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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!
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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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23rd-May-2016 10:40 pm - Fleece Bodysuit
Hey there!
So after a sudden cancellation of a summer con, I've gotten nearly 3 months to work on a brand new cosplay. I thought long and hard and I've decided I'm going to go with the pokemon Garchomp.
So far Ive got the concept art down, both the original front and side views and a cleaned up side view. I put both of them in this dropbox folder, along with a reference picture of Garchomp.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/om6gqdjtk2svo4v/AAALwxy8Agt9EVwYsFrjbU0na?dl=0

I plan on making him entirely out of fleece as far as the body goes. My main concern though isn't the head (theres plenty of advice for those on here) but there is almost nothing for the bodysuit. As you can see, there will be general padding to it. I plan on gluing foam padding onto a lycra bodysuit (canine hybrid style inspired) and trying to cover the whole thing in fleece via spray adhesive and sewing.

My main concern is how to not let the bodysuit be baggy. I was kind of planning on making a test suit by having a friend drape my test fabric over me while wearing the padded lycra-suit. Then pin around me and then I sew it up. Then its just a matter of drawing on what markings to cut out, and then transferring it over to my fleece suit fabric.

Would this work?? Anyone have any advice on working with fleece for a fullbody suit.
I'm going to machine-sew the headcover on my fursuit head, and I will ladder-stitch the two halves together (and the neck) as I glue them on.
I'll leave a good amount of seam allowance, then trim it down so there aren't any visible ridges. How close can I trim them down without damaging the stitches (and yet trim enough so that there aren't any ridges)?
It's kind of an obvious question, but I am inept when it comes to sewing.

Thank you for answering my question.
21st-May-2016 10:46 am - How to cut resin claws?
I ordered some huge claws from FursuitSupplies.com. They are about 2 inches long, way too long for my small handpaws. I want to shorten them. How can I cleanly and safely cut them down? (Preferably without special tools?)

Thank you for your time.
I'm taking a sewing class at school and we've been doing a lot of work on sergers. Needless to say, I love them and plan to buy one at some point. I'm wondering if it's possible to use them on faux fur and how well it works (some info in the memories, but not much). Today I tried running a few scraps through the school's Brother 1034D which is one of the cheapest models on the market. In spite of the price, it's well known for being a great bang for your buck if you only need occasional serging. Amazingly, it could actually handle the fur! I tried both with and without the knife, and things definately went smoother without the blade. It was a little tricky to get all the fur fibers out of the way and I would probably want a wider stich, but I was impressed with how smoothly it went. In light of this, I have a couple questions about serging fur:

1. What serger do you own and how do you like it?
2. What parts of the project do you serge? (I'm thinking mostly body suits)
3. Do you serge to seam or just finish edges?

And finally, for those who don't serge, how do you treat seam allowance? Zigzag, trimming, nothing, etc?

Thanks guys! :D
19th-May-2016 02:09 pm - Mashine Washable
I'm working to improve my fursuits with regard to quality, and at the moment one of my priorities is getting them to be machine washable for maximum durability.

I just wondered if anyone could point me in the right direction with this? I'm particuarlly concerned about the paint running on the eyes. Is there anyway to 'fix' acylic paint in place so that it will not run in a cold wash?

Thank you!
Just doing some market research due to potential leads and helping out the community. Please be honest! I appreciate answers mostly based on fursuit makers who are in this for the long haul rather than one time orders/one fursuit per year orders, but feel free to answer even so. Please tell fursuit makers about this poll ! Hopefully these beaver furs can be made starting with what is showing popularity.
Shag color reference (all colors on the poll are to match these colors shown as closely as possible).
*Note: Beaver fur is already offered in White, Ivory, Tan/brown, Dark red and Black!
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Cyan Example:
Yellow Example:

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Hello there!! I'm back with another suit! As some of you may be able to recall, I asked for some input on some confusing subjects for me. Now I've used your input and built this work in progress suit. Her name is Kaleidoscope! She was originally set to be a hybrid species but I changed her to be a new type of Angel dragon. You can see that the head shape is shaped differently than a typical Angel dragon, and the body shape is a bit different. As I said before, she is a WIP. So here are a few pictures of her.
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Sorry about my poor quality. Here are also some individual pictures.
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So, I'd be glad for any input and help for fixing her up! Now for a question. She has the huge mane that runs all the way down her back. It first connects at the top of her head and runs all the way down to the base of her tail. So my questions are: how would I make the mane flow all the way down her back, but still alow the head to move easily? I also want the mane to be detachable from the head. I also want the mane to be all in one piece. Any ideas? Thanks!
18th-May-2016 10:24 am - Help finding a fur please
bayrueye
I am wanting to finally make a version 2 of Bayru (my main sona).

The problem I'm having is that I could find the color/length of fur I needed for her fine a few months ago, but now suddenly I'm having trouble finding it /:.

I need a bright pink (not baby, it has to be bright/neon) and I need it in seal or another short pile. I had considered trying minky or something super short, but I'm nervous about making a body out of that with my body type.

Anyway, here is a ref of her to get an idea of the color I'm looking for:


Any help is greatly appreciated!
I lined the upper and lower jaw with black fleece; on the roof of the mouth, the fleece is lined perfectly. On the bottom, however, I accidentally trimmed the fleece unevenly, leaving a very ugly edge. What should I do? I don't want to progress any further lest I damage it further.








Thank you for your help.
Hello there!
I've made 3D eyes and 2D eyes, but I can't seem to grasp the complete understanding of what is being done to make Closed/Squinting eyes on fursuits. I am planning to use it on a future project, for a character with smaller eyes, but not sure how to go about it.

