Okay, I've decided that I'll be making a new Matrices half suit.
For those who don't know, Matrices
is my fox/wolfdog character, but unlike most "folf" creatures, she's more doglike, with a large muzzle, and not-quite floppy ears that can become erect, Very similar to greyhound ears that when relaxed are folded back, but can prick up. She wears clothes in prettymuch all my drawings, so its just best that I just keep her as a halfsuit.
I'm probably not going to do like my last Matrices mask, where I made her ears prick up via strings that ran down my sleeves. (approx 2mb .avi video of it here
This time, I'm going to make the mask out of foam, and incorporate a moving jaw via a plastic canvas mechanism. (I would miss being able to talk in my suit if I made a static jaw. Since Matrices is my 'me' character, she's got my voice) The ears, though, I definitely want to have some sort of movement, but not based on simple mechanics (like strings) or complex mechanics (like motors or servos) .. I simply just want them to remain folded back and be ultra bouncy.
In my quest for "ultra bouncy" ears, I need a few suggestions, which is why I am posting.
What do you think would be the best way to make ultra bouncy ears? ... I'm going to make the head to fit my own pretty much exactly. And I've seen some videos of costumed characters with 'bouncy' snouts and some with just floppy ears that are pretty bouncy. Maybe discussing how those were done will help me in my quest for 'ultra bouncy' ears.
I was thinking I could just make the ears machine-sewn, and use something like ordering a very thin delrin rod that I could make heat-shaped to the same shape as the edges of the ears, and add a washer or some other sort of weighting at the ends, but that would still be pretty rigid. Wires would probably hold the wrong shape if the ears got bumped. And foam sometimes is too rigid once furred to make a good bounce to the ears. I haven't experamented yet, but any other suggestions are welcome!
Any suggestions on how folks have done it before or videos of other suits with bouncy ears will certainly be helpful.