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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
18th-Nov-2017 07:03 pm - Looking for Faux fur/ How much fur
This will be my third suit and it's my first time attempting digitigrade legs, I was wondering if anyone could give me a rough estimate of how much fur I would need for some digitigrade legs and lightly padded wrists (I weigh 176 Pounds and i'm 5 foot 6")? I will be making a practice pattern out of some cheap muslin I ordered for the bodysuit (3 Yards) So i'm being a bit optimistic and hoping it wont take more than 5 yards as the head and tail are rather small)

I have been looking for a few hours (Literally) and have not been able to find any blue faux fur that even slightly matches this shade of blue apart from fabric.coms malibu Afgan faux fur but apparently the fur is in a v/z pattern so the backing is more visible.

Fur colors I need to find-



I need help finding the red/pink shade (I will only need around half a yard of it) and the light blue colour which I will need around one yard of.
17th-Nov-2017 01:50 am - Body shape help with cosplay suit?
Hello there, gremlins! I'm going to be working on a Storm King cosplay suit for next year's Bronycon, and I have a few questions that I could use some advice for!

First of all, the boy's got a barrel chest and a skinny waist. How do ya'll recommend I bulk up the front of my chest without makin' it look like he has knockers? Obviously, it'll be foam padding but exactly how, construction wise, eludes me. Doubled with the fact that medium-long pile fur will most likely be covering it.

Observe his Bulke

Secondly, he's got SOME sort of fur-drape-not-hair-thing going on that tends to be lowlighted in grey. Behind that crown, there's a widow's peak that I'll have to sew into the facial fleece, so I'm not super sure how to do that or if it would be worth it.

Reference for your pleasure

Finally, the legs. Do you guys recommend thin digi legs? Thick ones? And while we're on the topic, how do you recommend I go about doing my duct tape dummy AROUND the leg padding? If I draft the pattern myself I will fail miserably and I need a base to go off of.

The BIG
10th-Nov-2017 01:16 pm - Faux Fur Rugs
So a bit of a strange question about what furs you can and cant use.

I was browsing around a furniture store the other day and saw a rug that was an absolutely GORGEOUS blue.

My question is, could I use said fur on a head? I.E, I just cut the pieces out of the rug like you would any yard of faux fur. I would be using it on the back of the head where long pile is needed, so I wouldn't have to worry about shaving it down.
10th-Nov-2017 12:19 pm - Urgently seeking *White Arctic Fox"!
 I'm in urgent need of genuine white Arctic Fox faux fur. I ordered what what listed as Arctic Fox but it's nothing like the arctic fox I've been using : (

The original Arctic Fox on the left (very thick and luxurious with an undercoat look) and the newer order on the right (no undercoat with whispy hairs and much thinner).

I'd only need a piece that is 30 inches tall and 10 inches wide (with the fur pile direction going downwards)
I need the fur for an aditional strip down the back of the head for re-sizing so I have to find a match to avoid having to re-do the hood.

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I've recently been commissioned and I'm having difficulty finding faux fur similar in shade to this:



I've found similar shades on places like Alibaba and Ebay but I am very reluctant to order from overseas. Any idea where I can find some good quality fur (from a good source) in this shade? (Ideally somewhere that offers swatches too).
24th-Oct-2017 02:11 am - stars on hair?
I'd really like to make a suit of my fursona at some point, but im having a hard time figuring out how id make some of his markings.



Specifically his hair and tail ;w;'' for the gradient, i might just try dying fur if i cant find the specific colors, but the stars is where im having an issue. I was thinking to just cut them out of felt and glue them on but that would probably looks pretty weird and they could fall off,,

so i guess im just looking for suggestions on how i would do the stars and not have them look odd
22nd-Oct-2017 04:30 am - warm/dull magenta-purple-ish fur?
heyo! next month im gonna be creating my very first fursuit! im not really gonna be asking about most typical beginner stuff, more or less a material!
fur! especially fur with a color similar to this design ;

(drawing is a rough sketch/prototype, its most likely wont be the thing im gonna be referencing when i DO make it.)
im more interested in shag for the fur, and its not hard to find black/white for the other parts. so any help with the light dull magenta and the grey(?) will be absolutely amazing! because i've been trying to find something close to those two and its driving me nuts! theres purples but most of the ones i find are either too pastel or too bright! xC
so again, any sort of help would be amazing. i really need it ;c;
14th-Oct-2017 05:50 pm - arm sleeves help/tips??
Hello there! I'm making a halloween costume that requires handpaws/partial armsleeves, and I'm kind of stuck at this one part and could really use some help?
I've got a pattern made and fur cut out, there's just a small problem I've run into. When I cut out the fur, the fur ended up getting sliced along the edge into a solid, clean line, which looks like this:



and that's not how it should be at all, surely! The fur needs to be long and protrude over the edge, right? Because I plan on putting clawed fingers on the end in a sort of claw-paw style. The fur needs to be long and not chopped off for that.
here's the style of paw I'm looking to replicate (image credit to daajey on instagram):



anybody know how I can go about fixing this, or really, any tips on how to cut long furred fabric without slicing all of it off in the process?
I'm very new to this whole fursuit-making thing, and could really use some help. Thanks in advance!!
13th-Oct-2017 11:28 am - Let's post our current WIPs!
Good morning, fellow crazy animal people. Here's what I am working on right now! What's going on in your workshop?

img src="https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/sudoku_1/78286768/2166/2166_900.jpg" alt="" title="">

This is a European pine marten, and her name is Sudoku. She's my second head ever.
13th-Oct-2017 08:00 pm - Fur sourcing?
It's been years since I've been on this live journal- thought id get back into fursuiting ❤ trying, at least!

