Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find a list of commonly asked questions and their corresponding answers! If you cannot find the answer to your queries on this page, you may email us at [email protected] Response time is usually within the week. We look forward to hearing from you!
Our commissions are not open at regular intervals. For the best information on when commissions will be open, check the “announcements” section on the homepage, or follow us on social media!
Occasionally, though our commissions are closed, we will accept a commission that really catches our eye and ignites our imaginations. If you are curious about whether we’d like to take your commission on at any given time, feel free to email your character reference to [email protected]
When commission slots open, a form is posted online where potential commissioners can indicate all the details of their suit and receive an initial quote. These applications are then reviewed and a final quote is given. Applicants who accept their quote are then placed in a pool, from which the final suits are chosen. Some things we take into account include whether the customer will be able to pay sooner rather than later, whether we already have or know where to get certain supplies, and whether the commission itself is fun and interesting enough to keep the studio engaged and create a meaningful result.
There are a few things you should have. First, you should have visual references or ideas for the character you’d like made. Secondly, you should make sure you have the financial means to commission something that will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. We highly recommend saving up your money beforehand. Not only is it a much more responsible and safe thing to do, we also tend to give higher priority to people who can pay up front or very quickly. Third, you should be ready to create a duct tape dummy and send other measurements such as the length of your hand and shoe size if you get the slot.
Many fursuit makers want a very clear front and back reference sheet of the character standing with arms and legs spread. We do NOT want this. There is nothing more boring and uninspiring than a reference sheet like that! If you have a fleshed out character already, then send artwork of them that shows off the kind of personality and look that you want them to have; send pieces that show a style of artwork that you believe jives with the character and who they are. Don’t worry about showing their colors and markings clearly, part of our commission process includes a concept sheet where we will clearly draw out what the fursuit will look like from multiple angles. If you don’t quite know what you want, we love working with character design, and are happy brainstorm and draw out ideas and concepts for your suit if we choose it. We will simply need a detailed explanation of your character, who they are and what you wish them to look like.
A Duct Tape Dummy is essentially a life-size mould of your body. For instructions on how to make one, you may watch a tutorial here. Building from a dummy is much more accurate and produces an even better end result. Because of this we do not build full suits without having your personal dummy available. A dummy is not required for masks, hands, tails or feet.
Unfortunately we cannot make suits of copyrighted characters. Things like Pokémon, Disney characters, Sonic, Five Nights at Freddy’s etc. can result in legal issues. We are sometimes able to make look-alike costumes to a limited degree. If you are unsure whether your character can be made by us or not, you can email us at [email protected] and we’ll let you know!
There is currently no waiting list for commissions from Bardic Bestiary. We open commissions routinely, take a few, complete them, then open for commissions once more when we are ready. The commission form must be filled out each time slots are available. If you submit your suit and it is not chosen, feel free to ask us how to make your commission more appealing and likely to be taken on.
Payment plans are available, and are discussed on a case-by-case basis. All customers must be able to pay a down payment up front, which is 20% of the total commission price. Once the down payment is made, our customers usually opt for one of two options to complete the payment:
- Calculated installments paid monthly for a specified period of time. For example, $550 a month for 4 months.
- Half when the suit begins, and half when the suit is completed.
Yes. This is usually 20% of the full price and covers the cost of your slot and materials. It is non-refundable. The down payment is included in any price quote received for a suit commission. If the down payment is not made in a timely manner, your slot will be given to someone else.
All payments must be made via PayPal through invoicing. This means that you can pay it with a credit or debit card; PayPal supports a large number of cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Bardic Bestiary does not accept any other form of payment at this time.
You cannot get a refund for your down payment. If you must cancel your fursuit commission, we will discuss refunding payments given after the down payment. This will depend on how far we’ve gotten on the suit, and how easy it would be to resell what we have already completed. You will receive detailed information on refunds and commission termination if your suit is taken on by the studio.
When you commission a suit, it may take up to six months to get started on the suit building process depending on queue length and project complexity. Once work begins on your suit, it will normally be completed within three months, barring extraneous circumstances which you will always be notified about.
Nothing is too hard- however, the more complex the design is, the more expensive it gets. If what you have in mind seems like it may be difficult, please discuss it with us.If you have an idea that’s really out there, please get in touch and we can work something out. We enjoy a challenge!
Be aware that we will not do any kind of modification on a suit that is adult themed.
Yes. Do keep in mind that shipping to anywhere outside the U.S. is extremely expensive- multiple hundreds of dollars. To get a basic idea of shipping prices, check out the UPS website’s shipping calculator. Fullsuits tend to weigh around 15 lbs. Some international locations pose additional risk of mail theft, and we may refuse a commission on those grounds. No one wants to commission or build a multi-thousand dollar suit and then have it get stolen in the mail.
We will add digitigrade padding, as well as chest padding or muscle padding for an extra fee. We have not tried exaggerated feminine body padding such as hips or breasts, but are willing to give it a go.
We use synthetic faux furs found on the Internet and locally. Up until now, we have never used real fur or pelts. However, if a situation arose which merited using an animal product, it would be discussed before use, and we would only use ethically and sustainably sourced materials.
As a general rule, no. There are too many variables in make and quality, and we are uncomfortable claiming partial work as our own. For the best result, we purchase all the necessary supplies and furs for your costume. That way, both you and we can be sure that the materials will be satisfactory and Bardic Bestiary can remain completely responsible for any mishaps.
Though it is not likely that we will be using materials that can cause reactions, please inform us if you have any material allergies, just in case. We rarely if ever use latex. Our shop is pet and smoke-free, however some of our shop members have pets which may leave residue on their clothes, which could in turn make its way into the shop. If you have extreme animal allergies, please let us know so we can be sure to be extra safe with your commission.
It is possible, though not recommended. Our costumes are works of art, not mass-produced or cheaply manufactured, and are priced accordingly. Purchasing one for a child who will grow out of it in a few short years is a huge investment with a small frame for returns.
If your child is interested in their own costume, we highly recommend you check out our webstore. There you can buy the materials to make a costume yourself, which can be extremely fun and rewarding especially for younger people with time on their hands. Making a costume is much cheaper than buying a finished one, and it’s not as big of a deal to move on to make another if the original gets grown out of.
Tes, the founder of the studio, has been making fursuits since 2011. Tes oversees the studio and ensures the quality of all production regardless of who is working on any specific item. With almost a decade of experience comes an assurance that your project is in safe, capable hands!
As stated in our terms of service, all suits come with a one year repair warranty, with shipping covered by the commissioner. If repairs are needed after the warranty period, get in touch and we can do touch-ups for a small fee or complete part replacements for a discount.