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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
making a mold of my head? 
31st-Aug-2008 11:13 am
I got the form head from sallys but the head is to small. What is the best way to make a complete mold of my own head?

Note: I dont have a oven to cook the mold. well Not the type of oven you would find in school. i do have a cooking oven.
31st-Aug-2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
It's oven, first of all.

second of all, build up the form with foam and duct tape. No need to cast your own head, is there? That just sounds like all kinds of dangerous.
31st-Aug-2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
i do apology for the miss spelling. i dont know how i did that. the mouse in my head was still back in it's bed sleeping and my lift eyes was not every on the same page as i was. sorry.
1st-Sep-2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
KILN! Not oven! D= *looks around for fear of angry ceramics instructor to come a-raving*
31st-Aug-2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
you can make a dummy of your own head with duck tape, but that's also dangerous and you will need someone to help you. However you can tape your head then carefully (make sure you have a plastic bag with an air hole etc first) peel it off and cut as you go (tht way the person cutting it won't cut your hair, etc.) Then you simply sew it back together and stuff it with poly fill. Tahr-dah! it's you head! I think there might be a tutorial in the memories here if you want more info. But once again, it's very dangerous. I suggest putting foam on you wig head to bulk it up to the size of your own head before you try to duct tape your own head. But if you find that to difficult then have somone help you duct tape.
31st-Aug-2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
i had tried to put form on foam and it never worked. when i tried to put the balaclava on it would not fit. and i had all most dead on to what the size of my own head was.
31st-Aug-2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I guess then go for the duct tape dummy head =3 It's fail safe. But like I said, you need someone to help you. :P The final result is nice and perfect and won't bend as much as foam does. Good luck! =D
31st-Aug-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
i well give this a try. but not many people know about me and that i am furry.
31st-Aug-2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
cover your head in medical bandages not a plastic bag. then duct tape .
if you have someone there ready with a pair of scissors and a steady hand to cut it off quickly if you really feel the need. then there is very little danger.
31st-Aug-2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem, but my solution (though probably not the preferred method), was to place a plastic bag over the head, position a layer of polyfil (about half an inch or so, I wasn't measuring) around the head, and duct tape the entire thing. It sounds very inaccurate (and ghetto, to be honest XD), but I was lucky and got the measurements pretty close to my own head.

ALSO: Get a good look at your head before you do anything to it. A lot of those styrofoam fashion heads are tilted to one side. If so, just make sure to account for that, so your head doesn't turn out lopsided. I got mine from Sally's too, so you'll probably have this situation.
31st-Aug-2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
yes your the one that showed me last time. i knew i made a post about this once but did not know where. it did not sorry i am sorry to say.
31st-Aug-2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
the whole idea of this post was for one thing and one thing only. but it is my own fault i did not say what way i wanted to make a mold of my head.
I am looking for a way to make a cast of my own head so it is a as close as a cope to my own.
31st-Aug-2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
If you have some friends that you really trust, you can make a plaster cast. Watch some special effects videos to see how. Or you can have them wrap your head with cast making cloth that has plaster in it. That would be the safer way. Start looking for this on the net. It is not too hard to find. If you need help with the search, let me know and I will look too later today.
31st-Aug-2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
ok thanks. i have all day and tomorrow to look for it. but now i have a name that should help thanks.
31st-Aug-2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Casting your head can be... rather difficult (and possibly expensive) and you will need help.

Here is a link on a Head casting how to. http://www.accu-cast.us/proc_head.html
This is very similar to how I did it in my Mold making and casting class.

My other suggestion, is possibly just to do a face mold with plaster bandages. (make sure they say they are okay for face casting) this is much easier and much less expensive than making a full mold.

Also if that's out and you want something to build your fursuit head on (which is what EVERYONE is assuming that's what you want to do with the cast) you can go to this link http://www.monstermakers.com/product/deluxe-full-head-sculpting-armature-life-size.html and buy this armature.

That's my suggestions- I hope they are helpful, and if you do choose to make a full head cast- Good luck and Be safe.
31st-Aug-2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
yes i was looking over the link of monster making page. and yes. i just need to make a dumb head of myself to use so i can make the of my suit better. i have made the call to make a head with out my glasses. so i can just walk into things and fall over. lol.
31st-Aug-2008 09:08 pm (UTC) - Foam Base how-to
well, if you're using your own head, then there isnt really a need to make a casting, i dont use one. I do it by trial and error. as long as you have your head with you at all times, then you shouldnt go wrong ^^ and get yourself a tape measure if you dont have one, they're bloody useful!!

1) If you're using all foam, like i do, take some 1/2 foam sheets and make a kind of base... measure around your head (around your forehead, or, nose to nose) then measure from the tip of your forehead to the tip of your chin. Cut out the amount of 1/2 foam you need to those measurments.

2) Then, using hot glue, run a bead of glue along the edge of the foam (where you conect it to form a cylinder shape). The see if it fits your head. keep it on your head, grab for a pen and feel around for your nose and eyes and draw where they are. Cut where your nose and eyes are using scissors or exacto knifes, then try it on again.

3) Now, you need to make the rounded top of the base to stop it slipping down. Still using 1/2 foam, cut strips of about 5cm thick. then glue one end of the strip to one edge of the top of the base. Glue the other end to the opposite side in a slight arch shape (cut the strip to fit b4 you do tht though!). Using the left overs of the strip, you want to make a sort of cross. So, glue the edge of the left over strip to the base (the same as you did with the other strip) but this time, you want to glue the other edge of the strip to the long edge of the first strip (but again, cut it to fit) and do the same for the opposite side. Now test it to fit your head.

4) Now, you need to fill in those gaps at the top of the base. Draw and cut out the shape that you need to fill in (there should be 4 triangles to fill in) and glue them into place. Wait for the glue to dry and test to fit again. If there's something tht dosnt fit, adjust it accordingly. If everything's fine, then you can start padding it with a muzzle, ears, cheecks etc ^^ (if you're using hot glue, wait for the glue to cool before testing your head!!)

Sorry for the extra long post XD
Hope tht helps

31st-Aug-2008 09:35 pm (UTC) - Re: Foam Base how-to
do you have any photos to help give me a better idea on what i am reading?
1st-Sep-2008 08:39 am (UTC) - Re: Foam Base how-to
well, i dont, but i will direct you to some photos that kinda show it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v256/Fatkraken/beast5.jpg that the cross that you need to make on the top
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v256/Fatkraken/beast7.jpg And thts the triangles that you need to cut out.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=BgkWDBgITaU&eurl=http://www.matrices.net/maskvideo.asp and this video shows you how to make the cylinder bit (but ignore 2:07 onwards)

Hope those are of use to you.

These photos are copyright to Fatkraken, (if you want me to take them off, please say, i was just using them as examples)
The video is copyright to Matrices, (if you want it removed please say)
1st-Sep-2008 01:33 pm (UTC) - Re: Foam Base how-to
ok i seen it done that way. thanks.
31st-Aug-2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I toke lots of notes using a i dont know the name of it but it is a tape measure that is use for anyone that sews. it rolls up really nice.I toke my first set of notes just above the forehead.

Above the forehead: 21 1/2
Forehead: 24
Noes: 24
Lips: 22
Chin: 21
From the back of my neck to the front of my throat: 25 1/2
From the lift side at the base of my neck to the right side at the base: 27
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