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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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ducks mythbusters
I had a bunch of links to fursuits wherein the eyes of the fursuit are the wearer's own eyes, but my computer derped on me and lost them. Does anybody have some links to those type of fursuit heads? I know there is a maker in particular that does these types of heads almost exclusively, and I think many of my links were his work on Furaffinity, but I can't find them now. :P

Thanks for any help you can give!
29th-Aug-2016 07:48 pm - Feet Bottoms
Punk FacePalm
This is really silly, but I've never actually soled(?) any of my outdoor fursuit feet. I've always made them so that the foam and fur had minimal contact with the ground. I did this by carving the foam so that it slopes upwards away from the ground and only the sole of the shoe actually comes in contact with the ground. So far this has actually worked out pretty well for me, but it's only been for personal suits. However, I've been working on a costume for a local kid and because it's a commission (and for a kid), I've been doing my best to make all the pieces as durable and professional as I can.

My question is: How do you sole your fursuit feet? I'm using standard EVA foam fatigue mats, and the feet are built over top of slip-on shoes as the base. I'm imagining that I would fur them so that the fabric overlaps the bottom of the shoe a bit, and then glue the EVA foam to the bottom using E6000 or ShoeGoo to hide the edges of the fabric, the fabric giving the glue something to adhere to better than just the shoe's rubber sole alone. Is there some way to finish it, like some sort of material to trim the outer edges of the foam with to make it look more polished? I'm just having a hard time imagining it not looking like I just slapped a slab of foam to the bottom of a furry boot, idk.
(Also, this kid is 10 and the child of a pretty big name fine artist. This whole project has been destroying my nerves, homg.)

Oh, pics of the rest of the suit:Collapse )
beaver, game grumps, grump
I'm running into a challenge with figuring out how best to create the eyes on this fursuit head of my Chua from Wildstar. Before I make a single slice into foam, I want to make sure I'm planning appropriately for how to get the eyes to look right.

Specifically, for this doofydoo here, Bucki Beezo.



The lighter areas? That's fur. His actual eyes are the beady little black bits, no sclera visible. Like a rodent.
A plain black resin eye would look perfect, but there's no place to put duct vision because it's perfectly round.
A 100% buckram eye would work okay, but we'd somewhat lose the 3D nature of his eyes.

What would you do to make the best-looking eye for ol' Bucki here?
20th-Aug-2016 12:26 pm - Finished First Head!
king
I wanted to make another post since I thought I had finished her before but decided to add new eyes and some touchups~ This is Beauregard, my first head ever! Any crit is welcome so I can improve on my next one~
pics under cut!Collapse )
18th-Aug-2016 11:56 am - Outdoor Feetpaws
So I had bought a neoprene roll (1/4") and finally got around to using it. After a lot of research on the issue of outdoor feetpaws I thought this would be the best option.

However, I realized that it was very easy to damage as soon as I tried to do anything with it. I've already looked at EVA foam and Shoe Rubber but they seem to be very expensive for what it's worth.

Does anyone have links as to what they use? I know some people get it locally but I was hoping there's some alternative online since there aren't many hardware/shoe places around here.
17th-Aug-2016 05:16 pm - Shell shock or similar product?
Are there any tutorials on how to use Shell Shock, minus the smooth-on website? Are there any tutorials out there for using it to create a mold, even if the original is solid/clay rather than soft? Of course with mold release. Will it work with mold release, or a silicone spray on the original model? What type of silicone spray would work?
Can I pour resin into a Shell Shock mold with a mold release with good result?
Is there a similar product for brushing on to create a mold?
Is shell shock heat resistant?
Anyone have a 1a:1b mix for mold making for sale, preferably half a container?
Can someone suggest maybe a different product for mold making that's easy to use?
I can never use up the entire container of oomoo 25, I threw away half of it last time, I prefer some other product or a hard mold product. I already tried plaster and it failed me when I did a hot pour into the mold.
16th-Aug-2016 02:25 pm - Serious Trouble with Teeth
I just finished making the vinyl teeth but now there's a whole new problem.
I tried sewing them in but I broke three needles in the process due to the sharp angle. I then tried gluing the rest in but the glue won't stick to the vinyl.
Worse yet, the glue left whiteish glue patches in an obvious place so I'll probably have to line the bottom jaw again.

Am I doing something wrong? It's really frustrating that this should be one of the simpler things and it's not.
14th-Aug-2016 07:39 pm - Help with moving jaw
(I hope I posted this right, I'm new here ^^; ) This might be a dumb question but I was wondering if it is possible to make a moving jaw on my already foamed fursuit head? As you can see, it's a balaclava however it is already foamed(I bought this from someone that way). I've read tutorials about sewing/gluing elastic on the balaclava but couldn't find any about already foamed heads.

Thanks!
awsum, .&gt;:]
Running into a bit of a conundrum with attaching my feet to my digitigrade legs. I was hoping some of you experts could help me.



