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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!
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Use this: <lj-cut text="TEXT">ENTRY </lj-cut>
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* 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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30th-Nov-2016 10:13 pm - shipping fur?
butterfree
I'm going through stashes of fur and I was wondering -- how do you guys ship large quantities of fur affordably? I was considering trying to sell a few big bags of fur as is (as of late I've been trying to sell my scraps via large padded flat rate envelopes) to keep the cost minimal. However, I've seen some sellers offering to ship things like 8-gallon bags full of fur for $15.00 and I just don't see how that's possible. I know fur squishes, but I feel like it would still take a decent sized box to ship that much fur. So, I'm just wondering if I'm missing something obvious? What is the most cost efficient way to ship large quantity of fur (either large pieces or a mess of scraps) within the US? I've got a lot of fur I'd like to work through and sell (I need the money and don't have the space for too much in the way of excess material unless I plan on using it for a project in the semi-near future.) Soooo, trying to find the best ways to make back a little of the money I spent on all the material, but keeps things affordable for people interested in taking it off my hands. ;)
20th-Nov-2016 04:34 pm - Painting resin eyes
Continuing working on my second head build, just posted this blog entry about painting resin eyes: http://www.sanssoucistudios.com/blog/painting-resin-eyes

My first head I used both acrylics and watercolor pencils, this time I used straight acrylics- felt like I had more control.

I'm curious- how many people here paint their own eyes, or buy them pre painted? If you paint them yourself, are there tutorials you find especially helpful? Links? I know there's also those photo printouts that get glued to eyes that look pretty nifty, what do you use?

Thanks in advance!
16th-Nov-2016 06:00 pm - Bony scales and spikes!
EDIT: Thanks for the help, everyone! I like the Worbla suggestion, but using it doesn't look realistic for me right now for multiple reasons, so I'll probably use one of the other methods I listed and come back to it later ^^

Hi, everyone! It's been a while!

It looks like over the summer I'll be making a full fursuit of the Beowolf from RWBY. It's basically an anthropomorphic black wolf with a skeletal head and some bony spikes and spots and spines all over (which are my area of concern for this question!)

Picture and question under the cutCollapse )
15th-Nov-2016 10:13 am - Flip pattern question
Hello all- I'm working on my second head now. One of the improvements I'd like to make this time is have the fur fit the resin blank more tightly, so that the mask has a better shape overall. I used DVC's tutorial online to make the pattern for the first mask, in which only one side of the head is duct taped and patterned, then mirrored/flipped to make the pattern for the other side.

Question: Is there a point to just patterning the entire head? Will this come up with a better fitting pattern? My blank is not perfectly symmetrical by any means. I also worry that I might run into trouble with the hood if I *don't* flip the pattern, as I do want the hood to be perfectly symmetrical!

(Here's a blog post on my first head: http://www.sanssoucistudios.com/blog/adventures-in-fursuit-head-building )

Thoughts? TIA!
14th-Nov-2016 09:36 pm - Touch Screen Capable Claws!
Tiny Vid Demo~

So yeah! I've been thinking about this for a bit with the problem of having to rip your hamdpaws off in crowds to fiddle with phones during suiting if you're not somewhere you can pop your top easily and I know there are touch screen gloves out there, so this was test one on making claws that can actually work like a stylus for touch screens. It is by no means perfect and it does depend a lot on the angle you're holding the claw at so far, but I'm going to keep fudging with this idea until I get something a good bit more consistent!

I'm gonna do a tutorial for this soon and also offer to make them once I figure out the nitty gritty. right now it's a mess of basic sculpey claws with a core drilled out of the underside, some silver embroidery thread(but conductive thread would work way better, I was just impatient) and the twisted bunch of that hot glued into the underside with the tip free of glue. it's not hard per say, just a little fiddly at the moment, and the tread only comes in so many colors. I've got a few other things I want to try as well to see if there's better more reliable methods. as for an I phone it should work? I can test it out on one tomorrow.

OH one big thing is that those threads coming out the back of the claw have to make good contact with your skin inside.

Alternately, if the paws dont have claws, following a similar method to making your own touchscreen gloves (sewing a small knot into the pad of a finger) would also work, but fur may get in the way if it's too long.