Examples of closed eyes:
[Click here for pictures]



I was thinking of using black foam sheets and black buckram, but I was having a hard time picturing how supportive the eyes would be strength-wise. Unless they're suppose to be weak support? Any ideas?

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I would love to test an idea with velcro, but I'm having a hard time finding the size I need. Needing both the hook and loop to velcro. I'm needing a size that's at least 8in wide, but cant seem to find anything on it that comes with both the hook and loop sides to velcro. The ones I do find are separate from each other and cost a fortune for a simple square I'm needing. I wouldn't mind purchasing a roll if I could find anything at a decent price for 8in wide velcro.

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Thank you! ^u^
16th-May-2016 04:19 pm - Special Stitching for Fur
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One thing that's eluded me is how to do a stitch when you have two pieces of fur showing and you need to stitch them together, but with the backing inaccessable. I've heard there was a kind of stitch that could be done that still hides the backing of the fabric and has the stitch be invisible. Here's an example of what I'm talking about:


I'd imagine one way to do it is just a simple sewing machine-esque stitch that just goes in and out, but with the two pieces of fur "curled in" on one another, but I'm not sure how well that would end up looking.
Caramell Dansen
A friend and I recently completed a commission/collab project for her and I wanted to share!
Presenting Mangle (aka Toy Foxy) from Five Nights at Freddy's!



My friend, Tika, and I made this fursuit as a collab project for her.
I made the head, hand-paws, cut out and pinned the body, did the tail pattern, hand sewed the pink parts on the body and tail, and also painted the toenails.
Tika machine sewed the body, hand-stitched the tail together, and painted the teeth and feet. :3 She's my sewing machine whiz and is doing a good job learning how to fursuit. :D

The plastic on the follow-me eyes are the plastic packaging chocolate oranges come in with a buckram hidden vent at the top (eyelid).
Her nose is foam, coated in tool dip with a hidden squeaker inside. Yes, she can honk her nose at you. It's pretty cute.


Check out my channel for other fursuiting videos and feel free to ask any questions!

*This video will be cross-posted to Tika's channel as well at a later date.
16th-May-2016 11:52 am - Magnetic Fursuit Earrings?
Hi everyone! I'm planning on making magnetic-backed earrings that can be switched out on fursuit ears. However, I'm not entirely sure what the 'pull weight' of the magnets to be used should be. I still want them to have a bit of tug, but not rip the foam or damage the ear. Has anyone had experiences with these magnets and have a pull weight idea?
I am making a balaclava-based fursuit head- I know that once I fur it, I won't be able to pull it over my head because fur doesn't stretch like the balaclava material. So I'm going to add a hidden zipper to the back of the head.
Should the zipper JUST be in the neck, or should it extend to the back of the head as well?
I know this may sound like a frivolous question, but is there a specific way I should install it if it has to extend to the back of the head and the neck?

Thank you for your time!
16th-May-2016 10:19 am - Best shoes for feetpaws?
So, I'm debating on what type of shoes would be best for feet paws. I've heard Crocs are great, tennis shoes, canvas/slip on shoes, etc... but what are your personal preferences?

I would want something that is easy to put on, comfortable, and durable.

Any Amazon links or specific items would be AWESOME to point me in the right direction, too! :D
13th-May-2016 05:38 pm - Buckram vs. Crinoline
pokken

Hey folks, I'm making my first fursuit head and trying to decide on what material to sue for the eyes. Obviously buckram is the most popular, but I've seen a couple suggestions for crinoline, which supposedly doesn't warp when exposed to water like buckram does. But I've found so few instances of people who use it in my searching, so i wonder if there must be other drawbacks to it that make it less desirable.

I guess I don't plan to be exposing the eyes to water much anyway, but I'd worry about potentially having to wash that area, or even posing for photos if it snows or something (which i see people often do!) I also live in Seattle, so what if I get caught in the rain?? haha.

Any thoughts? What do you use/recommend?
Thanks :)
13th-May-2016 03:29 pm - What kind of glue sticks to vinyl?
Title says it all. I heard that hot glue doesn't, and I don't want to waste any of the material by stick-testing.

Thanks!
12th-May-2016 02:39 pm - Interchangeable expressions/eyes
king
Hi again, I'm back looking for any tips or tutorials on how to make interchangeable expressions/eyes on a fursuit head. What's the best method? Thanks!
Hey all.

I suppose you could call the black outlines "eyelids" but I want to go around the entire eye to hide the edges of the white craft foam I used for my 3D eyes. I think it'll help give the head a more finished and cleaner look, too.

Do any of you have tips on how to go about it? I have my 3D eyes all glued in already, and was thinking of using fleece as the material since it would go well with fur.

I'm just not sure on how to actually go about the process of actually applying the fleece eyelids around the eyes without ruining my fursuit head, so I thought I'd ask the community for some insight! There could be issues with fraying (I guess I could sew the visible edges of the fleece together?) and hot glue... ahhh!

It's also good to note that I have tried to use black foamies as eyelids, but I don't really like the look of it and I just can't get the inside edges of the foamies cut clean enough! I personally found it to be really frustrating and ended up wasting a good bit of the craft foam that I had.

Here are pictures of what my head currently looks like:
http://imgur.com/a/E4Jmo

If you look closely at all of these fursuiter's eyes, you'll notice that they have a black "outline" around their eyes:
https://www.furaffinity.net/view/19312405/

Sort of what I'm going for - I'll just use Phoenix Nest's suits as an example!

If anyone needs clarification, I'll be happy to do so! Thanks so much for reading!
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