About this project
NEW SPECIES REWARD - SNOW LEOPARD
These ears will be between the size of the kitty and wolf ears but round-tipped instead of triangle-shaped.
FIFTH COLOR ADDED!!
IMPORTANT COLOR UPDATE:
“Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
I am a self-taught costume artist specializing in supplying the furry and cosplay communities. I make intricate mascot costumes (known as fursuits) as well as smaller accessories such as tails and ears.
I greatly enjoy my work and I know that I have been very lucky to be able to make a living from my hobby.
However, a hobby is not enough to support a new, growing family and I have decided that it is now time to expand.
As a professional fursuit and costume artist, I have been making headband ears for years and have refined my craft to the point where, I believe, I have the best looking and most durable realistic ears on the market today.
Unfortunately, my ears are now so realistic and complex that each set takes an incredible amount of time to create and form into a matching pair.
Customers love my ears and I receive constant requests for more, but I simply do not currently have the resources to fill even a portion of all the orders that come my way. Since I do not want to increase prices, I am looking into cutting costs and labour times instead - not just for my ears, but also for my entire costume business as a whole, which will open up even more time to spend making and designing ears. Win/win!
In order to continue to produce my headband ears to my current quality standards, I need to invest in some new equipment that will help me with the symmetry of my ears as well as take off some of the burden of construction.
I will do this by producing plastic 'ear blanks' that the rest of the ear will be based on - thus making them more similar from pair to pair (and more consistent from batch to batch) as well as more durable overall and easier on my fingers vs shaping each ear one by one through multiple different materials.
In addition to this, I wish to buy a professional overlock machine (serger). This will bring some needed functionality regarding stretch furs, as well as eliminate several tedious and time consuming steps in overall ear, tail, and bodysuit manufacture.
Lastly, a large expense is making sure that I can do all of this safely - which means installing a dust collection system for my dremel and clippers and a gas collection system for the vaccumforming table and molding chemicals.
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise the funds to buy and install a:
- A professional mid level serger and basic sewing table ($800)
- Hobby Vacuform table plus heating element for the table and all related safety hardware/switches ($650)
- Dust and gas collection system & all related hardware ($1100)
- Moulding and casting materials required to make the positive molds that the 'ear blanks' will be made from and enough foam and fur to fulfill all kickstarter orders. ($550)
After taxes, shipping, and Kickstarter and Amazon take their respective cuts, I calculate I should be able to do all of this for $3600 USD.
If I do not make my goal, then Kickstarter will not charge you but I will receive nothing. And if this happens then I will not have the time or money to do the needed modifications myself and there is a real possibility that I will have to severely limit or even stop producing my headband ears entirely.
PLEASE NOTE WITH ALL REWARDS THAT OFFER SOME CUSTOMIZATION, A SURVEY WILL BE SENT OUT (VIA KICKSTARTER) TO ALL PLEDGE HOLDERS TO ASK FOR THIS INFORMATION (AS APPLICABLE) AFTER THIS KICKSTARTER ENDS.
All 'estimated delivery dates' are estimates. Actual delivery may be sooner or later than estimated due to the handmade nature of this product and the unknown quantity of orders that will be received.
But know that you will receive your items first - I will NOT sell or deliver ANY other ears while there are still Kickstarter orders to be sent!
1) MY THANKS!
2) METAL CHARM!
These shirts will be professionally screen-printed (rather than digitally printed) and will not fade or crease.
T-shirts will be ordered after this Kickstarter ends so delivered shirts may vary slightly from the photos in colour or style depending on what is available.
And now to the ears themselves..
With all of the below rewards Keep in mind these photos are not the items you will receive - All ears will be handmade using my updated skills and the new techniques funded from this Kickstarter.
As I will have to buy and set up the new equipment before I can start production, there will be a delay between when the kickstarter ends and when the ears are ready to ship.
Note: None of these ears (or anything else I make) contain real fur.
4) WOLF Ears!
Wolf ears. These are large triangle-shaped ears with airbrushing accents. They are mounted to one-size-fits-all elastic headbands.
5) KITTY Cat Ears!
Kitty ears. These are small triangle-shaped ears with airbrushing accents. They are mounted to one-size-fits-all elastic headbands.
6) FOX Ears!
Fox ears. These are large triangle-shaped ears with airbrushing accents and black ear tips. They are mounted to one-size-fits-all elastic headbands.
I am also offering tails to match your ears!
Each tail is made from high-quality faux fur and may have airbrushing accents for realism. They are soft-stuffed just enough to keep their shape but remain light and easy to wear. There are no hard parts.
They have 2 elastic belt loops to fit over any size belt. The 2 loop design means that they can be worn with jeans and other pants that feature a single belt loop at the middle back.
7) WOLF Ears PLUS Matching TAIL!
A pair of wolf ears in your chosen colour PLUS a wolf tail to match! Wolf tails are solid-coloured and approximately 2 feet long.
8) Kitty cat Ears PLUS Matching TAIL!
A pair of kitty ears in your chosen colour PLUS a long kitty tail! Kitty tails are solid-coloured and approximately 3 feet long with a curled tip
For anyone under 5'2" in height the tail tip may touch the ground but I can shorten your tail for no extra charge.
9) FOX Ears PLUS Matching TAIL!
A pair of fox ears in your chosen colour PLUS a fox tail to match!
Fox tails are approximately 2 feet long with a slightly curled white tip and airbrushed black banding separating the two colours (you may chose to opt out of this black airbrushing)
10) Ear RECOLOR!
A pair of any of the above ears but in your own colour or markings. Black and blue kitty ears? Black fox ears with white tips? leopard orange? All of these are possible. (I cannot change the size or shape of the ears or add any pieces to them)
11) Ear and Tail RECOLOR!
One of the above ear and tail sets but in your own custom colour scheme or markings! Tuxedo or tabby cat? A tiger instead of a kitty cat? Cross fox? I can airbrush almost any design for you.
12) A FULL FOX COSTUME!!
A full-body fox fursuit custom-designed and fitted to the customer. In addition you will receive a metal charm, fursuit bandanna, t-shirt, and fursuit care sheet.
This suit will be semi-realistic with a moving jaw, hand-painted glass eyes, and foam padding to simulate a digitigrade stance (unless a straight leg design is preferred) and to subtly enhance the wear's build.
This costume will be based upon the below design (based upon study of many photos of red foxes + a healthy amount of artistic license) though small changes may be made by the artist in transferring the idea to 3D.
Although the concept art is made for a male character, I can adjust it to work well for a female/feminine character as well.
This will be quite possibly the only new opening I will have for a full costume in 2014 - making this a very unique opportunity.
The customer will be expected to provide a new duct tape dummy (made to my specifications) in order to obtain the best fit possible.
STRETCH GOALS: TBA
* fursuit-sized bandannas ?
* more fur colours? or fur types?
* more species to chose from?
In all cases, be assured that, All funds raised will go right back into the business!
My website: http://www.beetlecatoriginals.com
My twitter: https://twitter.com/beetlefursuits
My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Beetlefursuits
My Tumblr: http://beetlefursuits.tumblr.com/
**THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!**
Risks and challenges
I am currently the only person with the skills and knowledge to make my particular style of headband ears so any unforeseen injury or setback to me may cause a similar setback with ear production. That said, all orders placed WILL be met and I will never ignore any concerns regarding order fulfillment.
I am a work from home parent. My daughter is young and naps often so working around her schedule is not usually an issue. But this means there is a finite amount of hours I can work per week so If I receive more orders than expected, fabrication and delivery will likewise take longer than expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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