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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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19th-Jul-2018 06:47 pm - Red panda tail
butterfree
It seems simple enough but believe it or not it's hard to find a tutorial on how to make them! Does anyone know a good tutorial or have any tips to make a long red panda tail?

One of my big questions/concerns is how to make a large tail like that look nice and filled out but not be overly heavy? I have one or two recommend stuffing with chunks of foam (I once saw a friend of mine stuff a squirrel tail with packing peanuts not sure how I felt about that haha) so just wondering how people make/stuff theirs.

A pattern (for a simple red panda tail) would be lovely if anyone has one to share!

Thanks so much! Looking to make one between 4-5 long with maybe a slight curve at the end.
27th-Jun-2018 12:59 pm - which white fur to use?

making an all white suit with minimal padding. the cat is shorthair. 


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these are the links ive collected. im in canada btw, i dont usually use fabric.com because of the canadian shipping price.

https://www.fabric.com/buy/bu-291/shannon-faux-fur-luxury-shag-white


https://fabricville.com/en/luxury-fur-white.html






http://imstuffedfur.com/rabbitfurs.html first one, white rabbit</lj-cut>


5th-Jun-2018 11:45 pm - How to make claw paws/ monster paws!

 

I've been digging around to find a good tutorial on making monster paws and have been unable to find one that I would have liked to follow. So, I made my own! I hope this can help someone!

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26th-May-2018 10:26 am - Looking for yellow-orange fur

Hello there! First of all I want to apologize if I mess up the formatting or anything, I've never posted to livejournal before, so please tell me if I do anything wrong! But this site has been a lot of help to me just lurking on it in the past, so I thought I might come here for some help with a problem I'm having- I can't find this specific color of fur anywhere!! 

It seems like a really common color, but all of the orange furs I've found are way too red. FursuitSupplies's creamsicle orange would have been perfect but it's gone! I'm not super picky about the exact color, I just need something between this orange and this yellow (and this unfortunately looks exactly the same as the other yellow in person). Thank you so much for reading! 

24th-May-2018 10:31 pm - How reliable is Etsy?

I'm starting on one of my first serious fursuits and I've come to the point were I need to start looking for fur. I usually order off of fursuitsupplies.com but I want to explore a bit on what other stores have for a cheaper price. I noticed Etsy sells a lot of fur and for a very cheap price (7.95+). It looks like a good quality fur but I don't really trust it very much. Wanted to check here to see if anyone else has experience with Etsy, and if so, is it worth it?

Edit: Here's a link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/595769680/purple-faux-fur-2-pile-purple-fur-purple?ref=related-6


19th-May-2018 02:12 am - Fog machine and fursuit
I recently got a fog machine and wanted to know if it is safe to use around my fursuit without it possibly damaging it.
13th-May-2018 01:42 pm - Tail floofs?
Hello!

I have a question that I didn’t see in the memories tag.

I am making a tail, but the end of the tail is really fluffy. It doesn’t need to be as fluffy, but I’d like to get it as close as possible.

This is the character I’m making a partial of:



Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
26th-Apr-2018 10:18 pm - How do I make a kidney belt?
So I’m making my Pancan into a fursuit and she has the standard large tail.
How would I go about making a kidney belt to support the weight of the tail/if someone pulls on it I won’t loose my breath?
10th-Apr-2018 11:32 am - Quick tail question
Figuring since I've made heads, I can probably manage tails! Question- when making patterns for tails, to what extent do you take in to account the length of the fur pile you want to use? If you want to make the tail X wide, do you subtract some of the length of the pile from your pattern so that the tail doesn't get overly poofy? Or am I just worrying too much? TIA!
6th-Apr-2018 04:24 pm - Quick tail question
I've made a couple heads but never a tail before... I've read some tutorials and feel pretty comfortable going forward but for one question- to what degree does one compensate for the depth of the pile of the fur when making a tail pattern? I want to do a fluffy wolf tail and the fur I have has a pile of 1 1/2 to 2 inches. TIA!
It's been a while since I've popped over here. Wanted to share my latest blog post about my adventures in making teeth, tongues, and noses for my resin wolf head. http://www.sanssoucistudios.com/blog/in-pursuit-of-pointy-and-in-search-of-squishy

And here's a teaser pic!

I don't know if this will be allowed with the rules of the species, so I wanted to make sure before I did it. I have some small sequins I want to put along the bridge of the nose and/or the bases of the horns. Is this acceptable?

22nd-Feb-2018 08:06 am - Ear floofs?
So recently I’ve noticed that something was missing from my ears. I started looking at people’s fursuit heads, and noticed that most have some fur in the inner ear.





I really would like to try it out, but I really don’t know where to start!

Do I glue it on after the ear has been furred, or do I just not shave the fur on the inside of the ears?

Thanks again for your help guys! :D
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!
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