Beastcub Creations

Custom Creature Costumes

Open year-round for select designs. Open in August for custom work.             

 Quotes for custom order (client designed) costumes will be open from August 1st to August 5th every year. During that time you can email me at thebeastcub@gmail.com please include what you would like in the email title (example: realistic red dragon) I will reply with my terms of sale and a complete up to date price list.

 
The lucky 10 people I will choose as new customers will be contacted by August 8th, those chosen must get in 30% by August 15th or risk loosing their spot.


NOTE: For custom made (client designed) work I am only open in August but I am open year-round for artistic liberty projects and for anyone wishing to claim one of the "client needed" costumes in my gallery.

 

 

  Terms of Sale                                                    

My terms of sale for ordering from me:
(sorry this is so long, it gets changed every time I have an issue, and I have had 10 years of issues)

Part 1: Must be 18 and older.

This form of work for hire is considered a contract, it is illegal for a minor to enter a contract, you must me 18 years old or older to commission me.

EDIT: Due to the fact I have dealt with a 17 year old who not only ignored my TOS but fraudulently used their mother's credit card resulting in a chargeback, I now require that you send me a photo of you holding your ID next to your face, this has to be a government issued ID. (Do note that creating a false ID to lie about your age is forgery and is an arrestable crime) I then also need a close up of the birth date on the card.

Part 2: Deposit.

I require a 30% nonrefundable deposit up front to secure you place on the list and I require payment in full (100% of the price) before I begin any work.

If at any time you choose to cancel the commission before I begin work I will refund all but the 30% deposit. (if you paid me $1000 you get $700 back)

If you choose to cancel your commission after work has begun on either head or bodysuit an additional 20% of the purchase price will be kept for a total of 50%
(if you paid me $1000 you get $500 back)

If at any time I choose to cancel your commission for personal reasons (due to injury or family situation) and work has not begun then you will receive all money paid including the 30% deposit. If work has begun you will be sent all the materials and everything I have worked on and refunded the difference.

Part 3: Price expiration and payment plans.

 Your price quote is good for 9 months, do be sure to pay in full within this time. I am flexible about payments as long as the item is fully paid within 9 months, you can pay in full up front, you can pay $100 or more at a time a bunch of times, or give me the deposit and then all of the rest at the last second (*though I am not a fan of that last one)

 To be clear I am unlikely to ever ask when you can make your next payment, rather I will continue to work on fully paid clients and wait for you to contact me when you are ready to put money towards your order.

If you are still not paid in full after 9 months your price quote is subject to change and the overall price of your order could rise so do be prompt in paying on time.

Part 4: Deadlines.

 I do not guarantee client given deadlines, you can give me a hopeful due date and I will honor it if I can, there is no form of refund if I miss said due date.

If you have a desired deadline I require full payment at least 3 months before said deadline and I require the duct tape dummy, shoes and hand tracing within 2 weeks of full payment. If you fail to pay in full or provide the items within the given time I may still be able to attempt your deadline with a hefty overtime fee (*this extra fee would be refunded if I miss said deadline as deadlines themselves are never fully guaranteed)

Part 5: Wait time.

From the time of your down payment to the day you get the suit there will be a wait time. Please note that your wait time is not counted until I have full payment as well as everything I require from you to build your order (in the case of a fullsuit this would be your duct tape dummy, shoes and hand tracing)
 
A fullsuit generally takes 3-5 weeks to complete, but I usually have 6 if not more fully paid customers at a time, hence a bit of a wait time. The average wait is around 3 months and so far I have not let anyone wait more than 6 months (again wait time is counted on how long a client sat and wait after having paid and full and given me what I need to complete the order)

I also should note that since I dedicate so much time and attention to the customer I am currently working on you may feel ignored until it is your turn, sorry.

Part 6: Mailing costs.

 Shipping is to be discussed at the time of completion, I will require a guesstimate be paid before your item is mailed, leftover funds at a value more than $5 will be refunded to the client, an exceed value of more than $5 will be billed to the client.

