About 5 months ago I was commissioned(I make fursuits, rather than art, so things can get a little stickier, I think) by someone who a friend of mine suggested to trade with. He makes leather goods and bondage gear, and I inquired about getting some armour done for a character-fursuit of mine. He said he'd happily trade for a few things. Well, he decided to trade for paws, feet and a tail, and he paid me a discounted rate(After all, he is a friend of a friend.. gods, never never will that happen again..) for a head. A very NICE head, might I add. Well, initially, he gave me CRAP for 'reference material'. He gave me a sketch: ( http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/16792816/ ) to go on, and I asked(as I always do, because transferring a 2-D design to something 3-D and practical.. eyesight, head size, blahblah.. is rather imposing without SOME liberties..); anyways. This is what I turned out ( http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/SkanRashke/MikeDiagonal.jpg ). I thought it was good! *shrugs* Also, i finished this head in about 3 weeks, because as he was a friends' friend, I thought I'd bump him up in the chain-of-things-to-do.
Well, he sends it back to me saying I need to 'fix' a few things. These things were.. *Coughs and gets out her reading glasses*
"Move the scar to the other side"(Now, a scar is basically a gouge in the fur/foam thats' filled and shaped latex. How one 'moves' a hole is beyond me, but I managed to do it)
"Shave the horns down 1/8" - One eighth of an inch? Is it THAT big of a deal? o.O There was a long list, but these were the two more, er.. eccentric requests. (The horns were resin-covered, so I had to get out the ole' jigsaw to cut those down..)
..now, I sent this head back. And I also sent him a nice pair of forepaws, because I finished before Christmas(November, I think?); now, he'd gotten his head in early november. I return it to him, late november to mid-december. DURING the fixing process, he IMs me, probobly.. 3 times a day. Wondering where his head is. Like I magically shit fully made heads after I eat a bean burrito. This starts, maybe.. a week after I get it. I tell him, please wait, I want to make sure its' done right and everything.. well, he gets impatient and starts bitching "Wahh, wahh, I need it for a party, get it to me by such and such date", and I'm taken aback a bit, but I say "I'll do what I can", and that shuts him up. I get it done by the date specified, but the mail takes longer than it should have, so he whiens and bitches to me about THAT. Ugh.. well, regardless, he bitches for a good long time, and says he hates the forepaws and so on and so forth.
..I get it back AGAIN about two months later(Feb). He says "its too small now!" ..strange, that my not touching anything on the head would make it smaller? (Actually, I'd let it out a few inches, and since I have a dummy-head here to work on, it was roughly 1" wider all around, and 1.5" wider at the neck). He also says, the gloves(Apoun which I used his measurements) don't fit. So he says, forget about the paws(yea, we know what happened to them. *shudders*) because he won't send them back, but fix the head.
So, I tell him "Fine, I'll fix it, even though your warantee's expired, but its' going to take a while. I have to get stuff finished for AC first", he agrees to this, and everything seems fine.
Well, mid-February rolls around, and he starts BUGGING me for the head back! I tell him "Sorry dude, you got placed on the waiting list this time around", I show him where he is on the waiting list, first non-suit in line before FurFright(Late october).. ((I gauge how late/early my stuff gets finished relative to its' temporal proximity to either Furfright, Anthrocon or Further Confusion(June, October, and January, respectively). So, this puts him somewhere from July to October to be finished(Since I don't KNOW when things will be done for the next con over until I know if I finish everything for this upcoming con- makes sense, right? lol).
Anyways, he bitches about that for a while, and eventually I just logoff because I'm tierd of hearing it.
So, I don't logon to yahoo msngr(which is what he used to contact me) for a while because I use AIM as my main thing, and the only reason I logon to yahoo is to speak with customers.
So, the other day, he contacts my FRIEND(who referred him to me) and tells him to TELL ME to fix his head and mail it back. Well, my friend walks in on my having seventy or so pins in my mouth, hot glue gun and scissors in hand, holding a piece of foam to a bodysuit with my toes(For real). He tells me, and I LOSE it.
Anyways, so the guy contacts me again TODAY and whines at me some more, and I tell him, as politely as I can "You'll have it before furfright"
"can I have it by july 16th?"
"I don't know"
"Why not? thats bad business, blahblahblah.."
Sorry. Am I in the wrong here?
OH! I almost forgot. His half of the trade. -,-
The 'armour' I got was nothing more than pieces of cut-out leather with slabs of metal bolted on. Now, I'm an age-old SCAdian, and know good armour when I see it. Selkit- for example -makes fine armour. This, was, flatly, shit. (can i curse here?) well, it was. The armour had not been polished, sanded, tooled, or any of the things I had requested. It was rough, and frankly- putrid. Something an apprentice would turn out. The armour was NOT BENT OR CURLED! Thick pieces of metal, flat as a piece of paper. What the hell am I supposed to do with flat bracers?
So I contact him. I say "Can I send them back to you?"
"Just bent them over your knee" ..my friend wolfy was there, he's a BIG guy, and he was red in the face trying to bend these things.
"They won't bend"
"..right. Then get an anvil"
"An anvil? Are you kidding?"
...so thats my solution.
I turn out: Decent or at least passable fursuit head
I get in return: unfinished, half-assed pieces of crap
I turn out: Free repairs as soon as possible
I get: Bitching and moaning.
Artists, beware. The guys name is mike, and he's on yahoo as fffmike2501(or something similar).