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* 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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4th-May-2015 12:48 am - Woot! I made five feathers!
DMFA Wildy San Scary Face
And the fursuit community gets why that's a big deal. :)

Seriously, though, I am pretty proud of this part of this fursuit project and just wanted to share with the community that helped me get this far on it. Still more to do, but this was a huge chunk of the costume.

Deviantart Link:
http://killpurakat.deviantart.com/art/Tail-Feathers-530925751

Furaffinity Link:
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/16458151/

And the Youtube video of it in action:
https://youtu.be/wgGmitP2Lzc

And props to anyone who recognizes the character this will be from the tail. (No, it's not a Pokemon or Digimon.)
3rd-May-2015 01:12 pm - Paperclay noses?
I've seen paperclay recommended for making noses, and the one I've made seems durable and looks great.  Only problem is, I have no idea of how to attach this thing to the head.  Does anyone on here make noses from this stuff and know how to attach them? 
2nd-May-2015 11:36 am - Making Foam Patterns for a Head?
I've been looking everywhere and I'm still very confused as to what the best methods of foaming a head was. Do you guys make a side-ways drawing then create paper patterns from that? Or is it all just free-handed? (And I'm talking about for the entire head, not just the ears which I know is commonly free-handed sketches) Anything would help at this point!(:

*Note, I'm planning on making a toony head w/ a balaclava base*
1st-May-2015 06:19 am - Brown Arctic Fox?
I bought some a few years ago, but I see that it's not available now; only white and black.  Anyone know of any places that carry it?  I think I got mine at ImStuffedFur, but checking their website says its out of stock and not to be reordered.
Any comments appreciated, and thanks!
30th-Apr-2015 09:32 pm - Final critique on foamwork

Well its happening
Im almost done
My fox has undergone cosmetic surgery to become a japanese bobtail cat and my foamwork is nearly done

I would like critiques/red lines to work on tomorrow pls

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Basically id like to know where I should trim down/shape up/whatever

Also, tips for making the back of the head not look like a cylinder?

Also also, the ears are supposed to be lopsided so no need to critique that pls

List of things to do:
Smooth the transition between cheek and lower jaw
Somehow make the cheek and eyebrow ridge less flat
Fix the former cheeks (sticking out from under the current cheeks)
Ear vents maybe?
Make and add eyes ofc

Also ignore the freaking Halloween decoration in the background

Thanks!

Hi ^_^!

A long time ago I have read a statement regarding certain soft clays may interfere with resin/plasters when making molds. I am not sure if this is true or not, so I wanted to ask to clarify. I believe it had a certain ingredient in the clay. I have no whereabouts on where that comment went to :( Can anyone tell me the ingredient in which to avoid/look out for with types of clays?

Can you name some brands that are safe to use with plaster/resin for me? ^^ I know I heard these work: Klean Klay and Wed Clay. I want to know what I can find easily that could work for me or if I have clay that would work already which I think is either Ez Shape Modeling Clay or Chenille Kraft modeling clay or some unknown brand, just wanted to be safe and avoid a lot of problems.

Also is there a cheaper resin I could find for this purpose other than the art store brand of white colored Amazing Casting Resin? I could just stick to trying the DAP Plaster Brand if not.

Thank you all!
Hey everyoine, noce to have a resource for getting started fursuit crafting>

I have a lot of sewing equipment right now. Ready to go but I have never made anything yet! I knew a little about hand sewing. So how do I move to crafting bodysuits, whats my first steps? Any resources?
29th-Apr-2015 02:13 am - Jaw Hinge Problems
Hi all.

I'm having some problems with the hinges on my resin mask. I don't have a good place to glue the lower hinge to jaw since it's curved. I tried using some of that plastic mesh stuff (the stuff some people use for ears, or jaw hinges on foam heads), but it's not strong enough to keep the jaw aligned with the top half properly. How do you attach the hinge to the jaw? Do I just need to re-position it? I'll post pictures under the cut.

On another note, do I need to attach my resin blank to a balaclava before I fur it? How do you do the back of a resin head?

Thanks! :)

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28th-Apr-2015 11:48 am - pirate costume
butterfree
I'd like to make some small accessories for my suit for Furlandia and the theme is pirates. I was wanting to make an eyepatch but thought nah I don't want to cover up an eye then saw this picture.

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/11266846/

Anyone wager a guess what mesh material that might be? Also, how I could go about making something like that? I was thinking of cheating and going to like a halloween store or party city and getting an eye patch, cutting off the plastic or fabric piece, and replacing with with a traced out piece of whatever that mesh fabric is. It kind of looks like some kind of screen material? Doesn't look like buckram to me.

Also here http://www.furaffinity.net/view/3896770/

trying to figure out how exactly to get a bandana to fit so nicely like this? I imagine holes are cut for the ears? Any input on this would be awesome. Only have a couple of weeks mew!
Hey all!

I've been creating fursuits with only buckram eyes and going into kemono style eyes.

There's the weight of the foam and potentials for the heads being smashed, especially with large eyes like Jolteon's. Would there be a tutorial out there with interior support like a frame to keep the eyes from getting smashed/bent? I am curious about a flat wood support inside, but feel as though it could snap and break or get wood splints unless its covered by fleece.

Once an eye is bent up, would there be a way to straighten it back up without replacing them? I am just curious, I don't want to try a hair dryer on something that might melt or get worse. I never wrestled with my suits or have done anything similar to that, it just tends to happen over time I noticed.

