These are the first beads I made, before I started branching out to other critters. I posted some pictures of them before, but a few of them were unfinished when I did that, and these pictures are prettier. And most of them are currently for sale at my Etsy shop (which is empty and simple right now. I’m working on that :|)
The Ankylosaurus, Sauropod and Plesiosaur are on short strings, for phone charms or DS or Tablet charms. The Parasaurolophus and Pliosaur are on longer strings, and work great hanging in windows, or from rear-view mirrors in cars. But the strings are easily adjusted to any length on request.
The Tyrannosaurus was sold at RMFC, but I plan to make more. Until I have an army of little rexes O^O…Ok, maybe not that many more :|
The Spinosaurus and Tryke have not been posted yet.
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Customs are also available by commission.
I can verify that these are the coolest beads you would ever get in your life. She made a special blue and yellow stegosaurus bead for my birthday and it’s the cutest little thing you’d ever seen! I absolutely adore them! I definitely recommend anybody to check her stuff. :33
A mess of beads I’ve been making since early July. And these are only the finished ones, there’s still a few more that haven’t been painted yet X__X And a few I wanted to try to cast before I even started THAT step.
Not many phones (if any) have charm slots on them anymore, but heck, the longer ones hang real nice from the rear view mirror, and apparently they make pretty neat DS charms too :| And then I’ve been exploring the possible earring and necklace potential, that worked out pretty well too, but that will be a different post.
As attached as I’ve been to each of these, they’ll all be up on etsy the minute I have some money to post things again…I’ll probably link it here when that rolls around :|
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because they are trying to make a living.
If you divide the time they work hourly on actually putting the material together, it’s almost less than minimum wage.
This original post’s opinion is something I have unfortunately seen people repeat. The gyst of it is that OP believes suits are cheap to make, so suitmakers must be overcharging. Furthermore it suggests the conclusion that suitmakers are charging the prices we do because of greed. I thought I’d lay out a couple points to help people understand why professional suitmakers charge the prices we do.
So, let’s pretend that you want to make professional-quality fursuits for $200 each, in expenses.
1. If you are lucky you may be able to find the fabric and foam you need for $200 (though this is at the bare minimum spectrum of material costs). Now, how are you going to make each suit? In order to make professional-quality suits, you are going to need a few things.
You will need to own a heavy-duty sewing machine ($400+), airbrush ($100+), airbrush compressor ($100+), electric drill and correct bits for making eyes ($50+), professional-quality electric clippers ($100+), silicone moldmaking and resin kits ($25-50 per kit), titanium scissors and sharpener ($25+), new shoes for feetpaws ($20+), rubber matting for soles ($20+), electric carving knife for thick foam ($25+); this is indicative of the tools used to create a typical fullsuit, but many suitmakers use other tools that also add to the expense (like dremels, vacuum-form tables, etc.).
You will also need to take into account your thread, needles, pins, polyfil, airbrush paints, lacquer, gluesticks, garbage bags, adhesives, sharpies/chalk, razorblades, zippers, eye plastic, buckram, machine oil, elastic, sandpaper, resin, and patternmaking material, which I won’t calculate here. You will eat through hundreds of these necessities every few weeks. And if you want a website, you must pay annually for your url and monthly for your website server.
So, a modest estimate for tools alone comes to roughly $900 NOT including any of the things that actually go into the tools to make them useful, which you will need to restock regularly.
2. It would be fair to want to be compensated for your specialized labor. A professional-grade fullsuit should take you about 2 weeks of work. The average professional suitmaker produces 2-3 suits a month. Suitmaking of course is a very specific set of artistic skills that takes years to develop, and only a handful of individuals in the world can make suits professionally. So, if it hypothetically only costs you $200 per suit for materials, how much do you charge for labor? At minimum wage ($8.50/hr), 80 hours of work (2 weeks full-time) will come to $680.
