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Tumblr Q&A!

Taking a moment between working on our new house and workshop/freaking out/moving, and crawling wearily into bed to answer some of the notes in my inbox!

This question is a big one. Previously, I was saying this fall or winter. It is now fall, and I can say right now that a fall opening is not going to happen. We are so backlogged that a winter opening, even late winter, is looking less and less likely. Nothing is official yet, but once we are done moving and we’re getting back to work, I intend to assess our situation and make some kind of announcement regarding this.

I recommend this tutorial. Our methods are relatively similar.

I could really use more photos of customers wearing their suits, but I’ve got: Etotono, AmaruqTasmanian (body only here).

Of course, there is so much more to NFT than you can see in these shots. For one thing, there are more fiber types and textures available than I have used and have examples of. Also, the difference between wearing an NFT suit and a standard fur suit is significant. The range of motion that one gets from NFT is enough to spoil you forever. For more texture examples, I recommend having a look at NFT’s gallery.

We have one (outdated) overview of our moldmaking and casting process. Other than that, you can watch us livestream our work! Streaming should resume in November.

It will be a while before we open again, but yes, we will accept commissions in the future.

I hope so! That’s the plan, at least.

Lately our completion times have been roundabout a year (almost half of which has just been waiting times for a new project set to start). This is WAY too long in my opinion, and I very much want to improve this as soon as possible.

A large part of that is the structure of the mask base in general. The mask has a facial structure with naturally recessed eye sockets by default. After that, we can adjust the face with a variety of materials…

In the case of Ransselth, I used FreeForm AIR to alter the face shape. In other cases, I also use carved foam, epoxy putty, and wonderflex. It just depends on what I need at the time.

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So this past Saturday I went to a Renn Faire… :V

Tierney out in the world, looking awesome!

The Chamois, all finished! 
A photo I should have taken and posted two weeks ago.

The Chamois, all finished! 

A photo I should have taken and posted two weeks ago.

Chamois is ready for airbrushing! Finally! We’re going to finish this guy up tomorrow. After that, though, there will be an extended delay before I will be able to post any additional updates due to the move. I will detail in another post.

Chamois is ready for airbrushing! Finally! We’re going to finish this guy up tomorrow. After that, though, there will be an extended delay before I will be able to post any additional updates due to the move. I will detail in another post.

Time for More Tumblr Questions and Answers

I haven’t touched my tumblr inbox since last time, so I’d say we’re due for another round.

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The jaws are hinged with elastics. You are right in that you haven’t seen them in any WIPs - that’s because they are one of the very last things added to a mask!

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We certainly do (and this question did come in before that auction). You can check out prices in our quote calculator.

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You may have also heard this material called “Delrin”. Basically it’s a type of plastic, in this case bought in rod form, which is snap-proof, heat-formable, and strong enough to hold a shape, but also flexible enough to be pretty bouncy. We use it to make posed tails, primarily, but the tails do tend to end up very lively, so it can be a fun option for tails that need to be very bouncy and maybe a bit chaotic.

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You need a harder base than foam. I recommend carving out the foam in the ends at least 1/2” deep and backfilling that with solid resin. Seat the female screw ends into the resin base (before you pour the resin if possible, so that they are fused in), and that should be strong enough to support them.

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You know, I wish I had more images to show this off! But here are a bunch of feet in various stages of completion, so you can see what the padded digitigrade ones look like. Knee-high leggings don’t include additional padding, so it would just be a continuation of the fur up to the knee.

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The fur and other materials in the suit can safely withstand summer temperatures and sunshine* - however, a person wearing a full fursuit cannot! This really is a safety issue, more than anything in my mind. In hot temperatures, in full sun, and especially during long periods of time in a fully covering costume, the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke are a very real danger. Even with ample hydration and a cooling vest, you have to be extremely careful and take frequent breaks. If anyone intends to wear a hot costume at an outdoor summer event, PLEASE be extremely careful, have a handler, have an “emergency exit” plan, and know your limits!

*the fur can discolor, and possibly even become brittle over time when exposed to frequent UV light, and should never be stored in direct sunlight. An all-outdoor-use suit may show discoloration over time as well.

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Ok, in spite of this design technically being toony, I have to admit that I would get a serious kick out of making a suit of that character. HOWEVER the character is copyrighted, so without written permission from the copyright holder, we can’t make it. 

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Pokemon on the other hand, are right out. 

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Smooth-On is not only our favorite supplier for materials, but also provides a load of wonderful tutorials to help people get started.

For safety, make sure to also pick up some disposable nitrile gloves, a NIOSH-approved respirator, and a drop cloth or two at your local hardware store.

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This really depends on the size of your mask sculpture/base, and the look you want to achieve. We don’t tend to use anything smaller than 24mm, and I don’t think we’ve used anything larger than 40mm. I recommend that you measure out some various eye circle sizes on paper, cut them out, and hold them up to your mask base until you find a size that looks about right.

You can use any acrylic paints, spray paint, or model paints. I definitely love using at least a little metallic and pearlescent pigments in eyes, they really do look very striking that way.

Chamois, coming along (slowly but surely)

Chamois, coming along (slowly but surely)

Canine Skull Mask up for Auction!

We are now taking offers on this head, auction-style! See below for details! It’s over! Thanks everyone who participated!

Winning Bid: $ 1750.00

High Bidder: Xanatos

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Auction will start soon!

It’s coming! The auction for the canine skull mask will start today at 5pm. 

Just FYI, I will be working over at our new house today, so I may not update the bids until later in the evening. 

Hey! Guess what? This customizable skull mask will be up for auction starting Saturday, September 13th! The auction will start at just $1000!
Ki has just put the finishing touches on this lovely thing, but we could add more for the winner of the auction! Available customizations* will include eyes, airbrushing, gore effects, jewelry, long hair/fur accents, and maybe even LEDs!
*for an additional fee

This particular mask is a bit on the small/narrow side, so it will best fit smaller heads - probably 22-23 inches around, and narrower faces. 

Hey! Guess what? This customizable skull mask will be up for auction starting Saturday, September 13th! The auction will start at just $1000!

Ki has just put the finishing touches on this lovely thing, but we could add more for the winner of the auction! Available customizations* will include eyes, airbrushing, gore effects, jewelry, long hair/fur accents, and maybe even LEDs!

*for an additional fee

This particular mask is a bit on the small/narrow side, so it will best fit smaller heads - probably 22-23 inches around, and narrower faces. 

Progress bars!

Progress bars!