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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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13th-Feb-2018 10:49 pm - Need Mint Faux Fur !
Hi! I've honestly not posted here in 5 years? So, I'm sorry if I'm rusty to the rules. However, I'm pretty desperate to get my hands on some mint green fur! Fursuit supplies website ran out of all their mints fast (of course) and I'm hoping someone ordered some or has some that would be willing to sell to me!! If you can email me at anchqua@gmail.com or message me on telegram at Horrorhippie, I'd be incredibly grateful! Thank you!!

This is the fur most desired: https://fursuitsupplies.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=439

P.S. if you've even seen anything, contact me with a link! ;w;
8th-Feb-2018 01:58 am - Fur color for fursuit

I'm new to this so bear with me lol, but I have an oc that I want to make into a fursuit soon, my only problem is there is one fur color that I absolutely cannot find. It's like a light orange color? I'm not 100% sure, might just end up going with a tan or beige of sorts...it could already be one of those, if you happen to find a tan that fits this color, please let me know about that too. Please let me know if you see it anywhere! 



22nd-Jan-2018 12:56 pm - Any fursuit aviators?
So I have a character that I’m currently working on. She will sometimes wear a pair of aviator glasses, but the problem is that I can’t seem to find any for fursuits! I do know of fursuit sunglasses, and the gigantic ones found at dollar stores, but no fursuit aviators. I’m starting to wonder if anyone has thought of making them yet. Is it possible that I can get a pair custom made?

I just need some of your ideas!
Thanks in advance!
14th-Jan-2018 10:13 am - Plush/Polyfill Feet Paw Patterns?
I looked back in memories to see if there were and patterns but i could only find one, though it was personally unappealing for me. I know you can make them by making a model foot paw then patterning over it, though since im only making one pair of paws i was wonding if anyone knows of a free pattern i can use or if anyones willing to share theirs?
10th-Jan-2018 09:08 pm - Rings for fursuit paws
Hey all,

I'm looking to make 'silver' rings for my fursuit paws. I had already thought about how to make them, but was curious if anyone on here may have a better idea.

My idea: Cut Yoga mat foam into a measured strip, cover it with silver vinyl fabric & glue down on the inside, glue velcro on each end and wrap around finger & done.

Not sure if the velcro is strong enough to hold the parts together. I did think about making a ring with an opening to just shove it over the finger but I don't want a visible opening.

anyone got other ideas?
4th-Jan-2018 08:25 pm - insurance/shipping/protection
butterfree
So recently I had a problem with an item I shipped via USPS. Long story short one day it went out for delivery, and then disappeared into the realm of lost mail. It has been MIA since November and I don't expect to hear anything more about it. I filed an insurance claim (got $50 out of $150 because I didn't think to buy insurance).

So. I shelled out $100 dollars to refund my customer since they never got their bodysuit. On top of that I'm also now out the bodysuit which was originally $300 I was just trying to get some of my money back on it (and ended up losing money oh the irony).

Anyway, this made me realize I need to do some thinking on insurance especially on more expensive items like partials. I'm getting to the point where a partial is around 7-800$. My question is this, how do you guys handle insurance? I would double insure an item but I don't think the post office will refund that amount (only the item's true value) even if enough insurance was purchased. My thing is this I am afraid that if I say ship a partial and it is lost/damaged/destroyed what have you, that even WITH insurance it seems like best case scenario all I'll be able to do is refund the buyer. However, I would be out an $800. Is there anything I can do so that I won't be totally screwed if a shipping service loses my package?

I know it's very unlikely but just the prospect of losing something that valuable really dissuades me from wanting to ship, but not sure what else I can do but risk it. However, I'd like to hear your guy's thoughts/policies/etc. How do you guys handle situations like that? Just take the loss and write it off as cost of doing business? I was pretty infuriated at the USPS's lack of any assistance/giving a crap what so ever when the item was lost.

Anywho, could start a rant about that but I won't. ;)

Love to hear what you guys think about this and any advice would be amazing!
30th-Dec-2017 11:16 pm - fursuit hair HELP PLZ
butterfree
I would be eternally grateful if someone could make/share a fursuit hair tutorial. I'm really shooting for hair like this:

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/20150637/

I inquired with the maker themselves and they redirected me to a tutorial here but links in the tutorial (mainly the helpful images) were broken so it didn't do me much good.

I have searched the internet high and low and I have found no tutorial that achieves this look even remotely. I've found like two (and I just do not like how the hair looks AT ALL) I'm not a fan of wigs, and most hair looks like rolled up tubes of fur and just does not fit the head.

This head the fur/hair looks natural and I really want that. If anyone could PLEASE help me out (a video would be amazing) on this process I'd be immensely grateful!! This is literally keeping me from finishing one of my personal projects because I could not figure this out.

