FUR, MATERIALS, AND TUTORIALS: A LIST FOR NEW FURSUIT MAKERS

Discussion in 'Fursuiting and Costuming' started by Deo, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Deo

    Deo The hatred of FAF personified

    -ENJOY.

    FAUX FUR FABRIC
    FUR IN THE U.S.A.
    CR's Crafts
    http://whitewolf.denofwolves.com/fur.html
    Distinctive Fabrics
    I'm Stuffed Fur
    SyFabrics
    Monterey Mills
    NFT Fur (has 4-way stretch and 6+inch long furs, very expensive!)
    Mendel's
    Shannon Fabrics
    Faux Paw Furs
    Big4Fabrics
    InteriorMall Faux Fur (search for PROMO SHAG or MONGOLIAN FUR)
    HartsFabrics
    Fabric Depot
    Fabric.com
    FUR IN CANADA
    Fabricland-Canada
    MacDonald Faber-Canada
    Wexler Textiles-Canada
    FUR IN THE UK
    All Textiles - UK
    Cowper & Tordoff - UK
    CraftFabrics by JohnPaul
    FabricUK
    The Fabric Place UK
    Mandor's - UK
    Peacock Fibres - UK
    QuickFabrics UK
    MohairBearMaking Supplies - UK
    FUR INTERNATIONAL
    Beary Cheap - Australia
    Laval's - Australia
    Home of Poi - New Zealand
    Life Sell - Germany

    FURSUIT MATERIALS MAY INCLUDE:
    Faux fur
    furniture foam
    fleece
    faux leather
    latex
    foam latex
    wick away balaclava
    foamies/thin foam sheets
    velcro
    zippers
    magnets
    taxidermy (noses, jawsets, and eyes)
    sculpey/Fimo/other polymer clays
    resin
    plastic mesh
    hot glue
    Goop glue
    buckram (or other see through fabric)
    McCall's M6106 Pattern


    NOT FURSUT MATERIALS:
    Duct tape (unless doing a duct tape dummy, or going with the tape approach on a head to make a pattern)
    Fun Fur/crappy fur/fun shag/carpet
    Any kind of paper, this includes mache, poster paper, and cardboard
    cold weather ski masks
    aerosol products (That includes spray paint)
    super glue (To hold seams it's a no-no and the fumes are bad)
    taxidermy forms (too small)
    florists foam (also known as Styrofoam)
    Papercraft
    *Fiberglass (For most people this is not a viable option unless you are a professional with the material. That said it's not efficient, tends to be heavy and there is better stuff to use).
    Wonderflex (this material is dangerous to use. Sweat and oils cause it to break down faster and if used in something like a head can easily become brittle, break, and injure your face).
    Real fur when used as a whole fursuit can be dangerous when worn as a whole(real fur, opposed to faux fur is not a breathable material), expensive, and high matinence.

    TUTORIALS:
    Construction of Bent-Tail = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/4059176.html
    Construction of Kiki = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/3636848.html#cutid1
    Construction of Marcwolf = http://www.marcwolf.org/construct/index.html
    Construction of Savoy = http://fursuit.tanidareal.com/savoy/en/04fmateriala.htm
    Construction of Atpaw = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/2239743.html
    Nicodemus's Fursuit pages = http://www.nicodemus.org/fursuit/
    Fursuit.de = http://www.fursuit.de/cms/index.php/En:Fursuit_building
    Balaclava Based Head = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/1334914.html#cutid1
    Balaclava Based head = http://www.matrices.net/balaclava.asp
    All-Foam based head = http://www.matrices.net/foam.asp
    All-Foam based head = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCFqNmgH84Q&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
    Foam and plastic head
    = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLak8ccz5ZM
    Plastic Mesh based head = http://www.matrices.net/matricessuit.asp
    Furring = http://www.matrices.net/furring.asp
    Furring = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jza6_wf7UQ&feature=player_embedded

