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The Few Rules:
* Before you ask a question, please check the MEMORIES (The text says "Memories" next to the community userpic.) TONS of questions have been catagorized! Also look at the "Entry Tags" to the left of this post.
* Please, keep it PG13. (aka "work safe", no showing "bits")
* Please, ONLY ON TOPIC posts! Keep it on Fursuits you have built, Tutorials, or questions on how to build them, only. (Not "What critter should I make?", etc please figure that out maybe in LJ FursuitLounge before you come here to build it)
* Feel free to show any "HOW TOs" / Tutorials on creating things. THIS is what the community was made for!
* For Fursuit Auctions / Sales / Wanting a Quote for something, please post to fursuitauctions! If you're looking to buy or sell fursuits, parts, or costume items, join that community!
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Use this: <lj-cut text="TEXT">ENTRY </lj-cut>
Do not put any spaces in the < > brackets. TEXT= what the link will say. ENTRY= what you put in the entry inside the cut. This can be pictures, text, etc

* Please, Do not lock comments. Keep them open.
* Constructive criticism IS ALLOWED. Be aware you may have some members comment on how to improve your work if you end up posting pictures unless you specifically say "Please, no crits on this" (or something along those lines. )
* NO FLAME WARS!
* ENJOY!
Dia purplemoon

The Few Rules:


* Before you ask a question, please check the MEMORIES (The text says "Memories" next to the community userpic.) TONS of questions have been categorized!
* Please, keep it PG13. (aka "work safe", no showing "bits")
* Please, ONLY ON TOPIC posts! Keep it on Fursuits you have built, Tutorials, or questions on how to build them, only.
* Please, Do not lock comments. Keep them open.
* For Fursuit Auctions / Sales / Wanting a Quote for something, please post to fursuitauctions! If you're looking to buy or sell fursuits, parts, or costume items, join that community!
* Feel free to show any "HOW TOs" on creating things. THIS is what the community was made for!
* For showing off your work, please limit the front of the post to ONE small picture (please, no larger than 250px by 250px), then for multiple pictures, please use the LJ-cut (see here: http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=75 )or just link the URL to the pic.

Use this:
<lj-cut text="TEXT">
ENTRY
</lj-cut>

Do not put any spaces in the < > brackets.
TEXT= what the link will say.
ENTRY= what you put in the entry inside the cut. This can be pictures, text, etc

* Also if you are showing off your work, PLEASE, don't post day after day after day with your progress. Instead, show us your construction pics by week, or the finished product when you are done.

* Constructive criticism IS ALLOWED. Be aware you may have some members comment on how to improve your work if you end up posting pictures unless you specifically say "Please, no crits on this" (or something along those lines. )

* NO FLAME WARS!

* ENJOY!
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-J
4th-Aug-2015 12:25 am - Minky questions!
Hi everyone! I'm back from AC and also making another mask! It's more of a secret project, (but I gues it's not so secret if I'm telling everyone here huh?)

I'm finally making a dragon! I used seal fur before, but I truth, I'm not that big on it. SO I'd like to use minky for the head. I'm just not sure about a few things.
Would you say it looks neat when, used to 'fur' a head?
Is it durable?
Easy to clean?
What are your favorite places to get it from? (In the US online!)
Does it look lumpy if you use glue to keep it on?

I'm very eager to get minky I just wanna know what I'm getting into. Thank you!
3rd-Aug-2015 07:06 pm - Grey fur???
So I am really wanting to work on a head of the Ookami from Wolf Children. I've got everything I need but GREY FUR!
Everywhere I usually buy it from is out of stock.
I just want the DF solid grey that matches this gif below (spoliers maybeee???)
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Everywhere that usually sells it is out so if you guys could point me in a direction to where I can buy it (even an etsy link) or maybe you have some you could sell me (I only need about a yard) it would help me out a lot!
3rd-Aug-2015 06:24 pm - Cleaning Biohazards and Storage?
Ugh. ;^;

I just moved out of an apartment that had an issue with mice. I tried to move my fursuit head out of reach, but no dice. My new apartment has no exposed holes from the outside and a maintenance crew, so I'm not worried about it happening again, but I need to know what to do with the damage done.

One of my heads got squished in the move, but I plan on refurbishing it. It was for sure not touched by mice, so I'm not worried about it so much.

