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Red Fox Mask - Now Taking Offers!

We are now taking offers on this head, auction-style! See below for details!

High Bid: $ 2400.00

High Bidder: Dax Black

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This is a realistic red fox mask made by Clockwork Creature! The mask is made of durable cast polyurethane resin, covered in a high-quality faux fur, with a fur cowl that covers the entire head and neck. Vision is through the tear ducts (the dark inner corners of the eyes).
The jaw is hinged, and moves when you talk! Inside the mouth is a realistic resin jaw set, and a silicone rubber tongue.


The eyes are hand-painted copper-brown. They have a nice “following” effect (that is, the masks eyes appear to ‘follow’ you due to an optical illusion).

This mask will most comfortably fit a head up to 24 inches around, and an eye-to-chin length of up to 5 inches.

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TO BID: Send an email to info@clockworkcreature.com  IMPORTANT!! Make the subject line read: “BID (your bid amount)”. So for instance, your subject line may say “BID $1500”. Your email can include additional details, but your subject line MUST include the word BID and your bid amount in order to be counted!

$10 MINIMUM bid increments, please. Prices are in USD.

Buyer will pay shipping to their destination. Shipping within the US will be $25. To Canada, $35. To the rest of the world, $50. These are standard Priority mail rates - we can give you a quote for rush shipping if you desire.

Bidder’s name: to keep things organized and confirm that bids have gone through, I will be listing the name of the current high bidder (either by email name, or a name in the signature of your email). If you wish to remain anonymous to the public, I will assign you a code name, or you can give me a code name that you would like me to use.

If you place a bid and you do not see your name/code name updated on the listing, you might want to try getting in touch with me another way (our chat room is great for daytime hours, EST) to make sure your email arrived properly.

I will not be updating listings while I am asleep, so please do bear in mind what time it is in my time zone when looking for updates.

TIME: This auction will run until THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH at 5:00 PM EST

Anti-Sniping: bidding will be extended by ONE HOUR after the last bid. Also I will be updating the bids and the time manually, so there will be a delay between bid placement and me updating the auction here on Tumblr.

PAYMENT: Preferred payment is through paypal or credit card. Within the US, we can accept payment via check or money order. International payments must be through paypal.

We would prefer to receive payment in full within 1 week of the end of the auction. We may also be able to consider 50% up front, and the remaining half within a month.

If there are no additional customizations (see below!), this mask will ship within 1 week of full payment. Customizations may require up to 2 months - we will discuss a time frame with you if you are interested in customization.

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This mask can be customized! Here is a list of things we can do for an additional fee:

Airbrushing: We can’t change the existing colors on this head, but we could add markings (like tattoos, etc), or darken the colors.

Eyes: The existing eyes could removed and replaced with eyes of a different color. LED lights might be available with select eye styles.

Hair: We can add areas of longer hair, including custom removable wigs!

Jewelry: earrings and the like.

Facial decorations: things like gemstones or scars.

Horns: small, non-removable horns or spikes.

Different ears: although it would be a bit of a pain, we could remove the existing ears and replace them with something different.

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Questions? Email, or send an “ask” on Tumblr! 

Ransselth is furred! Ears go on tomorrow. 

Ransselth is furred! Ears go on tomorrow. 

Ransselth mask assembly. He is now ready to fur!

And another pile of questions with answers

Last one for a while, the tumblr inbox is clear now!

We are not taking interns currently. Our studio has barely enough room for 4 people as it is. However, please do come and watch our livestream!

I taught myself, and though I have taken many art courses in my lifetime (including a WONDERFUL if WILDLY EXPENSIVE class on moldmaking and casting), I have never taken a class on costuming or fashion. I have just done hours and hours and hours of research, and when it comes down to really learning a new skill, I get my hands dirty and try things. And really, that’s how I started. I spent hours researching whatever I could, and then just plunged in head-first. Literally. My first mask (when I was 12) involved my covering my head in a paper-mache plaster mix goop and building the basis of a mask directly on myself. Trust me when I say thats not how we do things now, but it worked for what it was, and it was a start. 

I have just always liked making costumes, so it was a logical hobby and then profession. I was never interested in making toony animal costumes, so no, I have never done that.

