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Official Fursuit Help Thread (For those looking to make or looking to buy)

Clockwise

Tick-tock
*Re posting and now maintaining with Skift's okay.*

After noticing some of the same questions being asked over and over here, I decided to make this little reference thread for those wishing to build or purchase a suit.

So here are the subjects often covered:
Tutorials
Materials

Fursuit Makers (If you want yourself up there as a maker you need to have examples first, the link to the site needs to have examples of your work. Otherwise it is not being put up.)
Furry Auction sites (To buy or sell furry related things.)
Review and Beware sites.


Furry Auction sites:
The Dealer's Den
FurBid
FurBuy


Tutorials/general help:
Basically your need-to-see fursuit making guide.

Fursuit Assist (DA Fursuit Tutorial group)
Fursuit Auctions (Lj Comunity)
Honest Fursuit Critique (Lj Community)
Fursuit LJ community
Fursuit making Wiki
Matrices's tutorials here.

Materials:
(Fur in the U.S.A.)
Big4Fabrics
Blue Moon Fabrics
CR's Crafts
Fabric Empire (Shag is the same as DF)
Cali Fabrics
Carol's Zoo
Denver Fabrics
Distinctive Fabrics
Fabric Depot (do a search on "fur")
Fake Faux Fur Fabric
Faux Paw Furs
HartsFabrics
Im Stuffed Fur
InteriorMall Faux Fur (search for "PROMO SHAG")
Mendel's
Minky Furs (Shag is same as DF)
Monterey Mills
NFT Fur (has 4-way stretch, very expensive!)
Photo Prop Floors & Backdrop Faux Fur
Plush Furs
Premium Fur
Shannon Fabrics
SyFabrics (do search on "fur", or "shaggy" its the same as DF)
The Theatre House (search for FUR)
USAKnit (reseller of Monterey Mills)
Vogue Fabrics
White Wolf's sells Fur
PlushFurs

FUR IN CANADA
Fabricland-Canada
MacDonald Faber-Canada
Wexler Textiles-Canada

FUR IN THE UK
All Textiles - UK
Cowper & Tordoff - UK
CraftFabrics by JohnPaul UK
FabricUK
FauxThrow UK
Mandor's - UK
MohairBearMaking Supplies - UK
Peacock Fibres - UK
QuickFabrics UK
The Fabric Place UK

INTERNATIONAL Fur sellers
Bartfeld Textiles - Australia
Beary Cheap - Australia

Home of Poi - New Zealand
Laval's - Australia
Life Sell - Germany

Teeth, Claws, Eyes, Foam Etc.
Taxidermy jawsets/eyes
Plastic claws.
Foam
Leather

Fursuit Makers:
B3Mascots
Beastcub
Beetlecat
Bladespark Costumes
ClockworkCreature
Don't Hug Cacti
Eddies Critters
Fenrirschild
HuskyMoonCreations
KilcodoCostumes
Lacy
Lion of the Sun
Madefuryou
Mixed Candy
Nevask
(Gallery) OneFurAll
~(Prices) OneFurAll
PatchworkPup
PawsProduction
(Gallery)Prefur
~(Prices) Prefur
SkahllyBir Realistic Yearn Tails
Trpdwarf's Suits
Twinkyarts
Artslave's RAWRsuits

Misc.:
Fursuit Review (Furry Costume Reports)
Artists_Beware (Commissioner & Artist, Warning & Kudos Community [For all forms of art.])

If you have anything to add, either PM me or post here with your link and category it goes in.
Adding as I go, please be patient.
 
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Kitutal

cute newbie kitten
Looking around and, I know i'm new and all but, might it make sense to model some parts in clay or something beforehand, so you can get the shape just right and refer back to it? I haven't seen that suggested anywhere yet. It's an idea I'm hoping to use for... another project I'm not supposed to discuss here.
 

Lunar

Son of a WHORE!
Would it be a good idea to use floral foam blocks for the mask and file them down to fit the right shape?
 

Clockwise

Tick-tock
Would it be a good idea to use floral foam blocks for the mask and file them down to fit the right shape?

Not a good idea. Floral blocks are brittle to the touch, you will just end up with a mess if you even tried with them.
 

Lunar

Son of a WHORE!
Not a good idea. Floral blocks are brittle to the touch, you will just end up with a mess if you even tried with them.

Oh... well, um... I clicked the link that was posted for a foam website, and I'm not sure what kind of foam would work best for shaping with a balaclava.
 

Clockwise

Tick-tock
If you have a Joanns, Walmart, or Hancock Fabrics store nearby many people buy their upholstery foam (which comes in green and white) there.

Using the link the foam they have is here.
 
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Lunar

Son of a WHORE!
Okay, one last stupid question: For shoulder-length gloves and knee-length feet-hooves (and the fur needed for the tail and head, of course), how many yards of fabric would I probably need to buy? (60" x 24")
 

Fay V

Lost to this world
Okay, one last stupid question: For shoulder-length gloves and knee-length feet-hooves (and the fur needed for the tail and head, of course), how many yards of fabric would I probably need to buy? (60" x 24")
your best bet is to buy some really cheap cloth. Cut, quicksew,and tailor to fit then use that as a pattern you'll know the size you need. Buy s bit more than you need incase you make a mistake
 

Lunar

Son of a WHORE!
your best bet is to buy some really cheap cloth. Cut, quicksew,and tailor to fit then use that as a pattern you'll know the size you need. Buy s bit more than you need incase you make a mistake

Okay; my friend and I are gonna go look at some fabrics and furs at Hancock later. And I lied, THIS is the last dumb question. Is there a type of foam I can use for carving? Like to make hooves: could I use some sort of carving foam for the shape, cover them in leather, and then tack something to the bottom of the shoe to make a "clop" sound?
 

