November 4th, 2004

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  • razia

Say hi to the n00b =P

Hey everyone.  I've been lurking for awhile, and decided to finally break down and join this community.

I'm not really into furries per se (tho I am working on a comic book idea that involves characters that basically are furries--go fig =P), but I'm a cosplayer and I have a few costumes in mind that involve animal heads so I've been checking out this community for inspiration and info.  A lot of you are really talented and seem pretty kewl and all that, and I've become addicted to looking at your costumes, so here I am. ^.^

Thought I'd share my upcoming project ideas, in case anyone is interested to see:

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I've just barely started working on the Bast head, and I've only gotten as far as making some of the frame out of plastic mesh--it's kind of a pain, really.  I don't know how you all do this kinda thing on a regular basis =P
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  • allykat

Plaster Casting

So I managed to botch most of my clay models with my first plaster-casting attempt. How pathetic is it that I've got such a good handle on the process of casting latex, but I'm having the hardest time in the world doing a negative plaster mold? My fiance's always done them- but this time I'm trying to do all the nitty-gritty of the mask by my onesies.

I have a book, but the processes are too advanced for what I need to do (just casting small pieces like nostrils, tongue, jaw, and the largest being horns.) Does anyone know of any resources that boil down to 'plaster casting for dummies?'
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  • akhil

Never again.

Well despite several people telling me it was not the best thing to try and attempt, I went ahead anyway with building my dummy single-handed. I have to say it was one of the most tortuous things I have ever done, nothing quite prepared me for just how hot you get when even just partially wrapped in the tape, also some of the positions I had to get my body into would best be described as awkward, needless to say I won't be doing that again. The dummy actually turned out quite well apart from the back which is obviously very tricky indeed to wrap neatly, more importantly though is the fact that its measurements compare well with my body so I must have done something right. This project even caught the interest of one of the assistants in the fabric section of John Lewis (big department store chain here in the U.K.), she was intrigued as to why I needed so much stuffing so I explained about the dummy and before I left she asked if I would take a picture of the finished dummy so she could see it for herself. I'm actually feeling rather pleased about finishing the dummy and it turning out so well, so goodness knows what I'll feel like when I eventually finish my first suit.

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