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[Fursuit WIP] Watch Grace come to life! - COMPLETE

10 Jun 2017, 5:02 pm (Edited 3 Jul 2017, 10:28 am)
Eyyy!

Since my last fursuit WIP went so well, and there's interest to see another, here's a grand old WIP thread for my next suit: Grace the Alicorn!

For those of you who may not know, Grace is my fursona. She's a pretty little alicorn (though sometimes I draw her as a regular horse instead :'D) and she's very important to me. I couldn't imagine having any other character as my fursona. That being said, I really love fursuits, and absolutely adore performing in them, so I'm setting out to make Grace into a fursuit - in time for Anthrocon this year.

It's a tall order, but I'm a determined little horse, so I think I can do it. :D

List:
Head - DONE !
Hands/Hooves - DONE !
Wings - DONE !
Body suit - DONE !
Tail - DONE !
Feet - DONE !

If you'd like to be added to the PING list, just let me know. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post here or message me!
Let us not grow weary of doing good.
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10 Jun 2017, 5:08 pm (Edited 27 Jun 2017, 11:47 pm)
Materials used (will update as I remember/add more ; u ;) :

- Upholstery Foam - 1/2, 1, and 3 inch
- Faux fur in various colors and lengths, according to my design
- Balaclava - to build the head onto
- Fleece - black and pink for the mouth, as well as cream to match my design
- Foamies/foam sheets - white and black
- Buckram fabric
- Acrylic paint - in various colors. The base eye color (light blue), shading color (royal blue), tint color (green), as well as white and black to adjust those colors and add contrast.
- Polyester/all purpose thread - black and cream/appropriate colors
- Shoes - for the base of the feet
- Horse barrier boots - size small. I used them to make the 'hoof' of my shoe.
- Cheap shoes - bought to use the heel for the feet.
- Gloves - to use as the base of the hands
- Velcro - for the back of the body suit and head (**I have no idea if velcro is a good or horrible idea for fursuit making - when in doubt, you should probably use a zipper)
- Elastic - to use as straps for the tail

Tools used
- X-acto knife - with SEVERAL new blades
- Craft scissors - both blunt and sharp-edge
- Paintbrushes - various sizes, mostly small
- Circle templates - for making the irises/pupils consistent
- Foam OR professional mannequin head - to build the fursuit head on (**if making a "bucket" style head, this is unecessary. If making a head on a balaclava base, then this is very necessary)
- Masking tape - about 3-5 rolls for the whole project
- Sewing machine - for the bulk of the sewing
- Sewing needle - for handsewing; I recommend a smaller needle rather than a larger one
- Straight pins - for pinning fur !
- Poly-fill - for stuffing the tail and wings, as well as the digi/unguligrade padding
- Chalk - for marking patterns. Be sure to use chalk that doesn't stain! I learned that the hard way :'D
- Measuring tape & ruler - Nice to have, helps get proportions right
- Hot glue gun - I use high temperature
- Glue sticks - At LEAST 3-4 bags of glue sticks for the entire project. Again, high temperature.
- Sharpie/other marker - for marking patterns on tape or foam
- Loctite glue - for the shoes
- Razor knife - for cutting and adjusting the barrier boots/shoes
- Electric knife - for shaping the foam padding. Not a necessity, but definitely a great tool! Makes carving the foam MUCH easier.
- Poster board - for making patterns for the tail, wings, and hair/mane
- Slicker brush - for brushing out the fur from the seams, as well as brushing the fur in general

References:

This first reference is an example of Grace's very fanciful form. The second is a simplified example, which is probably what the fursuit will end up looking like.

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10 Jun 2017, 5:09 pm
First step - building out the foam! I wear glasses currently, so I need some room in this head for them to fit. .u.

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Got the foam sewn to the balaclava (I like to sew the base foam to the balaclava just to ensure nothing rips or comes loose), and cut a hole for my mouth. Never done this before, but it's already helping to make the balaclava - and by extension, the head - a LOT more comfortable.

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Eyes! I'm making Grace's eyes a bit larger and a different shape than my past suits - if it ends up not working, I can just remake them and adjust the foam as I need. ^^'

(Cutting the foamies/foam to shape after creating a paper template of the eye)

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(Painting the buckram irises - use a circle template to help get perfect circles)

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Let us not grow weary of doing good.
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10 Jun 2017, 5:12 pm
Hancets

Eeeee I had so much fun watching your work in your first fursuit thread! Please add me to the ping list, I would love to see your progress on this new one ^^
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10 Jun 2017, 5:16 pm
Hancets Oh! I love watching fursuits come together. If you could put me on the ping list that'd be amazing~!
Hello! My name is Herbal! I am a user with possible DID or OSDD. Sig under reconstruction.
10 Jun 2017, 5:17 pm
Mmm! Pinglist! I'm not even a furry/fursuiter but damn your suits are cool
Sorry if my font seems aggressive, I have really bad eyesight ;_;
I also have the attention span of a spoon so mind me if I suddenly stop answering or it takes me a while to get back to you
Please check out my FD Pet trade!
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10 Jun 2017, 5:18 pm (Edited 10 Jun 2017, 5:21 pm)
Rayray408
Pyon
spiritwolf100
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Choccie
Casper_Ringtail
Steampunk_Llama
Hawkfeather
meggie
blackbobcat
OneSmartChicken
sugoishiba
Navydust
LordKaen
Norbiester
Vescen
avaloniancat

