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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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-J
1st-Oct-2016 02:45 am - Ear Question
Bartok-Blame
Hi all, not a full furry here (I don't think I could stand wearing the full costume, way to hot, but they look so gorgeous!) So I tend to stick to pieces only. Not so good at this stuff yet, and my halloween costume this year needs a bit of expert advice. :)

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Thanks for all your help!! Will post pics of finished product and/or costume if requested. :) Going for a spookier bat this year, since last year, I dunno how, everyone assumed I was a black cat. I have no clue how they came to that conclusion with the wings.
30th-Sep-2016 06:17 pm - Fursuit ear lining and sewing lips.
Hello, LJ- (sorry for multiple posting, I wanted to get my last question out before I start up my next project)

Previously, I lined my fursuit ears with fleece after taping the head up, then glued the ear fur on, also gluing the "lip" that overlaps the inner curvature of the ear. I cannot stand how the seams look and feel- I think I just have problems with glued seams in general.

I know I could simply incorporate the fleece lining into the tape pattern, and sew the ear fur to the lining, but then attaching it proposes a problem. Pulling the ear "sleeve" as one whole piece over the ear would be difficult since foam is squishy and has a relatively rough surface (fur backing does not slide smoothly over it).
Any suggestions as how to fur the ears without gluing any seams?

My next question is straightforward; how do I sew the lips to the lower jaw? I can't find any examples of how to do this. I glued them before, but, again, glued seams don't agree with me.

Thank you.
29th-Sep-2016 05:44 pm - head critique?
i finished foaming my very first head yesterday,along with some simple follow me eyes,i dont have the actual color in them yet bc i goofed and bought the wrong mesh!

but i'm looking for gentle critiques? i can't redo a ton of it,but i wanna make sure it doesnt look like trash ;v;
the ear on the left is my first attempt,i'm liking the right one more however
she is supposed to be a deer hybrid

the nose and mouth both have ventilation

her ref
she has no back markings,so i didnt bother with the back ref

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EDIT: All advice given outside of here has been that my bubble is too large! I'm trying again in an hour with less of a bubble and less objects at a time :)

Can someone tell me what i'm doing wrong vacuum forming?
I'm using the strongest vacuum in the house, a bead of silicone around the vacuum box, clear PETG .020" plastic, doing this indoors after same experience outdoors, as well as being fast about placing my plastic on top of my vacuum box. The box seems to have pretty good suction, very nice screws and even silicone lining for sealing. These wrinkles appear the moment it touches the objects and never disappear. Tried a heat gun to fix it, also used four sheets of the same plastic to test thigns different (hotter temperature, faster timing, slow and steady placement on to the vacuum box) and all the same results.

If I have to gift someone for helping, I will. Trust me, I need this fixed and really appreciate it.



29th-Sep-2016 02:00 pm - Lizard skin-esk fabric?
Speed Racer
It's too late in the day for me to be forgetful and posting this.

There's a fabric that exists that is nearly identical to lizard or dinosaur skin, easy to paint with, textured, etc. Of course my tiny brain only expands so far and cannot remember the name of said fabric. I searched the "Memories" here and looked on the Rarsuit Livejournal and still haven't found an answer.

Anyone who has any idea about what I'm talking about will become my new best friend.

For reference I'm fairly interested in completely finishing one of these heads and turning into a suit. I don't want to cover the head in a fabric because of the incredible detailing but instead plan on using a fabric to pick up from it. Obviously minky or fleece won't work. https://www.furaffinity.net/view/18664574/

Thanks! :]
dragon glare
After all summer working on them, I am finally getting to the patternmaking stage of my foam digilegs



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Alright, I'm currently planning out my first bodysuit and I'm running into a major snag on how to close up the suit. I don't own a sewing machine and don't really have access to one currently, and have also never tried installing zippers. Are there other equally as reliable options? I even tried searching for hand-sewn invisible zipper tutorials and didn't come up with much.
28th-Sep-2016 12:48 pm - Fur and lining choices?
Hey there, I have some questions about furs and lining material.
So, a client wants a head and hands by Halloween, but I'm having trouble finding the right colors for the suit. Help finding the right fur is greatly appreciated.
1. Is there a difference between luxury shag and mongolian? I've only worked with luxury shag before. Is monkey shag the same thing?
2. What material should I use to line handpaws? I would not like to use fleece, since it's so hot.
3. What material is used for balaclavas? I typically just order mine, but I'd eventually like to make my own and save some money. ^^

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Hello all,

I've been looking for both a bright yellow and bright blue blue faux furs for my next suit, but after checking various sites, namely Mendel's, CRcrafts, imstuffed, and fursuitsupplies, I've been only able to find pastel blue or navy blue, and no yellow. I know that I could also check distinctivefabrics and fabric.com as well, but I'm a bit wary of it because I've ordered some really crappy shag from them in the past that literally fell apart on me.

