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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
21st-Feb-2017 07:17 pm - Boobs!
AeroSocks
It's that one awkward post no one wants to make or talk about!

So my mother is dead set on designing me a new personal suit and one of the aspects she thinks would help translate my character into appearing more feminine is boobs.
However, we're both on one agreement: those furred boobs that are sewn onto the tops of bodysuits, the ones that just jut out, look rather weird and don't fit my character at all.

Unfortunately the character and myself are flat chested (the breasts are to make her appear more feminine).
She made me a pair of inserts out of 1" upholstery foam which looked great, and would look better with two darts added to a bodysuit, however after 15 minutes of having them press against me my chest started to hurt.

Any suggestions on another method that could work?
butterfree
So, I'm working with several people right now. One with a print/sign shop, and a friend of mine on designing some eyes to possibly print. After looking into some materials, one that seemed the most suitable to me was perforated vinyl. Specifically at a perforation of 60/40. I'm getting a sample mailed to me so I can see just how big the mesh actually is (I work with craft mesh for eyes usually instead of buckram so I'll be comparing the eye holes to that size).

I've seen perforation percents go up to as high as 50/50 and this makes the holes larger. Another site offered 70/30 and 65/35. So, the 60/40 sounded like a perfect "middle" ground.

I also spoke with the a lady and was afraid the print shop would require a very large minimum order, but it looks like I can do something affordable like $35.00. So that'll be a good test run.

To my knowledge these will print waterproof, and the eyes will be designed so I can switch out whatever colors I want so long as they're in the CMYK spectrum. So, far so good! My biggest concern right now is this is vinyl, with a back that has adhesive. These are intended for window panels, so are made to be applied sticky side to the glass. Problem is 1. I want to adhere them to plastic eye blanks. And 2. The sticky side is on the back/black side and I usually install my irises to the back of the eye whites, not on top.

My main question is -- what glue/adhesive would you guys recommend for trying to make vinyl adhere to plastic? Im getting a sample soon so I can experiment, but I'm hoping something like E-6000 or some other plastic super glue like Gorilla Glue might work. I'm then hoping to just peel off the liner on the backside, and just let its natural adhesive dry out.

Thoughts?

I'm super excited about this! I'm expecting a clean, waterproof product, I just hope it will be as awesome as I'm imagining!
17th-Feb-2017 11:41 pm - Critique - Kemono foam base? :)
This is a hybrid between standard and kemono style for a head base. Would love critique if any can be given.
I understand some shapes do look sort of 'square', I think when it's furred that will likely round itself out a lot.

First time with actual kemono style eyes. Nose will be added soon as well! White fur tufts inside the ear might be added.
14th-Feb-2017 09:17 pm - Trolls Princess Poppy
13th-Feb-2017 10:16 am - printing eyes
butterfree
Hello!

I've recently become more interested in pursuing a way to manufacture printed irises. A friend of mine 3-d prints eye blanks, and usually I just paint the mesh. I feel like that turns out alright, but I think the look could be much cleaner (and theoretically I'd have access to all colors that are printable without having to buy more paint for just one set of eyes).

I know some makers have in the past, but I think the few instances I've seen it done, it's been done on buckram which is thinner fabric material, which probably is more easily accepted by a printer. I KNOW there has got to be a way to do this. I've seen signs that are made from plastic, so I assume they've got to be printed -somewhere-. Of course these are large commercial signs, I'm not sure what is available to me as an individual barely business person.

SO! Anyone have experience/knowledge about this? In the end if I need to continue painting I will, just trying to look at possible alternatives. I'd really like to streamline (be able to guarantee a certain look) my process, and being able to manufacture eyes in this way would be one step in that direction. IF I can figure it out I might print eyes for people, if it is something that is doable/cost effective.

Any tips, would be great!

So here is an example I found (in aluminum)

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/18179482/ which is basically what I'm going for but I'd still rather use plastic I think. I suppose I can look into perforated aluminum though! I'm just not sure if I have the tools to work with metal like that.
12th-Feb-2017 08:55 am(no subject)
9th-Feb-2017 12:29 am - Grumpy expression
A couple things actually!

Firstly, I recently picked up a CityMutt hyena blank to use for my fursona. They have a bit of a grumpy look about them and I'm a bit unsure whether I should add more foam to the brows to express this better or if the brow by itself is enough. There isn't a whole lot of info out there on making grumpy expressions/eyes either.