  For insured shipping with tracking heads tend to ship for around $80, half suits generally ship for around $150, full suits for around $200, Quadsuits $300. Please set aside the approximate amount as I will need this just prior to when the order is mailed.

All international orders will be mailed vis USPS, I am not responsible for customs/import fees and will not lower the value on the forms or mark it as gift as that is fraud. Most countries charge around 20% to import an item, please research and prepare for this extra cost.

Part 6: Credit.

As the owner you hold all rights to use of the costume but as the artist I retain credit for the creation of the work and the rights to all photos I take of the costume, I can use said photos however I please as part of my business. I by all means can hold off on debuting photos of your costume until a reasonable future date of your choice, and I can also withhold information about who and what the costume was for.

If you wish for the creation of your costume to remain private indefinitely then you must purchase the full rights of the costume from me for a sizable fee, this fee would give you all rights to the costume including omission from my portfolio.

Part 7: Payment methods.

For customers outside the USA I require paypal as it is really just the best and easiest way. For customers within the USA I prefer that the 30% nonrefundable deposit be done with paypal so I can instantly confirm you as a customer, but I would prefer the remainder to come as a check or money order so as to avoid paypal fees.

Part 8: Items I need to build the costume.

Do refer to this page for information about the required shoes, hand tracing and most importantly the duct tape dummy.
http://www.beastcub.com/orderingandtermsofsale.html
If a dummy is roughly made but I can fix it I will charge a $20-$80 fee based on work needed to make it usable. If a dummy is so poorly made that I deem it unfixable it will be thrown away and a new one required.

Do make note of the need for taped heels, tape down to the thumb, tape up to the neck and that the dummy *needs* to be taped up where you got cut loose so all I need to do is stuff it when it gets here. A dummy sent without having been taped up where you were cut loose will garner a fee of $100 for me tape it up or it will mailed back at the client's expense.

Part 9: Project abandonment.

 Failure to get me what I need to finish your costume (for a fullsuit this is the dummy, shoes and hand tracing) within 6 months of being paid in full will result in a change of your price. Delaying my ability to make your costume by failing to get me your items is just the same as delaying work due to failure to pay, my prices change periodically and it is very defeating to be doing fresh work while being paid an old price.

Please note that this also applies to situations where you have to re-send me something (due to a poorly made dummy or the wrong kind of shoes for example) you have to provide me the new item within 6 months of being notified that I cannot use what you first mailed me or your price changes.

Also under "project abandonment" is communication, if at any point, fully paid or not, I make several attempts to contact you and I fail to receive any reply then after 6 months I will refund everything but the 30% deposit assuming you either silently wish to refund or something terrible happened to you, if work had begun on your order 50% will be refunded.

Part of your purchase is NOT refundable                 

The first 30% Payment is not refundable at all unless I have reason to cancel the order.

If you have to cancel before I begin work I can refund all but that 30%

 If you cancel the order and the costume has been completed then you will receive a refund of 50% not including any overtime/rush fees (I keep said fees) and it will be sold to the highest bidder. The appearance will be altered if it was your unique design.

Premade costumes generally do not sell as well as a custom order. I run an equal risk of breaking even, loosing out or gaining a bonus profit, in the instance of profit I am not obligated to pass any of the extra profit on to the canceled customer.

 

What I need to create your costume                           

What I need from you to do a commission 

 

*do you have the First payment ready?*

Please be sure you have roughly the following ready to make the first payment of 30% please note that this 30% down payment is not refundable

The average deposit amount is $300 for a head, $800 for a halfsuit, $1000 for a fullsuit, $2000 for a quadsuit.

**Reference**

I do not always need a ref sheet, drawings done by different people in different styles, images of real animals, or even a good description of the design, is all fine with me If you are open minded about how your costume will look. 

No "adults only" artwork please, black bars over non-explicit poses are acceptable.

 If the goal is having the suit look as close to the reference art as possible then that is what I will attempt. If you have a very precise way you want things to look then I need a well drawn and detailed reference sheet with the body shown in at least 2 angles and head shown in at least 3 angles.

