[YES] Chamois Head and Hoof-gloves by Clockwork Creature
Item Being Reviewed
Character name, type of commission, etc. This will be used to help title the submission on FursuitReview
Clockwork Creature Chamois Head and hoof-gloves
Name of Maker and Links
Are you reviewing a friend?
Do you have any prior experience with fursuits?
Yes, a 3/4 partial with a resin-mask head
Character Concept Art
N/A (request was simply a realistic/natural looking chamois)
Date Commissioned or Bought
28 May 2013
Date Completed or Shipped
07 January 2015
1.815 US$ + Shipping (60 US$)
Date of Review
22 January 2016
Do you currently still own the item(s) you’re reviewing?
Price Sold For
If you have sold the suit/parts since this review, how much did you sell for? Put N/A if not sold or leave blank if you decline to say.
Did the maker meet your deadline?
No deadline was specified or requested by me. The maker mentioned that she would eventually start after september 2013 with the actual batch, the chamois in specific was then completed between July-November 2014.
Did you tell the maker about any issues you had?
The head had no issues to be noted to the maker (see following notes).
How many hours have you worn/used the item(s) you’re reviewing?
Give your best estimate.
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the head of the fursuit. If you are reviewing only a set of ears, your answers would also go in this section.
The head fits very well, as the chin rests on the lower (movable) jaw it helps to wear the light weighted resin masks, there are also rubber strips holding the mask from the back in position. The inside is executed symmetrical with no uncomfortable pressure points, lined and padded where the mask rest on the suiter´s head.
The zipper is situated on the back of the head,it hides well in the fur but (nitpicking ahead) is a bit tricky to close as the tab of the slider is quite small.
For a resin mask ventilation is very good. You have two large tear-ducts mesh-areas that help and you can open your mouth for further air exchange. The used NFT fur feels also pretty permeable for air. Also as the hollow snout points slightly downwards you are not constantly breathing back into your face (that helps a lot).
The large tear-ducts mesh provides a very good vision in front and on the sides of you, in part still with stereoscopic (depth-) vision. You are only limited in the directly above- and below- you vision (you can´t see trough the mask´s mouth) – but for a resin mask it´s surprisingly good. Only minor downside, when taking pictures with flash very near to the mask´s face it can happen that you can spot the suiter´s eyes.
The head looks very natural. Both fur pattern as airbrushing are executed clean and symmetrical, no smears or crunchy fur.
Shaving of snout is also done clean on both sides and transition to longer fur appears natural. The fur is attached well and follows the contours of the mask, no seams are visible, with a minor exception: on the lower jaw the seam above a screw (?) wasn’t perfectly lined up, showing a bit the underlying black resin-mask (white furs unfortunately can be very tricky, as you immediately see imperfections). But as a fursuit is an unique handcrafted item I consider such things as part of the crafting process and it was no problem to close “the gap” with a drop of glue.
For the used fur – NFT fur is a customizable type of fur (in fiber length, color) used also for realistic special effects, so you can get unique shades of color (the chamois has a very dark brown with gray and black fibers in it) and the material is very resistant to pull and movements. It´s durability comes however with a cost – the fur is a bit rough to touch, scratchy on naked skin* and also a bit difficult to care for (very hard to brush).
The expression is due the nature of a realistic animal neutral, the taxidermy eyes have no follow-me-effect but goat-like realistic. It´s just what I wanted.
*All the used fur in the head and gloves is underlined therefore with a soft fabric
The long ears appear naturally, with dark outer fur, white fur as border and inner skin-colored fleece, limited poseable due an inbuilt metallic wire
The horns are very well executed (light-weighted resin casts of real horns I suppose), can be removed and attacked with a screw, a very stable solution. It´s a bit tricky to screw the horns on, as the holes for the screws inside the mask are partially covered by padding. The screws that came with the head did work, but I replaced them by slightly longer ones as this makes it easier to reach the screws with a screwdriver inside the head.
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the hands and feet of the fursuit.
The hoof-gloves fit very well, reach almost to the elbow, so no wrist visible. NFT fur is stretchable enough to move around and wear comfortable and yet tight enough to give a natural looking shape.
The gloves are well executed, never had any problems with seams or the attached resin hooves.
The interior of the grooves is lined until the resin-hooves, as already said NFT fur is pretty rough to touch and possibly uncomfortable to wear on naked skin.
Dexterity is good considering that you have just two hooves and a “thumb-dewclaw”. You have still enough dexterity to put and remove on both gloves by yourself, open doors and push (larger) buttons. Only when you become sweaty the lining textile inside becomes a bit sticky, making it harder to pot on or off the gloves.
Very well executed and fur coloration and hoof-colors resemble indeed the legs of a real chamois (see pictures here: tinyurl.com/nkr25lk ), symmetrical and clean airbrushing around the claw-bases.
There is no shaving done on the gloves.
For the fur see already done discussion.
Resistant, light-weighted resin cusps for hooves, they can handle outdoor-use very well (without abuse). Due the construction-type you fingers are actually inside the plastic forms, you have to get used to it, but – as mentioned – you have still enough dexterity to put on both gloves by yourself, open doors and push (larger) buttons.
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with the overall visual aspects associated with the fursuit.
How satisfied are you with how closely the suit matches the concept art?
If there was no concept art, please state N/A
N/A, apart comparison with actual a real chamois.
How satisfied are you with how well everything fits together and matches up?
Do you markings match up at the seams? Are the colors consistent?
Both head and “hooves” fit perfectly together.
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with all the aspects of communication between you and the maker.
How satisfied are you with how easy it was to initially contact the maker for a quote?
Clockwork Creature´s homepage provides a (preliminary) quote-calculator, Terms Of Service and detailed information when and how to contact them – very user friendly. E-mail get an automatic response, so you know your mail was send correctly.
How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
A first quote request was send November 18, 2012, answer and brief discussion about the project happened between January first to 07, 2013, May 28, 2013 the project was accepted in their annual batch. Note that it is specified that quote request can last long to be answered.
When actually working on the mask or for important inquiries (mail, custom documents) Clockwork Creature responded in hours, longest response time was 1 or 2 days.
How satisfied are you with the level of professionalism and friendliness of the maker?
Were they pleasant to work with?
Very professional in both work and communication, even if it takes longer you get always an answer.
The maker tries also to understand what you really need, offering suggestions to satisfy you wishes best.
How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?
How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
How satisfied are you with the overall customer service with the maker?
Friendly but professional in inquiries and responses.
Describe your experience. What were the pros and cons of working with this maker? And any final comments?
A good, unproblematic experience and Clockwork Creature Studios seemed interested in the project (giving to the customer this feeling can be also important during a commission/work spanning so much time). If you want a well executed, realistic looking suit or mask of a maybe not so common species Clockwork Creature sure is among the first to contact.
Only negative aspect, known to the maker (who is working to solve the problem) is the long response time outside a commission. During a commission it´s surely better even if – depending from workflow – you will not necessarily be contacted for every step they take on your project (however it´s also important to note that I didn´t specifically request to be informed as such). Best is to follow the makers on the various social media channels they use to stay informed.
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