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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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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 General Artist
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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