What are the number one mistakes of first time fursuit makers?

Discussion in 'Fursuiting and Costuming' started by paroapockinroo, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. Dokid

    Dokid Member

    Haha well sometimes sparkly is good. Anyways most of the time suits come out derpy looking because the person didn't do enough research or get any advice on it. So something like having way too big ears is easily fixed, but when you don't show it to anyone till you're completely done we can't do much. I mean we could say "re do it" but its a lot more hassle than if we told you to trim them down when you were still foaming.
  2. Zabrina

    Zabrina Awoken

    Lordy, this thread was the best book I've ever read.

    I'm feeling pretty informed on the foam head, but when the head is finished, when do I add the eyes, before or after it's furred?

    Oh, a quick tip. Use your inner hair dresser, because chunky, chopped up fur NEVER looks good. And If your fursuit is a very certain species, (Koala, bear, squirrel, ect.) Look up pictures of the animal online and draw it a bit. You don't want people to look at your bunny and say, "Hey, it's a fox!"

    And, word of advice, be careful when forming the head shape. You don't want it to look like a shoe.
  3. Razzyrazz

    Razzyrazz the celestial warrior of tango

    I want to try and make a fursuit head. I really, really do. My biggest obstacle? I DON'T KNOW HOW TO SEW. I don't know the first thing about sewing or fabric (I've always preferred to sculpt and paint instead), so...is it really possible to overcome this? I'm going to attempt to make some feetpaws, since I don't HAVE to sew them, but for a head/anything else it's necessary, so I feel lost. D:
  4. Dokid

    Dokid Member

    Practice sewing on cheap fabric. Sewing is always better than hot glue and will make your stuff last so much longer. Just take baby steps. Sew a line. Sew a pillow. It gets easier the more you try.
  5. Dokid

    Dokid Member

    Since I've finished by 2nd fursuit head...here's what I've learned.

    Make the eyes lower for a feline head or else it starts looking like a mouse.
    Make sure that the bottom jaw is connected to the top in a "V" shape.
    Be more dramatic with carving or else it's shape is very dull.
    Shave ears much much shorter before attaching.
    Don't cut corners by trying to do a make shift ear pattern. Just buy more duct tape for it.

    Annnnd that's all. We'll see what happens with my next one!
  6. Furlover123

    Furlover123 SoulSpirit

    This is so helpful! Keeping track.
  7. kobidobidog

    kobidobidog New Member

    What should never be a mistake is to have parts on a fur-suit real or fake that they never made. When hotels at conventions allow the sight of them they will accspt their own body at the same time.
  8. Zabrina

    Zabrina Awoken

    Faces aren't the only things that are important on a good suit, it's the fur you use. Any time I see a suit that has fur similar to the fabric of a towel, I cringe. Also, (this is mostly on partial suits,) fur that's so flat it doesn't really look like fur at all, just clumpy and kind of..there. It's tough to describe.

    Square muzzles that are too long/uneven are another.
  9. sniperfreak223

    sniperfreak223 More Metal Than You !!!

    -uneven muzzles
    -flat or disproportionate ears
    -insufficient ventilation
    -cheap fur
  10. pinkjaydadutchie

    pinkjaydadutchie New Member

    I have been in the fandom for about 3 years now and have only made suit this year. I see a lot of the furry slippers, but what I seed the most often that usually messes up the suit is the bucket head method, I prefer foaming on a balaclava base and no foam on the back of the head for a more natural look.
  11. KiokuChan

    KiokuChan Active Member

    Strangely when I click that I don't see a mask at all but a a strange shadowy drawing. O____O
  12. KiokuChan

    KiokuChan Active Member

    Also, I get that the intent is to know what to try to avoid if this is an artistic pursuit but some of this bashing of other people's efforts is a little mean. Sometimes people make things just for their own personal fulfillment and happiness. Also the comments that x or y is not that hard to get right, I'm guessing is coming from people who are good at art and various crafts and have done such for a long time. I feel that most aspects of crafting something can be very hard to some people.. in fact just drawing in 2D is hard nevermind recreating in 3D and if someone struggles with something but likes doing it I don't think it's fair to say that they shouldn't do it because others wouldn't want to see the result or such.
  13. drawain

    drawain Artist

    Making my own first fursuit head right now and saw this thread through reasearch some while ago. Funny to see some recent posts.

    Always wondered about this too. ._.

    People can do these for practice, it's better than nothing. But I often wonder about theirt so called "effort". I think most of the time if the suit turned out suuuper shitty it was rushed, poorly researched and they didn't ask for critic?
  14. MidnightDragon

    MidnightDragon ∂єαтнℓєѕѕ|Active Member

    Probably said a billion times but w/e.
    The Head:

    • The snout being just a cylinder or too boxy (not much structure)
    • The eyes either being placed too high or too low (or uneven. Also follow-me eyes being too deep or too shallow)
    • Sometimes the ears may be just triangles or rectangles
    • The fur not being shaved or groomed (this goes for everything)
    • The jaw being too thick or too thin, or having the jaw me just a circle/rectangle
    • COLORING THE FUR when they don't have the proper color (that will make the fur look sloppy and possibly ruin softness)
    The Paws:
    • The fur may not be properly cut (to make it either seem like they're gloves or being too fluffy)
    • Sometimes claws/nails can be put on the wrong way
    • The paw pads being made from paper and just hot glued on
    • Using glue instead of sewing (same with the head)
    • The paws being too short, too long, too big (so they fall off easily) or too small
    The Tail:
    • Using paper towel rolls as a base
    • Either using too much stuffing or not enough (not the most horrible thing ever)
    • The belt loops showing/the loops being too long
    • If the tail has a different color tip/patterns, they can glue/sew on another patch of fur over the tail
    • The belt loops being made of flimsy material like paper/rubber bands
    • The tail not matching (being slightly lighter/darker than the rest of the suit)
    The Feet
    • Using plastic (or any other flimsy/uncomfortable material)
    • The feet being too big and bulky (being too small isn't really an issue most of the time)
    • (with outdoor feet) Having the sole not cut right (showing outside the foot) or having the sole too tall
    • Again, not matching (too bright/dark)
    Full Suits/Body Suits
    • Having the zipper on the front, blatantly
    • The legs/arms either being too short or too long (and being baggy)
    • (with separate arms) The strap connecting them showing outside the suit
    • USE DURABLE THREAD WHEN SEWING! (find another way to sew to make it more durable)
    • DO ALL SEWING INSIDE THE SUIT! (unless your fursona has blatant stitches)
    • Coloring in designs will make the suit look messy
    That's all really. Just don't be scared to make mistakes and explore new ways to improve your suit! If you're young, don't be afraid to ask an adult to help you with scissors and hot glue!
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