October 18th, 2006

Tips on Tusks?

Hey all,

First timer here, and first time doing any kind of suiting, too. :) I have a question on making a walrus half-suit.

I have searched for materials online and have found a prosthetic belly, bald cap, swimming flippers (black), and I presume that I will be able to find oversized dress slacks / dress shirts somewhere to wrap around the belly. The biggest question is TUSKS.

Although it probably would be better to make a head or mask, I would prefer to see if there's any way that I could make tusks to actually put into my mouth somehow and hold there, allowing myself to at least talk (it doesn't matter if my voice is slightly garbled, as that can be my character's "voice"). Can anybody suggest any materials or ideas that would be affordable and work well?

I perceive that something like a dental retainer, with papier mache or paper clay tusks (something light but strong) narrowed in at the top and taped/attached to the front of the retainer, so they would be affixed between my upper teeth and upper lip, and stay there. Of course, a retainer would be har to find... Another friend suggested a dowel, which would be hard to keep in my mouth, unless I just tie strings from my mouth to around my head. What do you think?

I'm VERY new to the fursuiting hobby, and I may post again on a later date about actually sewing together flipper hands, but for now, I'd like to get the tusks question answered before I make any immediate purchases.

Big hugs!

Furio da were-bear / Walrus Royce
draconics

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Moo!

Just thought I'd share quickly my method of doing a good comfortable headframe not using any plastic mesh. I find that this method makes a flexible, light and durable frame and it's easy to make a moving jaw work.
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Now! The method. Very simple.

First, take a strip of foam. I use the blue stuff pictured, which is very dense but light, and strong but flexible. Then, wrap it around your head so it's snug but comfortable, and then glue the ends together into a ring. Then, move it down so it covers your eyes. Yes, covers them! Then, cut out arch shapes from the part that covers your eyes, leaving a strip over your nose. Make sure you can see clearly!
To complete the 'helmet', add a strip that goes from your forehead to the back of your head, and glue that, making sure at every step that it fits nicely.

Second, the muzzle. Using good old upholstery foam, (the yellow or green stuff) draw out and carve the muzzle, lower jaw, eyeridges and cheeks for your character. After each piece I tack the helmet and pieces together to check for size, shape and scale. A good trick is to make everything a bit big, then shave it down once it's pinned on to make sure it looks right. Remember that furring will add a lot of bulk! To make sure the pieces sit nicely on the helmet, feel free to add rectangles of the blue foam in strategic places such as the cheeks, which will provide a good strong base for you to attatch things to.

At this stage, if you're making a static jaw, simply glue the pieces together and finish the head up by filling in gaps with foam, as shown in the photos.

If you're doing a moving jaw, remove the extra pieces from the helmet and put it on. Using a thinner strip of your helmet foam, pop it under your chin and pull the ends backat an angle, so they touch at about a third of the way along the helmet base... For reference look at the pictures. In this position the strip should move when you open and close your jaw, adjust the position as necessary, and remember that the further you pull the ends back (IE the more acute the angle), the more effective the jaw movement will be. Once the strip is on place, tack on the muzzle, cheeks etc. again and then tack the lower jaw to the strip so it lines up. Some extra foam might be necessary to line it up and make it sit properly. Once it sits, a small amount of elastic can be used to help the jaw close when you relax your own jaw, but don't make it too tight or it'll keep the mouth shut permanently!

Anyway, once that's all done and glued together, you've got a headframe. Go you! :)
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We just finished up another project for a client. This is based on a Shibu Inu dog and is comprised of a head, tail and hand paws. Please note that our tester has very small arms compared to the client, so they look a bit baggy in our shots.

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