Thanks!
29th-Dec-2017 05:30 pm - DYING FAUX FUR! HOW DO YOU DO IT?!
So I have this cutie patootie: https://www.instagram.com/p/BdTWUCzjrbw/?hl=en&taken-by=nightsword.studios

I want to make a suit of him, but his albino patches are four different shades of almost white-pink. Since I am not a millionaire, I'd love to be able to buy a bunch of white and dye it into the colors I need! How could I do this in a way that won't majorly fade during baths/regular use
19th-Dec-2017 12:09 am - fur sourcing
butterfree
I'm looking high and low for about a half yard of the turquoise beaver from fursuit supplies (or something like it) that's good quality. Obviously I'd prefer the stuff from the actual custom run, but seeing as how I've had tremendous difficulty finding it, and it's for a premade I'm willing to consider other options.

Any help is appreciated as always!
OK after a few years I was able to save up enough money to lay down and buy a very nice Janome Skyline S5 sewing machine after reccomened it by a few people here. Now I know a little about hand sewing and I know I need to learn about using my machine which I will take care of myself.

What I would like to know from the fursuiting community, as I learn to use my machine, what kind of projects should a beginner like me start on to get some practice done for future fursuit making.... particulary gloves or bodysuits, tail whatever? Are there any basic sewing projects or costume kits that one would reccommend? I know now is not the time to go buying yards of fur and start making suits. so i guess I would be practicing with some cheap junk fabric perhaps. Just need to be reccommended some designs or whatever I should start on to get that needed experience and basics in.


Again any help is very appreciated. Im new to this but I pretty much dead set myself to oneday make these costumes. Im totally convinced I can so long as I learn the basics (whatever those are) and keep trying. And now that ive dropped nearly 1000 on a high end sewing machine there is no backing out now.
14th-Dec-2017 10:19 pm - Bleeding airbrushing
After a con several months ago, I realized that the colors on my heavily airbrushed suit rubbed off pretty obviously on the white parts of its fur in areas that rubbed a lot like the upper arms. It's visibly tinged blue-green and unsightly and I really hope there's some way to get rid of it and hopefully prevent the bleeding from continuing. I've heard of airbrush restorer being a possibility for trying to deal with the stains. But I haven't found something conclusive for how to stop the source of the problem other than that the fact that the paint was only a week or so old before the con where it bled may have contributed to it, and letting it sit for several months now may have helped.  The airbrushing was done with watered down cheap acrylic, which probably had to do with it as well since I've heard about acrylic paints being more susceptible to it.

Basically, could I remove acrylic paint stains with Createx Airbrush Restorer and is there anything cheaper/more easily available that would work like alcohol or something?  And how can I stop/reduce the colors rubbing off in the future? 
14th-Dec-2017 10:45 am - fur sourcing part 2

need help finding the darker color fur for this baby! (pref a type thatll have a matching light grey in the same texture?) 

anything close to it would be fine- dark grey/dark purple as long as it isnt super vibrant, ect!

12th-Dec-2017 02:26 pm - Russian site???
I have just revived my livejournal page here on fursuitlivejournal and found it dominated by Russian adds and now were subjected to Russian law!

What has this meant for the fursuit Livejournal? Is there a way to turn off the russian adds. Are people still using this site or are they navigating to a new fursuit makers site?
6th-Dec-2017 07:31 pm - Tabby Faux Fur?
So I remember seeing a while back (pretty sure it was on FA) some tabby faux fur in grey and orange and I'm having trouble finding something similar. Anyone have any suggestions for any tabby patterned fur or where I could find some?
3rd-Dec-2017 03:31 pm - How to shape eyes?
Hello! I need some help with how to shape/make a pattern for the eyes of my fursuit.
The bottom is curved and I'm not quite sure what to do.
The eye white will be foamies with compressed felt stuff on the other side of the buckram.
The tutorial I used for the muzzle was for a suit with realistic eyes but I want toony and I need help >.<



27th-Nov-2017 03:17 pm - My Eyes Are Falling Off
Well, I use plastic mesh that most people seem to use for their eyes. Unfortunately I'm having a lot of issues getting the paint to adhere.

I decided that maybe I could use some primer to prep it beforehand, since I can't really sand the mesh or it'll just scrape it and leave awful flakes. This didn't work that great! I can still just scrape the paint off with my nail.

I use:

Plastic mesh
2-3 coats of primer that bonds to plastic
Air-opaque airbrush paint
Acrylic sealer on top

Any advice for those who paint eyes?
Haven't posted on Livejournal in years, not sure if I'm doing this right.

How do I attach an expanding foam base to a balaclava? Do I need to attach these kinds of base to a balaclava? Please help me.
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
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