22 July 2017

Embroidery

I have decided to embroider Relic's name to put on his leather vest.


The R is the largest of the letters and is now finished. I need to get the "e"  done so I can cut out the first two letters and get them ready to sew onto the vest. The should look really good on the Black vest! I think this turned out quite well considering I have never done embroidery before.

12 July 2017

Fursuiter Questions

I was recently asked a question that has taken me a time to actually make a decision on what the real answer should be for me. There were so many possible answers in the running but this one for some reason stayed in the front for the most part.

The question was asked:

"What would you say was your most strange or difficult aspect of being a fursuiter that you had to explain to someone else?"

My Answer:

Contrary to what I think most fur suiters would say, that they were asked simply “Why?” I would say, for me, that it was having to explain what I meant when I used the term “My Handler” in front of someone that had no clue to what I was talking about. Call it what you will, strange, awkward, funny ...its all of them all at once I suppose.

The term “Handler” is correct and really is not intended to sound funny or strange or odd at all, those of us in the furry fandom (even most of those that do not have fur suits) know what a handler is and does. Handlers  have a very serious job and should be credited for the job they do for a fur suiter.  Ever been to Disney World?  Seen all the people in the character costumes? Guess what... they all have a handler with them some where close by.  I suppose that until one has actually been in a complete fur suit and experienced first hand the extreme limitations that are associated with being in the costume there really is no common point of reference to discuss the real needs for having a Handler present.  Suffice it to say the suiters Vision, Hearing, Touch, and Movement (or the ability to move quickly to be accurate) are all extremely impaired. Handlers are people that maintain visual / audible contact with a suiter or in some cases a small group of suiters so as to be their eyes, ears and hands in situations that a suiter needs assistance in such matters. Handlers also should be tuned into cues from the suiters to know when they should take a break and when they need to get water, and often times act as the suiters “ambassador” to public interaction always keeping watch for any threats or dangers.  It is SAFETY ...hands down it is all about the safety of the fur suiter period!

06 July 2017

Post Con Recovery

What a BLAST! 
I hated to give in to the fact that Anthrocon was all over when I woke up Monday morning and packed up for the trip home. the 4 days I was in Pittsburgh for my first Furry Con went by in a flash. I didn't get to take a lot of photos but managed to get some that I was intent on getting. 






The backdrop of downtown Pittsburgh from the fourth floor of the David L Lawrence Convention Center.





















A shot with Tani DaReal was a must have!














A quick pose with our Chairman... 

Uncle Kage!

And almost unexpectedly an opportunity to talk to and get a pic with a guy I talk with on Twitter from time to time, a friend to all suiters with the bazooka blower,  Vlad The Fruit Bat!



I have an over abundance of video footage that will take me a long time to sort through and edit. I wore my small go-pro type camera two different days around the Convention center and racked up over 4GB of video, so lots of work to get done there before I can get any of that uploaded.

27 June 2017

Down To The Wire

The last hours are ticking away toward the trip to Pittsburgh for Anthrocon!


The last of the packing will be completed as soon as I get home from Potsdam this afternoon and then I will try to get some rest before a very early wake up call in the morning at around 2 am. The majority of the ride down will have three of us in the car but in Kittanning, Pa we will be picking up two more which will pack the car for the last hour.  It's all good! Got room for the cases on the roof rack! We'll make it work but it's gonna be tight, lucky enough it's only for the last 55 minutes of the ride so... yeah. 

24 June 2017

Name Game

Been playing around with names of late and have stumbled onto a pairing that so far seems to work. I have had a Wolf Plushie on my shelf for many years that overlooked my Computer desk, never really giving it much thought as something I could use once I got Relic "off the ground". Sitting here at my computer a few days ago in total boredom I began to run through words associated with trees, Relic is a Timber Wolf who is a Lumber-Jack, Trees are his thing in that respect. 



TNT  stuck in my mind... that is to say... "Timber & Twig" !





Anyone who has followed any of my creation all ready knows that Relic is my Furry Character, and now as a "coined" nickname he is also known as "Timber" 














Now meet "Timbers" plushie  pal   "Twig" ! Twig will be accompanying Timber at functions where Relic's axe doesn't really "fit-in" because if it's realistic look. 







I have some more work to do on a combination badge to wear while this duo is together but the design is pretty well set i believe. 

21 June 2017

Wonderful Gift Art

From IceStar

I love to see other artists renditions of my character Relic and Paige pulled this one off nicely.  

Thank You for a wonderful rendition of the old Grey-Muzzle !


Countdown To Anthrocon

Relic's checklist continues to shrink as I get things ready for travel. Down to the last 10 items or so, which can't really be finished until I actually pack the car the night before leaving. Not that I try to hide the fact that I am a Furry (I never have), but it is going to be a real fun time to have Relic at a venue that is full of people that actually understand the Fandom without having to explain just exactly what the interest is. Much less to be in a City that totally Welcomes the diversity and plays into the entire event! WhoWooo Pittsburgh !🤣







10 June 2017

Essentials For Suiting

My own requirements aside, I had to turn my attention to Relic's travel / performance needs.  Over the time I have been putting him together I have been diligently thinking about future repairs as well.

