Thank you for your interest in having me build your personal character! A lot of labour and love goes into everything I make - one fursuit can take me months to build and I hope that attention to detail shows (& it must since you are here!)
Pledging to Gold Circle means you will be granted exclusive access to my fursuit waiting list. Expect to wait around 6 months before I open for a custom commission opportunity (whereupon your project will be slated for immediate construction). so the earlier you pledge, the sooner your project will come up in my queue.
(To throw out some quick numbers, an average cost of a full costume from Beetlecat Originals is around $5000 - $7000. Each takes several months to build so I average only 4-6 of these per year.)
Please note, the amount you pledge will NOT be transferred into your fursuit cost. This pledge goes right back into Patreon (in the form of an R&D fund) which goes directly towards support of new ideas and techniques (which have the opportunity to be applied to your project).
Being a Gold Circle patron means having 1-on-1 communication opportunities with me and sway over what I learn and research as I work my way towards your personal custom project ^_^
Since there is no limit of how many people can pledge, priority will be given to the person with the highest lifetime support (in any tier) . Aka pledging at a lower tier still contributes towards your seniority within Gold Circle (though you DO need to be a member of Gold Circle when I'm ready to accept a new project in order to be considered for a commission slot)
As I make a very limited number of costumes a year, this is the only GUARANTEED way to receive a custom personalized fursuit from me.
Q: What type of project will you accept?
A: Almost anything! Since pledging already shows your commitment and interest in the project and my art style, I am open to taking on various projects that I would not normally accept. Fullsuit. Partial. Plantigrade. Digitigrade. Quadsuit. Pants only. It only needs to be a project I can feasibly physically make with my skillset.
The best part of this system is that there is no 'time limit' on your commission as I will simply not accept a new project until I have finished it!
If you choose to, you can contact me before you pledge to ask if your project idea is suitable; but it's not necessary. If your turn arrives and I do not believe your project idea is feasible, then we can talk and come up with a new idea together. Your turn in the queue is never forfeited as long as you are still a member of Gold Circle.
Q: So the money I pledge will be rolled over into the cost of my project, correct?
A: The amount you pledge (aside from receiving my biggest thanks) does NOT count towards your projects' cost. It goes back into my patreon to supplement the tier rewards and perks as well as fund future fursuit research and development.
The amount you pledge (in any tier) DOES count towards your total lifetime support though! So if you're ready to order and would like your project at the top of the queue, then you can pledge more and receive an earlier slot (exactly like a traditional 'rush fee').
If you are content to wait then you are able to do that as well - it's up to you!
Why have I chosen to do it this way? Because I can only make a limited number of suits through the year!
Imagine if it did roll over, then someone would only need to pledge their total fursuit cost of ~ $6000 and then they'd jump to the front of the queue + receive valuable patron perks for zero cost. AKA everyone would do it!
If I limit the queue to prevent this, then it becomes artificially gated except to those lucky enough to get in right as someone is accepted.
In addition, it would penalize folks with a more simple character design in favour of only making really really complex (costly) items (which take me longer and thus mean I'm able to accept even *less* slots through the year).
Ultimately, rolling over the pledge into the final fursuit cost would make pledging (as an act to show support of my art) completely meaningless.
Instead, your support means that I hold the door open for you so that we can work together on your dream costume! ^_^
Q: What if my turn comes and I cannot afford the fursuit anymore? What about payment plans?
A: That's okay! You will simply be skipped for that particular slot and you will be first in line for the next one (as long as you are a member of Gold Circle when that slot becomes available). Alternatively, we can discuss other options such as a partial or a head-only commission instead of a fullsuit.
Payment/layaway plans will be considered on a case-by-case basis with a payment schedule agreed to by both parties. Fees may be levied for late-payment, non-payment, or cancellation.
Q: But I cannot afford to pledge.. can I still get a fursuit?
A: Gold Circle tier is not for everyone and that's okay too! It is simply another method for folks to commission from me if they 1) have a particular character they'd like or 2) Would like a guarantee of a future commission.
There will be other ways to receive a fursuit from me (such as through auctions or the selling of a fully-finished fursuit. All of these options will be 'artist-designed' and the customization will be limited. I will also not be able to guarantee when/if/how these sales occur but watch my social media (linked below) to stay informed and hopefully someday I'll have something you like there!
Please note, that even if you cannot pledge to Gold Circle, all of my patrons get first dibs on items I am selling outright. So even a $2 pledge will gain you access to any headbases, older molds, or any other artworks and fursuit parts that I decide to sell for a set price. Even possibly full fursuits!
Thanks again for enjoying my art! Please let me know if you have any questions and I will add them to the FAQ!