 Please keep in mind that I am not always able to capture subtleties of shape or expression, so if you require the costume to essentially be an exact 3D copy of your concept art then I may not be the best artist for you and it may be best to make it yourself. All concept art is subject to interpretation and the final costume will be rendered in my own style.

 

***Contact me***

If you have all of the above sorted out then it is time to email me.

thebeastcub@gmail.com

****Duct-Tape Dummy****

Fullsuits, quad suits and 3/4 suits Require a "duct-tape dummy" :

Instructions can be found here (linked to with permission) this tutorial was the closest I could find to how I like dummies made, these instructions are not exact to my needs, please read below! http://www.kilcodocostumes.com/dtd.htm

THINGS TO NOTE that are different than the instructions in the link!!!

I need the the dummy to come all the way up to the base of your neck.

I like the dummy made skin tight not loose in any areas as the instructions say, I will adjust the pattern to fit comfortably while avoiding wrinkles.

The more layers of tape you use the better! I require at least 2 layers. 

The dummy arms need to come down to the base of your thumb (to clarify: you tape the lower part of your hand) this way I do not have to assume the dummy arms are long enough (avoiding wrists showing when the suit is worn)

Tape your heel, not your whole foot, just the heel, this way I do not have to assume the legs on the dummy are long enough (avoiding ankles showing when the suit is worn)

Have your arms up and straight (out to the sides and level with your shoulders) and your legs apart. Leave the clothing attached to the tape.

I do not need a dummy of your head, hands or feet.

For digigrade legs mark your knee and the back of your calf.

 Mark your belt line.

Tape the seams back up where you were cut loose, I cannot stress how important this is, and tape them up very well. Once I get it I will stuff it. Failure to tape up the seams will leave you with a $80 fee! So do not forget.

This is a 2 person job by the way and rather "awkward" to do so find some one you are comfortable with, be wary of siblings as they may tape you to the floor.

 

****Quadsuit Dummies****

I need your knees, calf, belt and elbows marked. I also need the tape to come down to the base of the thumb and over the heels just like on a normal dummy.

 For a quad stance, think of youself as a table, flat back with arms and legs straight below you.

                                                            

 A properly made quad dummy below

***Shoes***

 For the feet I require shoes be sent.  Old shoes are fine as long as they are clean and in good shape. If your feet will have paw pads the sole has to have no raised heel or deep treads. If your feet will not have paw pads then a black bottom is best as it will show. Shoes that do not come up to the ankles or that come up past the ankles are not good choices.

Old shoes are fine, the reason I require shoes is it guarantees a perfect fit and comfort so broken in shoes are best

 DO NOT send me "safety" "non slip" or "non marking" shoes, I cannot glue anything to these!

***Hands***

For your hands I need a hand tracing on card stock, cereal box, or something of equal density. DO NOT cut out your hand tracing because when I prepare the tracing for a pattern I leave excess around the hand. Write your character name and/or a description (ie blue wolf) inside the hand.
 
For cloven hoof hands (like the black cow) do your tracing "Trekkie style" (thumb held wide, pointer and middle held together, ring and pinky held together, making a wide V)
For 4 digit paw or hoof hands hold the ring and middle finger together.
 For 5 finger hands hold all 5 digits nice and wide

                                                            ***Helmet For quadsuits***

  For a quad suit I will need a very well fitted rock climbing helmet, both the strap and helmelt should be snug and comfortable. If the helmet slides forward on your head at all then that is BAD. For horse quads or anything with a long neck it is also important that the helmet no slide side to side. No visor.

 

 Customer reviews                                      

http://fursuitreviews.livejournal.com/38903.html
 
  http://fursuitreviews.livejournal.com/39211.html
 
 http://community.livejournal.com/fursuitreviews/28538.html
 
 
Please take note about what the first one said about how durable my work is, his suit has seen far more use than the average customer, it has easily seen 5 years of "average" use in 2 years time (several cons a year and weekly outings vs the average few cons a year) and his suit is still going strong and looks great.
 
 Also take note of what the last one said with the wait and the communication. There is typically a long silent wait time for your order but once it is your turn on the list you will have my undivided attention. I cannot keep in contact with every one at once because I put all my time and focus on one order a time.