My other head isn't compromised but I know mice were on it. There are a few spots where its noticable. I want to wash it and make sure that everything is clean, especially since its going near my face, and mice carry hantavirus and such (and I absolutely DO NOT want to expose myself or others to that). There is a head form in the mask so I know that they didn't get in it, just on it. The head is in excellent condition otherwise, no weird smells or chew holes. My current plan it so get some Urine Off and add it to some water along with some sort of detergent and try to spot clean, but I'd like to hit the whole head if possible, just to be sure. Is that a good idea?

I've washed fur by itself before, but where this is a completed head and there's more on it than just sweat, I don't know what to do. There is no airbrushing, but the fur is very uncommon and I don't have a lot left of it. I cried when I realized what happened and I want to save it. Can I? Should I? Also, how should I store heads for maximum protection? I don't allow animal contact with any of my crafts or supplies, but you can never be too careful, apparently :S I have all of my furs stored in totes and they are untouched, fortunately. But what do you use for just heads to keep them safe and unsquished?

I feel gross posting about this but maybe it can help someone else, too.

Thanks everyone :C
thom
i have a friend who is absolutely TINY. i'm 5'3" and she is about half-a-head [probably more] shorter than me. recently i started making a premade fursuit, but i made the head quite big so in case i list it on furbuy anyone could buy it. today she told me she wants to buy that suit for a walk in september. that's not a lot of time so i'll be able to make only a partial.
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1st-Aug-2015 03:43 pm - Buckram suppliers
Pickenprod
Where does everybody get their buckram?

I've bought mine in the past from local fabric shops (Fabricland and Fabricana) and from FursuitSupplies, and it all works okay. But it always looks "uneven" on closer inspection. While I understand that buckram is really made to go on the inside of a hat, and therefore doesn't need to be pretty, I'm on the lookout for anything that looks nicer. Evenly spaced threads and holes, y'know?

I really like the looks of the plastic stuff like this
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/199041445/6-x-9-and-12-x-18-paintable-plastic-mesh?ref=market
for toony eyes, but I'm still looking for a finer mesh that hides the holes better. Any suggestions?
1st-Aug-2015 11:31 am - Trying to locate a fur?
thbthbthb
Hi all,
Lately I've noticed a fur that seems to be getting more and more common, but I can't seem to find it for the life of me.
It looks very similar to Fabric.com's  "Mink" (obligatory DONT ORDER FROM THEM warning...) seen here: https://www.fabric.com/buy/0344753/faux-fur-solid-mink-faux-fur-black Maybe slightly less shiny? The fur seems to stay pretty straight regardless of current use conditions.
At the last few cons/events, I have kept seeing what seems to be the same fur in a wide variety of colors in a lot of new suits I've seen. Usually in colors I have been DYING to find. I've seen reds, teals, purples, I even saw a rainbow suit recently that I'm certain was entirely this fur in different colors.
Does anyone know what this is called? Every search I've attempted with the word mink has been unsuccessful so far (Only finding blacks) and nothing else I have gotten swatches of seems to match quite right...
PS: Bonus points if someone knows if they might have it at Mendel's in SF... I haven't been able to go but am planning a trip soon.
Thanks in advance!
Pride Wolf
We have some amazing fursuiting activities planned for this year!!!

You asked for it and you got it!!! Bunny is going out of town, so we are taking over and keeping reg open until August 7th at Midnight! Why should I pre-reg? Well make sure you get the right size shirt and all the goodies. (this is especially important for Sponsor and Super Sponsor!) So get pre-reg'd and get ready for fun!!!
http://www.mephitfurmeet.org/register
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Hi everyone, I'm new to LJ and the fursuit community (sorry if this post isn't where it's supposed to be) I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself! I'm Rix or Rixon. My animal is a mix between a hyena and an African wild dog. This is my first time building a fursuit and Rix will be a partial suit..I was really really hoping I could get some help, I've found myself in a bit of a rut with continuing the head (sorry for all the questions you're about to be bombarded with)

Firstly, I think Rix is starting to look more canine than anything else. I tried to make the ears as "hyena-like" as possible, but it seems like he's looking more canine, and that's kind of upsetting..(also, he's missing a nose, I ordered one from etsy) and YES he does have a moving jaw..I'm a risky first timer..heh

EYEBROWS..I don't know what to do. Rix is supposed to be a very devious, grumpy character (I think I attached a picture of a drawing) I feel like the mouth is something I already messed up (I couldn't get the smirking expression down) and now he looks like he's smiling!!! (Ugh) I know the eyebrows will help a lot but I'm not very happy with how my progress is going..

Fur. I am scared to fur Rix because I feel like it will be a disaster. I don't know how to sew! I hope that it will turn out better than I'm expecting it to..

