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.
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!
We certainly do (and this question did come in before that auction). You can check out prices in our quote calculator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pokemon on the other hand, are right out.
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.
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.