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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!
* 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

* 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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-J
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So guys, in case you didn't know, Hancock Fabrics (direct competitor to JoAnn's) is closing 70 stores across the country, as part of a restructuring. One of them is the place I've worked for 3.5 years. Yeah, it sucks. If you're around one of the closing stores and want to pick their bones, now's a good time to do it. Things are not normal at these stores, though. As a PSA, here are the rules we now have to follow:

THE STORES THAT ARE CLOSING ARE NO LONGER PART OF HANCOCK FABRICS. They are owned by the liquidation company. We're not connected to Hancock's system anymore. This also means that fixtures like pattern cabinets, cutting tables, and pegboards will be up for sale, too.

ANY HANCOCK COUPONS, DISCOUNTS, MEMBERSHIPS OR CLEARANCES DO NOT WORK ANYMORE. I don't even have my employee discount and this includes the "spot the dot" graduated clearances and 40/50% off coupons that everyone liked. Those're gone gone gone.

WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT COMPETITOR COUPONS, obvs since we're not even accepting our own.

WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT CHECKS. Cash, debit or credit only.

WE CAN NO LONGER CUT FABRIC AMOUNTS SHORTER THAN 2 YARDS (5 FOR DECO). Yep, it sucks.

EXPECT TO SPEND AT LEAST DOUBLE YOUR USUAL AMOUNT OF TIME IN THE STORE. We are swamped, even doubling our normal amount of workers and we have to take the discounts off the items individually at the register, which requires going through at least 3 screens. per item.

DISCOUNTS ARE TAKEN OFF THE RETAIL PRICE. As of this writing, the baseline discount is 20% off retail -- some things are off more (thread is 30%), but nothing is less (remember the normal sales are gone so this includes clearance -- it's back up to retail, then the percent off). The base will increase over time, but of course, as the discount increases, selection decreases. We're not being restocked, obviously. The deals are there, but you're going to need to math them out.

what i'd consider a "good" deal right now -- glues, flat folds, remnants, buttons, maybe fat quarters. I will say that the fur we carry is pretty basic (but ymmv, depending on the size of your store. mine's pretty dinky) and it's only middling to decent in quality. Everybody needs notions, though, and those we have in abundance.

afaik, there is no list of closing stores. If you're near a Hancocks, just call them and ask. A question like "Hey, I heard Hancocks is closing like 70 stores -- are you guys okay?" would be fine.

Good luck and Happy hunting!

[EDIT] Accuracy not guaranteed, but someone in another group i'm in posted this list of closing stores -- http://imgur.com/a/n5WM3
12th-Feb-2016 06:33 pm - Flokati Shag?
New LJ account, but ages ago I posted previews for my monster fursuit Happy, and then about the poor quality of the Mongolian Shag I used for his arms and legs, and was going to be for the mane. Well, I had to postpone work for him for a long time, because the Mongolian from fabric.com was so bad it fell apart on the costume before I ever got to wear it. I tried it on once, and it wasn't even finished, and already the backing of that fur is deteriorating and showing holes. Bleh.

Anyway, Happy needs long, puffy fur for his mane, and the chest and arms and leg ends, and I found out about Flokati Shag. It sounds perfect. Buuut only one website seems to carry it, and it's fursuitsupplies, which is not only still backed up from Black Friday, but is out of stock and doesn't have any estimate for when they'll be restocking it, if ever. Does anyone know where I could get a suitable substitute within the same price range? Fursuitsupplies' Flokati has a 4 inch pile and is $32.99 a yard, and it must be white.
passum
I've come seeking answers to some inquires because I feel like I've exhausted all my search options!

I'm putting together a pink and white tiger-dragon thing based loosely on strawberry milkshakes. Finding a couple things I'm on the hunt for has been...difficult, to say the least.

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9th-Feb-2016 12:32 pm - Fur finding question
Quick question about finding fur: I've noticed a lot of makers saying their fur was a "local find"...what does that mean? thrift store? or something else?
8th-Feb-2016 07:31 pm - How do you guys do payment plans?
pixellish
Is there a good official way to do it? I've never done a payment plan before so I just wanted to know what other people do
Alright.. so I built my base, I'm pretty happy with where it is right now. I continually add and take off bits of foam, but the general shape is right, i think. It's only missing ears, a nose, and the inside of the mouth - I have ears made but they're mostly placeholder, I can't visualise how to get the shape i'm trying for.

So, since it's almost done, I took it off the mannequin and tried it out. The jaw worked perfectly before (last time I tried it on, that is), but now the whole head moves when I talk. I'm not sure how to remedy this - I took out some of the foam holding the jaw and the head together, and it didn't seem to help. When I hold the head flush to my face it helps, and the jaw also seems to not be "holding onto" my chin like it needs to.
I had a few thoughts.. Maybe I can put more elastic around different parts to help the balaclava have more form? My thinking is that it will have a head-shaped space on the inside so it will "hold" my head in place compared to the foam head. Along the same lines, maybe I could make something like that with foamies/foam, but I'm worried about ventilation and bulkiness.
Of course, I might just have to start over. I'd prefer not to, because I hate wasting things, but it might be a fatal design flaw that I just didn't account for.