Here's an in-progress photo of my legs currently! I'm building the foam padding on top of sweat-wicking spandex leggings. The plan is to sew spandex around the foam to secure it. Kinda like the pillow-padding, but attached to pants. This way I get the ease of washing since it's unattached to the fur, but with more control and sculpted form than four pillows can't achieve.

The problem is that since the feet smoothly transition and connect directly into the leg, I can't detach the fur from the foam and keep the transition.

I could cut the foam at the ankle, right before the feet curve into the legs, and fur the feet and legs separately, but i'm worried it'll look bad. The digitigrade legs would then have to bell out and fur in, and i worry that would create an obvious seam. The fur has a 2" long pile, so it hides seams decently but I really love the smooth and stompy vibe I've got currently, and would hate to ruin that... but never being able to wash the suit would certainly be worse. Other than cutting at the ankle and furring, i can't think of a way to both secure the fur around the shoes/toes and be able to separate the fur from the inner leggings.

Are there other clever seamless ways of flowing digitigrade legs into feet?
Does anyone have examples of separate digitigrade legs and feet? That would help immensely! Thanks all!
10th-Aug-2016 03:28 pm - Furring Commission
Does anyone know of any fursuiters who can do furring commissions? I feel rude asking. I suck at sewing and also no sewing machine. The head is still a WIP. So pardon the uneven sides.

PhotosCollapse )
I don't have a picture example of what I mean, but I'm wondering how to add spots to vinyl or fleece without actually sewing them in? I was thinking of using dye, but I'd really like to know if other people have a better method or if that's how to do it?
flacko, weasel

I did a puffy handpaw with fingers only (3 fingers) and the hand fit perfectly on my hand. I ducttaped the whole hand and left plenty of seam allowance. When I sew the the whole thing and pushed foam fingered parts into the fur ones, then I realised the last fingers didn't fit in....

I have no idea why this happened. The fingers were pushed too together so my fingers did not fit into there at all. Other fingers did fit tho. That was a very unpleasant surprise :(
How do others fur glove arms? i usually do it like a sock, by sewing both sides and fingers and then pulling to right way and then push the glove with foam into the fur so it fits. Or do you fur the fingers seperately and then sew the other part on it?

8th-Aug-2016 10:42 am - Making Teeth
Hello, I'm having a bit of trouble making plush teeth.
I'm using stretchy vinyl, I've successfully sewn the top two teeth but I'm having trouble with the bottoms. I was planning to make one big piece, and sew everything and just flip it inside out. However, the gaps between the teeth are too small to attempt to poke them out.
There are like no tutorials that I've found that shows how to make them.
Also, how do you go about attaching them to the head? I think glue wouldn't be great, do you just sew them in?
6th-Aug-2016 07:20 pm - Best time for commissions?
Hiay! :D
I'm planning on opening up for commissions in the future and Ive been wondering, what's the best time to open up for commissions?
Thanks in advance! =3
6th-Aug-2016 05:27 pm - Dyeing resin
So I bought some really cute claw molds that I've been wanting to use for a while. Only just today did I realize that the Dick Blick down the street sells Smooth-On resins!

So now I'm trying to figure out what to do.

The 300 is an opaque, white resin. The 325 is a clearish resin.

Could I cast a bunch of claws to paint as needed? They would obviously be sealed afterwards. Or would it be useless as they'd still chip?

If I get the 325 resin, are there any ways to pigment it without the pigments they sell? Not only are they rather expensive (and not sold at Blick) but I've read nothing but horror stories with most of them. I've seen people use things like chalk to color them..but my biggest gripe is the lack of colors available in their dyes. Could I use, say, acrylic paint? And what if I'm trying to create opaque claws? I don't want to have to buy and keep track of both types of resin -- is there a way to make 325 claws be opaque?
Ive found many tutorials saying its possible. They used rubbing alcohol and acrylic ink and it looked pretty good. I found kanekalon that is black and white ombre which is just what I need for a red, orange and yellow ombre. Has anyone actually done so and it worked out?
6th-Aug-2016 08:38 am - Is this fur safe to use?
Hello, Livejournal!

I finally found some dark brown seal fabric. It's from usaknit.us.com. The reason why I'm hesitating to buy it is that it's selling for only $15.81 plus shipping. I assume that higher-quality fur would be more expensive. Would anyone recommend this fur?
http://www.usaknit.us.com/Brown-Seal-Faux-Fur-Fabric-p/1201-7680a.htm

Thank you!
5th-Aug-2016 09:19 am - eye plastic?
butterfree
Right now I'm looking to get some gray plastic that's suitable for eyes. I might need some in another color as well -- possibly brown. I know Jill0r has some plastics available, but not in those colors unless I missed them. I know several sites have been mentioned but I cannot remember which. Ideally, I wouldn't have to order too much. I'd like to be able to get just enough for a few pairs of eyes. My other question is, when ordering I think I found a place to get some (just can't recall it right now) but there was a thickness category (and I'm sure it needs to be on the thinner side) but just wasn't sure which size would be best for eyes?


Recommendations? Thanks!
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