March 17th, 2004


Convention - State Park Style!



Oklahoma's Furry Convention

A great con starting at $20 a person just to attend and that includes with your living accommodations. With Games, Activities and entertainment such as 2 the Ranting Gyphon and Sub-level3.  All taking place in beautiful Roman Nose State Park, October 28-31. 
So do n't just sit thier sign up at

Keep in mind, we still have spaces available for Dealers Den and convention book advertising space. Not to mention T-shirt contest and submission of art and stories to our convention book. For more information email: Hope to see you there!

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What I found at Wal-Mart.

Heh, thought this might be a useful suggestion to those out there who are looking for "parts" lately.

Silv and I went walking through Wal-Mart, so I could find something to use for eyes on my ferret fursuit head I'm building. We found some pretty useful things!!

During the Easter season, Wal-Mart has plastic eggs. They've got jumbo plastic eggs, half of which are see-through. These might make great eyes, if someone's looking for clear plastic to use. They're even oval-shaped! These cost about $.79 each.
Wal-Mart also has "Bunny Bowling." It's got little bunny-shaped bowling pins, and comes with two small "bowling balls" that fit into the palm of my hand. Costs maybe $1.50 for the set. I'm using these bowling balls as the eyes for my ferret. (obviously, I will have vision out of someplace other than the eyes.)
Finally, and this is my favorite part, they have plastic jelly bean boxes, over by the plastic eggs. I love these, because it's somewhere near $1.50 or $2.00 (I don't have the receipt on hand, and the price isn't on the packaging) for something like 6 jelly beans. Included in this package are black and pink ones, that pop open (you're supposed to be able to put candy inside) and each half is about the right shape and size for a fursuit NOSE! Plus, they're glossy, so that makes them even better! ;)

I just got excited about how many things you can do with fursuit construction using these cheapie Easter decorations, and wanted to share, in case anyone needed ideas. ;)

Also, for those who haven't heard yet, I've launched my new web site! Fully functional, with bits on my artwork AND my fursuit construction. Check it out here!
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Okay, well, the RIGHT community now ;p

Yes, the idea for this topic Started in furartxchange and DeDe reminded me that I should post it here, in the community it belongs in. ^_^ Well then.

For those of you who recall, I'm working on the Zeebra, Skeebrough. I've finished the hands in one method of striping, and finished the tail in another, and I have about 50% completed the head. Unfortunately, I will not be able to finish the head for PawPet. *aww!*

The gloves, if you recall, I was snipping the white out, turning the hands inside out, and very patiently stitching in black stripes. Very very very time consuming. Also, smaller or thinner stripes were more than just dificult, in some areas, down right impossible. Considering the small area I had to work with for the tail *And the looming Megaplex date, I just had to finish the tail before Megaplex,* decided me to try a different tack for the black stripes. I pinned the two fabrics together, and from the white fabric, on the back *the side that is now towards the polyfill* I took a fabric parker pen and drew the stripes. I followed this outline on an all metal sewing machine and then snipped off the excess black. This left the stripes not only raised a bit, but with a little of a loose edge. As the tail is now sewn together, and stufed.... I'm a little at a loss on how to tack down the edges, aside from ripping out the seams, or just consigning this tail as Mark 1 (Of many to follow, I'm sure...).

Well, the real hurdle I'm looking at is the body suit. I mean, the gloves took days for each *Granted, I might have only worked about three hours at a time each day, but three hours saw me through about two maybe three stripes on an average for the gloves* and the tail only took one night, but I'm infinately more pleased with the gloves than the tail. But, we're talking about an aweful LOT of handstitching on the body suit.

Not to mention how the stripes changed the stretch of the fabric.

I had wanted to make the suit somewhat skin tight, for several reasons. I tailored the gloves to be snug, but have room to stretch to pull them on, take them off, or to allow someone with slightly larger arms use them, should I ever (Ever? Uh, maybe never ;p) lend someone the paws. The stripes, however, in the careful stitch that I used, refuse to stretch. I found that the thread itself is what keeps the gloves from stretching as much now, making the left one a little dificult to get on and off where one of the stripes tightens down past the end of my palm.

So, its no small wonder that I am looking at the body suit with some apprehension. It would be more than a labor of love to hand stitch all those stripes in, yet, I'm SO dissatisfied with how the tail looks. (Its not horrible, or ungodly ugly, just ... not really what I'm looking for). I DO have a Badger Airbrush, but no compressor, no experiance, and no paint. (I was re-embursed the price of the airbrush by a prior employer as a nessesary tool when I was painting Warhammer 40K minis as a sales and display rep, but the business went under before I could get the compressor). And, what do the results look like on fur? Has anyone been as happy with airbrushing as they were with piecing other colors in? Does anyone know the types of paint that work on what types of fabric/fur?

Questions, questions, I know ;p
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Bunnies Bunnies Everywhere!!!

Greetings, everyone. First, I'm happy to say my coyote/wolf head sold. I think he got a good home, the guy seemed really nice. :3 Anyway. With the cash from that, I plan to get a few goodies for myself and make a full suit. It's going to be a carmel and white bunny. Just in time for the Howlidays! He's going to have the basic "Bugs Bunny" markings, white belly paws cheeks yaddayaddayadda. But anywho! I need to know about many yards of fur I will need, I don't wanna buy waywayway too much and of course I don't wanna be short on any... so any of you pups got a general idea? I kinda need to know quick cuz I need to get the fur in and the suit done before Easter. oi. Maybe it'll be a rush for me or maybe not... just depends on the crazy schedule I have the next few weeks. But I think it'll turn out pretty good. So, if any of ya can help me out, it'd be greatly appreciated.
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