    How to make a duct tape dummy = http://latinvixen.phpwebhosting.com/dtd.htm

    Digitigrade legs = http://www.matrices.net/digitigrade.asp
    Hiding a zipper = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/4518669.html#cutid1
    Tailoring a bodysuit = http://www.beetlecatoriginals.com/tutorialbodysuit.html
    Changing body shape with foam = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIAe2_kEk5k&feature=player_embedded

    Making Taxidermy Eye blanks
    = http://beetlecat.livejournal.com/2919.html
    Bouncey Ball eyes = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/2281486.html
    Bouncey Ball eyes = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUALtvINOg
    Plastic bowl eyes = http://www.matrices.net/eyes.asp
    Following Taxidermy-style eyes = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/1745882.html
    'Toony eyes = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/3390725.html
    Follow Me eyes = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0KmFr04I4Q

    Hand paws = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/2140828.html#cutid1
    Hand paws = http://www.matrices.net/paws.asp
    Feet paws = http://www.matrices.net/footpaws.asp

    Ears = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6aEqMlzzlo&feature=player_embedded
    Basic Tail = http://www.matrices.net/makingtails.asp
    Curved Fox tail = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q4jhwPT1Gw&feature=related
    Curved Husky tail = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fu1L9UCdlI
    Dragon tail = http://community.livejournal.com/rarsuit/44876.html

    Make your own stretch fur = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/4065775.html#cutid1
    Horse tails/ lion manes = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl1-sK1ThVs&feature=related
    Dying fur = http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/2552327.html
    Airbrushing = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x0uQeplOiQ&feature=player_embedded


    SITES:
    http://fursuit.livejournal.com is the biggest community of fursuit builders to go to when you have a question. People post WIPs, tutorials, give advise and critique, provide redlines, and are a general wealth of information. Lurk there a bit and you'll learn a lot. They have a great section called "memories" which has listed memorably helpful fursuit building posts.
    http://honestfurcrits.livejournal.com this is the place to go for hard critique during a build. These guys will rake you over the coals and make you better for all the harshness. Do not, DO NOT, post to this community if you are sensitive or can't stand critique, they will not molly coddle you there.
    http://fursuitauctions.livejournal.com is the place to go to buy fur scraps. So you have a million different colored spots on your design and don't want to buy a full yard of each color? Do here. Buying scraps, full yards, and yard pieces is common. Along with claws, noses, eyes, partials, fullsuits, used suits, and new suits.
    http://rarsuit.livejournal.com is run by the amazing Foofers. No one, and I mean no one, is more helpful or handy with electronics than Foofers. So if you need to rig up some LEDs or a fan for your fursuit go here. It's also the place to seek advice on building realistic or "rar"/scary suits.
    http://quadsuits.livejournal.com is the place to go for all your quadsuit advise.


    REMEMBER, MAKE THIS...
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    NOT THIS.
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    NSFW: http://bad-fur.livejournal.com to see more of what not to do/create.


     
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  2. Martlie

    Martlie Member

    Wow, super awesome :) Thanks for taking the time to put all this together!
    This is definitely a big help to someone like me who is feeling very overwhelmed by all the things needed to make a fursuit.

    I have also found Beetlecat's tutorial section to be very helpful, although for some reason her website seems to not work for me more often than not. Maybe that's just my computer?

    The only thing I'd say is maybe make as many of the things as possible on the list be links, and maybe make the links under "tutorials" be words? It'd just make it look cleaner and make things easier to find, I guess.
     
  3. Cyanide_tiger

    Cyanide_tiger Shazam!

    This should be stickied. For great justice!
     
  4. Trpdwarf

    Trpdwarf Lurking in Castle Moats

    Done..and I'm going to hunt down a certain website people can use as a guide on what not to create and ad it to the OP.
     
  5. Deo

    Deo The hatred of FAF personified

    Sweet. My silly thread got stickied. I feel special now. Anybody else with information feel free to chime in, I'll add it to the lists.
     
  6. Cyanide_tiger

    Cyanide_tiger Shazam!

