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Unread 08-07-2008, 02:37 AM   #1
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Faun Costume - hooves

For this years "From the Land Beyond" sci-fi con, I'm planning a faun costume. I would be happy to make the Pan's Labyrinth faun costume, but I just don't have that skill, nor the resources or time.

I'm going to make an original design faun costume based loosely off of some goat fursuits I've seen and also the Roman sculptures of fauns.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70DkUlDLsts
This video was part of my inspiration.

I started off using some high heeled vinyl boots that I have, but now I'm starting to think I want to make actual digigrade hooves. Does anyone know a relatively easy method to do this? I'm not sure where to start, or how to do it in a way that won't jeopardize my balance.

Another question - I need to figure out what to do to hide my chest, as I am female. I don't want to just use a sports bra, as that would take away the forest-y effect of the faun. A shaggy fur covering my breast area would be one option, but does anyone else have ideas about this?

Any help with creating this costume would be much appreciated!!
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Unread 08-07-2008, 09:37 AM   #2
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I have no experience with digigrade legs, as I am just learning, so I can't help you there.

I can help you with ideas for the chest.

It will work best, of course, the smaller chested that you are.

First idea is to bind yourself, and wear a nude shirt (skintight unitard material) over it. You can airbrush/dye/paint skin gradients and nipples and such onto that.

I think you should also give your faun a nice deal of chest hair (on the shirt), to further disguise your chest area. You could even do arm hair and back hair, to make it look more natural.

I have VERY little experience with faux fur, so I do not know what types are available, but maybe you can find a sparser type than most mascot costumers use... the regular faux fur tends to be very thick and I don't think just using a sheet will work for chest/arm hair.

If i think of anything else... I'll let you know
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Unread 08-07-2008, 11:04 AM   #3
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This is the tutorial I used for my Minotaur Hooves: http://hawke.livequest.de/hooves1.html

Digitgrading is quite easy to do. I started with a skintight bodysuit, then carved shapes for the thighs, back of the legs and chest and sewed them directly to the bodysuit. Faur fur was sewn over top of the bodysuit with padding, and tadaa! Digitgrading!

Miss Monster offers a pretty good tutorial on how she made here werewolf costume with digitgrading: http://www.instructables.com/id/real...ewolf-costume/
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Unread 08-07-2008, 02:40 PM   #4
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So, that kind of digigrading is just the kind where you give the illusion of a digigrade foot. I started a hoof like that, and it looks wonderful, but I was hoping for a little more information on how to make the kind with a stilt involved. Though I suppose that's not very good balance-wise...

Feefie, thank you for the idea! Yes, luckily, I'm almost flat-chested, so that technique should work wonders. I'm debating between using a scruffy, scraggly-looking fur, or a fluffier fur for the longer parts. I'm really not sure what look I should go for, I suppose. I want a forest-y, sprite-like faun, so perhaps scraggly is the way to go.

And then I really need to decide what to do about the color, because I want to match my hair with the fur, and I have a dark/dirty blonde color with natural blonde highlights, but I have experience with using fur and that's going to be a difficult color to match. Would it be easier to just make some sort of matching headdress rather than change my own hair or paint the fur...?
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Unread 08-07-2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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Ah, sorry, just watched the video.

Those don't look like stilts, but a form of pony boot: http://www.ponyboots.com/

Basically a high heeled shoe without the heel, so you have to walk on your toes.

You can buy stilts as well, but they would require a thicker leg (with padding) to hide your foot
Just the stilts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKLiJH-994k

Covered stilts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHxswUmIdsU

You can see he uses a walking stick as an aid. These types of stilts are very hard to walk on, especially for long periods of time.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 03:24 PM   #6
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And then I really need to decide what to do about the color, because I want to match my hair with the fur, and I have a dark/dirty blonde color with natural blonde highlights, but I have experience with using fur and that's going to be a difficult color to match. Would it be easier to just make some sort of matching headdress rather than change my own hair or paint the fur...?
Head hair and body hair are naturally different colors... usually body hair is the darkest shade that occurs in your head hair. If you go for that, I think that it would be ok. Because of the abundance of fursuiters, I'm sure you could find at least ONE shade that occurs in your hair.

This is just speculation, so if someone knows this doesn't work, please say so:

If you get your one shade of fur, it would look most natural to have it have multiple shades in it, of course. What if you could find a dye that would not necessarily dye the fibers, but instead coat them enough to change their shade... say, making the fur closer to the hooves different than the leg hair.

I think it all depends on what material the faux fibers are made out of. Though, people seem to have pretty good success with sharpie dying on the wig fibers... maybe that would work for you.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 03:58 PM   #7
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So I had an idea... If you can find thick piece of clear plastic, you can make something like those pony boots - only put the clear plastic on the bottom, pointing towards the heel, so that you have a full bottom to stand on without it becoming obvious that it's there. Does that make sense at all?

