Welcome to the Fursuit Building forum
Since we've been seeing more and more questions about fursuit construction, I figured it was time that a seperate forum was created for just that. (If you have questions about fursuit programming, we have another forum for that.)
Here are some fursuiting resources that folks posting here might find helpful:
- The Furry Costume Information Exchange
- The Fursuit & Costume Archive (photos and videos)
- Fursuit construction on WikiFur
- Maskmaking with Foam from Matrices.net
- Tutorials, Hints, and Tips from BeetleCat Originals
- Tutorials from Bladespark
Noted and added!
Do you make your own fersuits or do you go to some fursuit builder to make your fursuits?
Both of these happen.
The short summary: professional fursuit creators usually make a very quality product, but the cost can be easily $1000-$2000, and it can be an extensive wait. Making it yourself requires a lot of time and effort, but can be done for a much more modest cost, and is a good way to enhance your sewing and costuming skills.
Ten years ago, it was very much a 'make it yourself' thing. But some of the folks who have made them themselves have gone on to do it professionally, and the balance has shifted.
I just want to add my two cents.
(Disclaimer: Two cents are redeemable for opinions other than my own. Caveat Emptor.)
A lot of the time I see people new to creating fursuits, and the first thing they do is hop on a forum and ask the most basic questions (where to find certain supplies, what to do to create x, how much fur they should use, etc). I am not calling out anyone in particular, it's just the general thing I see everywhere.
Please folks, if you are serious about wanting to create your own fursuits, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Those questions and more have already been asked and answered several times over! The very first post in this thread has plenty of links for you to start you out with the basics like supplies and construction. Google is your friend. The Fursuit LJ community, http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/, has hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of information in its memories and on its user page, to create everything in a fursuit from its head down to its toes, even animatronics and fans for the experienced creators. (Don't want to make your own? There is a full list of every professional fursuit maker there as well!) http://www.matrices.net also is a popular go-to place for the beginning suitmaker. If you are a visual learner like myself, there's more than likely helpful youtube videos on the subject.
After you have read through the tutorials, bought your supplies, experimented with (cheaper!) materials to get the hang of what goes on in the construction of a suit, and run into a specific problem that you cannot seem to find on Google/LJ/forum, or wrap your head around, should you ask a question.
Again, I am not trying to dissuade anyone. But all professional fursuit creators were once beginners themselves, and only got to where they are today by practice, experimentation, trial and error, sometimes after YEARS. It is so much better to learn by doing than it is through spoon feeding, plus the sense of accomplishment you feel when you look at the finished suit and say, "I made this."
Long story short, fursuit creating takes time and effort. If you are not willing to put in the time or have the patience to do your research first, then you will NOT have the time or patience to create your costume.
This is Compleatly off building the fursuit but does anyone know a fursuit dealer in The UK?
It appears Beetlecat no longer has a tuturial, and Bladespark no longer exists. just thought I should let yall know about that :3
Whee, I found a place that i can ramble about fursuit building and not get a bunch of weird looks for it! I will need a lot of tips on my first fursuit (currently in progress!!!!) BECAUSE IM A NIEVE NEWBIE!!!
Is there a place around my area that I can find Fox ears and fox tail to purchase for a small fee?
Someone should make me a fursuit because they love me that much! <3 :3
@Giza: Any chance you could add my "How to Commission a Fursuit" link shown below in my signature to the list of links in the first post? I think it would be very beneficial as not all furs tend to make their own suits, but rather some prefer to buy instead and may need information on the commissioning process.
I was wondering if anyone would tell/show me how to post my own fourm questions. I have three questions so posting info would pe appreaciated...
Go directly above these postings. In the box, you'll see Forums. Click it. You will then be shown a list of all the fora here. Click the appropriate one. After you do, you'll see an option to Post new forum topic.
But first, use the Search option that's also in that box. Look to see if someone has already asked your question or has an existing topic open concerning it.
OK! Noted and archived. Thanks charlieg!
So i need a foam head that is 23 1/2 inches in circumfrence. either my google skills suck or i have a unusually fathead. any help?
Hi! I need a few suggestions on what to do...
Ok, here's my situation:
Im 16, and i plan on making fursuits. But, i haven't told my parents about me being a fur, (nor do I intend to). Now, what I want to know is how can get the materials i need to make my suits, without them finding out? (Keeping in mind that my parents are suspicious of some of the things i do, and they'll want to know what I'm using all of that stuff for).
