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Want to make your own costume and do not know of which materials to use? READ THIS

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
Thanks to Deo for making up this list. For those who have not read this post in the Suits and suiters main section, here you go:

-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...


NOT THIS.

NSFW: http://bad-fur.livejournal.com to see more of what not to do/create.




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
http://www.craftworldonline.com/browse_categories.php?id=100&location=9 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.
Nylon Balaclavas
Taxidermy jawsets/eyes
Plastic claws.
Foam
Leather
For resin blank heads, claws, eyes,tongues, LED sets, and fursuit fans
Thanks to Clockwise and Deo for this.
If you have anything to add, leave a comment here.
 
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Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard

Wereling

Member
Re: Want to make your own costume and do not know of which materials to use? READ THI

Could this list be used to make a quadsuit?
 

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
Re: Want to make your own costume and do not know of which materials to use? READ THI

Could this list be used to make a quadsuit?

It can, but I haven't had much time and luck finding tutorials on making quad-suits for the front leg areas.. If you know of any sites, or find any, link them here.
 

Earth Rio

It isn't butter?!
Re: Want to make your own costume and do not know of which materials to use? READ THI

Oh, just as a brief FYI, it's possible to find faux fur in Craft World in the UK (Northern Ireland, at the very least, has one in Belfast). I didn't see it on the list and just thought I'd tell you.
 

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
Re: Want to make your own costume and do not know of which materials to use? READ THI

Oh, just as a brief FYI, it's possible to find faux fur in Craft World in the UK (Northern Ireland, at the very least, has one in Belfast). I didn't see it on the list and just thought I'd tell you.

Alright, I'll look for the website and post it asap.
 

Earth Rio

It isn't butter?!
Re: Want to make your own costume and do not know of which materials to use? READ THI

Okay. Good luck!
 

Stormowl the Owl

New Member
Hi everyone. I've never made a fursuit before, but I want to make a Lucario costume. I sketched out what it might look like, but now I don't really know where to go from there. I am someone who learns best from having lots of specific examples and visuals to go off of, so if anyone would be so kind as to help me out, it would be highly appreciated! Thanks!
 
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