Step 3: More Foaming and Eyes

You will need: Foam; plastic canvas; taxidermy eyes; spray glue; canvas/buckram; (fake) leather; electrician's tape; cool melt glue gun.

1. The eyebrow ridges are usually a good place to go next. These are where your mask will get most of its facial expression, so unlike the cheeks it's good to be a little - even a lot - more generous with how much they stick out. It'll look silly on the unfurred mask but the finished product will look a lot more expressive if you do this.

2. Installing the taxidermy eyes.

- First, prepare the eyes by cutting out a small piece of foam to make the backs of them straight (usually they're concave at the back). Glue the foam onto the eyes.
- Cut a thin strip of electrician's tape and wind it around the outside of the eyes to make a seal between the sides of the taxidermy eyes and the foam.
- Use (fake) leather to make eyelids. You can change the expression of the eyes by making the eyelids different shapes. Fold a piece of (fake) leather over and stick them onto the eyes with a glue gun.
- Make the tear ducts by cutting them out of canvas/buckram and colouring the material black with a Prismacolor marker (or similar artist's marker). These should be oversized and run under the eyes as well as to the side of them because they will be the source of your vision. Stick them to the eyes using a small amount of glue.
- Install the eyes by sticking them to the underside of the eyebrow ridge with the glue gun. Symmetry is very important here, a squinting mask isn't such a great idea. Try to install them so their point of focus is a few feet in front of the mask's face.

3. Foaming the muzzle

- This is very much like the cheeks and eyebrow ridges, only more difficult. Remember to make it smaller and more angular than you want your finished mask to be. Leave a hole in the front for the nose to sit.
- If you make the lower jaw separately from the upper jaw, you can also leave a slit between the two and use it for ventilation. Cut your balaclava so that this is possible. I can even have a drink in mine!

