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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Correcting creases : before or after cutting/sewing? 
7th-Jul-2010 06:33 pm

We're currently in the middle of quite the heat wave. I do not own an air conditioner. This year I was saved by my landlord who graciously lend us one after she heard we had been unable to sleep the last two night due to the heat and humidity. But it's a small AC and is not sufficient to cool down the whole apartment. We're mainly using it for the bedroom.

But that means the temperatures are around 35-37 Celsius (95-99 F.) in my workshop. I have thick heat resistant drapes in the windows and a ceiling fan but there's just so much they can do.

I've had a nose fall off so far on one of my heads, but the others seem to be holding fine. I'm more worried about the rolls of fur I keep in there. Odds are, the heat is going to accelerate the damage storage can make on fur fibers.

I know of many if not all the tricks to smooth down creases, that's not really what I'm asking about.

But since my bathroom is too small to handle large pieces of fur for steaming sessions, do you think it would be best to just use the fur as is, wrinkles and all, and THEN work on the creases directly on the finished suit?
I do realize I run the risk of being stuck with a wrinkle that I cannot get rid of, though, that I could otherwise just cut around if it were dealt with before cutting the pieces out for the suit...

What do you guys think? Ever tried it?
I know some of you guys live in regions where the temperatures are much higher than where I'm at most of the time, so maybe you have some experience you can share about whether ambient heat damages the fur and accentuates wrinkles? How have you been dealing with it? (again, not the technique, but more along the lines of WHEN do you take care of it)
7th-Jul-2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
It seems to me that whenever I have wrinkled fur, as soon as I wear the bodysuit, any wrinkles vanish as the fur is stretched and basically steamed with my own heat/moisture. For personal costumes I'm pretty blase about it, but for paid work, I'd endeavor to get the wrinkled out beforehand.
8th-Jul-2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, all of these furs are (so far anyways) for personal use only so at least it's not that bad.

It's good to hear that you've had wrinkled fur on your suits before and that it resolved itself so easily. It sure gives me hope. :D
8th-Jul-2010 12:17 am (UTC)
as far as reducing the tempreture...ever try a swamp cooler? literally a wet towel draped over a fan.
8th-Jul-2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Haven't tried, no, but I might. Thank you. :)
8th-Jul-2010 12:21 am (UTC)
I'm having a similar issue - AC only in the bedroom, small top floor apartment with everyone's heat rising to mine and the sun on my roof, was 100+ degrees F, etc. One of my suit's head's teeth came unglued, flopped over and reglued itself secure, so that the front teeth are on it's side o_O; Good thing it wasn't any of the ones I was selling...

I haven't had any fur issues from the heat in the sense of the fibers... and I just cut a bunch out of a short pile and a long pile, just now... no creases, wrinkles, etc in neither the backing or the fibers.

As for the creases, I'd go with what Grrowly said...

You can try the hairblower method someone came up with, if your bathroom isn't big enough
8th-Jul-2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Awww shoot, what a pain for your teeth! :(
The worst I've had was a mouth that was glued shut. The varnish I had used on the teeth melted and became sticky in the heat and humidity and the upper and lower teeth got stuck together. Thankfully I was able to pry it open without damage and I'm now much more careful about not closing it in storage, just in case.
8th-Jul-2010 03:12 am (UTC)
If your bathtub is too small, I tried the hairdryer method recently and it worked perfectly. No damage to the texture at all. I would test it on a scrap first, of course.

And personally, I would do it before I cut the pieces out, because I would hate to waste a bunch of fur by cutting out the piece and then being unable to de-wrinkle it.
8th-Jul-2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm worried about : being stuck with something so badly damaged that I can't fix it...

I'll wait until the temperatures get back to normal then check for damage. I'm specially worried about the bookcase I keep my furs in. Because the rolls are piled on the different shelves, by colors, but there are enough rolls that the weight presses the ones on the sides onto the vertical bars on the bookcase. These places will be squished for sure.
8th-Jul-2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
I quilt a lot and I almost always get the creases out before cutting. If you wait until you're done cutting, you'll get distortion in the pattern. And definitely do it before you sew--never sew a wrinkled piece together, unless you want it to stay wrinkled.
8th-Jul-2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I might have badly expressed myself. English is not my native language and I sometimes trip in my own words. ;)

I didn't mean the backing is creased, only the fur fiber. The fabric itself is perfectly fine.
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