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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
3-D "watching" eyes that do not use plastic domes to construct. 
30th-Apr-2005 08:19 pm
By popular demand: 3-D eyes that do not use plastic domes to construct. These eyes are recessed, and they are an optical illusion to the viewers that the costume is "looking" at you no matter what angle you are viewing at. Use flat plastic, fun foam, or any material you think will work good for this project (use your best judgment).

Please note, this is just based on my observations of masks with this technique, I haven't actually featured it in any of my masks yet. So credit goes to those who originally thought up this great technique!
1st-May-2005 03:21 am (UTC)
isnt that the technique that noble uses? looks the same.....i think i saw a tutorial on his site once. have yet to find it again.

im dying to try it out!
1st-May-2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Thats perfect!! I've been looking for an exact step-by-step idiot proof way of doing that! Thank you so much, I know that everyone will be thanking you for that! One question tho, what do you use for covering the eye... so that you cant poke down into the 'pupil'?

1st-May-2005 03:29 am (UTC)
I haven't had to use any covering for my plastic bowl eyes to prevent people from poking the pupil. So it probably isn't necessary to include a covering unless you want to deal with the burdon of fogging up and that sort of thing.
Firm materials such as plastic (from a white empty bleach bottle for example) will probably work if you just glue your pupil material flush to it's back (this would be visible to you from the interior but not the exterior)
Keep in mind there may be a seam for the flat "white of the eye" portion, so you can try cutting a section out of a 20 ounce soda bottle and painting that, too.
1st-May-2005 03:34 am (UTC)
Okay, I naturally thought you needed something to cover the eye afterwards... I think noble does, but ya I thought that it would end up fogging up with that too. I think I'll try this on my next head. How would you add on the eye lids? Just place them over the gap?
1st-May-2005 03:50 am (UTC)
Yup. :3
1st-May-2005 10:16 am (UTC)
You could probably cover them with a thin sheet of plastic, if you really like, like transparency film or the like (you can get that any office store). it'd keep any "poking" from happening, still give it some depth and shine, and won't distort vision like the plastic bubbles tend to.
just make sure to de-fog it before you install :o
19th-Aug-2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
How can you de-fog it?
1st-May-2005 03:27 am (UTC)

A doughnut, a rectangle, and a shaded square
1st-May-2005 03:35 am (UTC)
LOL @ nightpaw

ok that actually got me laughing....kudos for that
1st-May-2005 04:00 am (UTC)
thanks for another awsome how to!! ^^
1st-May-2005 04:03 am (UTC)
yeah! thanx matrices!

i always find your diagrams super helpful!!!
1st-May-2005 05:08 am (UTC)
I always thought that the white part poked out of the mask and foam was just built up around it. The two mesh heads I've made so far haven't had enough room on the inside to have it recessed.
1st-May-2005 05:48 am (UTC)
(whoops, recommented, since I messed up on the html)

May I suggest building up foam to fit to the eyes?
Kind of like this:

That way the foam surrounds the eyes and gives a less rounded shape to the head, but also provides a small place for your eyes to be able to be recessed. Also remember that fur adds bulk to the area, too.

The strip that makes up the "whites" you will only want to make as thick as your mask will accomidate. So if you're only able to accomidate 1/2 inch, make your "whites" only a 1/2 inch wide.

1st-May-2005 05:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, that might work. Thanks for the reply.

And... onoes, the typo demons are out to get you! >:|
1st-May-2005 05:50 am (UTC)
Also note that the mask pictured above is my Matrices mask, and it has just the regular plastic bowl eyes. You'd want to make your 3D eyes considerably smaller, but the picture illustrates how the foam is built up around the eyes to create the "socket" which you could put the recessed 3d eyes in.
1st-May-2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
I tried to do that for my Captain head but I made them to small. They don't look like they really following me either, but I think I messed up on them though.
1st-May-2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
Good advice...I did manage to do 3D eyes by accident, without doing that (though they'd have been beter if I had). Here's a couple of pictures that also shows my first attempt at airbrushing :3

Pic 1 and Pic 2

Will try your way next time though ;D
2nd-May-2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
how did you do yours? i'd be interested to know:P
2nd-May-2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Not sure, just made the head like i always do now, and after furring it, they seemed to act like 3D ones ^.^
15th-Jun-2005 04:24 am (UTC)
This happens if the eyes are recessed in the head. :)
11th-Jul-2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
Aaaah, very good tutorial! I shall use this techinque on my current fursuit. I know its late to ask but what material do you use for the pupils? I see lots of people who use Buckram but will chiffon do?
13th-Jul-2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Both work, I personally use chiffon. I haven't used Buckram before so I definitely know Chiffon works awesomely.
19th-Aug-2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Question. Do you install the the eyes to a finished mask or a mask that was'nt furred yet?
25th-Aug-2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Hey there, just wanted to post to tell you I tried out this method and it works pretty well ^.=.^ Pictures found here: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/743859/ and http://www.furaffinity.net/view/743866/ to show the eyes. ^.=.^ thanks a bunch for the help!
10th-Dec-2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
wow, thanks for sharing!!

I tryed it out (and used paper towel rolls, lol) and it works GREAT! :P
7th-May-2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
uhm, where does the pupils aka chiffon/buckram go? On the fursuit head and then the round white area and then the color and dark colored pupil on that circle?
2nd-Apr-2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
When you're wrapping the rectangle around the round eye, do you make the eye circular or the shape that it will be after it has an eyelid attached (ie. it i were to have the eye half closed, would i wrip the rectangle around a circle, then make the shape with an eyelid, or do you wrap the rectangle around just the "pinched-at-the-side-circle" shape?)
Sorry i can't really explain it...
4th-Jun-2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Could someone PLEASE do a real step by step process (with real pictures or video) of how to do this? I've tried 4 different ways of making follow me eyes and I can't do it! I dunno if i've been successful all along and just need to fur it to make it look right.. or what... :/
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