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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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TaehyungTheAlien Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
when your commissions open, do you have the right fur colors to make this design for me if i get a slot?

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what i mean is, do you have the correct colors? ^^
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VlTAMlN-R Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY :0
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DraftHorseTrainer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday Keeatah!!! :D
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adamfreddyj Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Happy Birthday~
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Nova-Nocturne Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday~
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Rozzi-dk Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Happy birthday! :D :D :D
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Escaron Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
HAPPY BIIIIRTHDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!! :iconhappybirthdaycakeplz: :party:
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KittyKissMe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is stunning! Heart 
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GrossMutt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
please oh please tell me youre open for commissions ;o;
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Artist
Not atm but in the near future I will be! 
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GrossMutt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
just noticed this message oops ;;
no need to reply tomy note hunny, sorry..
then in the near future, i will be commissioning you
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KandorinCreations Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Artist
It's okay! I'm hoping to be open by April. Heads from me run about $1100 but can go up for things like massive horns, or psychotic markings. (So you have an idea of what you need to save up/ set aside ) 
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VlRA-LATA Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Your work is truly impressive Wow! 
Loved that sighthound head!
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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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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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PracticalFX 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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