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Fursuit Resources Handout from RF [Sep. 27th, 2010|11:56 am]
Here's an electronic version of the handout I made for my RainFurrest panels. This lists some of the most useful suppliers for fursuit, puppet, and plush construction that I've found. Enjoy!

Fursuit Materials Resources
Nicodemus Rat -- RainFurrest 2010

Also check your yellow pages under "foam rubber", "rubber, foam", "industrial, foam rubber"
Bob's Foam Factory www.bobsfoam.com
Excellent supplier in SF East Bay area. Tell him "Nicodemus" sent ya! (You won't get a discount but it'll be amusing.)
Atlas Foam www.atlasfoam.com
LA area foam supplier with great selection.
These are all mail order sources to compare to your local fabric stores
Fabric.com www.fabric.com
Good general source for material
Distinctive Fabrics www.distinctivefabric.com
Stretch velour source as well as other fabrics
Spandex House www.spandexhouse.com
Source for spandex and related stretch materials
I'm Stuffed Furs www.imstuffedfur.com
Good mail order source; helpful staff but fur's a bit pricey. Typical price: $25/yd
CR's Crafts www.crscrafts.com
Will mail order cut yardages of Monterey Mills. Typical price: $20/yd
Far Out Fabrics
Eclectic fabric store, usually with a decent selection of odd furs. Typical price: $25/yd
Monterey Mills www.montereymills.com
Fur manufacturer. Will only sell direct by the bolt. Typical price: $15/yd = $225/bolt
National Fiber Technologies www.nftech.com
Top-notch custom fur manufacturer. Only contact them if you're serious and have lotsa money in the bank! They do have some "off the shelf" furs at good prices so check the website. Typical price: $200+/yd
Douglas & Sturgess www.artstuf.com
Art supplies, molding & casting, resins, paints & pigments. I've found their staff to be reliable and knowledgeable.
Burman Industries www.burmanfoam.com
Supplies, catering towards makeup and special effects.
Monster Makers www.monstermakers.com
(Pricier) mask making supplies and finished masks. Good tutorials & books available. Also foam head forms.
TAP Plastics www.tapplastics.com
West coast retailer of plastic parts, molding & casting supplies
Davis Dental Supplies www.davisdentalsupplies.com
Good source of alginate and dental acrylic
Craft King www.craftking.com
Plastic (plush-style) animal eyes and noses
CR's Crafts www.crscrafts.com
Plastic (plush-style) animal eyes and noses, too
Van Dykes Taxidermy www.vandykestaxidermy.com
Source for taxidermy eyes and teeth sets
Puppet Mart www.puppet-mart.com
Puppet-building supplies and references
Butterick www.butterick.com
Good source of commercial sewing patterns
Simplicity www.simplicity.com
Good source of commercial sewing patterns
Dharma Trading Co. www.dharmatrading.com
Excellent source for dyes for different materials
Aljo Dye Works www.aljodye.com
Distributor for a range of commercial dyes
Tandy Leather Co. www.tandyleatherfactory.com Raw leather, fittings, and leather dyes (good for airbrushing fur)
MacPherson's Leather www.macphersonleather.com
Seattle-based leather and fittings supplier. Will do mail orders.
Many good adhesives are carried by local hardware stores. Also check Amazon.com.
Tandy Leather Co. www.tandyleatherfactory.com Also carries Barge and some other adhesives
TAP Plastics www.tapplastics.com
Has plastic glues, resins, and E-6000
Cool Neon www.coolneon.com EL (ElectroLuminescent) wire kits and power units
Cool Wire www.thatscoolwire.com Alternate source for EL wire and accessories
Amazon www.amazon.com Bulk glow sticks (and bulk glue sticks)
Douglas & Sturgess www.artstuf.com Glow-in-the-dark pigments and paints
nicodemustherat(a)gmail.com Feel free to contact me with questions or if you need info about specific materials.

From: silvertaine
2010-09-27 07:00 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Awesome link list, will definitely add this to my bookmarks. Thanks a bunch! :D
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-09-27 10:14 pm (UTC)
Glad to help! :)
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[User Picture]From: tastyeagle
2010-09-27 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'd also add:

http://www.mjtrends.com for PVC, stretch PVC, and latex sheet in the fabric section.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-09-27 10:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh, excellent! Didn't have a recommended source for that. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: malytwotails
2010-09-27 09:49 pm (UTC)
Puppetmart isn't working anymore :
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-09-27 10:15 pm (UTC)
Whoops! Forgot a hyphen in the URL. Fixed now. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: jackalopejess
2010-09-28 04:39 pm (UTC)
I have another suggestion! I get lots of my foam from http://www.foamforyou.com They have all sorts of foam for all sorts of applications. =]
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2010-09-30 10:12 pm (UTC)
I've been really tempted to get into costuming and fursuiting. This last posts of yours will be really useful if I decide to go into it. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2010-09-30 10:12 pm (UTC)
D'oh. Sorry I meant for that to be in the main thread.
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2010-09-30 10:13 pm (UTC)
I've been really tempted to get into costuming and fursuiting. This last posts of yours will be really useful if I decide to go into it. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-10-04 08:20 am (UTC)
If you're feeling tempted, I'd certainly encourage you to give it a try! If you're into craft and construction sorts of things, building can be as much fun as wearing.

My advice would be to start with something reasonable and relatively simple in design. There's a lot of good info available online (not like back when I started) that'll help you figure out what are existing tested techniques.

And if you get stuck or want help with any aspect of it, please feel free to email me! nicodemustherat (a) gmail
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2010-10-04 12:08 pm (UTC)
I am into crafts. It'll be a little easier when I clean up my garage woodshop, my little inhouse workshop, and my drawing studio.

I know I should start simple, but then I have this grand vision of an avian with functional back mounted wings, and real feathers. I'd probably kill myself if I started with that.

A decade ago I tinkered with some sci-fi costuming and prop making. I made a pretty bad set of Jedi robes, but my lightsaber turned out really good. I've been running into some good fursuit stuff lately, and that along with going to Dragon*Con has started to rekindle my desire to have one.

I'm not sure what kind of suit I'd make though. I keep changing my mind.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-10-04 04:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome. You certainly sound like you've got the know how... But, yes, I'd advise against the winged avian and real feathers first time out. :)

(articulated wings are a big mechanical and weight challenge, more than anything; real feathers are just tedious to work with)

Since you draw, just sketch different animal characters here and there... Something will click and say "build me"!
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