14th-Nov-2016 04:36 pm - Cr's Crafts fur quality
I'm going to order swatch cards for teddy and short pile Cr's Crafts furs. I'm hoping that the dark brown and the black (whether it's teddy or short pile) are of quality- while I know that reputable makers like AutumnFallings use Cr's Crafts, I've read that Cr's Crafts fur quality tends to be inconsistent.
Teddy will probably be of higher quality than the short pile, but I'm concerned that neither would shave well, as it looks a little like fun fur in the pics on the website. (Then again, the lighting is not very good and neither is the photo quality)
I'd use LS fur, but it gets ruffled so easily and needs so much brushing; I wanted to use something that lies flatter and is a little shorter.

If you've had experience with either of these furs, please let me know what you thought of the quality and whether or not it shaved well.

Thank you!
12th-Nov-2016 04:24 pm - Feathers?
Hi! Im making some rather large wings for my fursona. Ive constructed the base out of wire sheeting mesh, and linned the raw edges with fleece. So my question is, how would I make feathers for the wings without having to spend tooo much money on them? Id prefer to constuct my own feathers rather than buy any. I found a tutorial in the memories section for feathers, but i just dont think its what i need. Thoughts? Ill try to get pictures when i get home.
Any input is greatly apprecitaed!
9th-Nov-2016 01:32 pm - Short pile fur
Question, if you're using short pile fur for a head, do you still have to shave it?

Like can you even shave short pile fur? Or am I better off using long furs.
I ended up answering my own question after a bit of trial and error! I'll update this with the how of it all when I'm on a real computer again.




Original post: More or less just that. I have plans to make a caribou/reindeer full suit and I'd like to give her some proper antlers. Not crazy big but definitely off the head a bit. Most of the horn tutorials seemed to cover tiny horns or straight ones, but I'm wanting to get some nice curves going. I've got a sketch done up but posting from my phone doesn't seem to want to work.

I haven't made the foam base yet in case I need to add a top plate to mount them into or something. I just really don't want to end up with floppy antlers. Any and all advice is super appreciated!
Because of a whole load of circumstances, mostly being the recent rediscovery of one of my favorite childhood films and its upcoming 35th anniversary, I've decided to once again attempt fursuit-style costuming. This time, of the Secret of NIMH character Justin.



I'm in the pretty early stages right now, only having the head and feetpaws sculpted and patterned out so far. I have several concepts for what I'm aiming for, though, and I'd like some advice from people who have more experience in the field.

So first off, the costume isn't going to be built exclusively for me. My aim is to have it fit to a few other people I work with who are almost the same height and body shape as me, give or take. To try to get a more forgiving fit, I'm making it pseudo-partial, with shoulder/arm and leg pieces connected by suspenders or a harness. Something like this:



This way, since the stomach and torso will be covered by the tunic, there's a bit of leniency to the fit. I'm also planning to drop the crotch fairly low, and try to create the illusion of the hips and pelvis being lower. I have a pretty decent idea of how I'm going to do this.

The feetpaws are also built in a pretty weird way: because I am a short little excuse of a man (5 foot problems...), the costume wouldn't look proportional with my current height. I bought a cheap pair of decently high-heeled boots and boosted them up on layers of balsa wood and EVA foam. The feet are absolutely huge, but are surprisingly reasonable to walk in. Like with everything else, I don't have pictures yet, but here's the idea. Trying to get cartoony, accurate-looking proportions is a mess!



I'm also going to need advice on the tail. Since, due to its length, it will inevitably be dragging, I want it to be made of a durable inner material that might have a nice motion as a side effect. What I'm thinking is getting thick nylon rope and gradually thinner foam pipe insulation at inch-intervals (to allow for motion) onto it to taper it, and then furring it. Has anyone done anything similar? If so, how has it turned out?

And the last thing I have to ask is: padded or sculpted hands. I know with added detail and bulk to hands comes a lack of dexterity, but for this, I'd be willing to sacrifice it. I'd just be adding about an inch to the end of each finger to make the hands look more proportionate to the rest of the costume by adding EVA foam and kind of folding it over like a band-aid on each finger. Would that be too bulky or unwieldly? Again, if you've ever done something like it, please tell me, it would help me out a lot.
I wanna make some 3D resin eyes like these ▼
http://dracoloricatus.deviantart.com/art/4cm-3D-character-eyes-428824886

But, I don't know what to use for a mold.
I use a plastic pallet for 3cm resin eyes.
(like this one ▼)



