Jenivix
 


Costume :Alice the Rabbit
Variant :Animal Form
Source :Bloody Roar 2
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AyaCon 2013


Costume Photos

Another Masquerade photo by Martin Paterson

Another Masquerade photo by Martin Paterson

Another Masquerade photo by Martin Paterson

Alice Masquerade 3

Alice Masquerade 2

Alice Masquerade 1

Alice Head Closer

Alice Ref.

 


Costume Information

Description
What can I say? I love rabbits! I was looking for a bipedal fur suit to use a pair of digitigrade stilts with and here she is! I main reason I chose her is the steepness of the digitigrade leg which makes her excellent for a stilted suit.

With a stilted suit comes a lot of different problems. One of which is weight distribution which for me makes it doubly important to have a light fursuit head with good vision. To this end I'm going to be making a mesh head to minimize weight.

I'm also going to be making mesh fists/arms to create her massive fists! They will also be useful for catching me if I lose balance on the stilts.

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We completed this just before AyaCon 2013!

It was hard work but we're pleased with the result for a first try at a) making digitigrade stilts b) performing in them and c) making a costume around the stilts.

I think the costume itself deserves more attention, but under the circumstances this is the best we could do.

When we started this costume we were both unemployed so the materials used in the actual fursuit are substandard although we didn't skimp on the stilts the fursuit itself was limited by our finances, which is a shame.

This costume kept me occupied during a very difficult time in my life. It was the first time I had been out of work since I was 16 and I struggled immensely with this period of inactivity. This costume gave me something to focus on when I was making myself sick with worry and stress caused by unemployment.

The lift this costume gave me in the midst of that was incredible. Firstly for Cardiff Comic Con 2013 in which I performed in it unfinished (and met some amazing new friends) and then at AyaCon 2013 where I participated in the competition.

Thank you Alice! I'll remake you one day!

Comments

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Looks awesome so far!

by ToroSonyCat on Monday, 25 February, 2013 - 20:37
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These stilts were incredible! Well done!

by kaasutii on Monday, 19 August, 2013 - 18:24
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Props to you for even wearing/getting in and out of this costume, I saw you in Cos Ops at Aya, well done!

by Alias Cosplay on Friday, 23 August, 2013 - 07:50
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How you were able to wear this and walk on stilts is amazing. it looked really cool

by yami-no-neko on Friday, 23 August, 2013 - 08:32
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Wow, your cosplay looks really cool esp cuz you mastered making digigrade stilts - Congrats.

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 5 January, 2014 - 21:13
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eeee, looks awesome now it's fully complete ^~^!!

by DizzieDee on Tuesday, 7 January, 2014 - 18:39
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Oh my!! I remember this,super awesome :)

by Afireinsidegirl on Friday, 21 February, 2014 - 23:12
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Ah I remember this from Aya! How did you manage with those stilts? How did you make them?

by Kei Lin Sama on Friday, 7 March, 2014 - 21:50
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Thanks everyone for your comments! =) It means a lot!

Kei Lin Sama: It's hard to explain, the metal parts of the stilts are steel and aluminium, there are leg supports made from thermoplastic, steel cable (to keep the tension) and rubber. We bought quite a lot of new tools to make these including a pillar drill. They can be made with pretty basic tools but cutting the steel and aluminium with human powered tools is hard work!

I can't really explain the method easily. I'm sorry D= it's too complicated!

We're on our 3rd set of stilts now! =D

by Jenivix on Monday, 10 March, 2014 - 08:13
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The whole costume construction was really impressive - a fursuit head and full body on top of those amazing stilts. I wish I knew how you did it, but it can't be easy to explain. What's your next big project?

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 25 March, 2014 - 19:01
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The fursuit construction part of it was quite limited, it was built on a budget so it was pretty basic. I wish I could have bought better fur!

The head itself is a mesh head, furred twice and I was looking out through the mouth, although when I originally built it I was actually looking out of the eyes, I had to adjust it after I realized I was too claustrophobic to have a closed mouth design, also the vision was poor (it's still poor) - about half a meter ahead and straight down. XD;

It was hard getting proportions rights, but we think we've sussed out how our next one is going to work.

We're currently gearing up to make a better pair of stilts with an improved design, but we're not sure what big cosplay we'll be doing next, we have one in mind but we need to improve before we tackle it as it's a stilted power armour suit XD; I'd like to improve this one however possibly with better fur, ratios and dress (it was difficult sizing a dress for myself with the fur XD;

I've got plenty of smaller projects in the meantime. However, problematically, I have to finish a thesis this year, there might not be much in the way of cosplay until that's done ; ;

by Jenivix on Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 - 22:03
 

Shopping List

Silicon Hemisphere Molds (eyes)£6.00Bought
Stilt Construction (Full)£150.00Bought
Aluminium Profile (20x3)£5.00Bought
Cable Ties£2.50Bought
Flexible Plastic Mesh£3.00Bought
Polymer Clay£7.00Bought
Craft Foam£2.00Bought
White Fur 12m roll£34.20To Buy
Total£209.70

Journal

Toe Supports (Posted 2nd January 2013)

Toe supports have been re-made tonight. We really need to get them right so that I don't want to collapse to the floor from the pain in my toes!

We're hoping that the extended length of the toe caps will stop the problem.

I'll see if I can try taking them out in the next couple of days if the new supports work (and if it isn't too rainy!).

Digitigrade Stilts 1 (Posted 11th December 2012)

We tried on the digitigrade stilts yesterday. We need to do some adjustments to the tension, redo the thigh supports and work out why the left toe support is painful but really - minor inconveniences!

I need to work out the foot angle I need... aaand to work out how to walk on them. One guy said it should take about an hour to get the gist of walking on them. I'm doubtful. They are very tiring to wear.