Knowing all to well the the unexpected will nearly always show its ugly head at some point I knew I needed to plan for it. I have put together a fairly extensive repair / maintenance kit for Relic (or for any Fursuit really for that matter) to have on hand for when needed. Spare parts such as claws, and whiskers which can and often do fall out or become bent, broken or otherwise damaged. I have spare sets of eyes as well not that I have ever needed them but they are there. Color markers for quick fixes to damaged areas of paint if needed in a pinch, Hot melt glue gun, needles and thread are an absolute must have. Along with many other items there is essentially anything you would need to actually make a fursuit other than the materials. This all fits nicely in a small Tackle Box so takes up little room in the car, it is separate from Relic's suitcase so if others need use of it I do not have to disturb the Wolf while he is in his den (lol). 

We are ready for   Anthrocon 2017 !!!  




08 June 2017

Twists and Turns Galore!

I've joked around saying that this trip to Anthrocon has developed more twists and turns than the top radiator hose in my old '76 Monte Carlo... lol.  Seriously it seems to change every couple weeks, but now that we are down to only 20 days I think things are finally coming together in a set order. (Jinx)!  Most of the trip will see three of us in the car from Watertown, Ny. to Kittanning, Pa. about 1 hour north of Pittsburgh where we will be picking up two others before continuing to our hotel. We will have a packed car for the last hour as four of the five are Fursuiters, it'll work out ok but it will be tight. As I am driving the others may all have to hold their heads for that last hour, Dave who is not a Suiter may have to wrangle Relic for me at that point *G* not sure how much room will be left in the back for heads after all the other gear is in... going to be an interesting lesson in extreme packing I think. Have been on-line chatting to a number of MilFurs / Emerg. Service Furs that I will be meeting up with while at the convention... several of them seem like they are going to be a real riot to be around.  I am looking forward to getting this trip started but I also know all to well that our time there will pass all to quickly. 

29 May 2017

Another 30 Days!


I am sooo hyped about my trip to 

Anthrocon in June and now that I have

the schedule in front of me I am 

beginning to realize that there is just not 

enough time in 4 days to see it all and it

kinda bums me out. I think the biggest 

"bum factor" is that I know even though I

want to be in suit as much as possible, 

there is just no way to last the entire 4 

days that way. At best I figure a few 

hours each day in suit... and in reality I 

kinda figure even that is probably 

pushing it. Totally looking forward to 

meeting some friends I have met on-line 

and lots of new friends while in 

Pittsburgh and all of them are as into the 

fandom as I am... no need for second 

guessing others reactions to being a 

Furry at Anthrocon, its a given! and from 

what I understand so far, even the city of 

Pittsburgh plays into the whole Furry 

theme for the convention as well... so... 

it's gonna be a great time no matter how 

much I get to do, after all this IS one of 

the main reasons I created Relic!

25 May 2017

Trouble On The Relic B. Account


Well, actually I kinda figured it would happen sooner or later... The facebook account for Relic B. Furry has been disabled for being in breach of their terms... Not a REAL PERSON.  Even though I appealed the take-down it was a no win situation, seems even Kellogg's could not have an account for Tony-the-tiger either.  I sent them my ID and paperwork showing my ownership of Trademark for Relic B. Furry but it seems that Trademark ownership has no bearing in situations such as this. It was a disappointing few days but I have moved on and have resurrected the page for Relic that is on my Real life account... the whole idea was to keep Relic separate from my real life but... oh well, it is what it is.  ONWARD AND UPWARD!  

Join in with Relic Here on his Facebook Page.

11 May 2017

The Vest

After a great deal of time spent trying to figure out how to display my Navy Badges/Patches and Medals on Relic I have settled on a black leather vest.
It is a Mosaic made of floor drops and I like the fact that it is something a little different from the normal leather vest. I also ordered my Desert Storm patch that I had never gotten ordered before... so now when it all gets here I need to get all of them sewn on and get it ready for use.

24 April 2017

Photo / Video Ops

Sunday April 23, 2017 I was able to put together (with the help of a good friend Barry V.) a morning at Waddington Town Beach and his Harley Davidson SuperGlide for Relic to get some really great pics! 





I was in Partial suit for the first half and put the full suit on for the last part of the shoot.






Needed to show off the Anchor so had Barry be sure to get a good shot from the back.


The weather couldn't have been any better for the project and it was an interesting endeavor to be back on a motorcycle after 32 years. 

17 April 2017

Leggin's

Well, I made up the Sleeves... so I figured I might as well make the leggin's as well to have all the options to use Relic as a Partial suit as well as the Full suit. So taking all the needed measurements, I cut out the pieces and got to work with needle and thread. 







I had to add straps, front and back to the tops of the leggin's so my suspenders would reach them to hold them up. 





Once everything is in place all parts are held in place without any issues. Now I have endless possibilities of using Relic as a Partial, or as the Full suit. 









There is now not really much room left in the case for much else with both the Full and Partial suit pieces. Couldn't have planned on a better sized case for it all.

