Making a Fox
In Summer 2002, I decided to have an experiment.
A friend of mine had constructed a wolf head based on a latex cast, and
I wanted to see what would happen if we used the same
base, covered it orange and white fur, and passed it off as a
fox. This somewhat strange task did have a motive behind it - I
was due to attend Anthrocon
2002, and, having a likely allergy to fake fur, had been unable,
for the second year running, to complete a wolf fursuit.
Borrowing my friend's Darkstone Realms foxsuit
was a possibility, but the sheer growth in popularity of their
fursuits over the year would have made me one of many. So the
idea was to create quickly a unique head to fit with the existing
Working from the same base as the wolf with only a few
minor modifications, the fox head was furred over, dyed and finished
in a period of two weeks, with the added help of Sandroo, creator of
the original latex mask. Photographs of the final fursuit can
be found here.
The images shown below all point to the full-sized pictures.
The fox head started out life as a latex shell originally
modelled for becoming that of a wolf. To make the appearance slightly more vulpine, two
cheek-ruffs were carved out of foam, and glued to either side of
the head, here mounted on a bust. The result was then
Because we couldn't find fur to match the original Darkstone foxsuit,
we ended up using white fur throughout, in three lengths - short
for the top of muzzle and ears, long for the cheeks and down the
front to the chest, and medium everywhere else. After a
trimming session to beld the different fur lengths together, it
was then dyed appropriately, using acrylic paint - being careful
to brush the fur thoroughly while it dries to prevent matting.
Here is the head from the side, with one base coat of brown
So as the head would be easy to get into, while not leaving
masses of loose fur around the neck, the back of the neck is
split up the middle, and an overlapping join made out of velcro
- a little brushing from a friend on putting on the head and the
join becomes almost invisible.
|A close up of the muzzle, which shows where the first coat
of brown dye hasn't fully taken. Another application of
it removes the problem.
The easiest way we found to apply the dye was to take an
old toothbrush and use that to rub the colour in, making sure
it reached the roots of the fur - that way, you wouldn't be
able to tell it started out white.
A close up photo of one of the ears. Later, we put some
fur inside them to hide the latex, just as would be found in a
The muzzle, front on. The lips and nose are made black by
using a mixture of latex, black acrylic, and water (yes, latex
and water do mix), and sponging it on in several coats.
Detail was added to the muzzle - a little black airbrush paint
applied with the fingers, followed by some whiskers. These
are made from the bristles of a dustpan, threaded through the
latex with a needle and glued in place on the other side.
The finished fox head. Here you can see the black detail
around the eyes, and the beige fur inside the ears. All of
the white fur has also been 'dirtied' a bit with a very weak
solution of dye, so as to better match the off-white fur colour
of the original fursuit's chest.
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