't need a spell for this at all, and the one you have created is excessively complicated. Just buy the stuff you need or make it yourself.

Consider using existing spells.

I've already discussed fabricate, but if you're looking for custom clothes, disguise self will make you look however you want for an hour:

You make yourself--including your clothing, armor, weapons, and other belongings on your person--look different until the spell ends or until you use your action to dismiss it.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That is true fabricate is very close and maybe I'll take the wording from it but my spell is all about fine craftmanship that would cost a lot more than the raw materials alone. Second thing is I've made it attainable for low levels which was a goal from the get go. Third is the complication that is true and was put in place in order to balance the spell. I think that at low levels and high the spell holds true to logic and allows for high end art for customization without real profit, or misuse of the spell to create necessary items. \$\endgroup\$
    – Toma
    Commented Apr 30, 2021 at 15:36

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