Secondly, my sona has a pair of tusk-like teeth. CityMutt blanks are built so that the lower jaw is smaller than the upper. What's the best way to make plush teeth that can get around this?
7th-Feb-2017 09:46 pm - Webbed hand paws?
Hey there! My current customer has a seal fursona and wants the hand paws to be "webbed" (ie in between the fingers has fabric connecting it). I am 80% sure I know how to go about this, but does anyone have some solid advice? Thanks!
5th-Feb-2017 09:05 pm - Fursuit Carving

Is there any tutorials/step by step picture of carving head out of solid blocks of foam
or building head in rings from the bottom up (like badly drawn picture)
Can't seem to find any sorry.

4th-Feb-2017 10:22 pm - Stuck
Hi! So I've made about 20 fursuit heads. I'm working on one and I realize I have not improved much since the first few I made, and I'm not happy with how they look. I have a couple questions and struggles.

When ever I put the eyes in I end up getting hot glue all over the face, and there are gross fur clumps that look horrible on camera. I normally do follow me eyes. Is there an art to doing this?

How do I make the pattern even and fit correctly? The fur for the face never fits quite right and the markings never come out symmetrical. I tape the foam, but when I try taking the tape off it sometimes warps and I'm left confused. I use scissors to cut it instead of an exacto knife, but when I use a blade it cuts into the foam. I really wish there was another way to make patterns for heads.

How do I do I make seams that don't show or pop. This happens for anything I sew. I hand sew the head fur with a blanket stitch. They're maybe half a centimeter apart and I use the sewing machine on handpaws and tails. The seams are still really obvious. I bought some handpaws from a maker and I can't see the seam at all. I'm not sure how they accomplished that. It looks like they used a zigzag stitch with a straight stitch.

How do I get good air flow? My heads are very stuffy.

How do I get a good shave job. Mine always look horrible and choppy. I'm not sure if it's because I don't take proper care of the clippers or I'm not using it right. I bought shot pile fur just to avoid having to shave, but I know I might if I take up a future project. I have an andis 317G. I bought an Oster but I'm scared to use it, because I might damage it.


Here is the one I'm working on.


http://prntscr.com/e4n694

Close up of popping seams

http://prntscr.com/e4n7pf <- I should have got a matching thread color but I still feel like they shouldn't show that much
4th-Feb-2017 08:47 pm - Fur molting too much

Hello! I want to ask someone who worked with "Luxury Shag" faux furs

Is this normal for one usual brushing session?


I used "Dark red luxury shag" fur from "fabricempire"

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2nd-Feb-2017 07:27 pm - canada shipping
butterfree
Question! I believe that it is beneficial to have a certain merchandise code (I think it's like a six digit number) to put on the customs form that correlates with the type of merchandise that is being sent. For those with shipping experience to Canada, what number would be good for shipping a fursuit? I tried figuring it out by researching but it's tough info to find, I think it's like 9050.00 or something like that for costumes, but I'm honestly only guessing. Anyone who knows the right type of info would be great!

Thanks!
1st-Feb-2017 02:26 pm - Help with gryphon head
kuroseishin - Looking up
I bought a DramVision large predator bird resin mask. I understand how to hinge it an everything, but how do I foam it for furring? Where do I add the ears to make a gryphon? I am having a hard time finding a tutorial for the actual foaming of the head, just some having to do with furring or preparing it to foam. Help! 
29th-Jan-2017 11:28 am - Neck adjustment
Ahoy! I'm making some adjustments to a head I made and realized I made the neck a bit to large at the base, so I get these little folds in the front (pictured). I think tightening from the back will get rid of these, but I would love to have a second opinion.
28th-Jan-2017 11:47 am - Moving jaw test!
Quick video on my blog showing the moving jaw test for my sophomore head build. I'm very excited as this is my own head, from my own sculpt, mold, and cast. Here 'tis!!

What do you think?

http://www.sanssoucistudios.com/blog/testing-testing-1-2-3
24th-Jan-2017 05:01 pm - Cleaning up a shaved fursuit head?
I'm sorry if this post isn't formatted correctly, I don't really use livejournal ^^'' let me know if I'm doing something wrong.

My fursuit head has both black and white fur. After shaving my fursuit head, there are tiny pieces of black fur in the white fur. If that makes sense. It looks like how your hair does after you get a shave at the barbershop.

How can I clean this up/get rid of the black pieces? ;o;
23rd-Jan-2017 02:01 am - Half Suit Question
Hello everyone! I am semi-new to fursuit making I've had experience with making suits before but I've never made anything more than a partial and I am making a fursuit for my husband in the summer. I want to do a half suit because he likes that style and I honestly would love the experience.

