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18 Jul 2010 - 14:3836521
Fursuit Rabbit Head?
Hello,

I am a complete noob to cosplaying, and making my own outfits. I have very little craft skills or knowledge. Yet I had this crazy idea that when I go to Amecon in August, I should go dressed like this:





Now the bunny suit itself isn't really a problem, I can buy a standard one, dye it (or maybe an already pink one if they have one), maybe get that white tummy patch sewn on...

...The problem is the head.

I have no idea what to use, where to start or if I'm even going to be able to manage this, but I would like to give it a go. So, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how I might go about doing this? >___>


18 Jul 2010 - 15:3336524
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/tutorials/fursuithead

though you'll need to scale it up a great deal.


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18 Jul 2010 - 16:2436529
That is indeed very interesting, but also probably shows that I need more time to make it etc.

Due to limited money I have a few further questions...? :

1) Is it possible to just trim and shape foam with just scalpel and scissors?

2) Where might I be able to by a mannequin head sized similar to mine?

3) Is it possible to use papier mache (or whatever you call it) instead of foam as a base for the fur? Or would this present other problems?


19 Jul 2010 - 11:3236577
Quote Tomnomnom:
That is indeed very interesting, but also probably shows that I need more time to make it etc.

Due to limited money I have a few further questions...? :

1) Is it possible to just trim and shape foam with just scalpel and scissors?


kinda sorta. it's a lot harder though.

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2) Where might I be able to by a mannequin head sized similar to mine?


unsure... mannequin heads are either cheap and too small, or big, heavy and expensive. maybe try digging about on ebay?

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3) Is it possible to use papier mache (or whatever you call it) instead of foam as a base for the fur? Or would this present other problems?


yes and no... the problem with using paper mache on a head is it gets damp while you're wearing it. i've done a support for a front by making a more "advanced" form of paper mache out of cartridge paper and resin based wood glue. that mask also had a cast latex outer though, and the "paper mache" was cast into that while it was still in the mould. getting it to keep ot's shape is another consideration...


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19 Jul 2010 - 13:5836588
Dyeing a fursuit.

hey i just thought i should let you know that ou most proberly wont be able to dye a already made fursuit a different colour. the fur is mostly made of polyester or nylon and cannot be dyed.

if you are going to buy fur to make the head maybe you will be better off getting someone to commission the fursuit with match fur, or if your feeling confident buy a fursuit pattern and have a go at making it yourself.


19 Jul 2010 - 14:4036594
Oh, I was just going to dye one of those weird "Easter Bunny" costumes you can get? I see. Either that, or I could learn to use a sewing machine?

So to cut foam well, an electric carving knife is beneficial? And what type of glue is generally used?

(Sorry about this, I would search for a basic foam modelling tutorial, but I don't know how to search the article section!)


19 Jul 2010 - 15:1636595
If you just take the time to browse the article section, you'll likley find what you're looking for. Or you could do a wide google search on "fursuit tutorials"

As for the polystyrene head part. You'll probablly NEVER find a head thats exactly the same size as yours, it's best to just get a male head, measure your head around the forehead at its biggest part and around your face OVER the nose, and of course the length of your face, and stick tissue or something similar to it to bulk it out, then probablly wrap it in a plastic bag if you need to work with wet stuff.

Thats what I did when creating my silent hill mask, but I was working with latex which is much different, the idea of bulking out a wig head is still the same though.


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