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SteelJaw - Spotted Hyena Full Costume by SteelJaw SteelJaw - Spotted Hyena Full Costume by SteelJaw
I know I've already posted this suit, but I finally got around to making a proper collage layout with some far better photographs. I may or may not scrap the other one.

This is SteelJaw, my Spotted Hyena full costume. She's my first full suit, first resin head, first try at resin claws, first cast pawpads, first airbrushed suit, and first use of wefting on a suit. Overall, she's my 3rd costume.

SteelJaw features:

-Resin base head with moving jaw
-Taxidermy eyes by Tohickon and taxidermy jawset by McKenzie
-Resin handpaw and feetpaw claws of my own design
-Cast urethane rubber pads on the hands and feet of my own design
-Digitigrade padding separate from the body suit to facilitate cleaning and imitate natural muscle movement under the skin
-Shoulder and upper arm padding
-Wefted Kanekalon on the tail
-All airbrushed markings
-Plastic fiber whiskers

I've already gotten some heavy critiques on this suit, all of which really, really helped me in finding the flaws and knowing what to do for next time. This costume does have quite a few problems, which I hope to correct in version 2!

Top photos taken by myself, full body shots taken by the ever-awesome DragonScales at FC 2012.
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BloodyKawaiijokerpie Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
U make that costume or buy it? 
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I built this myself.
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brucethelesser Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic. Thanks for making an appearance at CostumeCon. As I told you earlier, not only is it a wonderful costume but you really bring it to life with your movement.

Great Job.
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks, friend! I really, really enjoyed CostumeCon, and we're actually starting to plot out if we can make it to Toronto next year! :D
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FenrisMau Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very neat!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :D
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vulpers Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Oh my god, it's a hyena face that looks...like a hyena. Not a wolf-dog-bear.
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks, friend! I did my best to try and stay true to the species, too many times I've seen them drawn/created as dogs with spots! :>
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Child-Of-Hades Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Astounding!!! You should had a photo of the jaw open for us to see :) But I've truly never seen a more realistic fursuit, I'm shocked it hasn't earned a DD yet!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! Sadly the mouth doesn't open much farther than what's in the pics- I cut the fabric too short because the head slipped on the form while I was taping it. I know better for next time! Hope to do a version 2.0 sometime soon. :>
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CrazyViper Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Omg I love it! I want it!!!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks. She's not for sale, though. Plus the feetpaws are terribly uncomfortable, so you probably don't want this one. ;D
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CrazyViper Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I still love it! Nothing bad in my eyes xD
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Theriona Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
How did you like the resin head, and how long did it take you to make the cast? I've wondered how comfort varies from the foam heads (which I've heard are hot) to the resin cast ones.
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
To do a resin head I first make a clay sculpt of the head on a life-sized foam head form. I get the clay absolutely as perfect as I can, then cover it with silicone in many layers and a hard outer shell called a mother mold (which is in two pieces). Once everything is cured, I pull the molds off the clay. I can pour a small amount of resin into the mold (which is fairly large and hollow) and I swirl it around so the resin covers the entire inside of the mold in a thin layer. Add another layer or two of resin as needed, then let cure. I then pull the resin blank out of the mold, and cut/sand/finish it. :>

That's a REALLY brief explanation of how it works! I pretty much follow *Qarrezel's tutorial, found here: [link]

I don't know the difference in comfort between resin and foam, because I've only ever worn resin or wire/mesh masks. Compared to my two wire/mesh masks (Axelle the GSD and the Raven) the resin WINS by a long shot. Way more comfortable and lighter! I know some people who prefer foam, and I'd like to do a foam on balaclava mask for myself one day.
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GrammarshineHyena Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOOHOO! Hyenas are the awesomest! -raises a fisted paw into the air-
I'm glad to know that there are others of us out there. I'm adding this fursuit to my group's favourites, but I also want to send you an invite to the group; if you were to join, I would move the submission to the group's gallery (if that's alright with you.) :3
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the +fav, and the invite! I'll take a look at the group. :>
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GrammarshineHyena Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome, and thank you! OuO
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JakeJynx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Silly Hyena! You're not a canine! :P
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, hyenas are more closely related to felines than canines, and most related to meerkats and mongooses. But, they wanted to add this suit to the canine fursuit group, so I let them. They have some other non-canines that look canine in there too. ;D
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JakeJynx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh I know, I'm not giving you grief. :)
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's cool. I felt awful silly, but can't beat the exposure. ;D

I do hang out with a bunch of canines, though.... I'm trying to infiltrate their ranks! >.> <.< >.>
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big-bad-wolfy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
pawsome design
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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big-bad-wolfy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
your welcome
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DarciGibson Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Huh...can't see any flaws really. This look amazing!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, trust me, there are plenty. Plus, the feet paws are hideously uncomfortable. Things to fix next time! :D

Thanks for the kind words!
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Silverfang98 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SUPER COOL!!!
I just love the style, and everything!!!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :D
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