4. Ears

- Make ears either out of foam or plastic canvas. I covered mine in a pinkish velvet material.
Just a tip, put the materials into a bulleted list, rather than just a paragraph
<p>hey i'm a furry also but so far... ok well today I bought some slippers that look exactly like furry feat i'm wearing them right now actually so I really like them. I also really want a furry suit but i'm going to wait till i'm 18 I suppose it would be best (i'm only twelve plus I also like five nights at freddys as u can tell)</p>
Im 12 and making a fursuit, for a basic fursuit, it is 100 USD. My dad approves.
Thank you. I was thinking about making a cat fursuit head for my daughter but was unsure how to start. This tutorial was very helpful
<p>Kloofsuits on youtube also makes a very good example!</p>
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<p>btw my name is supposed to be Mangle the Fox</p>
<p>i have a few ideas,</p><p>1. the nose can be anything that gives a good texture and holds shape (foam)</p><p>2.if you get a certain taxidermy eye,its one way so it looks realistic and you have more vision.</p><p>3.defintley have a cooling system</p><p>4.yes, have the balaclava but save some foam by using plastic canvas or wire to build a shell...</p><p>5.for hair,use patches of tied &amp; brushed acrylic yarn,it acts perfectly like hair</p><p>6.@#4, you can store anything you need in there</p><p>7. if your doing a moving jaw,chose a good brand of elastic,you don't want your jaw to break in action</p><p>8.you may wanna have a hidden microphone and headphones for hearing,sound does not travel that well through foam...</p><p>9.for beginners,start with cartoon,much easier</p><p>10.and accessories show your style, don't be plain,we are all vibrant,express that...</p><p>and that's my 10 tips to fursuiters.</p>
<p>you made it sound so simple, I tried it myself several times using various components but never get it right:)</p><p>www.jobibex.com</p>
Semi-experienced suit builder here - I do commissions and own three suits of my own. I just wanted to say, maybe installing the whiskers after clipping the fur would be a good idea. I take my muzzle pieces, lay them flat, and then shave the fur down, before installing whiskers and sewing the fur together.<br><br>My whiskers are glued directly into the muzzle foam, and then threaded through pre-made holes in the muzzle piece (which is all sewn together). Makes it a little harder for kids to rip 'em out ;)
<p>What do you recommend for someone doing something like a duck?</p>
how much are your comissions?
I love fursuiting! I'm making a quadsuit now! :) this kid kinda stares at me every time I wear my fursuit 0.o
thanks for the tutorial! <br><br>ive been looking to get into furries just for the fun of it, on a scale of 1-10, how hard would you say making the head is?<br><br>also, what do you think would be the cheapest i could build one for? <br>is there any alternate methods to having a baclava? (IE a helmet or something)
there are multiple methods out there you can choose from. here is a link to two alternate types and their advantages and disadvantages:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.nicodemus.org/fursuit/framehead.php">http://www.nicodemus.org/fursuit/framehead.php</a><br> <br> (side-note: if you go with a Plastic Canvas construction you can find packs of it at Walmart for a decent price)<br> <br> difficulty level really depends on what you want the head to be capable of doing. some have jaws that can open and close to simulate talking, some have animatronics set up so that the eyes will blink, others have have &quot;3D eyes&quot; which will follow you wherever you look (think the Mona Lisa) as well as allow the person wearing it to look out the eyes and see where they're going. then there are ones which have wiring built in so they can have parts (eyes, ears, claws, etc.) that light up (these are great for raves)<br> <br> as for how much it costs it really varies on a few things. I've known some people that can construct an entire half-suit (that's a head, hand-paws, foot-paws and tail w/ regular clothes making up the rest of the costume) for as little as $70 to $120. Full Suits (the ones that are the whole body suit and the head) can run anywhere from $150 to $300+. the cost really depends on how lucky you get with shopping around for fur and materials.<br> <br> two pieces of advice i would like to offer:<br> 1. consider wiring a small computer fan to a battery pack and installing it in the head because they can and will get very hot.<br> 2. youtube is your friend. there are countless other video tutorials online that can give you a better idea of the add-ons and optional things you can do with your character.<br> <br> hope that helps you a bit and good luck *wags tail* ^__^&nbsp;
ive actually started making the head already.<br>i got a 54&quot; x 72&quot; x 1&quot; sheet of high density foam for $50, im not sure but for only using a 1/4 of the roll so far, it seems like it was a good deal.<br>its a all foam construction so ive yet to find a nice tutorial on a moving jaw thats easy to follow, but ive got some furiends who can help out.<br>a small fan seems necessary. especially around my area when it can go from 20 to 35 degrees in a hour.<br><br>that really helped out a bit!<br>thanks!
cool :) and yeah that is a good deal.<br> <br> i think you can find some tutorials online...<br> <br> you may also wanna try this site:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.matrices.net/maskvideo.asp">http://www.matrices.net/maskvideo.asp</a><br> <br> <br> glad i could help ^__^
thats actually what i was following XD<br>this is what ive got done, need thinner foam to finish the ears and fill out ares like the brows, between-ish the eyes, cheeks, etc.<br>
great job! it looks awesome so far :D *wags tail*<br> <br> my girlfriend and I will be starting 2 characters in the next couple weeks ^__^
great Instructable MurmurCat :D
Hey, what's the general cost of this project?
When i Built it with all the supplies it was 100 dollars and good luck it was cheaper to buy foam from walmart
Hi I live in the UK too, and was wondering what dimensions you used from tw foam and what you put in the what foam will be used for box. Please reply, will show you the finished product when done if you like ^^
Where did you bought the eyes?
how are you supposed to see?
Through the tear ducts!&nbsp; I can see pretty much perfectly, apart from a little loss of peripheral vision.&nbsp; The tear ducts are made of a black screen/canvas material that's a loose enough weave to be transparent when held close to your eyes.&nbsp; <br />
Hi! I have a question.. where do you get your foam? And is there a specific kind I should be looking for? I'm not a furry or anything but I do like making costumes, A LOT. I attend Burning Man every year so I'll definitely be making something of the sort for this year. <br /> <br /> BTW this is super sweet thanks for the tutorial!!&nbsp; :D<br />
I got mine from TW Foam in the UK.&nbsp; I dunno about US suppliers at all, sorry.&nbsp; Medium density foam is best since you can carve it with sharp scissors.&nbsp; Harder foam lets you be more precise but it is more difficult to shape.&nbsp; <br />
thank you so much :) very helpful
If ya don't mind me asking <em><strong>why</strong></em> did you make this?<br/>
Kills some time, doesn't it?
anyone home?
Uh, yeah. I don't spend my whole life hammering the refresh button hoping someone will comment on my thing. I just like making stuff, is all.
I understand. Just curious I just became a furry not to long ago. Working on drawing my fursona, need to name him, and find some way to recreate it on a computer. Scanner doesn't work but might get a tablet for christmas.
congrats! ..... i was beginning to think i was the only furry on here *twitches* are you on f4l?
btw, there is a furry group here.
can you post the link???
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/group/Furry/">http://www.instructables.com/group/Furry/</a><br/><br/>It realy needs some more ible's put on it.....<br/>
No but I have a deviant art and will hopefully post soon (my username there is wizerd745)
good point. btw are u a furry?
Oooookkkkkk... Good job... i guess... What team is it for?

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