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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Casting Resin "Follow me" eyes 
6th-Dec-2008 04:38 pm
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1) Materials you will need: Clear casting resin, Resin Catalyst, plastic paint trays (I got mine at a dollar store), a release agent for your molds (you can buy casting release agent, however Petroleum jelly or cooking spray work just as well), a disposable container, popsicle sticks and paint.

**It is important to cast resin in a well ventilated area and to wear protective gloves**


2) Mix your casting resin and catalyst. The back of your container of resin will tell you the amount of resin and catalyst required. Stir gently, making sure to mix the resin and catalyst well. Be mindful to prevent air bubbles, as they are very hard to remove and will be visible in your cast.


3) Spray/coat your molds with release agent so your resin will be easy to remove once cured, then pour your resin into your paint trays. Once the resin and catalyst have been mixed, the product cannot be stored for later use and will harden within 5-10 minutes. It is important to be mindful of how much resin you require, so you do not end up with a lot of leftover resin that will go to waste.


4) Resin takes about 3 days to a week to fully cure. You will know when your resin has completely cured when the resin is no longer sticky to the touch and no longer emits an odor. If after a week your casts are still sticky, it is possible you did not add enough catalyst. You can add a few drops of catalyst to the sticky area to encourage curing.


5) You may paint the backs of your eye blanks for a taxidermy style eye, however if you wish to make a "follow-me" eye you will have to continue with the following steps...

Take 2 of your eye blanks and place them together back to back. You can use a clear glue like superglue to afix them together.


6) Paint one side of the eye starting with the pupil. Paint the iris with the color of your choosing... keep in mind the color you paint FIRST will show up on TOP, so it is important to paint the colors your desire in the right order.


7) If desired, you may glue fabric around the outside of the eyes for eyelids.


8) Your "follow-me" eyes are now complete and ready to be installed!




Comments 
6th-Dec-2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
How simple! I'll definitely keep this in mind if I can't find any bouncy balls.
6th-Dec-2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Good idea! Relatively easy too, thanks for sharing c:
7th-Dec-2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Please put under a cut.
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7th-Dec-2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Seconded!
7th-Dec-2008 01:28 am (UTC)
It's long and stretching my friends page and really annoying to have to scroll through. :/
7th-Dec-2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Nice, thank you for the tip!
7th-Dec-2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Fantastic, thanks for sharing. :)
7th-Dec-2008 12:28 am (UTC)
This looks amazing and you easily explain every step. Thanks so much for sharing this with everyone!
:3
7th-Dec-2008 12:57 am (UTC)
wow i was just looking as how to do this thanx ^^
7th-Dec-2008 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, best tut ever. :3
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7th-Dec-2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I have used both. For this tutorial I used cooking spray.
Vaseline works pretty good, but you have to be careful, if there are any chunks or smears, they will apear in your casts.
Once you smear the vaseline, wipe it with a cloth to get rid of any possible imperfections.
7th-Dec-2008 01:27 am (UTC)
*thumbs up* Excellent tutorial and process. Thank you very much for sharing!
7th-Dec-2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Fantastic Tutorial, i will add it to the HOW TO's in the memories

-J (Moderator)
7th-Dec-2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Ohh, so that's how they do it. Cool tutorial!
7th-Dec-2008 06:32 am (UTC) - Beat you to it
Haha this reminded me of something so I went and did some digging:

http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/1745882.html

ROFL! Man seem like ages ago :D The last sentence makes me grin.
7th-Dec-2008 04:44 pm (UTC) - Re: Beat you to it
well dang, that would have saved me a lot of experimentation if I found that :P
7th-Dec-2008 07:57 pm (UTC) - Re: Beat you to it
It was a while ago so I'm not suprused you didn't - took me a bit to find it myself XD Still, it was pretty fun to me to see you separately come up with the same plan. Like deja vu lol
7th-Dec-2008 10:13 pm (UTC) - Re: Beat you to it
7th-Dec-2008 10:23 pm (UTC) - Re: Beat you to it
I hope you're not comparing me to the guy with a head like a tea cup XD I'm just amused with convergent evolution and how much fursuits have evolved over time.
7th-Dec-2008 10:31 pm (UTC) - Re: Beat you to it
It's Zeitgeist!

Though I do admit, the art of fursuit making has really improved over the years. The good artists keep getting better and raising the bar for everyone else.
*Cracks her knuckles* though I do enjoy a challenge... if nothing else, we all grow better because of it.
7th-Dec-2008 06:54 am (UTC)
I'm adding this to my memory 83. This looks easy.
7th-Dec-2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nice. Curse you, I'd sworn off follow-me eyes because I thought they looked creepy, this is tempting me to try again.

Curses. XD
7th-Dec-2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Actually the follow-me eyes are kind of creepy... I catch the head I'm working on staring at me all the time. T_T;;;;
8th-Dec-2008 02:06 am (UTC)
I just saw plushes with em in the NC Zoo this weekend.
8th-Dec-2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Love it!
8th-Dec-2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
So THATS how people make follow me taxidermy eyes, eh?

Thanks for posting! I may use this for 'toony' taxidermy eyes.
17th-Sep-2010 07:51 am (UTC)
What type/brand of Casting Resin do you suggest to use? And what type/brand of catalyst?

:)
3rd-Jan-2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
thank you a million times for sharing this :)
23rd-Mar-2011 03:29 am (UTC)
i am definitely adding this to my memories page so i can call it up again when i re-do my entire fursuit for a more realistic look. Thank you so much for showing how to do this! :D
6th-Sep-2014 04:19 am (UTC) - How to attach eyes?
Hi, I understand how to make those kind of eyes, but don't get how do you attach them to stuffed animals? I'm trying to make something for my daughters birthday and thought it would be fun to give it more realistic eyes, but don't know how to attach resin to fabric. Thanks for any insight.
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