15 April 2017

Some Sleeves

For partial use



I decided since I have nearly 2 Yards of Grey fur left that I might as well sew up some sleeves so I can make use of Relic as a partial suit as well as a full.




I made them tight enough around the Biceps that they seem to stay in place without much of a problem but not too sure if wearing the UnderArmour will negate that, I may have to add elastic straps to go across behind the neck to hold them in place.









I guess the next time I get into the UnderArmour I will have to try them on again to see.




14 April 2017

Pinned Not Sewn

Still not 100% certain



That I want this to be a permanent marking... soooo, I pinned it in place using safety pins on Relic's back to see if it would blend into the fur well enough to hide the fact that it is a separate piece and I think this will work for now.





I wanted to commemorate my Navy Service in some way with Relic and the anchor made as much sense as anything.  At some point I would like to add the acknowledgment of being a member of the VFW, but at this point I am not quite sure how to do that. The VFW logo is far to complex to do anything like this.

12 April 2017

Another Unique Marking

I continue to add more items of interest to Relic in both terms of visual and historical importance. A wile back I had thought of the idea of creating a “tatoo” for Relic’s back to commemorate my time in the NAVY, but until now had never gotten a start on it, there were too many other things that needed my attention to be able to take him to the public scene. More recently in order to honor a small bit of my Native American heritage I adopted the Mohawk name Ata'kenhróhkwa  which is the Mohawk word for Grey, for some reason it just seemed to fit. 



Of course I had to decide on the style of anchor to work from and   Navy tradition in thought it didn’t take long to settle on the proper look. Then of course the issue of how large to make it became an issue that took me even longer to work out, but once the decision was made I charged ahead once all the other tweaks I had been working on were finished. With template in hand the work began. 

A Critical Note Of Concern: Be sure you pay attention to the direction the fur lays in! A little attention here can save a remake!

As with any other cuts made in Faux Fur a good sharp razor cutting from the back is the best way, only cut through the material don’t try to cut the strands of fur as well… that does not look good when that happens, its why you don’t use shears!







The accuracy of your cuts should be as close as possible to the lines but really  the overlap of the fur will hide mistakes really well. 








What you make in one color, you will also need in the color you want for the inlay, white for me in this case. Again keep in mind the direction the fur lays. 
Once you confirm the two pieces fit to your liking the sewing can start. As with all the hand sewing I have done on Relic I rely most always on Blanket Stitches. They are self tightening and do not take up much extra material.  With sewing finished you may have areas of the work that look like they “bunch up” a bit, it can’t really be helped but like I said before, the fur hides things very well and once in place its ok, this material does stretch some so really no issues. 

Totally happy with the finished product!
Although I am actually uncertain if I truly want to cut into Relic’s back and sew this in permanently. I will need to put some time into thought before committing to the task. I may utilize the system of magnets like I did to hold his tufts of hair on his head, it will require some experiments, but no irreversible changes needed for that. 





07 April 2017

Relic's First Photo In Print

In The Watertown Daily Times!  

Relic has made his first ever appearance in print in the local newspaper and I am totally psyched! He has been in the on-line edition before... but this time he actually made it to PRINT!  We had a wonderful time at the second annual CannonCon at Jefferson Community College April 1st & 2nd  and look forward to attending this local convention every year in hopes that it continues to grow. 


31 March 2017

Detailing Continues

The Small Things...

Are finally adding to the over all look of a more finished Relic. Figuring things like details for the eyes are making a visual difference that has been missing and are even a plus for vision and cooling as well.




I made a move to using a perforated plastic for the eye instead of the solid white foam. This will make vision much better and also aid in cooling air flow when my blower is in use as more air will be drawn in onto my face.





The black details I had worked out a couple weeks back have been positive, so I will keep on with them. They soften the look of his eyes a little. 





I am trying out a larger and more oval pupil that is not centered to add more focus to Relic's eyes. Not certain yet if I have the exact shape I want but I feel it is a move in the right direction.







It's hard to tell by photo's if this is a better look or not, I think input from others will be needed for me to decide if this is a positive move or not... but I think it is. The added airflow will most definitely be appreciated!

19 March 2017

The Eyes Have It !!!


Added more details to Relic's eyes to help soften the look and define them.  

 

14 March 2017

Neck is Finished!




Well, since school was cancelled for only the fear of a winter storm I was able to finish up on Relic's neck. It is a bit snug to get on over my head but I prefer it that way, the tighter the fit the less it will bunch up anywhere. Getting it sewn in was not as terrible as I had imagined but time consuming none-the-less. Big clumsy hands working in tight quarters with very small pieces of fabric to stitch together. This will also keep my collar visible when I wear it, before it would slip down into the neck line and disappear totally in the back. 





Now the collar will remain on top of the neck fur and be visible as it should be. This is another tweak finished that has been needed for almost a year and now I can move on to some of the other issues I would like to get finished before Anthrocon this summer. 




I was expecting this to take much longer to finish, it was not as terrible as I had figured but still a pain in the keester with my big clumsy hands in that tight area of the neck with needle and thread.