However, I can not find a pallet that has over 4cm diameter holes :(
Should I use acrylic half sphere like this for a mold? ▼



or is there another better way?
So I've seen quite a few tutorials around people starting with the head base structure and how they always used the "bucket" head method, shown here. However, whenever I try this method I always have an incredibly hard time putting it together. So, instead, I was wondering if there was a different method I can build the base of the head off of instead of using the bucket tutorial? That, or perhaps some more tips with working with making the bucket. Thanks!
3rd-Nov-2016 05:10 pm - Painting resin?
Anyone had any experience painting unfurred resin (beaks, horns etc)? I saw someone suggest spray priming the resin and I was wondering if people leave it plain after acrylics or finish with a gloss coat (or something)?
31st-Oct-2016 08:09 am - payment plans?
butterfree
So, now and then (a handful of times a year schedule permitting) I like to make and sell premade partials/heads. Typically I do not accept payment plans because I do not want to deal with the hassle of them. However, I'm considering it because I do not want to alienate people from bidding on suits. Although I may still require full payment on things that are like 3-4 hundred ish.
My question is how do you guys handle payment plans (those who accept them?) My fear is getting my time wasted by someone who is not -totally- invested, isn't financially in a position to make a big purchase (but tries anyway) and I end up getting my time wasted. I don't want to have to chase people for payments, that's why I usually just say payment in full up front. STILL, I wanted to see how other people do it, and maybe I'm just making taking payments a bigger deal then it needs to be.

My big things are -- how long do you guys give? A week between payments? A month? Are all payments non-refundable? I'm concerned of scenarios like...I get two payments out of three or four and then the person tries to back out (and maybe get their money back). I feel like saying if I do accept payment plans then all payments are non-refundable in order to prevent (or make less likely) a situation like that from happening. I also don't want to have to wait three four months for money either. I guess I'm looking for examples of situations from people that are fair to buyer/seller that makes payment plans an option I can possibly offer in the future. :)

Thanks!
I'm curious to know how people have painted nice neat pupils on resin eye blanks. I recently tried making my own stencils, and while the results were pretty good (better than drawing them on using a circle template) I wonder if there's an easier way... here's my blog post about it here. http://www.sanssoucistudios.com/blog/painting-pupils-on-resin-eye-blanks

TIA!
Hello! I'm new to fursuit making and am picking up tips where I can! (Also new to livejournal but hey!) I am currently making a parial suit for Halloween, consisting of ears, a tail, paws, and feet paws. I have made everything except for the feet paws, which only needs to be furred. I have tried repeatedly to tape it using masking tape to create the pattern, but the toes are giving me a hard time.... the tape sticks on with hard edges and unsecurely making it impossible to get a pattern. Am I doing something wrong? Is there another way to make a pattern without using tape? Any info or tips would be absolutely appreciated!
Thank you!
26th-Oct-2016 10:28 am - soft yellow fur?
butterfree
I've been looking everywhere (and trying not to get shag, I'd prefer to get beaver, rabbit, seal, whichever, and medium/short length is preferred since I'll most likely need to shave it down) for a softer yellow fur. I'm not super particular about it the shade, just looking for something that's not school bus yellow. I found some that looked promising on a website but it says they're sold out, so not sure if I'm going to be able to get them to order more or what. I did get a yellow fur (which I can use if I have to but looking for possible alternatives) from Mohairbearmakingsupplies.com the color and pile are nice but the backing is strange...and makes the fur seem cheap. Even though the pile is relatively long (maybe it's the density of the fur I dunno) but it seems like the backing is fairly easy to see, and feels like the fur wants to come out. I've heard there is a way to replace backing but I feel that's beyond my scope if it's even possible. So, yeah just looking for a pastel(ish) high quality yellow fur. I'd happily buy a yard or so from someone too, (I think fursuit supplies did a yellow rabbit fur at one point that is no longer available) that I think I would have liked to get had I known about it/needed it then.

So, yep just wondering if there is a place where this is available? I've looked at quite a few places, and this seems rather difficult to find.
I desperately need this gray from Fursuit Supplies! It has been out of stock for months and I need this exact shade/fur.
I need a yard!
Picture (it"s a bit big) under this cutCollapse )

https://fursuitsupplies.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=50
If anyone has at least a yard or near a yard of this fur, please reply and I can pay at least $21-$22 for this (plus shipping, of course).
24th-Oct-2016 08:37 pm - Pattern Suggestions?
Finally taped together my pattern for my first head. Not quite sure where to mark seams at but here's a picture of it for reference ( I taped only half the head, I plan on flipping the pieces once I cut it apart).
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