I'm having a little trouble locating fur fabric for my first fullsuit! My main issue is that I live in Australia- fur from stores is insanely priced, and we don't have many options at all

Here's my character!

I've been looking at fabric.com ( they charge one of the least amount for shipping.. $70 compared to $200 from fursuitsupplies.com)
Ordering swatches sadly isn't a cheap job either!
But I'm not sure the colours I found would work exactly! I was going go go with the white and caramel ( comments say it's light / almost blondeish) but as you can see my characters colours are both slightly darker


also question two!: his fur is longer around his butt- how do i achieve this? would i make the fullsuit, then slightly shave most of it down (assuming i buy a long pile fur for all of it??)
Thank you so much for any help at all! I'll probably pop up around here in the near future
so i've been having a lot of trouble sewing fur on the machine. I really want to start sewing on the machine more to save time but it seems no matter what I do the fur gets stuck in the seams. and so stuck that it can't be brushed or picked out :/

I tuck the fur in as I sew with a stick, that helps a little but it still is slippery and gets stuck. ESP with short pile fur. I try to keep the seam allowance as small as possible.

i've even tried increasing the length of the stitch, 1 still gets fur trapped and is really hard to near impossible to brush out without destroying the backing from the brush and trying to pick it out does nothing it wont budge but 2 isnt strong enough I feel to safely hold it together.

is there something special makers do? i'm really not sure what im doing wrong but its very frustrating.

any help is appreciated!

EDIT: if it helps im using a heavy duty singer sewing machine, with a ball point 100/16 needle (I believe) and regular thread that everyone else uses. I dont use the heavy duty thread on my machine, only when hand sewing.
29th-Sep-2017 02:12 pm - Slim digitigrade legs
So I'm working on another suit of mine, and I'd like to have digitigrade legs... the problem is that I have a close fitting fursuit head, and my body type is quite small. I would like to have the digitigrade illusion without having a small upper body, and huge thunder thighs. I'm using matrice's method that involves pillows, but I keep getting these H U G E legs. Now don't get me wrong, I do adjust the amount of stuffing, but it's always bigger than I'd like. Is there anyway I can make the legs proportionate with my body, or do I have to settle with bigger legs.

Any tips are appreciated!

Thank you!
27th-Sep-2017 02:57 pm - Sewn Tattos on different fur types
Plush, Latios, custom, pokemon
Hey so I'm new here and while I did check the to see if this had been asked before I couldn't find anything so I'm reallt sorry if this has been asked before.

I'm currently making my fursona who has some tattoos on his right arm and shoulder. I'm planning to sew them instead of air brushing, however I'm a little stuck on how to go about it.


For the white fur [aside from the spots and butt] I plan on using the Shannon Beaver fur (1/4 inch pile) and for the blue it's the Shannon Luxury Shag (1.5 inch pile). Since the tattoo goes over both the blue and white I'm torn between doing,
A. Black Beaver on the white, Luxury shag on the blue.
B. Black Luxury shag and shave down for the white
or what a friend suggested
C. Black beaver for the whole tattoo and "fade shave" to blend it

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for taking the time to read this!
24th-Sep-2017 12:11 pm - Hood for Partial Resin Mask
So I'm completely new to this without any experience. I recently purchased a Dragon Resin Mask in which to make something out of for a Ren Faire in this area. However, I have no idea how to make a hood to hide my entire head from the mask back, and possibly my shoulders? Are there any tips or tricks that anyone does to create this hood?

Remember, I have not done anything like this ever before so please bare with me.
24th-Sep-2017 12:35 am - Faun leg trouble
Alright so i made some faun legs for a festival coming up and ive ran into a issue. they fit alright when standing and such but when i go to squat, bend or sit the back rides downwards. I want to add extra fabric to the back to raise it up higher, but im afraid doing so will make the outfit look awkward when im standing. Any advice guys?
21st-Sep-2017 10:00 pm - Wiggle Ears on Balaclava
I want some wiggle/wobble ears for my balaclava based fursuit head. I'm not sure how to shape it and be able to stay on the balaclava. Should I make a foam base to go around the ears? I'm thinking that would make it too bulky, though. Help?
19th-Sep-2017 10:12 pm - Looking for a blue/purple fur?
Hello everyone!
I'm not too aware of all the different fur websites out there selling fur good for fursuit making so I was hoping to get some help- I'm looking for a purplish-blue fur that I can use to start making my baby in the next couple weeks. I've looked over a few places already but can't quite find what I'm looking for. I decided to grab the DF shag from fursuitsupplies for the white and lavender I need so I'd like the color I need to match in texture. If that makes sense? Any suggestions at all are amazing though.

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17th-Sep-2017 08:57 pm - Dragon fins help needed
Hello!

I'm working on a dragon head on a balaclava. The dragon has a large fin on his head that goes down the neck to the back. I'm having trouble figuring out how to make these. I do want to use EVA foam mat for sturdy spikes and a thinner foam for the membrane. Glueing them down to the balaclava and then covering them with fleece (membrane) and vinyl (spikes), but since the balaclava is stretchy and the head is slightly smaller than the client's head I'm not sure what will happen if it stretches.
Was also thinking about making a pattern of the foam, then take the foam off and just sew the fins to the hood, shove the foam parts in for stability, I don't want the fins to fall to the side. But I'm not sure how to attach the fleece to the vinyl spikes, it would be very hard to turn them right side out.


Here's some pictures of the project:



first 2 spikes are attached to foam, 3rd one and the rest to balaclava.




The rest would be attached like this.




The neck is be much longer than the balaclava is, the spikes go down all the way to the end. Again, no idea how to do this.


Anyone got any ideas? Redlines or sketches are welcome too!
9th-Sep-2017 11:26 pm(no subject)
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