Q: Where do you purchase your fabrics?
A: Fabrics for my work are purchased all over the place, but primarily through BigZFabric, CR's Crafts, Howl Fabrics, Fabric.com, I'mStuffedFurs, Mendels, and local fabric stores.
Q: Are your products vegan?
A: All fursuits, costumes, and accessories are 100% vegan! I do not use animal products on my work, and if I ever did it would be stated clearly.
Q: I have an animal allergy. Should I commission you?
A: I live in a cat and dog friendly home. While I keep them separated from my workspace, things like dander can still float in. I would not suggest commissioning me if you have a severe allergy. A minor allergy should have minimal problems.
Q: Why are your fursuits so expensive?
A: Well I've been making them since 2013. I have several years of experience under my belt, and unlike many makers I work with you to draft up perfect concepts for your fursuit. Some of the price goes into that work! Each suit also comes with a little goodie bag, and careful consideration put into them to bring them to life perfectly.
Q: How do you make <insert anything>?
A: I got started by using wonderful tutorials provided by http://matrices.net/ and https://fursuit.livejournal.com/. If these do not help, try Google. Many makers have excellent tutorials for free or to purchase for a small fee. I wish I could answer this question to everyone who asked, but I lack the time.
Q: Do you use parts provided by other makers?
A: Yes I do! When clients request resin and/or silicone parts, I usually seek other fursuit makers for these products such as DreamVisionCreations or StuffedPandaStudios. I am happy to use bases from other makers, whether it be ordering it myself or it provided by the client.
Q: How do I wash my costume from you?
A: Everything but the head is machine washable, cold water ONLY and air dry. Most detergents are fine. Heads are spot clean, or can be hand washed following most fursuit washing tutorials. The key thing is to not use warm/hot water and do NOT use a dryer. Dryers with no heat settings may work but take caution.
Q: What's a DTD?
A: A DTD, or duct tape dummy, is a tape replica of your body that I can build fitted bodysuits tailored to you off of without having you in the shop! They're required for any commission involving a bodysuit, and aren't hard to make. You can learn how to make your own here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coradGn8wNY
Q: What should my reference sheet show?
A: 8AM Costumes drafts up custom concept art for each client so a proper fursuit reference is not required, but is appreciated. HOWEVER, I would appreciate references being unshaded and clear. The better the reference, the less time spent on concepts and the faster I can get to work on your fursuit!
Q: Can I pick up my commission when it's done?
A: I do offer at con pickup for clients who are attending the same convention as I am and their suit is done by the con. For non-convention pickup, it can be discussed. Note that 8AM Costumes is based in St. Louis, Missouri when wanting pickup!
Q: Can I pay extra to get a rush commission or a sooner due date?
A: No. It's not fair to other clients or you, as a rushed suit is never as good as one that had time spent on it.
Q: Can you mimic this style?
A: I do not replicate other makers styles. I am happy to match your art or a theme, but I do not mimic other fursuit maker styles.
Q: I'm under 18 but want a commission, how do I do that?
A: If you are under 18, I will need a parent or guardian to contact me and discuss payments, as well as agree to my terms of service before commissioning. This is for legal reasons and to ensure no trouble may possibly happen. I may request a legal ID as proof of age if needed.
Q: Are your fursuit heads glasses friendly?
A: They are! I can't see a foot in front of me without glasses and I'm unable to wear contacts. By default all of my fursuit heads accommodate for glasses unless otherwise stated. If you don't wear glasses then you get the comfort and ventilation without glasses in the way!
Q: Do you do adult work for your fursuits?
A: Yes I do! I can add hidden zippers and other tidbits that you come up with. I don't have set examples nor prices yet, but should hopefully have some soon.
Q: I had a question that was not answered on here!
A: Did you read my terms of service? There are questions answered in it! If you cannot find it on there or through here, you can email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.