Artists can often have preferred fabricators who they work with and who they have built relationships with and trust in terms of delivering and making their work. Issues may arise with tendering and it can be useful to discuss how fabricators are engaged early on in the project. As each project is different and new techniques often need to be developed for its realisation, selecting a fabricator purely based on price can be risky.

Projects as part of the public realm need to meet health and safety regulations and fabricators must take on this liability. Fabricators are often contracted directly by the client rather than through the artist, as the artist may not have the right insurance and procedures in place.