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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
5th-Jul-2015 12:16 am - Fleece problems
Furry
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj202/mlbyay/DSCF8796_zpsqpvxwruy.jpg

So I'm pulling my hair out over this girl. I've smoothed out the foam as much as I can and pulled the fabric as tight as it will go before gluing it down, and it's still looking lumpy. It's not that bad, I can really bear with it if this is the way it needs to be, but I'm wondering if there's something I can do to prevent it as I continue? This is not Antron fleece, just regular one-way-stretch fleece.

I'm also a bit lost on how to fleece the lower jaw. I'd need to stitch it before I glue it down, but I need to glue it down to get the right size and know where to stitch it, so I feel like I'm missing something entirely here. I went through the memories, but nothing is looking overly helpful. I've been watching muppet tutorials all day, but nothing is cluing me in on how to go about this jaw. I have a feeling the ears are going to give me the same problem, too. I have the crazy impossible goal of finishing this for a convention in 5 days (hahahaha no way that's happening) so any help would be really really appreciated.
Hello fellow fursuiters! I have been making a toony wolf fursuit and started on the head. I decided to do a new method: balaclava. I finished the head and I think it's ready to fur, as soon as my fur is done dyeing. Before I fur it can you guys give me a couple tips or advice on how to improve it so I can change it now? My character, Griffin, features a moving jaw. How do you keep the movement in the jaw while having fur on it? I would love tip and advice.







4th-Jul-2015 03:31 pm - Help identifying orange & rust fur??
I'm trying to find a few colors for a mask in the making and I found these colors, which work perfectly.
Spcifically the orange and the rust. I've searched my usual stores but had no luck?
Any help would be greatly appreciated! I hope to make this one as accurate as possible!

(If anyone has these furs in stock and would be willing to sell a yard or so, that would be fabulous!)
2nd-Jul-2015 10:22 pm - Head updates! And another question.
juneavi, thewanderingangel, twas icon
Hello all,

June here again. After reading through the feedback from my previous post I've continued to modify and refine my sculpt. With the exception of carving out the area for the jaw's hinge to go I'd say it's coming along pretty nicely. I need to finish tweaking tonight because, in the next day or so, I fully intend to make the mold and cast a resin blank from this sculpt. I'm getting satisfied with the way it looks and think more improvements can be made by moving onto the next step. My question now though is, how in God's name do you smooth out monster clay? It's not like regular clay because it's oil based and you can't make a "slip" to smooth it with since water and oil don't mix. And I'm hesitant to try adding oil to it because I don't wanna ruin the batch of clay I have. Any tips on smoothing?

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Hello! I am new to this site and I am also in the middle of making a toony wolf fursuit. So far I made some digi feet, and padded handpaws. His color is a rich gold-yellow. I hope to achieve that color by using Beetlecat's fur dyeing tutorial. Can you guys give me some tips on dyeing a full bodysuit? I checked in the memories, but could not find anything. Thank you!
1st-Jul-2015 11:41 am - Sheet Suspenders for Fursuit Arms
I was curious of anybody has any experience using Sheet Suspenders to hold up fursuit arms in lieu of sewing elastic?

My arms didn't come with elastic so I'm looking for an easy option that won't require me to sew anything, not permanent, and should be easy enough to attach, but will hold firmly for dancing.
29th-Jun-2015 08:07 am - Foam base moving jaw
Hey guys, so I've seen DrakonicKnight's foam base moving jaw tutorial, are there any more tips? I'm still trying to figure out how to make the head smile. I need help on making a muzzle, but one that can't be too big and bulky/not proportionate and I'm going for more of the "rounded" look, like not flat.(if anyone knows what I'm talking about :/) Should I do the foam layering then like "sculpt" the muzzle? Should I use a pattern?

How do you make the head base more rounded according to DrakonicKnight's design? How do you fur a foam head with a moving jaw?(do you leave space for movement? wouldn't it make the fur saggy around the mouth?) How do you make the bottom jaw fit the top correctly?

Random question: How big would a blind spot be in general?(for a toony dog/wolf?)

