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Fursuit Maker Health Hazards

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 10:18 PM


It was brought to my attention last night while in a conversation with another suit maker that most don't realize just what they are working with. They were asking why I don't cast expanding foam toes or use any similar materials and were confused when my number one reason was the toxicity of the materials they suggested. 

My answer was that while I'd like to I'm not set up with a well ventilated work space and that said area doubles as my office. Even IF I was to wear a respirator while casting it would still linger for a long time after that. 

Perfect example, casting powders, the wonderful little powders that allow me to make things all pretty and metallic. Even though they aren't listed as inherently toxic it does say that they should not be inhaled. NOW, while i do ware a mask while casting with them the powder will hang in the air for as long as TEN days. If you look closely you can even see the air sparkle in the florescent light. If you run your finger though the dust on my shelf you'll see its mostly this shimmering material. This is just the stuff you can see. Many of the chemicals we work with if not properly handled are in fact carcinogens that cause lung cancer later in life so you wont know that your in danger. 

Most makers understand the basic dangers of resin, resin fumes, urethane, and other similar products but I've noticed that few if any keep those strange things called MDSD's that come in the mail with their chemicals. 

What is an MSDS? It's a material safety data sheet and it is intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner, and includes information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point, etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill-handling procedures.

All suit makers who work with these chemicals should keep these forms in their shops, not only for their own reference but more importantly for the emergency workers who may need to help you some day and wont know what on earth you have exposed yourself to. It doesn't matter how careful you are accidents still happen sometimes in the strangest ways. I lost my grip on cup of part A smoothcast 300 and it hit the table and splashed into BOTH of my eyes by shooting up OVER my safety goggles. While I had help there who knew what to do if I hadn't had them there telling rescuers some random chemical name verses handing them the paper telling them what treatment I needed could have been the difference between sight and darkness. 

For me, I always stand at the edge of the possibility of having an accident like this. Some but not all know that I have a blood pressure disorder that can cause me to pass out and collapse with little warning. So having this knowledge and precaution is truly essential to me continuing in the realm of suit building safely. 

This by no means is meant to be a journal to scare people. THIS is a journal meant to educate and inform you so that you can take the best possible care of yourselves. I love you all and want to see you all live long happy lives creating wonderful pieces of art. 

~Keeatah

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alienwar42 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Thanks for joining Anthro-friends
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lenaw96 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I want to know how much it would be for this: lenaw96.deviantart.com/art/Fur…
I just want to know so I can save up. Also, it can wait till you're open for commission, I have been looking for months for someone who can do a good, realistic suit, and I'm glad I found you, anyway, if you need any more info, just contact me when you can. Thank you
Galactic Kitty.
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Artist
I am sorry for the late response I favor other sites over this one. These heads would be around $1000 for either one. 
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lenaw96 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That's alright, I found someone to do it, but thanks for replying 
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epictoothpaste Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hello ^D^ are your commissions open?
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Artist
Not at his time but I am hoping to be later in spring. 
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epictoothpaste Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Also I have a question, what was the first fursuit you ever made?
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:iconkandorincreations:
KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Artist
lol...I cant believe I'm going to admit to it but: huskey fursuit head by keeatah
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epictoothpaste Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I'm being a Khajiit for Comic-Con in the summer. I'm trying to make my own cosplay but I'm scared that It won't turn out good because I've never made a suit before, so I might consider saving up money for one of your suits ^u^
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Invadergir122 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!! :D
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Rozzi-dk Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy birthday :D
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TotesMehGoats Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not sure if you saw my message, but do you by chance offer bodysuit commissions?
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Artist
I do depending on the character and my slot availability. I will be opened early to mid next year but I could offer a quote now if you have a reff and know the details of what you are looking to have made. 
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TotesMehGoats Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I have an example ref (of one of my other chars) I could email through to you, but would need a new one draw up for this character. I've also got details of what I'd be after regarding design etc... A quote would be great, although I'm looking to have it completed before January 2015 if at all possible?
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Artist
Regrettably I wont even be open till well after that date. I took on too much at once and I'm trying to get the bulk of it done before I open so that people will no long have insane wait times for their product. 
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SoritaBloodmend Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Do you do head refurbishing commissions right now?
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Artist
It's a case by case situation and depends on how much is needed to be done. 
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:iconreptilepredatordrago:
Hi there, I have seen your glowing in dark eyes or its not but am so crazy how they look. So are you open for eyes commission by the chance?
thanks
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Artist
I am always open for eyes but I tend to be hard to get a hold of on DA, I'm much eaier to get a hold of on FA : www.furaffinity.net/user/keeat… ^^
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:iconreptilepredatordrago:
Thank you I'll check up on that.
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PoldalleLovesnare Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hug:
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DtheCadeyra Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! :party::cake:
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Tygriess Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday
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SchnolfyLuna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your suits are absolutely gorgeous! :0
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you very much!
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