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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
 
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* 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.
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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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Hey! I am new to the fursuit making scene and is currently trying to save up to make a fursuit and in the making of a character, I want to make a cat but I know all black is a bad idea for photos ect and white details get dirty and bad looking fast. I wonder if there are some kind of alternative to white fur that still would look good? I sort of want a tuxedo cat or like a tabby with white markings. So all advice is welcome! Even how to get white fur looking good for years.

Thank you all!
2nd-Sep-2019 01:58 pm - Realistic buckram eyes?
For my fursuit head I'm planning on going for a realistic style, but with follow-me buckram eyes rather than the much smaller tearduct vision. I tried looking up examples of this for days, but found literally nothing. Is there a reason nobody's done this, or is it just something nobody's thought of yet? I'm assuming it would work exactly like toony eyes, just painted realistically.

So, it was hard to find specifically what I was looking for,

but on the subject of a resin base and on the more realistic side of things, I've been looking into creating a fursuit head with a base for the first time. The thing that has been leaving me stumped is the fursuit eyes themselves, I'm trying to make a seductive looking character and it seems hard to achieve this look and I'm a bit lost on why some resin base eyes that get used seem to lose a lot of expression and can look a bit dead? 

I was thinking it's in the eyes part where some of the eye is covered by the eyelid which seems to be this black molded on piece? If that makes any sense, but a lot of people seem to leave the entire eye piece uncovered by any sort of eyelash or eyelid, but how do you make said pieces? It looks like clay to me

this suit for example

>>> seems to have a lot of expression in it and has a general feminine tone, I'm trying to recreate that but in a fox character, what would be my best bet? I'm thinking of this base but unsure of what eyes to use since they are only 1.5 inches


also looking for a base similar to this one and in the eyes as well as I'm making a suit for my boyfriend


I was thinking the DVC cat base but they seem closed but it feels pretty similar to this one? 

oh and how exactly do you get the fur so smooth looking on the base? I've seen a lot of bases used and I really don't want the fur to look choppy, how can I avoid that? 

Thanks!

17th-Jun-2019 05:31 pm - Voice Changing via Android?
Hi, I have been really curious about voice changing in fursuits. I found a reddit thread and thought it might be helpful. I was also wondering if it was possible to better make a custom voice with an app? Is it possible to make something similar to an utau voicebank and change your voice real time with an android app? Any input would be appreciated :)

Edit: I found a webpage about the app used in the reddit thread and did a little research on the terms Vocoder and FFT spectral analysis. I know nothing about audio engineering, so maybe I am wrong but could robovox be modded somehow to use utau voicebanks?

https://www.reddit.com/r/cosplayers/comments/3k93y0/help_voice_changers/

http://www.mikrosonic.com/robovox
12th-May-2019 07:35 pm - Movable Feather Crest?

I don't really know how to use this site yet so I'm sorry if I'm doing it wrong...

I have an idea for a fursuit head (a cockatiel) with a movable feather crest (drawing of what I'm about to badly explain is included). I was imagining a line of 3-4 big feathers on the back of the head that are strung together. The string would then go through a little wire loop on the forehead (under the fur, level with the foam), down one side of the head, and out through the bottom of the neck. The string could then be pulled (hopefully?) to lift the crest up.

I could even make a little foam (or other material?) tunnel thing for the string to slide through so that it doesn't make the fur bumpy or get stuck?

For reference, this is how I would make the feathers: https://fursuit.livejournal.com/2533653.html

Does anyone have any tips? Will this work?


2nd-Apr-2019 10:23 pm - unappreciated fursuit makers?
I'd like to look into people who are lesser known.
31st-Mar-2019 03:53 pm - Tails and paws
Spent the past several months making my first paws and tails. In case anyone is interested, here's my blog posts on this. http://www.sanssoucistudios.com/blog/a-tale-of-tails http://www.sanssoucistudios.com/blog/handpaw-hijinx

And a quick pic of the final result!