So I am following this tutorial on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypnSd-SFQSk&list=LLexOCNcZDuUJ3gnWpx1ofUg&index=2&t=6s

the only problem I ran into is the furring part, how would you fur this? Do you tape around it, make your pattern, sew it and then glue it directly on the pants itself and foam or would you just sew it to the pants or what happens?

I also plan to sew maybe a zipper to the suit and pants itself? I'm not sure how to go about this. Any advice would be absolutely wonderful and helpful. Thanks!
butterfree
Hey! So, in the near future I'm hoping to take another shot at a suit with digi padding. I'm going for a slimmer look, something more just to illustrate a different than human leg shape, but not thunder thigh town either. Don't get me wrong, I actually really dig suits with huge plush proportions, it's just not the look I'm going for with this guy. I want him to look more delicate, and tiny in general. I'm kind of cobbling together what I think will do for the leg shapes right now. Taking a bigger foam piece I used for a previous suit, as reference, but altering the shape a bit to size it down a bit so it won't be as bulky. In theory. I'm kind of going off a couple different digi references and like a faun leg tutorial thing. I liked the idea of trying to make my pattern contour somewhat to my own leg shape (though I don't think I'll be attaching these to leggings like I see a number of people do).

What I'm thinking is putting them in like padding pockets, which I've also seen done. I really like that idea because in my mind, it makes everything easier to store and wash. I can pull out the pillows, (which I also plan on adding zippers to so I can wash the sleeves and fluff the polyfil out when needed).

So, I'm just wondering does it matter what material the pillows are made from? I've got tons of extra fleece lying around so I was planning on using that, but not sure if that's a big deal or not? Also, does anyone have pics of installing the pillow pockets? I think I wanted to add them to a suit and then decided against it because I was having a hard time figuring out how to pattern them in to fit right, so the padding goes where it's supposed to go, and stay in place. So, I guess material suggestions for the pockets would be great too. If I HAVE to I can fix the pillows in place to leggings, I'd just rather do it the other way if I can figure it out.

ALSO I plan on making a rather large tail (4 feet long give or take) and I've been doing a lot of research on construction techniques because I haven't really seen a tail like how I want to make it on a fursuit before. I'm sure it's been done but I haven't been able to find any pictures close to how I picture this tail to be. My thing is I want the tail to be fairly long, but to stand upright. I'm trying to figure out how to do that, without going crazy with rods and things like that, because I'm not sure I have the means both physical and mental, to deal with all that. I think something could possibly be achieved through patterning, but I fear a tail the size I want to make would be extremely heavy if it were stuffed solid, and not sure it would stand up without some kind of crazy support system.

So, I came across foam core tails and this tutorial here.

http://fursuit.livejournal.com/5997649.html?view=65558609#t65558609

The tail would be for his little guy http://www.furaffinity.net/view/20158160/

and I'd like his tail up like in the picture, but perhaps held closer to his body so I'm not smacking people all the time. I feel like a foam core like in the tutorial above would be the best way to tackle this (that I might actually be capable of doing) because (in my mind anyway) the foam core would be less heavy than a purely stuffed tail and solid enough to support itself and keep its shape. My question is (is one am I kidding myself on whether or not this method will actually work for a tail of this size) and two.... foam density and cutting out the foam. Right now I'm considering using "standard" foam like the type I use for heads. I'm leaning against using the super soft that's recommended in the tutorial, because I feel like I don't want a super hard foam obviously, but I want one that's going to hold the shape I want and the weight of the tail and be able to stand mostly upright. A little curve is fine, I just don't want it flopping, bending, dragging on the floor, being weird/moody in general.

I sitll would like, if possible though for the tail to have a little swish and not be completely stiff/lifeless. So, I'm thinking if I follow the tutorial and carve some of the tail out that should help. I don't need it like wildly swinging from side to side, just enough to maybe flick here and there now and then, and have a natural sort of sway. So, anyone have a foam to recommend? Or does the standard foam seem okay? I'm going to use the two 3inch blocks like in the tutorial. I'm also wondering if how much and how to carve the inside out? Should I do it in sections? Any kind of quick sketches as to how the sections might look/be spaced out would be super helpful.

Otherwise I was thinking about just carving out triangular shaped sections down the entire length of the tail, just not sure if that'd be the best bet or what?

Any help in these areas would be lovely! Thanks!
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!!
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