If I get an email that can be answered through the FAQ below it will be ignored.
Emails asking for a custom order of a specific design you want made will be ignored unless my site states I am open for quotes, outside of August 1-5 I am open only for artistic liberty or to make things in the "Client Needed" folder of my gallery.
Q: I have a specific costume I want, when do you take new custom order customers?
A: August 1-5th every year
Q: I want a costume from you and I don't care what it is, do I have to wait for August?
A: Nope! I am open for artistic liberty work (I design the costume) year-round, we can discuss the things I want to make and come up with something you'd like.
Q: Do you have anything already made for sale?
A: I sometimes have pre-made tails and costumes up for sale, I also have designs I want to make and will take a client for at any time of the year, you can check my gallery for these items.
Q: I run/know of an event I think you'd like to attend, can I contact you?
A: Yes. I do events within a 3 hour drive of Sacramento and enjoy fursuiting at the likes of Celtic, Fantasy and Renaissance fairs. I am always looking for gigs at such events in hopes of getting free entry/parking and a place out of sight to rest and cool down out of costume.
Q: will you come my kid's party in a costume.
A: sorry no, I find house calls uncomfortable and when it comes to kids and these costumes brief interactions are best (such as passing by me at an event) because when the novelty wears off the poking and prodding and tail pulling begins.
Q: What events do you?
A: I suit at the All Hallows Sonora Fantasy Fair, Sac-Anime, Fanime, sometimes Sac-Con
The only Furry con I do is Further Confusion
Q: Can you help me make something? Can you tell me how you make heads/eyes/etc? Where do you buy your fur/supplies?
A: No I cannot help or tell you how I make things, I am far too busy with work BUT you can find help here as well as a list of fur suppliers and material suppliers. http://fursuit.livejournal.com/profile http://fursuit.livejournal.com/
Q: Can I buy this suit I see in your gallery?
A: Unless it says "FOR SALE" the it already has an owner.
Q: Can I order a suit just like the one I like in your gallery?
A: If it is not a unique design (ie a white wolf) yes BUT if it is a previous customer's unique design, no, not unless they say it is okay.
Q: Will you make me a Pokemon/Digimon/Sonic/Wolf-Link/(insert copyrighted character here)?
A: NO, the copyrighted items in my gallery were made for no profit and are either personal suits or ones made for friends. The only exception to this is if the character looks like a natural animal (such as Kiba from Wolf's Rain) or fantasy animal (such as a hellhound) For copyrighted characters that look close to natural I can make you a base but you have to add what makes it copyrighted (such as I make you a white wolf and you add red markings to be Okami) Fursuit making is my way of life, my way of life it is too valuable to me to risk getting sued.
Q: Do you sell painted eyes, blinking eyes, noses, claws, paw pads, teeth, horns, wings on their own, quadsuit stilts on their own, feet or hands on their own, ears on hats/clips/headbands, foam head bases.
Q: Do you sell just tails?
A: Sometimes, ask and see if I am open for them (I decline such orders when I am too busy...or, uh, to be honest I tend to just not reply ^_^;)
Q: I wear glasses, can you make the head fit my glasses?
A: I actually wear glasses, the way my costume heads are built makes them likely the best out there for use with glasses.
Q: Will you lower the price for me please? I cannot afford it.
A: No, this is how I make my living, these costumes cost a lot to build and take a lot of time. I already keep my prices as low as I can for I like being considered affordable, I barely charge enough to pay the bills (the cost of living in California is not pretty)
Q: I am under 18 can I still buy from you?
A: Your parents can. But please, if you are under 16, don't bother with more than a head, it sucks to outgrow something so expensive!
Q: Will you make just a bodysuit for me?
Q: I bought a head/halfsuit from you, can I get a bodysuit/the rest made?
A: Yes but you have to send back what you already bought from me for photos/to be sure the parts fit together.
Q: If I send you the fur and such can you lower the price?
A: Not by much if at all, also I am far more comfortable buying my own supplies and am used to working with certain foam/materials and using something different will only complicate things. SO I am most likely going to say No to having you send me anything unless it is a fur color/type I cannot get on my own.
Q: I live near Sacramento California, can I pick it up in person?
Q: I live near Sacramento California, can I see where you work?
A: Um... No.
Q: I am going to the same convention as you, can I pick up my order there?
A: Maybe but it will not be free (our car is always crammed and arranging pickup at a con is a headache)
Q: Do you really need a duct tape dummy?
A: Rarely can I go without, and that is only for simple loose fitting suits made with fur not shorter than 1 inch, with no markings or padding.
Q: I live in X country, can you mail to me?
A: Most likely yes, so far I have mailed to: Canada, Singapore, Australia, France, Scotland, the UK, Norway, Germany, New Zealand, and Africa...so unless your country cannot import from the USA I can mail to you.
Q: How old are you?
A: My birthday is March 22, 1986, so do the math (this way I do not have to remember to update this answer, lol)
Q: Did you go to school to learn how to do this?
A: I went to college and have an AA in art but it has not helped me with this at all (it was mostly art history, color theory, drawing, painting and ceramics) I took a business class and it too did not help me at all. I am self taught when it comes to making costumes and learned how to run my business on my own.
Q: Can you give me tips on how to start doing what you do/run a business?
A: Pffft, I hardly remember how I got to where I am today, things just sort of fell into place for me...so No.
Q: Can I be your apprentice/work with you/help you work/watch you work?
A: Ummm No.
I sprayed on, brushed it in, let sit for 10 minutes, rubbed real hard with a damp cloth, then with a dry cloth, reapted once more, and DONE. No need to rinse, no sticky residue or damage to the fur.
Around here I can only find this at CVS pharmacy, you can go to the Oxy Magic site to locate your nearest seller.
Heat is bad: Fake fur is actually thin strands of plastic and it melts very easily and becomes curly and matted, once this happens there is no saving it! Heat can also soften or even melt the glue used to make the head and feet.
Never swim in your costume: not only can this ruin parts of your costume but can be harmful to you because fur will soak up 5-10 times its weight in water, a 10 pound costume will be more like 100 pounds when wet!
The more you wear it or the more rough you are on your costume the faster it will wear out.
If you have a hinged jaw do try to avoid letting it get pulled on or smashed to one side or the other because that could make it come loose.
Tails should be surface washed only. The stuffing means the tail takes a long time to dry if soak washed and it could grow mold. If you do soak wash do not hang the tail to dry because it will be heavy and could cause the fur to stretch and thus warp the shape.
*more on this subject coming soon