Wellllll. If you hide it from your parents, that'll make them think that the furry fandom is bad or something.
Not saying that you have to jump up and scream it. If they ASK, say you are a FAN of this cool fandom. If they want to learn more, go to "anthrocon.org". The AC website has one of the best definitions of the fandom I've seen right on the front page.
I emphasized "FAN" of the furry fandom. Calling one's self a "furry" is akin to declaring a new identity, when deep down we are simply people. Baseball fans don't go around saying that they are baseballs. That would turn some heads. But when you say that you are a FAN of something, then it won't be quite as difficult to explain
When among like-minded friends, by all means you are a furry! When there are others around who just might not understand, then you are a fan. It makes things simpler to explain.
I know, but, my parents never listen to me, plus I'm pretty sure that their knowledge of furs doesn't go much further than pedo bear ~.~ (dat @$$hat)
It's true. Some parents just don't listen. Forgive me for going all cliche on you. If you do well at the things that are good for your future (like school, volunteering, personal projects), then your parents are more likely to give you the freedom that you want. If you show that you can MAKE GOOD CHOICES, and be DISCIPLINED in the things you do, then they'll be more inclined to listen than if you beg for something with nothing to show.
This is key to developing a good relationship with your parents by the time you turn 18 and go to college/get a job/whatever. And it's also important for developing yourself as a person who can finish the things they start.
Source: I went through it, too. I'm 23. I was not a perfect adolescent by any means. It's just what I would do if I could go back and do it again.
I do! And I don't really care about the cliche thing lol. My parents are just...... "Conservative" about the parent-child thing...
Then find a way to be EXTRAORDINARY! As long as you respect that your parents are making the choices they do with your best interests at heart (find a way to show them this), then there is nothing wrong with doing something new and fun. Use your head and that usually filters out most of the bad decisions.
Well it's not just that, I think i mentioned it in a different forum, but still, my dad doesn't like furs, because of the whole pedo bear thing, he's got that in his head. It doesn't help that he found some adult pics in my phone one day . So if i tell him him a fur his brain is gona go:
Hrm... My son looks At porn, and he is a furry, so he wants to rape people? HE-- NAH!
See my prob?
It sounds like you might just have to wait a few years until you go to AC. It sounds sucky, but Anthrocon will still be around.
For completely different reasons, I had to completely set aside Anthrocon for a few years. I went for my first time in 2010. Got hooked. But couldn't go back because of school until 2013. Priorities. Patience pays off.
I... Kinda have a anti-waiting problem. (Aka) ADHD lol! But I know that I gota wait, but since I'm not gona tell my parents, i gota wait till 2018...BUT since I cant go alone, I'm gona go with my only freind who know im a fur (he's one too). But since he's 2 years younger than me, that means i cant go till 2020 XD
You know, having that friend could change the whole game for you. Telling your parents in a way that they will get it is probably your best option, and if your friend's parents know that your friend is a furry fan, you could get them and your parents talking.
Introduce them in good company to accept it, because majority alwayse rules. A little social engineering can go a long way.
Also, use the words 'Fan' and 'Hobby' as much as you can, because parents like those things. Additionally, cassually introduce them to the kind of things you want them to know about. Counter your father's pre-existing bias with proper exposure. I suggest showing them Telephone, because cute antics, but it's your call. And by all means, send them here.
The best cure for 'pedo bear syndrome' is cute overdose.
One of the WORST things you can do is get aggressive or confrontational about this. The moment your parents see you become guarded or defensive about being a furry fan, they will not trust it. Be as open as the situation calls for, and if you need to, make something. Draw a furry doing something cool or just standing there. If your being a fan becomes a productive part of your life, they will be less likely to reject it.
Personally, I was able to just say "I'm now a member of the furry fandom," because my parents had never heard of it. I was lucky in that respect. I had to verbally slap around a few of my friends for getting the wrong idea, but that was cleared up in no time.
On that note, never be the one to bring up the adult artists online. If they bring it up, remind them that the italian renescance was a bunch of naked people and thats all on display in a museum. Or just start laughing, because it really is a joke.
Above all, (cliche warning) be yourself. They will get the idea eventually even if they have their suspicions at first. If you can't counter the first impression, prove it wrong again and again untill you do. Ask Kage, because that's basically his area of expertise.