Thanks for looking!
27th-Mar-2019 02:25 am - How much upostorley foam
How much is upholstery foam is usually used to make the body of a fursuit
11th-Feb-2019 08:01 pm - Arctic Fox Navy Blue
I know there was a line for Arctic Fox when they had a beautiful dark navy blue. Does anyone have a yard or two to spare or can point me in the right direction?
3rd-Feb-2019 07:01 pm - How do I blend minky to shag?
I have a minky off white and a shag white and I need to blend them because I'm using the shag for the neck of a fursuit but I can't get it to look right because I accidentally got the white shag instead of off-white. Is there anyway I might be able to make it look like a blend between these two fabrics or am I just going to have to go buy some off-white shag.
13th-Jan-2019 11:06 am - Jawset resin casting adventures
http://www.sanssoucistudios.com/blog/attempting-casting-resin-in-two-colors-part-three-success

Here's a photo of said jawset:

I just finished a series of blog posts about my efforts to cast resin jawsets in two colors, the link above is to the last one. I wrote this partly in hopes of sparing someone else the trials I went through. Enjoy!
7th-Jan-2019 10:55 am - furring
ive tried doing tape patterns for other things and they never work out. somehow i end up with a completely different shape or refuse to lay flat without a ton of notches. even with those notches it doesn't work. im so frustrated.
28th-Dec-2018 12:21 am - Demon tail design?
This community is a bit of a ghost town I've noticed but I figured I'd ask anyway! So, my deal is I wanna make a demon-type tail for my fursuit and I was wondering if there was any tutorials for wire tails and attaching those tails to a belt/harness to wear underneath my suit. If there's anything similar to the design I've attached below, I'd like to see it for reference if possible! The design is under the cut. EDIT: Mainly I'm trying to figure out what to stuff inside it as well as attaching it to a belt :3
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1st-Nov-2018 11:02 pm - Where do you get your furs?
YEA
I haven't been here in some time and for a while, I worked with fur I bought previously but as my stock is dropping I'm looking for new furs or need more of certain ones. Many of the places I used to go to are either coming out with poor quality or have dropped the number of furs they have. The site listed here are mostly dead as well.

So I simply ask where do you get your furs nowadays? A site that has shorter furs is also very much loved. I'm in the US.
6th-Sep-2018 07:52 pm - taking feet orders
Taking a few footpaw orders. $100 for a pair of foams that you fur/sole yourself, or $250 for 1-2 color, $300 for 3+ colors fully finished
Feet available:
3 toe
4 toe
Cloven hoof
Horse hoof
bird
Choice of Standard or stompy (big) sizes


3rd-Sep-2018 04:30 pm - Fursuit Legs
SL Kirin Right - happy

I have a new partial and would like to add legs or pants so that I can wear it with shorts.
Does anyone have a pattern for fitted legs?  This will be a first for me.

Even a sketch of the cloth shape and what measurements to take would help.

Thanks in advance,

Smrgol

26th-Aug-2018 01:12 pm - Bird feet based on paws?

Hi, I am wondering if there would be a good way to make a pair of bird feet that is constructred like feet paws so they don't look so flat on a toony suit? How could I make the toes longer and still looking bird-like but still toony feet-paw-ish? Also how would I make the toe in the back? Most avian fursuits is having very flat feet which I don't like, I think it looks weird, especially on toony suits. 

26th-Aug-2018 01:39 am - Gryphon Fursuit material question
I've been wanting to make my arm sleeves for my gryphon fursuit and need help finding the right material for the forearm section, It can't be a fleece material and it needs to be stretchable. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
14th-Aug-2018 05:02 pm - Feet Paw Rubber?
I decided against using EVA foam for the bottom of my feet pads (well there will technically be a layer in them, but I'd like it to be covered with rubber to increase durability).

I'm wondering if any of these seem suitable?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/RIB-RUBBER-MATTING-BLACK-ROLL-24-WIDE-X-5-FT-LONG-FREE-SHIPPING/253781936768

https://www.ebay.com/itm/DIAMOND-RUBBER-MATTING-48-WIDE-x-12/263875361471

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEOPRENE-RUBBER-SHEET-1-8-THK-X-12-X-36-WIDE-SHEET-60-DURO-5-FREE-SHIPPING/263836391104

I assume not the last one, but would love to see what you guys have to say on it, or if you have different suggestions. :)
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