Thank you guys I appreciate it so so much anything helps greatly..suggestions, any critique, anything! Again this is my first partial suit, and anything to make Rix better will help me greatly. Thank you all for your time
Rix :)
31st-Jul-2015 11:12 am(no subject)
sloth
I'm starting work on a very ambitious (for me) cosplay for my sister and myself. We're close to the same size so we plan to be able to swap costumes if one of us starts to get worn out with whatever one we're wearing at the time, but the costumes in mind are Overlord and the wolf mount, both from the video game Overlord II.

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I plan for him to be a rather cartoony looking quadsuit since, as you can see, the wolves have very exaggerated shapes, and I plan to construct a minion to ride on the back. But I have a few questions, since this is my first quadsuit and I've found a couple snags in my planning.
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akihito
I'm sort of back in my on-and-off relationship with trying to put a fursuit head together... the struggle is real.

This time, I'm back to working on my half-made foam head. I've made some small alterations and I'm looking to get some advice on what direction to go.

Species is "generic canine-flavor" leaning towards wolf/husky! I'm carving out the face of a foam head that is going to be attached to a balaclava.

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Astro Boy Finger
Finally got these up. Wanted to share.

I won't bother with the descriptions (they are on the DA and FA posts), so here you guys go.

Second fursuit ever made, Yakko Warner. Pics only here:
http://killpurakat.deviantart.com/art/Yakko-Warner-Costume-Version-1-549815693
Or here:
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/17246572/

No video of him. Sorry. :( I will try to get some after I tweak him a bit.

Third fursuit, and a costume I've wanted to do forever and just love every which way! Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix:
http://killpurakat.deviantart.com/art/Osamu-Tezuka-s-Phoenix-Fursuit-Unfinished-549819280
Or here:
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/17246761/

Here's my masquerade video from SDCC2015 of the Phoenix:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa05b8b7YO8

Neither of these fursuits is done (Yakko needs his head and hands/gloves redone, and the Phoenix needs the rest of the LEDs installed in her wing tips), but I feel these aren't too bad for fursuits. :) Neither would have been possible without all the awesome advice, tricks, techniques, and tips I got from this community.
28th-Jul-2015 10:10 pm - What Air brush should I get???
So recently I've been looking for a good air brush, whether for fur or other designs. I was looking on Amazon the other night. This is one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TO578Q?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_2&smid=A23ADOZFIJNPFB

Have any of you bought this or know someone who bought it? Is it good for a starter/is it a reasonable price?

Or this one? The compressor looks a bit different than the first one. It's more expensive but comes with afew more brushes. What types are the brushes? Does it matter if I have one or three?/are they different?

http://www.amazon.com/Master-Multi-purpose-Professional-Airbrushing-Airbrush/dp/B006HJCP8S/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1438139232&sr=8-4&keywords=Air+brush

If this one isn't good or if you know of a better one(for a reasonable price), please tell me where to find it and how good it works. Thanks!
28th-Jul-2015 05:50 pm - Heavy Fursuit Tail advice
Hey all, long time no post! So I'm needing a bit of advice on something.

Some of you may know my fursuit, some of you may not. I'll post pictures with this so you have an idea of what I've got to work with. My tail is kind of my shining feature with my suit, it's thick like a dinos but fluffy like a mammal's. Don't even ask what species she is because the whole thing is still under development with deities, clans, and fusions, etc. You'll all understand one day ;3
But to get to the point, I have tried two different methods for attaching and filling this tail. The first is the first picture where I used foam and wire to give it a very big wiggle feature and it stayed slightly lifted. My only issue with it was the harness I made was kind of uncomfortable and was a struggle to attach the tail everytime. I got tired of taking a half hour to get my entire suit on so I took it out and filled the tail with stuffing and let it become a dragging tail.... It was fun for a while, but now I'm starting to realize that I don't like being a floorduster and that I liked it better when it could wag.

The first two pictures are from MWFF with the foam and wire make. The second two are during a family reunion that was recent and it's jsut stuffing and sewn on.

What I am needing here is advice on how I can better attach such a large tail *4feetlongbtw*, and keep it lifted off the ground. It still sagged a bit because of ti's weight with the wire and foam inside, so I'm wondering if there are better options for such a heavy tail that I can accomplish in this week before I go to a Ren Fair this weekend. Thank you all!

