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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Another How-to! Sculpting claws. 
25th-Mar-2010 05:07 pm
Peeeeeeeek (Animated)
Here is another tutorial demonstrating a technique many of you experienced folks likely already know, but geared towards beginners to fursuit making: a small how-to on how I sculpt claws.

This video demonstrates the technique I use for sculpting them using a polymer clay, specifically Fimo, but Sculpy and other clays work excellent with this technique, too.

Polymer clay is very easy to bake: Just follow package directions for your Fimo, Sculpy or other polymer clay. I usually bake ones this size for 15 minutes.

To attach, once baked & cooled, use E6000 or Hot glue!
26th-Mar-2010 01:57 am (UTC)
oh nice, and i just happened to pick up some fimo earlier today XD
26th-Mar-2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Fimo seems pretty easy to use!
26th-Mar-2010 02:10 am (UTC)
That was a good tutorial, thanks for sharing! :3 I giggled at the dog-nose (husky?) that came to check things out partway through. X3
26th-Mar-2010 08:29 am (UTC)
How durable is Fimo? Does it break easily when used?

This was another great tutorial, thanks for sharing! :}
26th-Mar-2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
I haven't had any experience with it breaking, in the 7 - 8 years I've been using it for claws. Though I have almost exclusively made conical stubby claws, like the ones shown, so I haven't done any any long thin breakable-off pieces to be at risk of damage. They can be heavy though, but if you like a nice click when you tap tables or walls, they can be fun.

I have had a case of a dog-chewed one before, so they are eventually breakable given enough crushing force. heh.
26th-Mar-2010 10:07 am (UTC)
best tip: Milliput black

Milliput is a 2 part epoxy putty used in DIY, repairs and crafts. It's HELLA strong, much stronger than sculpey or fimo, and you can work it with water too if you want a really smooth finish. Best bit is you don't have to bake it, just let it cure overnight, so you can use it for in-situ things like lips and mouth detailing and you don't have to prop it up for the oven.

the black variety came out recently, it's about £4 ($6) for a 4oz box
26th-Mar-2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Is it widely available at craft stores (us or uk?)? Or online/special order?
I'm not sure if I've seen the product yet, sounds like something I'd really enjoy trying!
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