I understand there may not be a whole lot I could do about this, as i'm planning on leaning towards plastic eyes moreso due to some of my fursuit eyes are showing small signs of warp/bending and could get worse so i'm not expecting a lot of answers, however they would be a big blessing as my suits have a very large field of vision and it would be amazing to keep it that way but not feeling as though i'll find a way around it XD But I wish to get the kemono fursuit eyes looking nice with less damage done to them if at all possible.

Would appreciate all of your knowledge!
hypno
Hey all. I'm at a loss, here. I've been using an old school Singer machine for about 6 months now. It has suddenly started to seriously skip stitches and I don't know where to go from here.

I've tried changing the needle (using both regular and ball point of varying sizes), changing the thread, changing the thread type (polyester and upholstery, and I use the same thread in the bobbin as well), cleaning the bobbin area, adjusting the tension, trying different fabrics; nothing works. If my thread doesn't suddenly snap then it just skips stitches, sometimes in very large gaps. It's driving me up the wall.

There's got to be something I'm missing.

I can't take it in to get serviced--I did that when I got it 6 months ago and the shop severely ripped me off. Unfortunately they're the only ones in the area that service old machines, so I'm pretty much out of luck there.

Any advice would be appreciated.

EDIT: Seems I've figured it out. When switching out the original needle, I THOUGHT I put the new ones in facing the same direction as the old one, but apparently I've had it backwards this whole time, with the flat side facing the wrong direction. I feel like a dummy, but hey, at least the problem has been solved. Thanks for all the help and suggestions, guys! I definitely realized I need to oil my machine more often than I have been (and in more locations than I realized!), so I'm pretty glad I got suggestions for that. :)
26th-Apr-2015 03:42 am - Muscle Suits
lofty3, oc22
I'm trying to figure out how to build a muscle suit that can be used for multiple suits. I've never built a muscle suit before, but I'm assuming you glue your carved foam directly to a lycra undersuit and then glue or sew down the fur around the foam to accentuate the shapes. Please correct me if I'm wrong!

But how could I make the muscle suit removable and reusable for multiple suits? Aside from just putting a suit over the muscle suit, that is. I want the muscles to be defined. Both characters would use antron fleece instead of fur if that makes any difference. And I'm talking full all-over body padding. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated!
25th-Apr-2015 09:46 pm - "Garuda" Style Fursuit Eyes
Hi all! I haven't been on here in a really, really long time. Like 3 years! I finally have found time to work on a suit again, and I'd like to complete the resin base I made a few years ago. I've decided I want it to have some pretty crazy eyes. The best comparison I can think of is the mythological Garuda (or maybe the dogs from the Tinderbox). I will attach a pic. See the differently colored concentric rings? That's what I want (not necessarily the bulginess). Anyone have any ideas how I could do this?

Thanks as always! :)

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I'm currently working on a bat like head for the fursuit I'm making. While most furry creatures have their ears furred to some degree, bat ears are often furless or maybe just a fuzz on them (and I've noticed cats are more like this too). Does anyone know a good material to skin the ear in that doesn't look artificial? Unfortunately my knowledge of fabric types is rather limited, so hopefully someone can point me to some types to look at. I have a JoAnnes and plenty of other places near by I can go to look at samples of stuff, so really all I need is the name, and maybe a photo of it.
25th-Apr-2015 11:30 am - Light blue seal pile?

I recently realised that I completely messed up furring my first head, and have to order all new fur.

I want to order seal pile because I think it looks so much cleaner than having to shave everything, but I can't find any light blue in the pile I want, except for from imstuffedfur.com.
Either does anyone have any suggestions for light blue fur, or has anyone bought seal pile from i'm stuffed before?
Here's the character i'm making: http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/203/e/d/badge_for_nonny_by_freezekitteh-d7rv89h.png

24th-Apr-2015 03:08 pm - Eye Woes
Angry Fee
A while ago I posted about having a "mirror" effect from painting resin eyes and then gluing them in.

After trying different methods I still have no success. I have tried:
Buying a whole new kind of paint, painting multiple layers, waiting several days, using a matte spray finish on the backing, using E6000, putting a fabric on the backs of the eyes and even using a different kind of hot glue stick.

I literally cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. The resin is cured, the paint is cured, I just glue it on and 30 minutes later some parts of the eyes get a mirror/watery-eye effect to them. Help?
19th-Apr-2015 04:57 pm - Finished Suit!
I just recently finished my 3/4 suit (No chest/upper back). He is my 5th head, 2nd set of arm sleeves, 1st set of digi legs, 2nd set of feet paws and 5th set of hand paws. I spent about a month and a half on him and I'm super proud. I went on a 1 1/2 year hiatus of not making suits and one day in late february I decided to get back into it. I have improved SO MUCH since my first suit and I'm still learning more. Okay, done with the blabber, Pics of my boy Kiken below the cut! (I'm not sure If I did the cut correct and I dont know how to fix it if its not wokring so)

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19th-Apr-2015 10:46 am - nose problems
hey guys, me again. my last issue was resolved but now i am appearing to have a new one; i cannot attach my DVC plastic nose to my foam base. i've tried putting on fabric where the nose goes and it just won't stay. i have also tried e600 and hot glue. nothing is working, can anyone please tell me how one goes about attaching a plastic DVC nose to a foam head?
18th-Apr-2015 11:11 pm - padded handpaws?
ssss-aaah
Does anyone know of a tutorial or can give some helpful hints about how to make some padded handpaws? The way I'm figuring how to go about it would probably be pretty cumbersome. :)
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