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camel
« on: September 30, 2005 03:35:03 AM »

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas how to make a large animal head? I will be using fake fur on the outside but what should I use on the inside to make a mould and hold it up? any ideas greatly appreciated, thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2005 03:36:07 AM »

How about papier mache?  It's light , stiff and easy to mould.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2005 05:06:20 AM »

but dont u have the put the paper OVER something? Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2005 05:18:43 AM »

A balloon is good, if you can get one that's big enough
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2005 05:33:40 AM »

Could you base it around a bike-helmet - that would at least stay on....
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2005 08:03:39 AM »

Try asking here: http://www.livejournal.com/community/fursuit/

It's a great resource for anyone wanting to build anmal heads and the people there are very friendly too.
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2005 01:18:30 PM »

depending on how big you want the head to be, you could use a yoga ball and do paper mache on that. i'm using one right now to make an acorn costume for a five year old. i covered the ball with plastic wrap, and made sure i left plenty of room around the top open, making sure that the air hole is at the top. to get it stiff enough, you're gonna need to do several layers, perhaps using muslin or chicken wire.
hope i helped!
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tofuttibreak
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2005 01:41:10 PM »

You can use those punching balls that they usually have in the party favor section.
They are much bigger and thicker than regular balloons. Just papier mache over it
and then (very carefully) pop it. Then, you can paint it or glue on fake fur or whatever.
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camel
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2005 04:11:07 AM »

Thanks for the suggestions. We decided to use chicken wire which turned out great and will papier mache over that and then somehow stick fake fur over that.
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