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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?
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15th-Jul-2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I've washed puppets and stuffed animal pretty often, soaking them good, and though it sometimes takes quite a long time to fully dry, I haven't had an issue. None of my current suits have padding but I can't see how it'd be different.

With a good (or two) spin cycles to get as much water out as possible, a great sunny day and/or a big fan blowing on it should make it dry before it molds.
15th-Jul-2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, also, it's be possible to include an invisible zipper somewhere along the tail to allow the stffing to come out for washing. I remember seeing a tail (it was a fox tail if I recall ok) that had a zipper included to make it easier to stuff because of the way the pattern was made. Once the zipper was closed you couldn't see it in the fur. That could work...
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