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    Default How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    I'm not quite done with mine but here is what I've spent so far.

    Cardboard= Free from my local grocery store
    Plastic Mesh= $1.29 per sheet 2X
    Pink Foam= $.20
    Black Foam= $.20
    Vampire Teeth (Halloween) $1.00 at Walmart for 20 of them
    Hot glue gun with 20 glue sticks= $5.99
    Extra package of glue sticks= $2.59
    Fur= on sale at Jo-Ann for $8.99 per yard 2X
    Elastic= $.49 per yard 1 yard
    Stuffing (in place of foam)= $2.99

    My total so far is= $34.02 (approx for tax)

    I will update this if I buy more

    Btw..so far I just have part of the head done but I have enough fur left to make the paws and tail.
    Suiting for me is being able to interact with people and children without them thinking I'm a weirdo. I mean, what would people think if you were walking around town randomly waving and smiling and hugging? Now bring a fursuit into that picture and you have people waving, smiling and asking for hugs! Suits are like breaking a language barrier, cuz I mean everyone knows what a hug is! -Shebawolf145

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Or how much we commissioned it for?

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uro View Post
    Or how much we commissioned it for?
    Mmm I'm looking for more of a list of materials. But if you know what they used and how much it cost go ahead
    Suiting for me is being able to interact with people and children without them thinking I'm a weirdo. I mean, what would people think if you were walking around town randomly waving and smiling and hugging? Now bring a fursuit into that picture and you have people waving, smiling and asking for hugs! Suits are like breaking a language barrier, cuz I mean everyone knows what a hug is! -Shebawolf145

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Got no idea on the materials. But I can assure you the labor costs much, much more lol.

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    People might actually start trying to make their own fursuits if the realized how much the materials actually cost (and then buy one when they figure out they can't make a fursuit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmerset View Post
    People might actually start trying to make their own fursuits if the realized how much the materials actually cost (and then buy one when they figure out they can't make a fursuit).
    yea... is that a problem?
    Suiting for me is being able to interact with people and children without them thinking I'm a weirdo. I mean, what would people think if you were walking around town randomly waving and smiling and hugging? Now bring a fursuit into that picture and you have people waving, smiling and asking for hugs! Suits are like breaking a language barrier, cuz I mean everyone knows what a hug is! -Shebawolf145

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Quote Originally Posted by shebawolf145 View Post
    yea... is that a problem?
    Depends on who you are. If you're selling the fursuits, not at all. If you have the money to spend $1000+ on a decent fursuit, then not at all. It was more of a statement than anything.

    I would probably try building a fursuit myself before thinking about buying something.

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    I just went ahead and commissioned one. I want it to look good and to actually like wearing it.

    If I made it myself it would be none of the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uro View Post
    I just went ahead and commissioned one. I want it to look good and to actually like wearing it.

    If I made it myself it would be none of the above.
    It's almost guaranteed that you would end up trashing your first model. One of those "practice makes perfect" kinda things.

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    I'm not even going to try to make one. I have school and work and posting on forums to do.

    But seriously, I have no artistic talent. Good news for people who take requests and commissions!

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    As well, I have too little time at the moment to be as ambitious as to make my own fursuit. Maybe when I've gotten out of school and established myself in the real world.

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    Yea..i'm not trying very hard to make this one very good. It's mainly a halloween costume with a name and personality, heh.

    I call it Version 1.0 hehe.
    Suiting for me is being able to interact with people and children without them thinking I'm a weirdo. I mean, what would people think if you were walking around town randomly waving and smiling and hugging? Now bring a fursuit into that picture and you have people waving, smiling and asking for hugs! Suits are like breaking a language barrier, cuz I mean everyone knows what a hug is! -Shebawolf145

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Quote Originally Posted by shebawolf145 View Post
    Yea..i'm not trying very hard to make this one very good. It's mainly a halloween costume with a name and personality, heh.

    I call it Version 1.0 hehe.
    60 prototypes later and you may have something 'suitable' to wear in public.

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    I made a tail, does that count? XD

    Fabric- $15
    Thread- $2
    Stuffing- $1.50

    So that's $18.50? I used an extremely small fraction of my supplies, though. I could probably make 3 or 4 more. So then... $4.75 a tail? XD

    That's disregarding the fact that I bought a $4 prismacolor marker for markings, though o.o I haven't added the markings yet, though (I'm chicken ;.; .) so for now it's simply a plain tail =3

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Now I gotta think back....
    $118= 4 yard of red fur
    $100= Kenmore sewing machine
    $28 = 1 yard of white fur
    $30 = misc fur, practice fur, thread and buttons
    $Free= Carbon-fiber and fiberglass scraps.
    $Free= Styrofoam block for mold.
    $Free= Upholstery Foam block.
    $10 = sunglasses that were taken apart
    $20 = Old pair of shoes.
    $15 = 1/2" foam
    $Priceless = Months of time I spent of this project so far.
    $Priceless = What I've learned from this project so far.
    $Priceless = Knowing I made it myself.

    =$321 or so if I include the sewing machine. I'm sure Ive probably left a few thing out but the major cost are there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyfoxtrot View Post
    $118= 4 yard of red fur
    $100= Kenmore sewing machine
    $28 = 1 yard of white fur
    $30 = misc fur, practice fur, thread and buttons
    $Free= Carbon-fiber and fiberglass scraps.
    $Free= Styrofoam block for mold.
    $Free= Upholstery Foam block.
    $10 = sunglasses that were taken apart
    $20 = Old pair of shoes.
    $15 = 1/2" foam
    $Priceless = Months of time I spent of this project so far.
    $Priceless = What I've learned from this project so far.
    $Priceless = Knowing I made it myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmerset View Post
    60 prototypes later and you may have something 'suitable' to wear in public.
    This prototype is actually pretty good...I plan on wearing it on halloween.

