I have 2 options:
- Buy it from MagpieBones (Fur Affinity, DeviantArt, website).
- Do it myself (design it myself and let someone better make it for me).
DesignI started with some ideas:
Tight head/face fit
- Based on cast of my head
Latex coating of edges
- Around eye holes (for more comfortable fit)
- On lips (visual)
- Both upper and lower teeth
Zipper on back side
- Cover over zipper (flat plastic, forcing itself over the zipper because of its fit)
Holes in nose
(breathing with closed mouth)
Casting my HeadThis is first part and also part which I have no way to do myself.
It is done in 3 steps:
- Bald Cap to hide hair
- Shaving my beard
(because I want to keep them, can also be used for beard if short enough)
Straw in mouth
(bigger hole or multiple of them)
Straws in nose
(should be secured in place to not fall out)
- Straw in mouth
Keeping clothes safe
(plastic bag with hole only for head / neck)
- Often silicon
(not that they really matter for this)
- Often plaster dressings (or bandages soaked by gypsum)
(keeping the shape, actual box is used for small casts)
Creating Base of HeadHaving the mold of your head, you can start modelling the snout from clay. Keep in mind that there will be fur added on the shape (to not have the snout too big). I want mine to cover my ears - when someone touches side of my head, they should not feel my ears. They may still be able to feel edge of the solid part which can be fixed by making the edge slowly fading or making it around whole head with the back half made from different (flexible) material (which I would recommend you with the 1st option too). You should also think how to add a nose (on top of the muzzle). From my point of view, there are 2 options:
- Make space for it and cast it later
Make it part of whole snout
TeethSome Fursuit Makers do only bottom half of teeth without anyone ever noticing (except those who wear their fursuits, I am referencing to WMW66 Costumes). I want both upper and lower teeth which will take some space (and weight) in the snout (leaving no space for small fan). Teeth itself can be done from hard material (like gypsum) or (better) something bendable (like silicone) which should not hurt anyone on bite (at least not penetrate their skin) and not break on hit.
Adding FurAt first, you need to know direction of fur. I would recommend you to look at some dogs (like Czechoslovakian Wolfdog) to get it right. Before rushing to sewing the fur, you may want to use a trick many Fursuit Makers do - prepare those pieces from paper. It will remove all possible folds and allow you to use as minimum of fur as possible (and also keeps the right direction of fur). Remember to leave some space for sews (where needed, you can still only glue it to the head instead of sewing). To attach the fur on the snout + face (Thermoplastic polyurethane) you can use glue. You should not need to replace it for few years and when you do, it may still be easier to recreate it - use old mold if you kept it (you could do multiple bases for selling them).
Head ZipperTo put it on, you will need a zipper because most furs do not stretch. It does not matter where - on side, back or somewhere in between. Whatever position you choose, you may want to hide the zipper. It can be done in 4 (possibly more) different ways:
Using small zipper with only few millimeters between both edges of fur.
Disadvantage is getting your fur stuck in the zipper almost every time.
This means you will leave some (fur) fabric to overlap the zipper.
The overlap may be
longfrom one side or shorter from both sides (should be better).
Leaving overlap with Velcro
Same as previous but this time you add Velcro on the overlap. Problem with this is that it may catch some fur and make it look worse and worse.
This is most used option (sometimes with snap fasteners (studs) ).
Flat plastic strip
mechanismuses the fact that the head is tight fit because it is using it to cover the zipper.
Use flexible plastic strip of same length as the zipper. The fur may be glued to it. You can glue the zipper too but it may be better to sew it to the strip (you will need to drill small holes for needle). The overlap should be half (or less) from total width of the strip.
You may have problems with zipping this because it will leave almost no space for your fingers.
Finishing FurYou may want to color your fur (using airbrush) but before you do that, you need to trim the fur. Shortest fur should be on (top of) muzzle. Again, I recommend you to take a look at dogs (wolf-like dogs like Czechoslovakian Wolfdog) for best result. I will also want long(-er) hair for myself. Longer then can be done using faux fur fabric. For that, I have 3 options:
Some people use those to make their hair longer. It is done by merging your own hair with artificial (bought) hair and hiding it under layer of their hair (to hide the connecting).
Faux Fur is nothing more then hair wig with shorter length and bigger density (sometimes with 2nd (shorter) layer of fluff (to hide the fabric behind it) ).
This is something in between. We will still use Faux Fur but add long(-er) hair to it.
To do so, we will use similar principle to one used for (high quality) masks to add (not only) hair. They penetrate the surface with special tool and when they take it out, it leave hair in the hole (which closes itself).
We do not have advantage of self-sealing material but we can bend the hair in half and sew it to the fabric (when there is pressure on one half, there should be similar pressure on the other half which will keep it in place).