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 7th 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.

 

 

Clarification of Artistic Liberty                                    

Artistic liberty (art lib) means you get to choose the basics like the color, the species, the gender, and the expression, you also choose the visual style be it toony, realistic or somewhat in between, and then of course you can choose if you want a head-only, a partial, etc all the way up to a quadsuit... But then I am set loose to make whatever I want within the basic parameters because, again, this is artistic LIBERTY i.e. "the power to do as one pleases" these commissions can be great fun but NOT if you are specific on what you want from me.
 
There will generally be less communication than a regular commission as I don't have to approve exact colors and exact ear shapes and exact head shapes like I have to for a custom design/fursona, all this will be left up to me. Again this is a freedom project so please only apply if you are open minded and happy to be semi surprised by the final outcome (or fully surprised, blind box is an option! if you choose a blind box artistic liberty you will have no idea what it looks like until it arrived in the mail)
 
I will still go over my basic plan with you before starting work, I may even do a sketch, and I will clarify any big new ideas I have while I am working before they become a permanent part of the design.

In some cases I may throw wild ideas at you that deviate from the original premise to see if you like these new ideas more than the original plan, but in these cases it is me throwing ideas around to see if anything sticks that YOU like, please do not feel pressured to say yes to any major changes to the plan.
 

  Terms of Sale                                                    

(sorry this is so long, it gets changed every time I have an issue, and I have had 13 years of issues)

Part 1: Must be 18 and older.

This form of work for hire is considered a contract, giving me money means you are in agreement to my terms of sale and have entered a contract, it is illegal for a minor to enter a contract, you must be 18 years old or older to commission me. Minors can still get a costume from me but I have to be paid by and work directly with an adult representative. It is also highly recommended that minors only get a head or partial if they are under 17 as there is a good chance anyone younger will outgrow the feet and bodysuit (my heads have an adjustable fit)

EDIT: Due to the fact I had a minor who fraudulently used their mother's credit card without permission resulting in the mother filing a Paypal dispute against me, 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.

EDIT: Due to a fursuit being caught up in a divorse dispute where the wife at the time I was hired used the husband's Paypal to pay me, and then later the ex husband wanted the money back, the ID given must match the name of any check, money order or Paypal account used to pay me.

*Any proof of ID given is for my eyes only and will never be shared with anyone with the exception of a dispute of funds being filed against me in which case it will be passed along to the dispute team as evidence. On the note of customer privacy I also will never share any real names, addresses, phone numbers, or emails publicly.

Part 2: 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)

 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 3: Deadlines.

 I do not guarantee client given deadlines, you can give me a hopeful due date and I will honor it if I can. 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 one week of full payment.
In rare cases I may attempt to meet a deadline under 3 months but only with a hefty overtime fee to justify the extra work hours, this extra fee would be refunded if I miss said deadline.
Again I do not guarantee deadlines but informing me that you have one and making sure I have 3 months to work gives you a pretty dang good chance of having your item for the day you want it, and I am willing to attempt deadlines shorter than 3 months but only with an overtime fee that gets refunded if I miss the deadline.

Part 4: 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 after 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 1-3 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 waited after having paid and full and after I have been given what I need to complete the order. (If you take 6 months to get me your duct tape dummy, shoes and hand tracing and then I take 3 months to build your order your wait time was 3 months not 9 months, the 6 months where I was left waiting do not count)

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 5: Deposit and cancellation

I require a 30% nonrefundable deposit up front to secure your 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 being paid in full I will refund all but the 30% deposit. (if you paid me $1000 you get $700 back)
Once paid in full your order becomes official and cannot be refunded. If you find this concerning please take into mind that my production time is short, and that I have been in business since 2008 and never once failed to fulfill an order or left someone waiting an unreasonable amount of time.

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

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 a gift as that is fraud. Most countries charge around 20% to import an item, please research and prepare for this extra cost. It is also not my responsibility to help with the import process and fill out any paperwork you receive beyond creating for you a hand written receipt if customs requires one.
Please also note that with international mailing many countries have a maximum payout on insurance that is much lower than the value of most my work, and in the case of a catastrophe I can only refund you what the insurance did cover and then use my internet presence to promote any kind of Go Fund Me or charitable effort you set up to reclaim the rest.

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, in some cases I can even leave defining traits of the design absent until after the debut (like if your character has specific tattoos or ear tufts)

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. This fee at a bare minimum will be double the commission price.

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.
When sending a check or money order please make sure the amount is actually in your bank at the time of mailing it to me, do not ask me to tell you when I am cashing it so you can put funds in the bank, just have the funds there in the first place please, I rarely ever leave the house and when I do it is usually spontaneous and I won't be able to give you advanced notice. I will not reimburse an overdraft fee on your end and I have to pay a fee on my end when a check bounces, so again, please have funds ready and waiting.

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.

Edit: Due to the fact that the fursuit caught in the aforementioned divorce dispute would have been completed before the divorce IF I had been sent the duct tape dummy in a timely manner, I now require you send me your duct tape dummy, shoes, anything I need, within 1 month of full payment. If not in my hands within a month then at least proof it has been sent in the form of a tracking number. Exceptions to this need to be addressed with me promptly (for example I am understanding that Covid19 makes it hard for anyone who lives alone to get one made)

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 less will be refunded.