Calico-Feathers

Climbin' in yo windows.
Okay; my friend and I are gonna go look at some fabrics and furs at Hancock later. And I lied, THIS is the last dumb question. Is there a type of foam I can use for carving? Like to make hooves: could I use some sort of carving foam for the shape, cover them in leather, and then tack something to the bottom of the shoe to make a "clop" sound?

The foam you'll want to use for carving is going to be a high-density foam, sold under brands like Airtex. You can find it in varying sizes and thicknesses at anywhere from WalMart to hobby stores (JoAnne's, Hancock, Hobby Lobby) or online. That's certainly one way you can go about making hooves. Or you can order some that are pre-maid like from Monoyasha (http://www.monoyasha.com/hoovesandhorns.htm).
 

Lunar

Son of a WHORE!
Awesome. Thanks. :3
 

Bornes

Hobby Costume Wearer
If it hasn't been suggested already, I'd like to add furbuy.com.
It's like ebay for fursuits (and other stuff, but I go for the fursuits).
In fact, right now there's a clockwork creature suit up for bid.
 

Artslave

Member
Do we have to maintain an off-FA website for our names to be put on the artist list? Obviously I'd like to throw my name in the hat, if possible. I don't maintain an off-site website at the moment, as most of my traffic is through FA anyways. If I do, no big deal.
 

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
Do we have to maintain an off-FA website for our names to be put on the artist list? Obviously I'd like to throw my name in the hat, if possible. I don't maintain an off-site website at the moment, as most of my traffic is through FA anyways. If I do, no big deal.

WHUT U DOIN' HERE?!? :V

And yes. For now, the mods are looking to redo the Suits and Suiters to incude most, if not all, makers for people to look through.
 

Deo

The hatred of FAF personified
Why is this thread basically a redux of my old thread? I mean I like the idea of a list of fursuit builders, but there's already an earlier more thorough thread on materials, fursuit construction, and tutorials.

*Re posting and now maintaining with Skift's okay.*

After noticing some of the same questions being asked over and over here, I decided to make this little reference thread for those wishing to build or purchase a suit.

So here are the subjects often covered:
Tutorials
Materials

Fursuit Makers (If you want yourself up there as a maker you need to have examples first, the link to the site needs to have examples of your work. Otherwise it is not being put up.)
Furry Auction sites (To buy or sell furry related things.)
Review and Beware sites.


Furry Auction sites:
The Dealer's Den
FurBid
FurBuy


Tutorials/general help:
Basically your need-to-see fursuit making guide.

Fursuit Assist (DA Fursuit Tutorial group)
Fursuit Auctions (Lj Comunity)
Honest Fursuit Critique (Lj Community)
Fursuit LJ community
Fursuit making Wiki
Matrices's tutorials here.

Materials:
(Fur in the U.S.A.)
Big4Fabrics
Blue Moon Fabrics
CR's Crafts
Fabric Empire (Shag is the same as DF)
Cali Fabrics
Carol's Zoo
Denver Fabrics
Distinctive Fabrics
Fabric Depot (do a search on "fur")
Fake Faux Fur Fabric
Faux Paw Furs
HartsFabrics
Im Stuffed Fur
InteriorMall Faux Fur (search for "PROMO SHAG")
Mendel's
Minky Furs (Shag is same as DF)
Monterey Mills
NFT Fur (has 4-way stretch, very expensive!)
Photo Prop Floors & Backdrop Faux Fur
Plush Furs
Premium Fur
Shannon Fabrics
SyFabrics (do search on "fur", or "shaggy" its the same as DF)
The Theatre House (search for FUR)
USAKnit (reseller of Monterey Mills)
Vogue Fabrics
White Wolf's sells Fur
PlushFurs

FUR IN CANADA
Fabricland-Canada
MacDonald Faber-Canada
Wexler Textiles-Canada

FUR IN THE UK
All Textiles - UK
Cowper & Tordoff - UK
CraftFabrics by JohnPaul UK
FabricUK
FauxThrow UK
Mandor's - UK
MohairBearMaking Supplies - UK
Peacock Fibres - UK
QuickFabrics UK
The Fabric Place UK

INTERNATIONAL Fur sellers
Bartfeld Textiles - Australia
Beary Cheap - Australia

Home of Poi - New Zealand
Laval's - Australia
Life Sell - Germany

Teeth, Claws, Eyes, Foam Etc.
Taxidermy jawsets/eyes
Plastic claws.
Foam
Leather

Fursuit Makers:
B3Mascots
Beastcub
Beetlecat
Bladespark Costumes
ClockworkCreature
Don't Hug Cacti
Eddies Critters
Fenrirschild
HuskyMoonCreations
KilcodoCostumes
Lacy
Lion of the Sun
Madefuryou
Mixed Candy
Nevask
(Gallery) OneFurAll
~(Prices) OneFurAll
PatchworkPup
PawsProduction
(Gallery)Prefur
~(Prices) Prefur
SkahllyBir Realistic Yearn Tails
Trpdwarf's Suits
Twinkyarts
Artslave's RAWRsuits

Misc.:
Fursuit Review (Furry Costume Reports)
Artists_Beware (Commissioner & Artist, Warning & Kudos Community [For all forms of art.])

If you have anything to add, either PM me or post here with your link and category it goes in.
Adding as I go, please be patient.

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.

Also, HI ARTSLAVE. <3
 

Clockwise

Tick-tock
Why is this thread basically a redux of my old thread? I mean I like the idea of a list of fursuit builders, but there's already an earlier more thorough thread on materials, fursuit construction, and tutorials.


My bad, I got notes to include that stuff :/. Should have double checked the other threads again. I have no problem going get this one closed.
 
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