    Silly, perhaps, but also extremely helpful to teh no0bz like me. ;D
     
  7. SGRedAlert

    SGRedAlert Member

    I don't know, duct tape is pretty useful for kludging something up last-minute. I had only enough money for my hat with fox ears, my paws, and my tail - but not enough for footpaws. So I made some outta cardboard, duct tape and spoons. http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4601781
    I'm rather proud of it and I think it looks quite nice, considering I've never made paws before, I don't sculpt, and I've never done anything fursuit-y before.

    If it's for a partial or full suit, making it out of duct tape is ridiculous. For a last-minute thing, I think it's a good idea, so long as it's not sloppy.
     
  8. Deo

    Deo The hatred of FAF personified

    The thing is though that people want to make heads, partials, and fullsuits that last. Carboard and all other paper based products absorb and retain sewat. They literally rot off of your body while making you smell like funk. And if it's made out of cardboard you can never wash it as the cardboard would disintigrate. Duct tape is not a good material either as it gives off harmful fumes. In a head you have poor ventilation and making the head with duct tape is like putting a chloraform dipped plastic bag over your head.
     
  9. nereza

    nereza Eternal Flames

    another thing is if its your fist time you cant expect it to be aposoluty flawless it takes time to get the experience needed to create a beautiful suit , you can watch all the tutorials in the world on something but if its your fist time doing something it might not be perfect ... (learn it the hard way <.<)
    but with time and practice just like any thing you can become good at it ^^
    just look at the professionals oldest suits ,it kinda shows that every one starts off at bass one
     
  10. Deo

    Deo The hatred of FAF personified

    Practice and taking your time. If you take your time, get critique and redlines from others, and continue to modify the foam until it's right you'll get a good head. Too often first timers rush and don't take the time to step away from it and come back fresh. That's where you'll catch your mistakes. Stuff like "Oh wow I didn't notice before that the muzzle is too short and the left cheek is larger than the right." And if something is wrong, fix it. Don't say "eh it's good enough" or "I spent hours on it, therefore it must already be perfect". If yo spend a lot of time making something and it looks wrong, tear it off and redo it. Yeah, it'll take even more time to get it right. And you may have to redo it 2-6 times, but the end result wil be better and the time spent is good practice.

    You CAN make a good first head. It is possible (go check out Flux) but if you don't take you time, make it right, and use the proper materials it will look bad.
     
  11. Trpdwarf

    Trpdwarf Lurking in Castle Moats

    I'd like to add on to this that you don't want to be working on a costume into the wee hours of the morning. Zeke and I employ a two rules when we make costumes.
    1: Know yourself, observe yourself. If you start out lets say around 6 in the afternoon, and push on to midnight pay attention to your focus. Once you start working you learn what your time allowance. Eventually you need to stop for the day, rest, and hit it later. We do that by judging mistakes. Lets say we are sewing, and something goes on wrong because the focus was not there. We un-do and redo. After three strikes we call it quits. That gave us the ability to figure how long is long enough.

    All people should keep this in mind. You can burn yourself out and make too many mistakes if work on it too long without good breaks and good rest.
     
  12. nereza

    nereza Eternal Flames

    yeah sleep is important ... rushing a protect is never good <.<
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  13. nereza

    nereza Eternal Flames



    im not saying its impossible to make a good head on the fist try .. all i was saying was that fursuiting like any thing else is a art form and mastering a art form for some it takes longer and some can get the hang of it right away
    and yes there are few fursuiters that were good from the beginning .. but alout of fursuiters like bestcub , monoyasha and seral others older works you can see improvement though the years
    i never sayed it was impossible but.. time.. it shows
    old
    http://lilleahwest.deviantart.com/art/Family-of-Furs-76594643?qj=3&q=gallery%3ALilleahWest+sort%3Atime&qo=868
    new
    http://lilleahwest.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d30fdlx
    (look though her galer and you can see how she improved)