Part 10: Repairs and replacements

I offer free repair or replacement within a year of ownership if the problem is deemed to be a fault of the build itself, return shipping is also free if the fault is deemed a design flaw. Again if it's my fault I will fix it for free.

Repairs or replacement due to inflicted damage, loss, theft, staining, or wear-and-tear from extended use are not free, a fee will be charged and return shipping covered by the client, repairs for such are done on a case by case basis. You are more than welcome to have someone else do a repair or ask me for advice on how to make a repair yourself.

Replacement upgrades, as in "version 2.0" of an order are available for heads, partials and full body costumes, I will not make new tails, hands, wings, feet, quadsuit stilts, or bodysuits by themselves.

Part 11: Pet Allergy Warning

My work space, living space, and sleeping space are one and the same, I keep cats and parrots and sometimes I have a dog visit. I make a special effort to keep my pets away from my materials if you indicate an allergy but there is nothing I can do about the airborne dander. While I have made costumes for many with mild allergies with no negative feedback I have yet to be hired by anyone with a severe allergy. If you are like I am with rabbit dander, which I am severely allergic to (I quickly break out in hives, my eyes water, I sneeze and begin to wheeze, and if exposed long enough I will have an asthma attack and struggle to breathe) I must warn extreme caution in ordering from me as you may have to let your costume sit for 3-6 months to allow the allergens to die off before use and I know that extra wait time is terrible (well not so terrible in 2020 since everything is cancelled am I right?)

Clarifications and disclaimers                      

* digigrade padding prices can be applied to 3/4 suit furry pants
**sleeves and leggings are for halfsuit use, a bodysuit for fullsuit use comes with attached limbs.
***I typically only do a bottom jaw set as the top one is barely seen and adds such notable weight making the head more front heavy and uncomfortable, the exception being anything snarly where teeth is the focus.
**** the inside of my work is not fancy, I put a huge amount of focus into the durability, comfort and outward appearance but for the sake of my worn out hands the inside is left plain.
 
My feet with paw pads price is very high: I really hate making feet with paw pads and am only willing to do so at that price, I understand the price is extreme and I have nothing against you deciding to get paw pad feet from another maker.
 
My bodysuit prices are higher than average: I understand my bodysuits are highly priced, rather than close for them entirely I upped the price, you are more than welcome to make your own body or hire another maker if you want to get the rest from me. Bodysuits are the hardest part of my job and I have developed carpal tunnel, arthritis and tendonitis, I need to charge more to justify the fact they take so long to make and that I deal with so much wear-and-tear on my hands.
 
 
Glued face vs sewn: I have been gluing down the fur directly to the head base without first sewing it into a slip cover since before I even opened business, and aside from occasionally being able to feel a rough edge deep in the base coat of the fur where the seams meet (if you go rubbing your fingers into the fur to even find it) I have had no issues in the last decade with how said seams look or hold up with time.
 
The hot glue I use is industrial strength and costs me $1 each stick, I am not using cheap "craft quality" glue, you very much have to put effort into getting the glue I use to come undone (I have hurt myself trying to undo things I need undone)
 
Sewing flares up the carpal tunnel, tendonitis and arthritis in my hands, I am only in my mid 30s and yet my hands are swiftly wearing out, I want to keep doing this until I am at least 50 so I prefer to glue as much as I can for the sake of my hands.
 
Gluing face seams used to be a casually accepted practice until discourse in the furry fandom decided it was no longer ok, to be fair this discourse at its core centered around examples of glue jobs done poorly but rather than blaming the poor application of glue the use of glue itself was deemed the fault and was written off as "bad" ignoring that any method can be poorly done including sewing!

I and several other makers still stand by glued face seams to this day, but because of the discourse and the stigma that it is "bad" I feel like I have to compensate for using my preferred glue and thus I have put in place a $900 discount for anyone who chooses glued over sewn.
 
That said I still sew what has to be sewn for the sake of a clean result, like super short fur, the rim of an ear, or the sharp curve of the edge of the muzzle, all incidents where an edge is too likely to show if I do not sew it. I also sew necks and anything free-standing (as in not glued down to a base) with the exception of maybe a lil fringe of NFT fur at the bottom edge of the neck or things you can't sew in like feathers.
 
I also want to clarify that sewn faces still have to be glued down the base so as not be loose and floppy anyway, and I want to further clarify that I am not gluing the fur together and then gluing it to the base, by glued seams I mean the fur is carefully butted up edge to edge as I glue each piece down to the base with a delicate bead of glue right along the edge, meaning no extra glue is used vs gluing down a sewn face and thus this does not add any extra weight (as some people argue)
 
ALSO I need to disclose that if you choose sewn there will still be a glued seam where the ears (and/or horns) attach because of how I assemble things. Also the magnets in the neck closure in the back will be attached with glue meant for magnets.
 
ALSO all "hard" parts is glued no matter what, silicone paw pads, clay/resin noses, silicone tongues, claws, hoofs, horns, spikes, teeth, eyes, all glued, this goes not just for heads but any part of the costume.
 
ALSO if your head base is a custom build that means the base is made of pieces of upholstery foam and/or EVA that is all glued together. And every head base no matter the material is glued to a hat to make it wearable, and every fursuit face skin is glued to the base, and every foot skin and hoof is glued to a shoe.

 

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


**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.

 

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..

A warning to international customers: International USPS insurance to some countries has a limit amount and it may not be enough to cover your item, I am only able 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 or damaged 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 every other instance in the event of a lost or damaged 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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