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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!
* 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

* 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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17th-Jan-2017 10:39 am - Questions for a Partial Suit
Hey there!!
I'm looking to make a partial of my character Slick (https://www.furaffinity.net/view/22315491/) and I have a few questions.

Firstly: How much fur would I need?
I plan on just making a head, tail, foot paws, and tony hand paws. His pompadour will be sculpted from foam so it will hold its shape perfectly and I won't have to worry about shifting polyfil.
My guestimate so far is around 1 yard of teal, 2 yards of white, and 1 yard of black.

Secondly, does anyone know where to get that shade of dull, desaturated, teal? So far the only one I've been able to find is brighter than I'd like.

And finally, I was going to make him with a large, exaggerated, toothy grin like shown here: https://www.furaffinity.net/view/22315521/
How could I go about making this without hindering ventilation? I was going to use the balaclava method if that effects it at all.

Thanks so much in advance!!
15th-Jan-2017 11:16 pm(no subject)
14th-Jan-2017 12:15 pm - Furring with spray glue
I am switching over from using hot glue to using spray glue (Scotch brand Super 77 Spray Adhesive) when furring. My only concern is the fact that it will "mist" while I spray, ruining the fur fibers around the spot I am gluing.
Are there specific ways to protect exposed fur while I glue, without the covering getting in the way? Any tips on how to apply the glue (wrist movement, angle, aim, etc.) are welcome as well.

Thanks!
12th-Jan-2017 03:58 pm - Drybrushing.
Hello! I don't have the money right now to purchase airbrushing tools, so I'm going for a realistic look while using dry brushing to detail the fur.

Could something like this be achieved through that?
12th-Jan-2017 03:15 pm(no subject)
11th-Jan-2017 07:41 am - Zippers....
So I've been plugging away on my sophomore head build. I have a punch list of improvements I want to make from my last head, and one of them is the zipper in the hood. The one in my first head came out pretty good, it is very functional and easy to use, but I wish it had less bulk/stiffness around the opening. (It's a zipper underneath a flap of Velcro'd fabric, similar to the one in the book "Critter Costuming".)

Right now I'm sewing a bunch of zippers into practice hoods to see which methods I like best. (Here's a pic of me sewing away, with help from my feline studio assistant.)

The method I originally used for my first head was a reconstruction of a DVC video tutorial which unfortunately vanished from the Interwebs right in the middle of my project, so I had to try to do it from memory the best I could. My sewing teacher (yay for sewing teachers!) says I could use the same method but use a softer kind of Velcro to reduce the bulk/stiffness this time around. (Haven't gone looking for softer Velcro yet.) I also tried Matrices' method, which came out beautifully, though I have concerns about the zipper getting stuck on the little concealing flap of fabric this method uses. Right now I'm sewing up a hood that uses the method my good ol' sewing encyclopedia recommends... sewing the zipper on a large, folded back seam allowance, so that the fur will curve in over the zipper when it's closed.

So I'm very interested to know... what is your favorite method for installing zippers? What are your favorite tutorials? TIA!!
9th-Jan-2017 05:14 pm - Assembling my second head
New blog post chronicling my sophomore head build efforts here.

I'm excited to be using my own resin head, one I sculpted, molded and cast myself, though it took quite a bit of fiddling to get it to work with DVC parts (eyes, nose, teeth.) I do have serious fantasies about sculpting my own parts someday. Overall I'm happy with how this head is coming out, though I did learn a bunch about what I might do differently during my next head sculpt.

Blog blog bloggin' away, with the hope that 1) someone might have useful advice to offer to this noob after they read it, and 2) some other noob might find it helpful in some way.

Thanks for looking!
10th-Jan-2017 02:46 am(no subject)
9th-Jan-2017 02:27 am(no subject)
Good evening, all

Curious question: If I plan on dropping the crotch significantly in a suit that doesn't require much in the way of digitigrade padding, and uses primarily very short fur, how would be the best way to go about patterning? Most of the images I pull up off of the webs show heavily padded haunches, which isn't really what I'm going for. Could I just pattern the crotch out where I want it and somehow craft a removable padding pillow that goes in that empty space between my legs?

Opinions very desired

EDIT: added in a picture of the character. I was thinking of even going stumpier on the legs than what I originally thought.

7th-Jan-2017 04:43 pm(no subject)
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6th-Jan-2017 11:21 am - Second hand opinion needed
I've been working on a pattern for the construction of my pine marten head... and I've also been staring at it for too long.



Specifically, I'd like to know the following:
-are the cheeks jowly or too large, primarily the "smiley" piece?
-do I need to extend the cheeks further back, or do I need to bring the ears further forward?
(I am aware that the ears are too canine for a pine marten, those are just placeholders)
Any other criticism is welcome, thanks!

EDIT: I fixed the smiley piece so that it didn't come down so low on the cheek.
6th-Jan-2017 11:27 pm(no subject)
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4th-Jan-2017 09:05 pm - Question about sizing body suits
ulcer
Hello! I've followed this community for awhile but I've never posted. I have a question about my first client--they live alone and don't have very many friends so they cannot duct tape dummy themselves. However they gave me measurements of their body (across shoulders, length of arms, chest, waist, hips, and inseam). They want it to be as slim fit as possible and digitigrade. How do I go about this? I have a mannequin that is as tall as the customer (6'0) so should I just pad it out to match them and make a dummy out of that? Or just draw out their measurements on fabric and go for making a pattern that way? I am quite confused as I really have only made suits for myself and close friends and I want this to be perfect.

Edit: Picture removed after customer told me it was a tracing of another suit that I colored. A new one will be up from scratch later on, sorry folks for any harm; was not intentional on my part.
This is probably asked a lot, but are there any recommendations for long-pile red fox or rust fur? I know the old MM rust is discontinued, and currently FursuitSupplies.com is out of their rust. I'd want something at least 2", 2 yds.

CR's crafts has a rust fox fur, but I don't know the quality, or if it's as dark as the photo. Anyone ever use it? http://www.crscraft.com/products/referal.asp?pid=90419&pid2=90415&L1=0&L2=0&L3=0&L4=0&searchOffset=0

Mendel's sells rust shag, but it's a bit short at 1.5". They also sell this "blonde fox" realistic fur, but I don't know how well it would work for a fursuit. https://www.mendels.com/Blonde-Fox.html It looks like something I've seen on DF, but darker (which may be lighting).

Shannon Fabrics has an "Amber", but I believe they only sell in bulk, and it's also 1.5". I'm currently looking at other suppliers but so far the rusts I've found are too short. CR's is the only long one.

If 1.5" is long enough for bodysuits, I may go with something that long if CR's isn't recommended.

Thanks!
3rd-Jan-2017 04:19 pm - Tyber mills quality?
Hello! I recently found some furs I like from a store called Denver Fabrics http://www.denverfabrics.com/
They sell short pile fur from Tyber Mills and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with their quality. (It also looks like they don't offer samples? Maybe I missed something).

Thanks!
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