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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!
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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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24th-Jul-2016 06:48 pm - DTD question
hey everyone!! i've done some research on DTDs and I haven't found my answer to this question: after making the DTD, how do you use it?
are you supposed to cut it out like a pattern (and do you allow seam allowance)? or are you supposed to drape the fabric and kinda just.. guess? and which way do you do for a snugger fit (i'm going for a snug fit so I don't have to do implants and i don't want a baggy suit)?

i'm probably just overthinking it but i would like to know!!
Does it exist, and if so, I need some! Maybe 2.5-3 yards preferably.
22nd-Jul-2016 01:49 pm - Dry brushing fleece?
Sorry for the frequent questions. ;^;
Been working on my head, and so far the dry brushing has gone great for shading. But now I need lots of spots. Some of them will be quite tiny, but they still need to be defined.
My problem is that when I use watered-down paint like I've been using, trying to make spots causes massive bleeding. Straight-up paint causes the spots to be hard and crusty. :c Are there any alternatives to acrylic paint that won't bleed or make it look crusty? Would alcohol-based markers (like copics) work? Fabric paint? a dye or ink?

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21st-Jul-2016 11:58 pm - Holding up faun legs?
Hello!
I've recently been working on a 3/4 horse suit, and I've come to the legs. Finally, after a very frustrating hassle with my sewing machine, I have the legs all sewn and padded. As it was late, I went to bed pondering on how to keep the legs up and secure because the weight of the fur and stuffing. I don't want to stretch the fur near the top, so hooking suspenders to the raw fur wouldn't be Ideal. Should I sew a belt to the top of the legs? Should I make little elastic loops to thread the belt through, or should I just sew the belt to the fur? Is there a better way of going about this that I'm just not thinking of? And if it helps at all, I plan on lining the top of the legs with fleece to finish the look.
I've also added a few pictures if ithelps any. Sorry for the awkward angle. There also work in progress so I haven't finished it up at all.



Thanks in advance!
flacko, weasel

Hello!

I was thinking of doing a small tutorial of how to do a padded dragon paws, as I have not seen here any such tutorials. Feel free to use my tutorial for help to make different shaped paws etc. If there are some better ways how to do, I'd love to hear to make them better :3. I do wanna try making bigger ones one day with the padding going further. Im sad I cannot add padding to the tags list :(

[Spoiler (click to open)]


21st-Jul-2016 01:23 pm - Albino detailing?
So I finally have my head made, and she's ready for painting. However, I want to do some shading on it as well, since most of her features are blended with the pure white. What color should I use to shade her, being that she's albino?
I plan to have some light pink detailing around the eyes, mouth, and nose. My main question is for around the eyebrows, cheeks, and ear-bases. Would that be a yellowish, brown, reddish, etc?

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I'm curious to know which works better; keeping the neck bib left on the outside of the bodysuit, or tucking it in? (I know one should tuck it in when wearing a partial/three-fourths, but what about with a full suit?)

Thanks!
15th-Jul-2016 11:25 am - when to shave
butterfree
Hey, sorry for all the questions here lately. Been trying to do as much suit work as the schedule allows this summer, and going to be attempting quite a few new things, so it leaves me with a lot of questions. Anyway, my latest inquiry is this. I'll be making a bodysuit with semi-intricate markings (not crazy detailed but more so than what I'd consider to be "simple" markings. Basically involving larger star shapes and such) my question is this (and bear in mind all the fur I plan on working with at this point is has about a 1 inch pile length give or take) but where/when do you shave (if at all) to make sure the markings show and aren't covered up by the fur they're sewn to?

Does that make sense?

I just wonder if I should shave all the fur down? Or should I just shave like the star shapes? Or perhaps I only need trim the fur that overlaps the star?

My question also lends itself to ears. I believe as far as ears are concerned whether or not to shave or how much is partially style choice but I was just wondering. How many of you shave the ears on your heads, and if so how much and wear? I've seen some heads where it seems like the fur is shaved down quite short much like the front of the face, and other heads I've seen them left completely fluffy. I kind of want do a bit of blending for the ears -- like shaving the majority of the back of the ear relatively short, but leaving maybe the base, tips, and inner ear fluffier. Thoughts?

Any pics or deeper explanations about when/where to shave in regards to showing more intricate markings would be helpful and appreciate.

I'd also like to take the time to thank everyone who reads and comments on my questions. It's made a huge difference and I don't think I always take the time to show my appreciation to the generosity of people on this group. :)
14th-Jul-2016 04:28 pm - Business License?
Due to a somewhat recent question here, it made me think, when would you have to get a business license? I've looked online but can't find much of an answer.

Like, selling items on, for example, Etsy, most people don't seem to have to pay taxes for the items they sell.

At what point do you need to have a license? And how would someone find out if you didn't? Is it the amount of income you make or something with the branding?
So, I bought 9.1 pounds of this fur, I think it's 4 yards (some used)

https://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/ClockworkCreature/3806127/Rust_Fox_Fur_by_the_Yard/Craft_Supplies/Fabric

I bought it in 2010 and I think it's been discontinued ever since. So, how much do you think I could sell this stuff by yard?


*Rust Fox Fur from Monterey Mills!
This is a beautiful rust fake fur with a 3" pile*
11th-Jul-2016 08:16 am - tail construction
butterfree
So I feel like I'm becoming more ambitious in my fursuit endeavors, and taking on bigger, more complicated projects (mostly for myself). In the past the tails that I've made have been fairly simple, and often times I avoid making large tails. I do this for several reasons, but mainly it's because it's hard enough to keep track of myself in fursuit, it's another thing entirely when you've got a tail dragging a foot behind you.

Anyway.

