You are viewing fursuit

How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Recent Entries 
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!
</b>

-J
1st-Jun-2015 06:06 pm - Secretary bird/snow gryphon
Hey, long time no post. It's my first bird and my heaviest airbrushed item so far. The wings need a little more polishing but they are wearable. The bodysuit is a little baggy on the model, will look different will padding and stuff

boomCollapse )
29th-May-2015 03:24 pm - Comparing Red Fox Fur
pic
I ordered a swatch from Mendel's of their Cubby Red Fox Fur, but after looking in the archives to see if anyone has used it before, a lot of people spoke positively of CR's Cubby Red Fox fur. Are these two products the same? From the pictures I've seen they look very similar.

Another thing I was concerned about is if anyone has used Cubby Fur extensively on a bodysuit and how well it holds up. I've used a different varient before and I didn't have any problems with it, but I want to make sure before I start on the suit.
29th-May-2015 10:25 pm - Realistic Foam Head Bases?
Hey there guys, I have a question:

Has anyone done a semi/realistic fursuit head out of foam? The ones I've seen have always been out of resin.

I'm wanting to make a head of my werewolf character and try my hand at a more realistic style than my current style which you can see below:


The style I'd like to achieve ideally would be this level of realism or every so slightly toonier. I realise the limits of foam.




If it is the case that people have achieved a realistic look with foam does anyone have any images or any advice for better carving? Thanks :)
28th-May-2015 09:49 am - faux furs "in action"
Hello again! I'm back with more difficult questions, haha. This is more directed at UK-based fursuit makers, but anyone who buys furs from Mohair Bear Making Supplies or Swincraft2 may be able to help:

I'm looking at buying fur for a personal suit. My options for the main body color are Mohair's beige mink (which I think is the same as Swincraft2's swiss beige) or Swincraft2's solid beige (which I think is the same as Mohair's warm beige). For a matching lighter-colored accent fur to go with the beige mink/swiss beige, I was thinking Swincraft2's swiss cream, or to go with the solid beige/warm beige, I was thinking Mohair's champagne. (I'm sorry for all of these "beige"s; I wish they had more easily distinguishable names, but alas.)

My timeframe for making this suit has suddenly shrunk from a few months to less than one, so I don't have time to order and receive more samples (I have the beige mink and the solid beige), so, my question is: does anyone know of any suits or suit parts that make use of any of these furs? Seeing them "in action" is really helpful for me in choosing what furs to use, especially given Swincraft2's generally poor photo quality and the weirdly dark photos on Mohair's champagne listing, but I'm not nearly as adept at picking these furs out of a crowd as I am luxury shags, teddy/cubby furs from CR's, etc. Also, anyone that has worked with the mink/swiss furs before-- is the backing okay to use? It seems a little sparse and tearable to me, but the same can be said for CR's cubby furs, so I just wanted to confirm whether they're considered usable for fursuits.

Thanks in advance!!
27th-May-2015 04:05 am - Gloss Finish (for Silicone)
I feel lucky in asking today, i've been searching around for a while to find some type of 'gloss' finish to use on top of Dragonskin.
If you seen my previous posts to get glossy silicone paw pads, I have read online they used a type of gloss finish on the top layer as mentioned on their product (for paw pads).

Yes I know with the perfect mold you can get a glossy finish (I am currently ordering shell shock to get my molds looking more shiny and smooth), i'm way too curious and feeling very very experimental with my silicone projects- I need to find out - I want to know if there is such a thing out there. Because I have a feeling it may be since it was mentioned by some paw pad makers. >:/ And yes I am quite determined to find this.... Since i've asked the makers who mentioned this without luck in getting replies at all.

I have found this.... Smooth-On.com's: NOVOCS™ GLOSS Silicone Solvent

However... You need to mix this with paint, according to the website. Thus the result doesn't appear translucent which is what i'm trying to achieve. I wonder if mixing only a tiny amount of paint to it will still work out or if there is something really out there i'm not noticing.

Thank you very very much for all of your help, as always, I am quite amused by learning more with this topic.

EDIT:  I have a feeling dragonskin silicone isn't going to turn out as translucent as I want it to, even with a perfectly smooth high glossed original and after using ShellShock for a glossy mold. I never seen dragonskin perfectly translucent, i'm investigating this through google now after noticing how clear silicone can actually look. Dragonskin was pretty white/opaque to be honest when cured.
27th-May-2015 02:01 am - Resin Eye Resource
I was browsing on Etsy and found a shop selling pdf downloads of various eyes, which you can print out and glue to a cabochon or resin/acrylic eyes. I thought they might work well for fursuits, and they are on sale right now:


Animal Eyes in various sizes, mostly reptile:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194235476/75-off-sale-12-mm-20mm-30-mm-1-inch?ref=shop_home_active_1

More animal eyes, some more cartoony and/or mammalian:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/187478199/75-off-sale-animal-eyes-digital-eyes-30?ref=shop_home_active_14

There are more in the shop, but I'm not going to post them all. Just go to the shop page and select the "circles" category.

Edit: If you buy some, I'd recommend buying the largest size available. You can scale images down in most photo editors without losing quality, but if you try to make an image larger it will lose some quality.

Also, found some more from a different shop: https:
//www.etsy.com/listing/226298267/multicolor-eyes-digital-collage-sheets?ref=shop_home_feat_1
Greetings, my fur friends!

I'm currently making an elk suit with an ENORMOUS pair of antlers, which I fear will add a lot of weight to an otherwise lightweight mask. Before I tackle mounting these suckers, I just wondered if any of you had any experience with heavy masks and how to manage them.