Thanks! I'm open to ALL advice possible. If you come up with some other advise I'll gladly take that too.
29th-Jun-2015 01:57 am - My head looks gross :v
or i guess scalesona, axolotl, fursona, furfags, woah
First off, I've never posted anything here or used LJ at all really, so I apologize if I make some kind of mistake!
Anyway, recently I've begun working on my first Fursuit, a partial of some sort of cat.
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Anyways, I'd really be glad with any critique or help or whatever. Thanks!! :D
28th-Jun-2015 07:47 pm - Question about dyeing...
SL :: Sailor Snowhawk
So, I've decided that there's really no way for me to find fur that matches my character (a very, very light purple). The closest I've found is the lilac that I'm Stuffed has, but it's also a little darker than I'd want, and by the time I have the money, she probably won't have enough left for a fullsuit + my screw-ups. Last I talked to her, she had about 7 yards, and that's been about 3 months.

So, what I'm thinking about doing since I don't need a dark color is dyeing a white seal fur, using the lilac or violet iDye Poly.

My question is: should I dye the fabric all together, or once I have the pieces cut? I'm kinda leaning more towards the latter, but I wanted other opinions.
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Green. Green greens, all the green.

So, I am start look for unquie furs, mainly greens. However, I would like something that not truely is DF furs, but more on the realistic side. A good example is Mendel's wolverine. I have not order a swatch (http://www.mendels.com/Wolverine.html). However, the description sounds promising.

Have you guys come a cross green fur that sounds somewhat awesome and unusal? If so, let me know, I would like to collect different green furs as possible.

juneavi, thewanderingangel, twas icon
Hello again, June here. Continuing to work on my head, and thanks to the input received last post I managed to figure out how to make things look muuuuch less wonky. Now I'm facing the challenge of making an actual expression and also working in a moveable jaw. I would ideally like to have the head showing a genuine smile but I'm not sure how to do that without it getting obscured by fur later on, and I'm not sure what to do when planning a hinged jaw. Any help I can get on this would be greatly appreciated! :3

~June

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26th-Jun-2015 10:52 am - How Much Fur?

I have finally obtained enough money to be able to purchase fur for my WIP suit, but I'm not sure how much I should get of each color. I'm adding black to the footpaws, but it's not on the reference sheet yet, and I'm open to airbrushing the circle on the back. The head is a dvc large canine blank, and I'm 6ft tall and don't have a whole lot of body fat. (Sorry for the not scanned picture, my scanner/printer was not behaving, and I'm still new to formatting)
Scabrous
Howdy! If you have a moment for a quick LJ poll, I'd be super grateful. Seeking input on possible con panel topics, most with an emphasis on fursuit tech and/or rarsuits. Even if you're attending con(s) other than FC, still helpful to know what subjects are most useful & interesting. Thanks!

Poll is here: http://foofers.livejournal.com/543440.html
25th-Jun-2015 03:05 pm - Peach Fur

Looking for the main body color on that dog up there. 
Hello again everyone!

I am in the middle of making my realistic Werewolf halfsuit (head, hands, feet, tail, arm sleeves and "pants") and am experimenting with short pile furs for the first time. I normally just shave down DF length fur to the length I want, but it's time consuming and some times doesn't look as natural as I'd like (some furs don't sit down well and tend to puff out a bit)

So I'm wondering if anyone has any examples/favourite suits that use short and long pile that flow nicely? I just wanted to see how others have experimented with varying fur lengths.

On the fingers, palms, toes and foot bottoms I have short pile and long pile on the rest of the hands and feet and have blended the fur lengths a tad. I will post pictures after I have installed the claws :)

Oh, I should note that the short and long pile furs I am using are both black. The short pile has a nice blueish tone to it.

Thanks!
25th-Jun-2015 12:41 am - Possible wrong fur
Freddy
Hello, I had ordered the Mongolian Camel fur, and it seems darker then it should be. I know I should of bought a swatch but I thought it would match the Luxury shag.
I am wondering if anyone could post/find an image of Mongolian Camel fur to the Luxury shag just to make sure I wasn't send the wrong fur like my other order of Mongolian (Grey frost got Charcoal)?
If someone has also swatches of Caramel Mongolian to compare to the Camel Mongolian that would be wicked!
Thanks in advance to any info at all.

