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Hi, I'm Markus G. Nowak (AKA Tioh). I've several german tutorials on how to make fursuits on my webside (http://www.tioh.de/).

Some english speaking friends constantly reminded me of the fact that the english translation is missing. I can't translate them all - sorry, got to much else to do -, so I decided to mend all the useful information into one document. Keep in mind that the pictures shown belong to different fursuits.

There are several ways to build a fursuit. The following is my favourite - somebody else might like other construcion-techniques better.

This is my first try in writing an english version - if you find any spelling-mistakes please correct them.


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How to build a fursuit

I always start with the head. Most of the time without sketches and without an idea what it's going to be. I decide the species and what fake-fur is to be used after the muzzle has been build.


Materials for the head

  • 50x50cm plastic mesh (it's used to filter leaves out of rainwater)
  • A foam rubber mat (30x20cm)
  • A 4mm diameter aluminum pipe (50cm)
  • A 3mm diameter aluminum staff (50cm) - fits inside the pipe
  • An aluminum profile 20x3mm (30cm)
  • A bungee cord (50cm)
  • Very flexible plasic-mesh (50x10cm)
  • Cable support-clips (50cm)
  • A role black linen thread
  • A role wire
  • Two flexible rubber-pipes
  • Isolation-foam for waterpipes (50cm)
  • Window colors (Transparent, peel-off paint, water based for glass) in black, white and eyecolor
  • Black duct-tape
  • FIMO in black and white


Materials for the body

  • Fake-fur (minimum 3 x 1.4 meters in total)
  • 4 roles linen thread in the color of the fur (I use a overlock-sewing-machine)
  • Stretching fabric, preferable the same color then the fur (or you can buy a unitard - I prefer to build it myself)
  • Several zippers (front, legs,...)
  • Press studs
  • Gloves
  • Foam mat for the paddings


Where to get the materials

I get most of the material (excluding the fake-fur) from shops selling craftsman-supplies und decoration-material. Can't go into detail, because I do not know how these Shops are named in english.


Building the Head

Planning

I only do some sketches of the head and the fur-patterns if I want to build a certain character. I did it for Spotty (version 2), Wolfy and Tioh. Anchyubee and Fussel were made without them.

Wolfy
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Wolfy
Spotty v2
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Spotty v2
Planning the fur-pattern for Wolfy
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Planning the fur-pattern for Wolfy


Basic Structure

Head made of wire-mesh (Wolfy)
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Head made of wire-mesh (Wolfy)

For my first fursuits I used a wire-mesh to make the head. It took lots of time.
Following method is much faster:

Bending the basic structure
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Bending the basic structure


Drilling holes and sewing the plastic mesh with wire to it
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Drilling holes and sewing the plastic mesh with wire to it
Adding a second aluminium profile to make it more stable
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Adding a second aluminium profile to make it more stable



Adding eyeholes
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Adding eyeholes
The finished basic structure
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The finished basic structure



Muzzle

I always make the muzzle moveable.

A bungee-cord forms the libs
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A bungee-cord forms the libs
The upper jaw has to be flexible, some parts are made of rubber
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The upper jaw has to be flexible, some parts are made of rubber


The rubber goes between the mesh and the aluminium
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The rubber goes between the mesh and the aluminium
I used a flexible gummi-glue
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I used a flexible gummi-glue


Teeth


The teeth were modelled with FIMO (Wolfy)
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The teeth were modelled with FIMO (Wolfy)
Basic shape made of aluminum (for more stability), covered with FIMO
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Basic shape made of aluminum (for more stability), covered with FIMO
Fussel's teeth sculped with FIMO
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Fussel's teeth sculped with FIMO


Nose

Nose made of FIMO, covered with window color (Wolfy)
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Nose made of FIMO, covered with window color (Wolfy)
Nose made of FIMO (Anchyubee)
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Nose made of FIMO (Anchyubee)
Nose made of wire-mesh, covered with window color (Spotty)
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Nose made of wire-mesh, covered with window color (Spotty)
Nose made of FIMO, covered with lycra (Fussel)
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Nose made of FIMO, covered with lycra (Fussel)
Textured nose made of FIMO
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Textured nose made of FIMO


Eyes


Wolfys eyes outside
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Wolfys eyes outside
Wolfys eyes inside
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Wolfys eyes inside


Animatronics

Ear
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Ear
Eyelid
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Eyelid
Motor for the upper jaw snarl
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Motor for the upper jaw snarl
Snarl
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Snarl


Animatronic-test without the fur
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Animatronic-test without the fur
Moving ears (Anchyubee)
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Moving ears (Anchyubee)
Moving ears (Wolfy)
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Moving ears (Wolfy)


Glowing eyes
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Glowing eyes


Each ear is moved by two servos
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Each ear is moved by two servos
10 servos (4 are missing in the picture, they will be added later), 2 blue LEDs, 1 fan
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10 servos (4 are missing in the picture, they will be added later), 2 blue LEDs, 1 fan


Fur-covering

Building the body

Unitard

Self-build dress-dummy with moveable joints wearing the unitard
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Self-build dress-dummy with moveable joints wearing the unitard


Paddings

Shoulder-padding
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Shoulder-padding
Leg-padding
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Leg-padding


Tail

For my first suits I used a flexible tube as the base and made it more stable by wrapping with foam, cloth and wire. These tails can be bend and they hold the pose.

My first animatronic-tail has a flexible tube in the middle with 4 strings going throu small glued on tubes. The opposing strings are attached to a servo.

Animatronic tail
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Animatronic tail



The idea for Fussels tail started with a flat tire on my bicycle. I had a tube that was only damaged in one tiny spot. So I cut it in two parts and used one half to make a tail.

Valve
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Valve
One half of a bicycle tube
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One half of a bicycle tube
Elastic bands added
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Elastic bands added

Glued one side airtight and in the other a valve. I attached elastic bands to keep the tail curved. That tail is light, can be deflated and is even comfortable to sit upon.

Sewing the fur

Fake-fur pinned on my flexible dress-dummy
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Fake-fur pinned on my flexible dress-dummy


Shoes


Shoesoles made of rubber (Fussel)
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Shoesoles made of rubber (Fussel)


Shoesole made by a local shoemaker
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Shoesole made by a local shoemaker
Paddings
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Paddings


Gloves


Fussel's linen gloves
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Fussel's linen gloves
Self-build hands with joints make it easier to sew the fur on
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Self-build hands with joints make it easier to sew the fur on


Some pictures of the completed fursuits

Tioh
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Tioh
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Fussel
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Fussel
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More pictures of my fursuits are at http://tioh.animexx.jp/ and in the Gallery on this Server http://tioh.dyndns.org/ids/index.cgi

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