I am (very slowly) working on a personal batsuit. She has been on the go for 3 or 4 years now (I think I wore her 1st head two years ago for halloween), and I am currently working on her 3rd head rebuild. Now, bats have alot of skin showing (nose, ears) and I'd like to immitate this, as best I can.
The first time, I made a plaster cast and made a latex face which I furred. There were problems with this.
Tis time, I considered molding and making latex pieces, to be added to a papier mache mask. But, rather than fooling around with the time and expense of molds and such, I am considering simiply making the bodyparts like normal, then brushing latex over top. The pieces will end up more rigid than I'd like, but they will also not end up floppy or degrade as quickly.
My questions are 1) Should I use latex for this, or will it rubb off, shrink, warp, etc. I have never had great luck with latex.
2) How shoukd I prep the piece so the latex (or whatever I use) will stick? Silicone 'dragon skin' looks/feels great and can be coloured easily, but silicone doesn't stick to anything but silicone... Urethane rubber sticks to seemingly anything, but it's harder to colour and I have never used the softer grades of it. How soft does it go? I'm not sure I want to buy 3 pounds of it just for this small bit, what else could I use it for?
3) Any other materials/methods you figure may work for this? I am also considering making 'half' molds for the ears where I make the front half from my rubber of choice, and the back from something more rigid, and then attaching them. The nose could be done similarly, where the smaller details could be cast and attached over a nose 'nub'.
I am looking into making a fursuit of my own soon. I've scavenged through many fursuit sites and have endeavored many tutorials. I'm confident that I could make one, but I have one trouble. I have never seen a scaled fursuit. I would be fine with fur, but I would like to first try to make it scaled, rather than furred. If anyone has any good ideas about how I would go about doing such a thing, or if someone has a site that explains it. I would be obliged if you were to tell me!