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Hey guys, so for Anthrocon 2016 I designed a complicated fursuit and I have a few questions.
Her name is kaleidoscope. Also I apologize if any of my questions are in the memories. I already looked there and found some answers, but I might have over looked some.
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So first question: since I'm a very young fursuiter, I make my suits out of Joann fabric fun fur. Finally my parent are going to let me get some of the more quality fur to build Kaleidoscope. I've heard that fabric.com has really low quality fur, and Ive heard that they sell the same stuff as fursuit supplies and all the other good quality fur stores. I'm about to order the fur and I'm leaning towards fursuit supplies, but I want to check with more experienced suiters first. Which on is better?
Second question since Kaleidoscope has 3 tails I was wondering if her tails should be thin at the top so that all 3 fit. Is this how I should do it?
Third question. How to you make thin digigrade feet paws without stilts? Like these.
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4: kaleidoscope has a very large mane. How would I construct her mane? I goes from the top of her head to the base of her tail. How would you do it? I do not want to use weft hair.
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5. Kaleidoscope has very large ears and I was wondering how to make those look realistic. What do you suggest?
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6. How would I make a hand paw look realistic? When I make handpaws they always turn out toony looking. am I missing an important point?
7. How would you make large light weight horns and large Saber tooth tiger teeth? Her horns curve around her ears like this.
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8. How would I make the flares on kaleidoscopes chin, ears, tails, legs, elbows, and hip? I think that I'll make a paper pattren, sew the tuffs together, and then sew them on the head. Is that the right way to go? For the tuffs on the fore-head I think that I should cut triangles of the fur, sew them together, and then sew them on her head. Is that the way to go too?
9. How do you blend different color furs together? Since I'm using lots of different fur colors, I was wondering how to I make the different fur colors transition the right way?
10. Last one. Since kaleidoscope's tails drag on the ground, I was wondering if I could put wheels on the bottom of the tails. The inside of the tails are going to be pool noodles. would wheels on the bottom of her tails work? Would the tail flop side-ways? Would the wheels cut off the full movement of the tails? would if be better to put a durable material on the bottom of the tails where they drag on the ground. I think that this is the better way to go.
Sorry for the long post. I had a lot of question.😄
28th-Jul-2015 10:22 am - Different types of fur
Hey all! I hope this entry isn't too vague but I need some advice.

I consider myself a newbie maker and I primarily work with luxury shag furs. I just got a new personal suit from AutumnFallings and AJ went out of her way to find non-shag furs for my suit and the quality is absolutely outstanding. Her fur doesn't get crimped or messy looking at all while my other suit, made by me with luxury shag, needs a brushing after a short amount of time.

That being said, I would really love to stray from using LS and venture into different type of furs but honestly, I have no idea where to start. AJ says my suit was made with cubby/teddy furs and I'm not sure what those are. I know it's also got bunny shag but I'm at a loss when it comes to identifying the longer furs on my suit (other than gorilla shag). I've worked with beaver fur and really loved it.

Is there anyone that could just put together a short list of the different types of furs and the best place to find them? I usually order from fabric.com and refuse to go to Distinctive Fabric but I know there are so many other sources out there.
27th-Jul-2015 05:36 pm - Best Duct Tape ever.
Pickenprod
The best duct tape ever
Since I have this on hand I thought I'd show it to you all here. This is the greatest duct tape I have ever found. It's called AMG Duct Tape - Military Grade. It's thick, rubbery, and incredibly sticky. Never falls apart or comes unstuck, as far as I can tell (I've only been using it for 2 years now). So if you have an application that requires REALLY GOOD duct tape, like a DTD you plan to keep around for a long time, this is the stuff. I get it from a local hardware liquidation store, but unfortunately I don't know where else it's available. USA friends, keep an eye out for this stuff!

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They have some on fabric.com, and it's a longer pile than the luxury shag, and I was wondering if it would be better to use for a bodysuit.
I know luxury shag tends to get messy easily, even though it's the most commonly used fur (since it's easy to get and has the most color choices).
If anyone has experience with it, please drop a comment and let me know your thoughts!
25th-Jul-2015 02:46 pm - cocoa fur
first entry on livejournal... i hope this works!

So, i'm looking for luxuryshag color 'copper' which is very hard to find lately. (http://fursuitsupplies.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=35_52&product_id=291)
Mendels doesn't sell it anymore, fabric.com never did, fursuitsupplies had only 1 yard months ago.
I recently found this on fabric.com : https://www.fabric.com/buy/0411158/faux-fur-luxury-shag-cocoa
and it does look very much like copper!
It's out of stock at the moment, and it might go very fast because the fur is so hard to find.
When it's available i'd like to order it asap instead of getting samples first which could take up to weeks because i live in the EU.

So my question, does someone know if cocoa is the same as copper??
Did they just change the name or is it different?
Thanks for your help!
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