A note on me shipping your costume                    

I can ship world wide

Shipping is not included in the quote, it is to be paid when the costume is sent.

For international customersit is the customer's responsibility to research and know what sort of customs/import fees or taxes are involved with receiving an expensive item from the United States and plan accordingly. I am not responsible for any fees and am not obligated to lower my prices due to high customs fees.

A warning to international customers: International USPS insurance rarely ever covers the full amount of a fursuit, I am only responsible to insure for as high as the post office will allow me. If your item arrives in customs but you fail to pay the custom's fees in time and the item is sent back to me and lost in transit I am not responsible to refund more than the insurance I was able to obtain as risking the item being returned to me is entirely the customer's doing. Otherwise in the event of a lost international shipment I will work to come to a compromise if the insured amount is less than purchase price.

A Note on Shipping things to Me                      

I hate packing peanuts, they are messy and hard to deal with and my pets like to eat them (which is bad) please avoid using them.

 Also no signature requirements please, my porch is enclosed and far back from the road and thus is nice and safe...I am not awake when the mailman comes and I hate having to go sign for boxes at the post office!

Please write on the box what the contents are for (ie "red dragon" "brown lion" "zebra") so I can just pop it into storage unopened if needed, it saves a lot of fuss.

  Repairs, Discounts and other concerns                  

The biggest part of my job is to make sure people are happy. So please read the following :)

I offer FREE Maintenance and repairs with the first six months of owning your suit with free return shipping if  I feel the issue was due to light wear and tear or a construction fault on my end (I do not cover express shipping) my warranty is void if the damage is due to extreme use or abuse, for example if you sat on your head or wore your feet in the mud.

Cleaning is NOT FREE: Repairs are free since I made the item but I have nothing to do with it getting dirty. If you would like me to clean your fursuit then I will give you a minimum and maximum price range for the job and then charge you based on how hard the job was.

 

Note: If any alterations have been made to the costume without consulting me first via email then all repair and replacement warranties become void and you cannot return it for cleaning. In addition to this if the costume gets to me and I find it has been altered without consulting me then you will be forced to pay return shipping. So be sure to contact me before you change anything on your costume.

 If you for whatever reason become unsatisfied please contact me                If your concern is within reason I will either offer a partial refund or a replacement at a reduced cost.

A Note on Durability                                      

 These costumes are wearable forms of art, not toys, and abuse and misuse will cause damage. If they are not treated kindly they will not last.

 Fursuits are wearable artwork not clothing.

 I do know my work should last at least 200 hours without maintenance, and please remember that I am always happy to repair faults and improve upon any of my customers costumes at any time.

 

Liability Disclaimer                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I know the disclaimer sounds scary but the warnings on shampoo bottles makes it sound like you'd go blind and we all have gotten soap in our eyes at least once in our lives and never went blind, the scary warning is there for seller protection.

ALLERGY WARNING!                                 

If you are allergic to any animal LET ME KNOW

 I keep a variety of pets. If you are mildly allergic (If all you get is a little sneezy) then I can be sure my pets do not come near your order, as well as vacuum the costume and use dander wipes before I send it. (I myself am dangerously allergic to guinea pigs and rabbits, so I understand allergy issues)

If you are deathly allergic to cats, birds, or dogs and the slightest contamination can harm you then it's best to play it safe and buy from someone else.

Materials are stored in a pet free area but my work area and living space are one and the same, I cannot keep my pets separate from my work space as I live in my work space. I have cats and a parrot, and sometimes my sister's dog visits, and while I keep the animals off of my supplies there is still dander and fur floating around the room.

ALSO I like to do photos and videos with my animals if the costume looks like one of my animals. If the idea of holding/touching an animal while modeling the costume bothers you, even for non allergy reasons, please let me know.

           

     I do my best to keep my pets off my costuming supplies, but I opened this box of fake fur and not even 5 seconds later CreamPuff is laying in it and had to be chased out!

                                                                   Bad kitty!

 

 

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