Yup, all of our horns are detachable. Black or dark grey eyes could be lit with LEDs, but they wouldn’t reflect a whole lot of light out - or if they were solid-color cast resin eyes and were lit from behind, there would probably be more like a point of light in the middle.

We certainly could. It’s a perfectly realistic color scheme, seeing as it is a naturally occurring mutation, so I don’t know why one would think that it’s not something we would make on the basis of it not being realistic. 

Besides, while our style is realistic, we make tons of fantasy creatures that look perfectly abnormal. Really, we’re just rather picky about color schemes and markings. We will not make any sparkle dog horrors.

(Actually this gives me an idea for a potentially amusing set of comparison images, between things we would do and things we wouldn’t…)

More answers to more questions

Both. I take a lot of the fur down where I know it will need to be short before I put it on the face, and then I do the rest of the trimming after it’s glued down.

Yes. They are not an option on the calculator yet because I haven’t gotten around to putting the data on there, but if you email me I can give you a quote on arm wings - or any kind of wings.

This tutorial is very similar to the methods we are using.

We are based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. We can (and frequently do) ship our costumes worldwide.

For things like this, yes, we would need to give you a custom quote. You can always look at the calculator to see what kind of features we often offer, though, to see if there’s anything there that you would want on your costume, and also get a feel for our pricing.

Tons of questions being answered

I’ve been paying very little attention to my askbox over the past two months, and there’s some buildup in there. I’m answering them in grouped posts to keep it more compressed.

That noble title probably goes to Chaos (although this is a grey area). However, I will not tell you how much it cost.

Yes, glasses can be worn under our heads. It’s best to warn us before we start building so that we can make sure there is enough room. However, some people have problems with their glasses fogging up inside the heads. 

As for concept art, we do not draw concept art for each costume usually. The only time we do so is when someone asks for a full artistic liberty commission, in which case they get a free flat-color concept art with the costume. In those cases, though, because it is artistic liberty, we show the concept art more to show the customer what we plan to make, not to get feedback and make lots of changes. So while there is, of course, the opportunity to approve or disapprove the design, we do discourage lots of design changes when someone asks us to just design whatever we want within certain parameters. Hopefully that makes sense.

If you check our Price Calculator you can see what prices we offer. The least expensive costumes are those with the fewest features checked off. 

Costume production takes the length of the production batch. We try to keep this to under 6 months, but because we have been woefully behind schedule for a while now, waiting/production times have been more like 1 year recently. We are trying to shorten that wait period.

We get most of our furs from Shannon Fabrics because we can get lots of quantity at wholesale prices. We also order from Distinctive Fabrics, I’m Stuffed Fur, Mendel’s (whose website has been down for months…), Fursuit Supplies.com, and last but certainly not least, National Fiber Technology. And really, we shop around all over the place in search of particular furs sometimes, but these are our main go-tos.

We would like to very much, but we have not gotten a chance to invest the time and money into prototyping the stilts and padding arrangement yet. It could be a while.

The software we are using is Pivotal Tracker, a project management program. It’s pretty rad.

Check out this fox! This lovely premade head will be up for auction starting on August 28th 2014!
Bidding will open at $1500, and will last for 7 days.

Check out this fox! This lovely premade head will be up for auction starting on August 28th 2014!

Bidding will open at $1500, and will last for 7 days.

kierstinlapatka:

Thing on my Desk Thursday! (inspired by parliamentrook)

Luckily for you guys, this isn’t for my patreon, so you get to see what’s on the desk this week!

Oh man guys, what’s this - betcha can’t guess! But to give hints, it’s a super cool and useful thing that Ki and I have been collaborating on, and which will soon be available in our Artfire shop!

Trust me when I tell you that you probably need one or two or eight of them.

And the second part of the photo update!

Top row: Raziel. Just realized I forgot to photograph the tail.

Middle row: Phoebus. Tail is still unstuffed.

Bottom: Lilla. That silly skinny thing on the right is the tail without the wefted hair attached.

Progress photos!

Top row - Khaz. Bodysuit is currently being sewn (not pictured)

Middle row - Kikivuli. SO MUCH wefting still to come on that bodysuit and the tail.

Bottom row - Viraj. Tail is unstuffed still. Bodysuit is being sewn (not pictured)