Originally Posted by verdatum
Agreed with Nostrum, though the more exact term is "fursuiters", not "furries"
The craft wire often doesn't have enough spring on it's own to avoid sagging. You may need to twist together two or more pieces of wire to get the strength/weight properties you're looking for. (There are also more complicated techniques involving heat treating proper spring-steel...But I've not yet heard of anyone going that far). You clamp the end of two strands in a vice. Grip the other ends with some appropriately sized pliers, and twist the pliers around until you've got a lovely double helix.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "using balloons". lightweight polyester fiberfill is the common substance for bulking up things like tails.
It sounds like you're still in the planning stages; focused on collecting reference pictures; a combination of existing art, other people's costumes, and possibly drawings of your own. Even if you can't draw, it can be useful to take the time to learn, just to get your ideas down on paper.
(ok so for some reason my response to this dident get put up
I agree, craft wire might not be the strongest but im still not sure how large / tall i want to make the tails so that's still a variable on what type to use.
What i meant by balloons is using them to partially fill the tails and then use the polyester to fill the rest of the space thus reducing how much polyester i would have to get as well as make the tails weight slightly less if i make them large.
planning wise, i know what needs to be done for the tails, were my real problem lies is in making a caddy system to support all the tails. Since im a guy and apparently no guy ever cosplays a nine tailed fox spirit i cant find any photos for that. So most of my concept photos have been coming from peoples cosplays of "Ahri" from league of legends.
but like this thread suggested
i am trying to find the equivalent of that girdle... i mean if all else fails i could wear one <.<;;; but i really don't want to imagine what that would feel like to be honest xD just looks uncomfortable to me coming from a guys perspective o.o