And thank you, Norbiester! I'm glad these silly costumes are entertaining for people, at least. :'D

Edit: And gosh, thanks Vescen and avaloniancat, too! You all are so nice. ; u ;
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10 Jun 2017, 5:25 pm
Yessssssssssss YEAAAAAASSSSSSSS
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10 Jun 2017, 5:30 pm
pinglist as well please!
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10 Jun 2017, 5:30 pm
Hancets
slam me down onto that ping list!!
i stalked your other thread like crazy haha but this time i'm here In the beginning. so i don't want to miss a thing!! love your work!!

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10 Jun 2017, 5:40 pm
Oh man, those eyes are so pretty~ Looking cool so far~ ^^
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10 Jun 2017, 5:49 pm
Ooooh, can't wait!! :D

The eyes are beautiful <3 Already off to a great start!
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10 Jun 2017, 5:53 pm
Could you put me on the pinglist? I'm not a fursuiter but it's interesting to watch one come together!
Elba/cis/lesbian/pronouns she/her, they/them

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11 Jun 2017, 1:31 pm (Edited 11 Jun 2017, 1:31 pm)
following!! Lov fursuit progress
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11 Jun 2017, 5:53 pm
Thank you all so much! ; w ; Added everyone who asked to the PINGlist - and about to post some updates. ^^
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11 Jun 2017, 5:59 pm (Edited 11 Jun 2017, 5:59 pm)
First off - a word of caution! When painting the back of buckram fursuit eyes, be careful to keep in mind how paint can seep through to the front! I painted the back of my eyes black and turned the eyes over to discover this mess:

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But given the backs have to be black in order for me to see through the eyes, I went on and just painted the entire backs black before letting it dry.
Once it was all dry, I went back and fixed the front.

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Much better!

I also did some foam work - got the initial foam 'slab' for my face, and patterned out the muzzle (though it was a bit long..)

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11 Jun 2017, 6:00 pm
Rayray408
Pyon
spiritwolf100
RedlaSunShowers029
Choccie
Casper_Ringtail
Steampunk_Llama
Hawkfeather
meggie
blackbobcat
OneSmartChicken
sugoishiba
Navydust
LordKaen
Norbiester
Vescen
avaloniancat
Poofygirl
MeatieMeats
dowryyytos
Let us not grow weary of doing good.
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11 Jun 2017, 6:12 pm
ahh awesome!
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11 Jun 2017, 6:14 pm
Hancets I do love the eyes! I am glad you were able to fix them. :D
Hello! My name is Herbal! I am a user with possible DID or OSDD. Sig under reconstruction.
11 Jun 2017, 6:26 pm
Could I be on the pinglist please? ;w; I was a lurker and loved watching Charley come to life. ;u;

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11 Jun 2017, 6:32 pm
Could I be added to the pinglist please? Also, do you have a photo album or a link to your previous suit? I'd love to see it!
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20 Jun 2017, 11:40 pm (Edited 20 Jun 2017, 11:41 pm)
HOOOOO BOY A BIT UPDATE FOR YA'LL.

Also I officially finished this semester of school today?? Summer is here and idk what to do anymore.

In other news Grace is coming along! There's a bit of foaming left before I tape her up, but she's honestly coming along pretty quick.

The muzzle was cut out ..

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And I cut vague/beginning eyeholes in the face foam.

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Then pinned the muzzle cheek foam in place!

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I also kept working on the eyes, making them 3D and all that.

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Test-fit the eyes.

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Now with 100% more squishable cheeks!

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Building the back of the head now:

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Top view, so you can see the plates - I start with pieces of foam on the sides and top of the head, attached to the balaclava directly, then build another layer of foam on top of that. basing the head off of these initial pieces allows for better give.

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Also cut out the eyelashes!

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And finished the eyes themselves, poking sufficient holes in the buckram with a straight pin so I could see through the fabric, and attaching the fabric to the foam eyes. They follow quite well!

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And test-fitting them in the head:

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Cute pone!

I also got started on the wings.. But the pattern I made didn't work entirely, so I only have the backs of them (shown below) sewn.

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20 Jun 2017, 11:43 pm
Looks really good so far! c:
20 Jun 2017, 11:44 pm
Rayray408
Pyon
spiritwolf100
RedlaSunShowers029
Choccie
Casper_Ringtail
Steampunk_Llama
Hawkfeather
meggie
blackbobcat
OneSmartChicken
sugoishiba
Navydust
LordKaen
Norbiester
Vescen
avaloniancat
Poofygirl
MeatieMeats
dowryyytos
Soni
TelseCat
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20 Jun 2017, 11:49 pm
Ah this is pretty cool to watch come together. I must've I missed your first thread about this, but I subscribed here so I can come back later ^_^
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