May 29th, 2006

Snark

Need advice

I want to make a rat fursuit soon (probably next month), and I've got most of how to do it figured out, except I can't think of what to make the tail out of. Rats have tails that are both scaly and hairy, like this:
http://www.dapper.com.au/gallery7.htm (the pic at the very bottom has an example of what a rat's tail looks like)

Does anyone have suggestions as to how I can get something at least close to that? Doesn't have to be perfect, but I do kind of want to try to get both the scaly and hairy in.

EDIT: Thanks to everyone that responded, I would have replied to everyone but I can't get to my normal computer due to a fun heat wave here. Some of these ideas are pretty good, thanks :) I figured that making the tail would probably be the most tedious part of the suit, and I was right. Heh.
BlacklightCotneyRat!

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Hey guys! The suit/head is finished. I'm sorry for the blurry pictures, the only one around at the time to be subjected to taking them was my 12 year old brother. XD He thinks it's pretty cool. Although at 22, it does feel sort of silly around your siblings!

Oh well! He's ready and waiting for AC. The head and bodysuit are mine, and the paws/feet were made by the talented Noble A. Wolf.

I want to take him as a carry-on...I have to fly to Pittsburg this year. Any helpful packing hints? I'm not sure if I can make it small enough but I sure as heck don't want to check it. I'd rather check my clothes, but it's really only an hour-and-a-half flight.

Anyway!

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So I finally got to wear my first head to a convention, Anime Boston. However, I ended up only wearing it for a few minutes at a time, as I had truly horrible vision in it o___o; like, the space between the eyes is too big or somthing, and I had to tilt my head and look out one eye all day. Anyone know how to maybe fix this without the head looking cross eyed?
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Airplane!

It's that time again, time for endless posts about going to AC and how to pack a fursuit for transportation.

I bought a big bucket for use as baggage, but for one thing, it's freakin' heavy, and has no wheels. So now I've got a $40 bucket sitting around storing tails and generally serving as a drink holder.

I'm flying from O'Hare to AC via United (I believe?), so it's not a ridiculously long flight, but I still have to pack a lot of stuff. I'm bringing two (three?) fursuits and a bunch of things to sell, and I'm going to try to fit them in one container, which I will be buying this weekend. What things should I keep in mind when selecting a bin? Obviously, wheels. Any weight limits or dimensional limits I should know about?

I also read that it would be best to carry on the heads. How many bags am I allowed to bring, and what is the size limit? I'd really like to bring my backpack and a larger duffel bag for the three heads, but I'm afraid of there being a one-item limit. (I can't wait to see how security reacts to THAT bag going through x-ray!)

I know kargowolf has travelled by air, and I was intrigued by his bin. He had a paper inside declaring what the item was, provided a picture, and repacking instructions. Is this necessary or overkill?

Also, what about a return address on the bin? Should it be inside or out? Or both?

And finally, how should I secure the bin when checking it? I know air security is flaky about locks, so are zipties the next best thing?

Okay, I think that's all for now. Hopefully I'll get the suit(s) done by AC!