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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Not mentioned in the Memories section? Washing suits with padding? 
14th-Jul-2008 09:01 pm
I looked in the Memories section, but didn't find anything that could answer the following questions. I've always heard that getting the padding/stuffing/foam wet is bad and that it is a pain in the tail to dry as well as prevent mold. Any and all advice about washing/drying padding/stuffing/foam is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

When washing a fursuit that may have padding sewn directly in the suit (i.e. non removable) such as for digitigrade legs or somewhere else, How would you go about washing that suit and/or drying those particular areas that have padding sewn in? Wouldn't the padding take forever to dry and there also be the possibility of mold?

I've also heard in the past of people putting footpaws in the wash. Wouldn't that be bad also as it would take forever for the foam to dry?

What about people who have dive skins or other undersuit garments where the padding/foam was sewn/glued directly to those garments rather than the bodysuit? How would you go about washing/drying the dive skin/garments?

Any tips or suggestions for fursuit bodysuits that have the tails directly sewn to the bodysuit? How would you wash that? How would the padding/stuffing in the tail be removable?
15th-Jul-2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Tub wash!

I have a foam tail on my Beef Jerky fursuit. I just tie a bag around it with a rubber band and that helps prevent it from soaking up too much water. It still gets a bit wet, but thats okay since it doesn't take that long to dry.

I air-dry my suits after shaking as much water out as possible.

For the first time I had to majorly wash my entire footpaws after getting some mud on them pretty bad. (usually I just spot clean, then air dry) But I had to rinse them off a bit in the tub. I tried not to get too much water on them, but they soaked up quite a bit. It took about 2 days to fully air dry, but they don't seem like anything happened and look just as good now that they are dry.

I usually dry my suit outside on a line, and bring it in before dark.
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