This means if a suitmaker’s material costs are $200, and they are paid minimum wage, they will on average be left with $480 for every 2 weeks of full-time work. This comes to $960 a month. This is barely enough to pay electricity, water, food, and rent, let alone cover the restocking of basic materials. Unfortunately you *probably won’t* want to go out and get a second job if you are making suits professionally, because you already work 40 hours a week.
3. You must pay taxes on the suits you sell. That’s right, self-employed people like fursuit-makers in the United States have to pay self-employment tax (15.3% in 2014) AND income tax (another 15%). That means if you make that $960 a month, you must pay almost $2000 a year in taxes.
Suitmakers like me charge what we do in order to compensate for the financial investment we participate in every month, in order to produce a high-quality, lasting piece of original wearable art for you. We spend dozens or even hundreds of hours on each costume, lovingly rendering it to match your design. We strive to make our customers happy with their costumes, not only because of how they look but because of how well they are made and will hold up over time. We do *not* get rich doing this. We dedicate our lives to this craft; it is our career.
Do you still think we charge too much?
Last weekend I attended Anthrocon and it was pretty darn awesome. While I don’t consider myself a furry, I do enjoy realistic costumes, so I took the raptor mask I made (base/blank by: http://kierstinlapatka.tumblr.com/ ) and some gloves I put together. I ran out of time to make a tail. I figured I’d raptor around the con incognito, because it’s fun to be anonymous. Unfortunately for my planned secrecy, I was unaware that in the interim my last photoset of the raptor mask managed to accumulate around 3,000 notes on Tumblr, and the internet knew that it was mine, so there was no secrecy or anonymity. OH WELL I had fun anyhow! Let me tell you though, it’s super weird to have people come up and shout “I SAW THIS ON TUMBLR" in real life. Uhhh. Hi, Internets.
Thus, I raptored around the con and generally acted like a nuisance. The very best reactions were the ‘muggles’… people on the street. They acted like it was Disneyworld and almost everyone really loved it. My friend managed to get a photo of me peeking into a bar window. Check out the enthusiastic lady on the far right.
I even managed to bump into my eagle mask being worn around the con a few times, which was super exciting to me (the Philippines Eagle mask seen above).
All photo credit goes to my friends Byzil and Hypno.
Here is a short video. I didn’t know she was recording at first so I was holding very still so she could take a still photo. Oops. Also ignore my bad anatomy raptor wrists pose. I had just smacked Dark Natasha in the throat with my claws accidentally and was feeling a bit sheepish. (Natasha was fine, but apparently I was going for the kill. Instincts?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJLdFoQOSOg
I am thinking of naming her Kinglet, after the bird that inspired her.
This is pretty darn awesome. Well done Kierstin and Nam!
If I could puff up like a chickadee, I would, I feel so very special. Nam did an amazing job, and I am completely blessed to be able to say that I assisted with this lovely creation.
….Also that woman on the far right in the last photo.
Reblogging for sorta kinda sourcing myself.
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Maker - MaewynShadowtail
THERE WE GO. Leafeon done right. And waaaay better than mine |D
So I’m attempting to play a Dungeons & Dragons campaign this Sunday.
During my vacation and without access to a computer, I pulled out my non-photo blue pencil (favorite sketching device), studied the rulebook, and did some traditional art for a change of my new character. When I got back home I colored it to finish up the concept design. Drew her without “proper clothing” to show off physical build, scale detail, and colors.
Rwar Imma dragon!
Huge thank you to my Patreon supporters! Here’s how your early contributions have helped me out so far: http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=742870&rf=133093&ty=2
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WIP of Riley’s reference sheet.
Finally got the anthro turnaround worked out! Just need to go back and clean up the coloring since I really need some sleep now. Next up is designing new clothing for her :)
Just finished a new cosplay that I’ve been working on the past few days: A Jurassic Park Employee! Simple, but nostalgic and awesome :)
Here is the work in progress photo gallery- https://www.flickr.com/photos/caninehybrid/sets/72157644898969076/