    or monoyasha with hers
    old
    http://www.furaffinity.net/view/1778665/
    new
    http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4600307/
    and it could keep going with alot of fursuit makers

    all i was saying was because it a art form not every one going to be perfect at it the fist time around ... not that you cant get a good head or get quality but just like art .. if you draw and you look back at what you did 3 years ago compared to now there probably a difference .. just like time can improve crafts like these
    or using a another art medifor it like learning to draw for the fist time .. some people will pick it up quickly and other with take years to get to the same point that the other started at.. costuming / fursuiting is no different
    but don't get me misunderstood it very possible to make a good fist fursuit ... but time changes your skills and your ability witch makes a difference in quality for most people works
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  14. fullmetalpegasus

    fullmetalpegasus New Member

    If you're looking for Glass Eyes, these people were courteous, quick, and inexpensive. They have many different kind of eyes and can ship anywhere in the US.

    http://www.tohickonglasseyes.com/

    They can also do custom eyes, which I think is pretty freaking cool!
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  15. Savagelogic

    Savagelogic New Member

  16. Trpdwarf

    Trpdwarf Lurking in Castle Moats

    To Fullmetalpegasus and Savagelogic: Done and added.
     
  17. Nekomimi

    Nekomimi Member

    Hey, thanks!
    This really helped. ^____^
     
  18. Deo

    Deo The hatred of FAF personified

    I went through and added more tutorial links and links to images of fursuit supplies.
     
  19. Paul'o'fox

    Paul'o'fox amica mea Musica

    Great little thread! This will help me with my plans to build my own fursuit.
     
  20. Drakonman

    Drakonman Member

    Thank you for this thread Deo. This has actually kept me reading for a good two hours. Sadly us Canadians get no love when it comes to fabric shops. Then again do we ever get anything decent in this country?
     
  21. Sar

    Sar smuggest bastard IN THE WORLD

    Scotland does not get most of these UK shops but i guess thats what internet is for. Great thread though. Thankx!
    :)
     
  22. Deo

    Deo The hatred of FAF personified

    Okay here's an update for people looking to build fursuits.

    http://fursuit.livejournal.com is the biggest community of fursuit builders to go to when you have a question. People post WIPs, tutorials, give advise and critique, provide redlines, and are a general wealth of information. Lurk there a bit and you'll learn a lot. They have a great section called "memories" which has listed memorably helpful fursuit building posts.

    http://honestfurcrits.livejournal.com this is the place to go for hard critique during a build. These guys will rake you over the coals and make you better for all the harshness. Do not, DO NOT, post to this community if you are sensitive or can't stand critique, they will not molly coddle you there.

    http://fursuitauctions.livejournal.com is the place to go to buy fur scraps. So you have a million different colored spots on your design and don't want to buy a full yard of each color? Do here. Buying scraps, full yards, and yard pieces is common. Along with claws, noses, eyes, partials, fullsuits, used suits, and new suits.

    http://rarsuit.livejournal.com is run by the amazing Foofers. No one, and I mean no one, is more helpful or handy with electronics than Foofers. So if you need to rig up some LEDs or a fan for your fursuit go here. It's also the place to seek advice on building realistic or "rar"/scary suits.

    http://quadsuits.livejournal.com is the place to go for all your quadsuit advise.

    More on quadsuits later folks.
     
  23. furryraffic

    furryraffic New Member

    I use paper mache and cover it with faux fur, I never thought about it absorbing sweat and stinking over time; but, I have enough air circulation in the head that I don't really have to worry about it.
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011
  24. Deo

    Deo The hatred of FAF personified

    NO. Paper mache is NEVER a fursuit building material. NEVER.
    NEVER EVER EVER EVER.
    EVER.

    Also, do you have permission by Beastcub to use her picture as your avatar? Or the permission of the person who owns the suit?
     
  25. furryraffic

    furryraffic New Member

    I didn't know whom it belonged to or how to ask permission, I just liked how the photo looked; I'll just remove it ( I don't want to make anybody mad )
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011

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