These are the results of the squishy paw pads finally. They can be made as transparent as wanted and glitter effects or glitter or patterns behind them, any color including highlight colors/pearl shine/gold/bronze and maybe even glow in the dark. Even with background patterns/colors/glitter, glitter shapes of various sizes and even embedded pictures in them. These will mostly be offered with my full fursuit commissions rather than separately at this present time.

I will not share details on how I had these done since I spent countless hours of research (this particular thing outside of the fandom except for the mold)- they are my personal unique way of making them - You can find/track and follow posts I made here since I use a silicone mold and no dragonskin - there are lots of posts on the community about how to make silicone paw pads with hard molds and resin paw pads with soft molds. Just wanted to share a result of hard work and effort, in the future I can share more color and transparent results and unique designs to all of you :) And this shall be a happy post of celebration! Obviously these couldn't have been done without this community, especially the mold.

Edit: This post was made too late at night, and now i'm editing this being more fully awake to thank all of you.
Glue Gun
Hey guys, long time no see! I'm still around, just not on LJ as much since things have been keeping me busy. D:

I've evolved into making a lot of premade stuff and one of my constant suppliers has been Distinctive Fabric. I loved them, up until around the time they moved to a new warehouse. Then, suddenly, I was having a hard time with customer service, and the quality of their furs went downhill, so I stopped ordering a lot of stuff from them. I only ordered a few things that I couldn't find anywhere else. (Or so I thought... I've since found a new source for a lot of the same materials, but I digress...)

Anyhow, my latest order with them, I decided I'd tack on the neon/UV furs because they were having a sale on them, and the price was the best I can get, so why not? My box arrived, and in it were three out of eight of the items I'd ordered. None of my neon furs were in the box at all. In fact, on the packing slip, the three items were checked off, and the neon furs were simply crossed off.

I didn't have much of a problem with this at first, because things get backordered a lot, but in my previous experience with DF, they prefer to refund a customer's money rather than hold onto it for a backorder. So I went to check my e-mail, and found absolutely nothing in regards to a refund, or about anything being backordered.

I contacted DF by email, but received no response until I prompted one on their Facebook page. (Which, by the way, is filtered, so you only get to see other peoples' postings if they allow it to go through...) Their Facebook person got in touch with their customer service rep (there only seems to be one??) and I received a response asking which items were missing. I replied with the information, as well as a photo of the invoice with the items crossed off, and then heard nothing. After several days with no response, I decided to file a PayPal dispute.

I opened the dispute hoping that they'd realize all I wanted was a refund for the items that were not sent, but the message sent through that channel was ignored as well. After over a week with no response via PayPal or e-mail regarding the dispute, a refund, or my items, I escalated the dispute to a claim. Rather than simply refund the money (which wasn't much, after calculating the sale price, the 20% discount for that month, and 5/8 of the shipping cost, it only came to around $100) they've decided to provide PayPal with "information" to let them settle the issue.

At this point, I am above and beyond done with Distinctive Fabric. I absolutely will not use them for any of my products, because not only has their fabric quality gone downhill (many of the spiky furs will come to me extra "clumpy" with almost an oily appearance) but their customer service is absolutely atrocious. I just wanted to let you guys know about my recent experience, because if they'll do it to me - and I've been a loyal customer for years and have spent thousands of dollars with them - they'll do it to any one of you. I'm just astounded that they're so oblivious when it comes to how to handle customer service, and I'm pretty bummed because years ago, they used to be great. 
21st-Jun-2015 02:52 pm - How to make 3D follow me eyes?
Hey all you fursuiters! I need help making fursuit eyes. From what I've heard you shouldn't use acrylic paint for the iris and pupil, also heard about these markers if this is true what type and where do I get some? Heard about Fun foam and not to use it cause it can rip and stuff, what's an alternative? I would like to make a whole buckram eye for easier sight, so NO plastic on the main eye. How far do you set the eyes back? I'm also having trouble designing the actual eye, not going realistic, I'm going for more of a toony 3D eye. Are there any templates for a basic eye shape/iris? Where do you put the iris to make the follow-me effect?(Heard about making the eye curve inwards) Whats the easiest way to draw a 3D eye by hand? Sorry about ALL the questions. I'm just a person who doesn't really know what their doing. Haha!
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