Here's the album for the pictures: http://imgur.com/a/Jhsyd
Redlines and diagrams are appreciated! I'm a visual/kinetic learner so seeing things will help me understand :3
This is only my second head, and I'm working on a lion character for my roommate. I was just wondering if I could maybe get a redline or some sort of constructive criticism? I haven't gotten to working on his brow yet, something about his cheek/mouth area is throwing me off. The nose is temporary until my DVC order comes in. I just feel like something is wrong.

Any help is greatly appreciated! ^^;;


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6th-Feb-2016 08:34 pm - Green Foam
I bought the regular green craft foam at my local JoAnne's and have used it to make a base for the head and feet. However, as I laid the fur down on it, I realized the netting on the back of the fur was pretty loosely woven, and you can see a bit of the green foam through the fur. Is there a way to make the foam white or a way to stop the green from showing?
6th-Feb-2016 09:20 pm - Win FREE custom made eyes!
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Take my survey above and enter your email at the bottom to be in with the chance of winning! (Winner will be randomly selected and will be pulled/announced in mid-April)

Here is the progress I have made on my first fursuit head- he is a red panda (kind of hard to tell right now, I know).

Front:


Side Angled:


Side 1:


Side 2:


Concept Art:



I am happy with the muzzle length, but how can I make it more pointed? It looks too round to me. I want it to look a bit more like my concept art. (I'd experiment with this myself, but I don't want to risk messing anything up)
Is the nosebridge/forehead slope alright, or should I build it up more?
How should I go about attaching the nose mockup? (It will be made out of foam) Do I make a paper template, then carve out a shallow space on the front of the muzzle(so it's not just stuck on the end)?

Thank you for your help!
5th-Feb-2016 10:15 pm - Balaclava base stability?
winter, Serenity, tag
So, I'm working on my second head. The character is a deer like thing, head structure is basically deer though. Anyways, I'm making the head balaclava based to keep it small since the likely wearer is rather petite. My first head was all foam and obviously lacking experience as this is only my second attempt. So, the ears, I'm a bit worried about them falling off. They are glue pretty well to the balaclava but being a deer there isn't much surface area to glue down. Am I being too concerned? Any suggestions as to how I could build them up without ruining the anatomy?

My other concern is the muzzle. The foam is wanting to twist and I am toying with ideas as to how to straighten it..it's glued down pretty good but again the balaclava has so much give it's not really supporting it as well as foam would I don't think. I'm thinking feeding a wire through the foam might hold it straight...again just thinking.Read more...Collapse )
4th-Feb-2016 04:19 pm - Clippers?
Just a note - I'm in the US

Hey everyone! I'm in need of a nice pair of pet clippers because I'm just tired of the choppy scissors-cut look. I've never used or owned pet clippers before... But we all start somewhere, right? I'm not willing to spend too much but I think I'll be okay with ~$100 as long as it lasts a good while. I have searched some pet store websites and I think I may be able to settle on this one: http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/andis-easy-clip-groom-clipper-kit-for-dogs

Has anyone ever had one of these? If so, how good does it do on faux fur? If you own a different kind of clipper that treats you well, what is it? I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance! :)
4th-Feb-2016 07:00 am - Mouth Border / "Lips" question
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I'm having a small issue figuring out how to do the border around the mouth, i.e. the place where the fur meets the black fabric (whether it be fleece or something else) within the mouth. I've seen people do it to where it looks seamless with no backing showing or having a scraggly border, which I guess is due either to gluing the black fabric over the backing edge, or using some kind of piping. How can I achieve this seamless look?
4th-Feb-2016 12:22 am - Digi Legs Redlines, Please.
fennec, fennec fox, steampunk
Here's a WIP view of my dig legs for my half suit. I know I need to add some padding on the behind area, but I could really use some help as i think they might be too angled (?).

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k612/Georgiann_Marchand/Anu%20Reference/digi-legs%20wip.jpg

Thanks for the help!!
Hello everyone! I had a quick question for you..

Is there a way to airbrush a suit without an airbrush machine? If so.. how? I want to make a Wolf Link head in a semi-realistic style and it would be the only time I would want to airbrush so I dont want to buy a machine for just one project.

Thanks so much!! <3
31st-Jan-2016 08:51 pm(no subject)
So I spent all my free time yesterday working on my second head, and I was wondering if I could get a bit of constructive criticism on it.
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31st-Jan-2016 04:56 pm - How to Cut Smoothly?
So far, so good. I cut two basic muzzle pieces out of 1-inch foam and glued them together.

Fine shaping is a problem right now, because almost every time I snip off a piece of foam, I end up taking off more than what I intended, or it just is jagged and uneven.

Here are some photos of the head base and muzzle:

1. Balaclava head base, eye mock-ups added



2. Muzzle side


3. Muzzle front


4. Muzzle back


5. Concept art of finished head


Obviously, I need to build up the sides, even them out, round the entire muzzle, and hollow it out. I just am hesitant to do so, because of the problems stated above.

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Is it better to make the legs and upper body of your body suit separate and then sew them together once you have completed them... im just having some issues trying to find a post that talks about this.
30th-Jan-2016 12:25 am - Redlines?
torchic
So finally got a chance to go back to work on my sculpt. I took off the face entirely and replaced the glasses I had underneath with a smaller pair. Of course in the process of removing the face I had to redo the eyes so need a redline to help fix it up ^^;

Going for a feminine wolf/ fox sculpt so I can reuse and add padding later.

Hoping nothing else needs fixed but give me a heads up :)
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