    I'll post pics...
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    Suiting for me is being able to interact with people and children without them thinking I'm a weirdo. I mean, what would people think if you were walking around town randomly waving and smiling and hugging? Now bring a fursuit into that picture and you have people waving, smiling and asking for hugs! Suits are like breaking a language barrier, cuz I mean everyone knows what a hug is! -Shebawolf145

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Not bad, considering (I assume) it's your first attempt.

    Though just from looking at the first picture, I would recommend looking up a few tutorials on making fursuits. The cardboard works for now, sure, but as far as I can tell, most fursuit heads consist of a wire frame/paper mache sort of approach. It allows for greater contours and a more natural frame. (Please don't take my word for it, I'm not 100% sure. Look it up.)

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Fur: $5/yd (HUGE SALE OMG), 4yd black, 1yd brown, total $25
    Upholstry foam for head and feet: $10/yd, probably about $20 spent on it (plus tons of scraps I already had)
    Plastic mesh around backs of heels: $2
    Low-temp glue gun: $3, Walmart
    Gluesticks: $5/pk(x24 long sticks in a pack), probably used 4 or so packs, total $20
    Zipper: $4
    Sculpey for claws: $6
    E6000 glue for claws, teeth, and feet: $4
    Air-dry clay for nose: $1.50
    Plastic for eyes: free, scraps from a friend
    Vinyl for eyelids: $2 worth
    Shoes for feet: free, just used my old pair of Airwalks once I bought myself new shoes
    Buckram for eyes: $3/yd, I used 0.02yd for this project so I'm set for life with the rest of the buckram
    Mouth lining: $1/yd fabric from Walmart, again, set for life on that stuff
    Exhaust fan, switch kit, and battery mount: free, leftover from an old roommate
    Thread: $4
    Piping for the "lips": free, leftover from another project
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    Total cost (according to the above numbers): $95.50



    That's just the materials. I'm not factoring in my sewing machine, fur clippers for shaving down and sculpting, marking chalk, scissors and razorblades, slicker brush to groom the fur, sewing pins, sewing needles, markers used in the eyes, body pattern I already had made up (from a previous suit), and whatever else I used to put it together (tool wise) that isn't coming to mind right now.

    Fur tends to be the most expensive part of most suits. For instance, http://www.furaffinity.net/view/1517147/ has cost well over $100 for the fur alone, but it's because we needed harder colors to find and a certain length. (blurry picture I know, and I know I need to realign one of his eye stripes to make it symmetrical). However, another suit I'm working on, a red husky, is probably going to end up being somewhere around $80 in materials when it's all said and done. I managed to get more of that $5/yd fur in rusty brown, and should have enough white fur laying around that I won't need to buy any additional.

    Honestly a fursuit head (foam based, static jaw) doesn't need to cost you more than $40 in materials if you already have a glue gun and the other basics.
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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmerset View Post
    Not bad, considering (I assume) it's your first attempt.

    Though just from looking at the first picture, I would recommend looking up a few tutorials on making fursuits. The cardboard works for now, sure, but as far as I can tell, most fursuit heads consist of a wire frame/paper mache sort of approach. It allows for greater contours and a more natural frame. (Please don't take my word for it, I'm not 100% sure. Look it up.)
    Yea its my first attempt. And for the cardboard...its all I had at the moment...I just grabbed a piece of cardboard and wrapped it around my head. I plan on making my next one out of foam only. Much like Merkindesr's style.
    Suiting for me is being able to interact with people and children without them thinking I'm a weirdo. I mean, what would people think if you were walking around town randomly waving and smiling and hugging? Now bring a fursuit into that picture and you have people waving, smiling and asking for hugs! Suits are like breaking a language barrier, cuz I mean everyone knows what a hug is! -Shebawolf145

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Mine probably cost around 100. Its only a mask, long gloves and tail. I also have some left over fabric and foam, too.

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    Any tips on creating a wolf,I've got tutorials, not sure about, ordered faux fur as compared to buying it at a fabric store, any tips I need all the help I can get.Thanks.

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    My first cost about $100 but I used shitty materials and it was a partial.
    Second cost about $300.
    Third cost around the same amount as second.
    Current is a remake of the first and has cost about $60 so far.

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    Default Re: How much did your fursuit cost to make?

    Currently I'm doing ears, tail and handpaws which cost me about:
    £20 for a metre of fur
    £6 for acrylic paint for dying
    £4 for a leather chamois to abuse for pawpads
    £1 for elastic to hold up my paws
    33p for the headband to put the ears on
    £2 for belt loop material

    So that's about £33.33 total.

    My mate is getting tail, ears, and arm sleeves (no paws) for an additional £12, because his needed a different color from mine. A color I could actually buy... ~officially hates trying to dye fur~ He might, if I have time before the weekend, be getting a mask as well, but that's only an addition £1.60 for the mask and foamie.

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    I'm currently in the process of making a pokemon fursuit (Glaceon from Diamond and Pearl) and here's the materials I've bought:

    Light ice blue fleece- 3 yards (Hancocks was JUST about to run out of them so I'm lucky I got the last bit)
    Navy blue short pile fur- 1 yard
    Dark light blue fleece- 1 yard
    2 yards of foam for the mask
    22 inch light blue zipper
    Flexible wall border material (got it at Home Depot) for the eyes
    Balaclava hood (Sportsman store) - I bought this at a seperate time which cost about 15 bucks plus tax
    Wig stand aka a styrofoam head- Also got this at a different time and it only costed 3 bucks

    So all the materials I bought from Hancocks was $98.77 total, excluding the balaclava, white of the eyes, and the wig stand.

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