My last suit had a mask that was about 3.5 pounds, which doesn't sound too bad until you realize that my neck is carrying 135% of my head weight every time I wear it. Ouch! I don't want another mask that will make my neck and shoulders ache so badly after only an hour or two of suiting.

Are there any harnesses I should know about? Shoulder pads? Fancy neck ruffles? I haven't the slightest clue what kind of object would help hold up extra head weight. Suggestions would be much appreciated!
Data raised eyebrow
So I havn't made a fursuit in many years, and I thought I'd try my hand at it again, so I started on my character Brody who's a wolf dog hybrid.
Images Under the cut...Collapse )

The eyes are temporary.

I'm still not sure how I'm going to do the nose or the corners and inside of the mouth. I want the mouth to be closed, with a neutral/bored expression but I wanted to leave a gap for air flow to get to my face since it's full foam.  Not sure if I should put something in there just in case someone sneaks a peek, or just make some slips and secure it closed in some way. Or just convert it into a moving jaw?

I've also been thinking of adding holes to some of the flatter areas and covering them with mesh before I fur it, to make vents for air and heat to get in and out. Has anyone else done this? Did it work? 
Olivine I. Cinnabur
I don't know if anyone has asked this yet but HOW does one stain a resin blank. Specifically the DVC Canine Skull resin blank. I'm considering making a skull creature of my own as a partial for Megaplex but am not sure how hard it would be to stain it as they don't come that way.
pic
I'm making a fox character pretty soon and I've been looking for a good fur to use. Ideally I'm looking for something pretty short (around 1") that's a nice brown shade, that will hold up well on a fursuit. What furs would be a good idea to choose from?
24th-May-2015 10:53 pm - Help with neck poof?
Hi! I'm going to start work on my first head very soon and I was hoping to get some tips~

General tips for working with the below design are appreciated (only the head tho, I won't be making a full suit of it), but specifically I need help with ways to make the neck nice and fluffy/poofy on this sheep!



Any help is appreciated, thank you!
icon
I'd like to make a head out of Expanding urethane foam, but I was wondering how do you make it hollow? All the heads I've seen were pretty much solid; thereby making, say, a moving jaw or installing fans, a difficult task of hacking out a hole to put the stuff in. I dont know about you, but I do casting specifically to avoid having to cut foam like in most foam heads.
22nd-May-2015 05:32 pm - Fur color clarification?
ssss-aaah
I feel like this has been discussed before, but I checked the memories and can't find it. I'm looking for the color used on this head: icm_fullxfull.60923529_fwxrz6e9le88sw4wsgcs

Is this fabric.com's Camel, or Caramel? I can never tell the difference on the site, and it's been so long since I've ordered it that I can't remember which is which.

Or is it something else, maybe? It looks a bit darker than the scraps of it (whatever it is...) that I currently have.
22nd-May-2015 01:40 pm - Fleece fursuits?
Hey guys, I wanted to finally get around to making my fursona, since she was a bit complicated to start with.
She's a reptile, so I was thinking I'd make her with fleece, though I have a few questions:

Read more under the cutCollapse )
22nd-May-2015 10:36 am(no subject)
Hii (first time posting, long time lurking)
I've been working on my first fursuit head (toony canine) and was just wondering if I could run it by you guys, see if you notice any mistakes I may have missed or any suggestions
Pics under the cut!Collapse )
So my character has black sclera and I'm wondering if painting the buckram black will affect how it looks since most fursuits have white eyes. I saw black buckram on ebay but then the issue comes along with painting the iris and such. Should I look into black plastic for the sclera or will it look fine just painting the buckram black. I would test this myself but I live nowhere close to a buckram source and I dont want to wait for an online shipment of it. Thanks in advance.
17th-May-2015 02:11 pm - Printing Eyes on Buckram
Okay, I'm new to lj, but I've stalked here silently for many months now, and I've been extremely curious about printing buckram with an inkjet printer. I haven't seen very specific answers(or very many at all) so I tried it! (PS I have no idea how to cut so I hope it works!)

Eyes and my processCollapse )
16th-May-2015 04:58 pm - MM White Fox Quality?
I need to make some new leg sleeves for my partial, which is made of this fur.  The quality of the stuff was fine when I bought some a year ago to first make it, and again in January when I bought some more for another suit, but I've heard that the quality has really fallen this year.  Is this true?  If it's not a good fur anymore, are there any alternatives that dye/shave well and have a similar texture?
I'm a toony-style maker who works with foam to build. I'm mostly looking for ways and advice to improve my masks/heads! But please feel free to give advice on other aspects of my suits, if you see anything that could be improved.

When I say "be gentle", I just mean "Feel free to be critical, but please don't be blatantly rude."

Inside, I am admittedly a sensitive babby when it comes to people critiquing my work, but I really do know that people are just trying to be helpful, and I really am looking to improve. So I'm putting my dumb feelings and pride aside and asking for a bit of critique & constructive criticism.
That's why I'm asking people to relatively gentle! But please still give tips on what may need to be fixed and improved.

I'm mostly looking for tips and advice from other makers, but if you have never made a suit yet have some practical advice, please feel free to post it!
Saying things like "______ looks weird" isn't really helpful. I'd really like some good advice on how to change what look weird instead of the general statement.

Details and LARGE photos under cut!Collapse )
This page was loaded Jun 2nd 2015, 9:34 am GMT.