As for a fur - have you thought about mohair? The type I'm thinking of is commonly used for dollfie wigs. Here's a picture of what I'm talking about: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cherrysoda/915195071/

If you can find that material, it is dyeable and I think it would work perfectly for a woodsy, nymph-like faun.

Comes offa this animal here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Bounce.JPG
So it should be pretty accurate. :]

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Unread 08-07-2008, 04:09 PM   #8
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When I made my husband's Satyr/Pan costume I went to a pet store and bought the actual hooves they sell as chew toys. We attached them to a thin wooden bas then made a padding and straps to keep them strapped to the foot. We covered the straps with fur to hide them and he ran around on his toes when people were around.

We were part of a Faerie Court so we had the Fae Queen and her Satyr.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 04:46 PM   #9
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Yes, something like mohair was sort of what I have in mind for the hip area and perhaps on the chest and back area.

I've used paint (watercolor, I think it was) and a toothbrush to streak areas of fur before, so I think I could do that again. It's a little difficult to not matt the fur though when doing that, but possible if I keep a blow-dryer handy.
I think the darkest hair color I have (oh boy! multi colors!) is a dark brown/black color, so maybe I'll go with that and then think about painting some streaks into the fur afterwards. Again, thank you Feefie...so helpful!

The plastic heel idea is really good. I just need to figure out where to get some shoes like that.... maybe Haight and Ashbury would sell those. I wouldn't be surprised. That might look better than the really furry hoof look that I'm toying with now, because like I said, I want a playful, nymph-like look to my faun.


(On a random note, has anyone met Doug Jones? He's going to be at this con, so I'm hoping to get a picci with him - does he charge for that? I know his signatures are $20.)
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Unread 08-07-2008, 05:47 PM   #10
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This is a cool tut for those types of feet. You'll need to scroll down a little, some of the pictures are broken but not the ones of the feet.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207471.0
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Unread 08-07-2008, 09:54 PM   #11
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Another question - I need to figure out what to do to hide my chest, as I am female. I don't want to just use a sports bra, as that would take away the forest-y effect of the faun. A shaggy fur covering my breast area would be one option, but does anyone else have ideas about this?
Well, the obvious idea is just to be a female character, and not have to worry about hiding parts of your body.

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So I had an idea... If you can find thick piece of clear plastic, you can make something like those pony boots - only put the clear plastic on the bottom, pointing towards the heel, so that you have a full bottom to stand on without it becoming obvious that it's there. Does that make sense at all?
Yes, because except for the "clear" part, it's what the faun in the original YouTube video has! You can see them clearly at about 56+ seconds into the film. The back of the hoof extends backwards flat along the ground, providing support without a visible heel.

Also, for everyone's reference (it'll make it easier to search for tutorials!) it's spelled digitigrade. ^_^
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Unread 08-07-2008, 10:23 PM   #12
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Those don't look like stilts, but a form of pony boot: ["]http://www.ponyboots.com/[/url]

Um just a note.... two different computers that I have opened up that link on have detected a virus on that webpage... it tried to download something on my computer.

Just fyi.
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oh my! Best not open the page then, I don't want anyone getting a virus
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Unread 08-08-2008, 12:35 PM   #14
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I found a website that supplies mohair in lots of different colors, if you're willing to spend a bit of cash on getting the perfect color. http://www.curlyfurimports.com/

Thanks for the heads up on that website - I dunno who'd pay $1000 for boots anyway!! O_O
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Ouch! $1000 is a little heavy on my measly cosplay budget. O-O

In SF there's a wonderful little store, Mendels, which sells a fair amount of good quality faux fur, so I'll probably use that as my fabric resource with this one. Thanks for the suggestions though!

I started the horns today. I'm using a headband, which is almost my hair color, and (how old-school) I attached a base made of tinfoil for each horn. Really expensive, huh? And then over that I'm doing paper mache, but it's proving to not smooth over as well as I'd hoped. Is there some way I could make it smoother? The horns are pretty curvy and thin - sort of shaped like a pig's tail, with a little spiral to it. (Man, I'm so cheap. I need to put that money I earn doing portraits to good use soon.)

And then for the hooves, I think I'll stick with what I'm trying out now, which is the faux digitigrade look, using heels and then covering them with fur. If it doesn't turn out how I'd like it to, I'll restart.

Has anyone seen the Kreek costume on YouTube? Really interesting. It's inspired me a bit for this costume.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMB4zuE_UII
(No viruses, don't worry! Just plain ol' Youtube! :P)
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