So, I'm going to be making this little guy here!


https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/89855308/AdoptFrontandBackRef.png

as a personal suit, and starting to try and plan out how I'm going to tackle different parts of him.

The tail I believe is going to be a biggie. In relationship to him, it seems like the tail is as long as his body(roughly) so in my case that would be five feet or so. Unless I'm seeing the ref incorrectly. My thing is I have a few things specifically to be incorporated into the tails design, that in a perfect world can be constructed. The first thing is I'd like to keep the size, but also keep it in a similar position as is in the ref. I'd prefer to avoid having a tail that drags on the ground. I think I'd actually shorten the tail if I have to in order to avoid that. If possible, Id like it to have "some" movement at least in the thinner/tip section anyway. Lastly, I'd like to construct this so it's not super heavy/doesn't need any kind of harness to hold it up. A friend of mine suggested a foam core?


I was thinking possibly (if I can find someone who is good with pepakura or perhaps a similar program) of seeing if a 3d pattern might be crafted in Pepakrua or something similar, and making a hollow core based from that? Then possibly adding a wire (or delrin rod but I don't know much about that) stuffing then making a fur pattern around the foam "skeleton?" In theory this sounds doable, but I'm not entirely sure. The idea certainly intrigues me. I think to test it out I'd need to find someone pretty familiar with making custom things through a 3-d model program though.

What do you guys think? Any tutorials available that might help me out? Anything that can help me start planning out how I'm going to tackle that tail would be super appreciated! :)

Also, anyone got tips on making little wings? I was thinking I like how the little chibi angel dragon wings look and I'd kind of like to make them look like that. Not sure if I'm going to use fleece or fur yet. I was thinking of just cutting the wing shapes out of like half inch foam and patterning them? Is it better to clip them/pin them to a suit, or maybe attach them to elastic straps? This suit has a lot of new things going for me that I've never tried, so hoping someone that perhaps has experienced making anything similar might have some insight.

Thanks!
10th-Jul-2016 02:21 pm - Big Claw Materials?
So I'm going to be making pretty big claws for this character:
and I'm not sure what to make his claws out of. I was thinking vinyl, but I don't know what type to get, or where the best place to get it would be, or if it's even a good idea or if it'll fall apart on me.

As for making them, I'm probably just gonna glue some foam onto my fingers on a glove and sew the fabric over that. Unless anyone has a better method.
Just peeping around to see if any of y'all have ordered from https://www.fabricdepot.com/fashion/faux-fur !

It seems like a decent site with a nice selection of furs.

If you've ordered, how was the quality of the fur that you ordered?
9th-Jul-2016 12:05 pm - Duct Tape Dummy Woes
Hi everyone, so I've come to a screeching halt in my duct tape dummy. While it IS fully done, the person who helped me tape up my chest area basically compressed my breasts, which has impacted what the final dummy's measurements are like. (I.e., I usually wear a D, and the dummy looks to be between an A and B). What can I do when using the dummy (cut up into pieces) as a pattern to make sure that I don't end up with a fursuit that's straining against the seams? Can I add a couple of inches to make up for the cup size difference, or do I have to remake a whole new DTD?
I bought a pack of 5 Swiss Warbler bird whistles for $16. I know how to use bird whistles; being very careful not to touch the membrane, put the whistle in your mouth with the paper edge facing the back of your mouth. Let the paper part get good and wet. Gently move the whistle to the tip of your tongue. Lightly press to the roof of your mouth, and make a "SSS" sound. I've tried with three of them, all without success. They won't make a single sound.

So, am I missing something? I noticed something odd about the membranes; they look very cheap and flimsy, and though I'm not touching them, after I take them out of my mouth, they are "rippled", like saran wrap.

Are the whistles duds or am I doing something wrong? I'd like to hear from people who've used bird whistles with success before.

Thank you.
Hello!

I have been starting to reach new levels with my fursuiting, and I now have advanced to using a duct tape dummy for fullsuits. I've been researching ways to make digi legs with a dummy and I cant find anything.
So question is, what are some of the many ways to make digi legs on a dummy?
Thank you!
7th-Jul-2016 11:14 am - Patterning?
Hey there, folks. I'm still pretty new to making my own patterns, only having made a couple plushies, a cow tail, and shark tail from on-the-fly patterns I created. Though there's one I really am having trouble wrapping my head around: A leopard gecko tail.

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6th-Jul-2016 08:47 pm - Turning a 3/4 suit into a fullsuit?
hi everyone!!
first question: is it possible to turn a 3/4 suit eventually into a fullsuit? or will the fur look all janky when I sew it together?
second question: or is it possible to make a 3/4 suit that can convert into a fullsuit and back (with the use of zippers, clasps, etc)?

I couldn't find any helpful resources online so replies are highly appreciated!
I'm reaching the final stretch of my 3/4 suit and I'm running into a problem. I don't think a belt will work with my legs due to the design of them, so I'm thinking the suspender route would be more practical. What's going to be the best way to do that? I need something strong enough to hold up the legs, which are moderately heavy (not as padded as many, but still quite heavy) and I'm going to be very active in suit (dancing, running a bit, etc) and don't want something I'll have to constantly adjust to keep them from falling down. I'm also not sure how to attach the suspenders and keep them from stretching out the fur around my waist, which is already starting to get that way from me holding the legs up by it while trying them on.

Pictures of the legs:

http://pre03.deviantart.net/3888/th/pre/i/2016/093/1/b/image_by_xaralta-d9xjgw6.jpg

http://pre05.deviantart.net/dc99/th/pre/i/2016/093/6/1/image_by_xaralta-d9xjgxe.jpg

(shows what I mean by the fur getting stretched out)
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