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Unread 01-30-2006, 04:12 AM   #1
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Tail tutorial. (Mainly wolf tails.)

HAI!! Alright I shall get right down to buisness. This is a basic tail tutorial, though mainly for wolf tails. Although You could maybe apply it to other kinds of tails? ..........Ne. OI! Anyway, here is a picture of how mine came out. I do favor it. And if you do it right then it's perfect for everyday wear too! (Like me but I can't take mine off. I superglued it on. Ahaha. ^_^; )


SO! What I did was I looked online, buying a rectangle of fabrc with fake fur. (I couldn't possibly wear real wolf fur. It costs too much!) Mine was completely black on one side with fur on the other. Now once you get ahold of a rectangle of fur then the rest is easy. You'll also need a few needles and lots of thred. A pair of scissors can't hurt if you mess up. Basically you make a half fold on each side, long way. Like fold the two long sides to meet in the middle. Then, if you was then you can put polyester batting in the folds to make it look less flat. BUT. That is optional. No wires or such is needed since if you just let it hang loose it looks more real! You don't see any wolves with their tail sticking out straight, or even anime characters for that matter. Basically you sew the ends to the middle, making sure that you pull the fur out from under the stiching each time. When done correctly the stiching should be completely invisible. Now. For attachment and removal.

I sewed one end of my tail to a sash, so that way I either runt he sash through the belt loops of my pants or just wear it without the support of my pants. Make sure the sash is a bit longer so the ends reach at least your knees. Not only does it look good, but you can run the loose ends of the sash back through the belt loops of your pants so nobody knows it's there. Cover it with your shirt.
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Unread 10-27-2006, 02:40 PM   #2
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I would say that a steel cable would make it look more natural. Say, 1/8 inch cable if you want the tip frankly sticking out, and 1/16 inch cable if you want the tail if you only want a very slight curl up.
Of course, remember to straighten up the steel cable before starting. You just need to carefully bent it against its natural curl, and once it's straight enough, stick it under your mattress a couple of days. For a better control of the 1/8 cable, add a few fishing weights on the lower tip and about two thirds the way down. Finish the cable with come good rubberizing on its tips, like a good goop of kitchen or window silicone sealant; otherwise, the cable WILL eventually poke its way through the fur.

I speak from experience. My 'bug' for my Neg-Skuld costume has eight legs made through a slightly more detailed technique (like stuffing them like teddy bear arms ratter than making them 'solid' fur). I just wish I had thought about the silicone before one of the cables started showing.

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Unread 09-15-2007, 10:37 PM   #3
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While it is a good idea to use wire just incase you want to bend the tail in any kind of way, this is going to be really helpful. I just hope it works for cat tails. ._.

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Unread 09-15-2007, 10:43 PM   #4
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I say use some 10-15 gaged wire. I'd recommend 15 for normal use, but it you're using really thick fur use something stronger. Browse around Hobby Lobby (:
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Unread 11-12-2007, 07:08 PM   #5
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What kind of stores can you get fake fur at? I have some socks sewn together and i want to put fake fur on it. Oh i filled the socks with whatever i got my hands on.
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Unread 08-13-2008, 10:50 PM   #6
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How in the world could I make a fox tail with this tutorial? TT_TT im so lost...
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Unread 10-04-2008, 10:50 PM   #7
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How in the world could I make a fox tail with this tutorial? TT_TT im so lost...
try to find mostly orangeish fur and white fur, cut the white fur into sort of a triange,then sew the white fur to the orange rectangleand fold it in half and sew it together.
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Unread 06-26-2009, 02:51 PM   #8
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This is awesome! I'm planning on making a tail for my sexy no jutsu Naruto cosplay! Very helpful! ^^
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Unread 10-15-2009, 11:03 PM   #9
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Question: could you take a real fox or wolf tail and put the wire in it to work the same? I have real fox tails that I bought at the Renaissance Faires that I do (they're taken humanely, no worries, and they only cost about $12 for a tail that goes to my knees from my back belt loop). I find that the wire is rather unneccessary with them, since they move pretty wonderfully all on their own, but if you want to pose them, then you'll need the wire I guess.
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Unread 07-02-2010, 09:57 AM   #10
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any idea how to make the end look flared and jagged like a zigzagoon tail, but not totally flat?
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Unread 07-16-2010, 02:09 PM   #11
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Hair spray sew it like normal but slightly hairspray(or watered down glue if you want it to last forever) and shape it like you want. Spray it again and hang it to dry
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Unread 08-02-2010, 11:49 AM   #12
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moveable reptilian tail

Im trying to cosplay the character Mimi from bleedmans comic, Grim Tail from down below, but im finding it difficult to come up with ideas for her tail, I'd prefer it move, but would be ok if it didnt. I was thinking about somehow using the concept of the moving wooden snake they sell at theme parks. Perhaps using Styrofoam and sewing a small rope through the middle, but that's still a pretty rough idea, not to mention how i would paint it or cover it with fabric and still have it look good. Any Suggestions?

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