Any insight would be most appreciated
I was looking through supplies in storage and some old Build-A-Bear Workshop plush toy cleaner, I however have not used it yet on plushes or faux fur yet and was wondering if anyone in this community has used it before on their fur to clean out stains. It looks like this:



If anyone has used this product before on their fursuits and it has worked well, let me know! I will probably need to do some stain removing in the future and getting to finally use this stuff would be great.

I also do not think you can buy this bear stuff cleaner anymore, except from Amazon or Ebay.

Also, sorry if I made this entry wrong or as such, it's my first post to a community and use of livejounal overall!
25th-Sep-2016 07:08 pm - Advice for fursuit pins?
gamegrumps piptoons
Greetings all, I am seeking some advice or suggestions for a fursuit accessory I am working on. I am a Perler bead artist, and in an attempt to expand my variety of products I'd like to start making Perler made fursuit accessories such as eye glasses and bowties, etc.

I've made a few examples of what I'm trying to create.



Some more examples:
http://imgur.com/a/JEM3K

So far I've been successful in making small bowties that can be attached to fursuits as easily as attaching them to regular clothes, using normal jewelry pin backs.

However when it comes to glasses, my attempt at making a universally fitting/easily attachable and detachable pair of eyeglasses didn't go as easy as I would have hoped. The pin can easily be inserted into a fursuit head, however closing the pin without damaging either the head or pin has proven impossible. Ideally I'd like to find suggestions here for other pin types or suggestions as to how I can attach my custom Perler bead glasses onto most any fursuit head easily so that they can quickly be put on or taken of safely without risk or hurting the wearer or the head itself, and without any changes required to the head. Hope that makes sense, let me know if I need to word anything better.
Xion Icon
I'm working on a semi-realistic costume that is a cross between an alligator and a lion, so it works along the lines of a more realistic gorgonopsid than the flesh-over-bones dinosaur depictions you always see. Because this is for a haunted house and has a blacklight clown theme, it's less about caturing realism than it is about making it look decent as a whole and it being creepy/scary.

Basically, I'm asking for some help in figuring out if I've fudged the anatomy of the two creatures in a good way, because I've been staring at the damned thing too long and have lost perspective.

Also, I'm not sure about what to do with the ears. This isn't going to have a mane, so I'm not sure whether no ears, rounded ears, or pointy ears would look best.

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24th-Sep-2016 12:34 am - even more questions
i apologize for all of this, haha, im just really excited and i want to make sure everything is perfect when i get to making my suit
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22nd-Sep-2016 06:13 pm - First suit is finished!
dapper!
Dustin' off my LJ account to share a project that has been a long time in the making!



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22nd-Sep-2016 06:38 pm - Fur Color
I'm looking for a fur around this color, however it needs to be around 2-3in pile. This is the 'brick' luxury bear from Mendels. I'm going crazy trying to find a color like this :/

22nd-Sep-2016 01:51 pm - Looking for 'calico' fur
YEA
I'm desperately looking for this specific calico colored fur. I had only bought half a yard some time ago in fabric.com but never again have I seen it there or else where. I've tried auctions several times and came up empty. I don't think I could buy it online any more so I'm hoping someone has a stash. Looking for about a yard, though I would be willing for 2.

It's about 3in pile with a mix of brown, gray, touch of black on white. There was another version that has different purples on while which oddly I have found a few times. Pictures below
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22nd-Sep-2016 10:13 am - curled ears? + feline base critique
i'm currently working on a kinda challenging commission, and what's given me the most trouble so far are the ears...
the commissioner wants them to look like an American Curl cat's ears, and i have no idea how to acquire that
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21st-Sep-2016 08:20 pm - questions about fursuit eyes
im a first time fursuit maker, and im planning on making a partial sometime in the spring and i have tons of questions, but i guess ill ask one for the time being

i dont want follow me eyes, and those are the only ones that seem to have detailed tutorials, and instead i just want plain toony eyes, and while looking at some pictures of fursuit heads, ive noticed some of them have glossy looking sclera, which look to be some kinda plastic

my question is, is there a name for this material and where can it be bought? also does it impact ventilation by a significant amount? (i have reactive airway disease/asthma, so i'd like as much ventilation as possible, so if it makes a big difference, please mention so!)

thanks to anyone who can be of help!
(also hopefully im posting this right, its my first time on livejournal)
21st-Sep-2016 02:00 pm - This color fur?


I was lookin' for the brown color fur on this person's suit. Any idea where I can find it?
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