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Fur everywhere 
Monday, August 4, 2008, 01:18 PM
Note: this post was written after the fact

Happy BC day! Yes, it's a holiday. Great news for me, another day to make progress - and we made a ton. Finished cutting out the fabric pieces, at the end of the day I had printed up patterns for all of them, the only uncut fur is the backs of the ears, now. This is mostly because I've run out of fur.

I had decided to make the hands and feet out of a different fur for two reasons; one, they take up a ton of pattern spaces with all the little fingers and toes, and two, most animals have shorter fur around their paws anyhow.

Laying out the patterns to the fur, though, I found I had made a terrible error - I didn't have enough. Panic! But with a ton of plotting I managed to scrounge up enough to make it work. I had to cut some of my patterns into pieces and do parts of them on the bigger scraps of the main fabric. This isn't a bad thing, in fact it means that the fur transitions are in better places. They're now mostly hidden under wraps, which is great. The ankles lost their fur entirely, since they're totally wrapped in Charr linens I will just make them out of it too.

The trick with cutting fur is you have to get under the fur and just cut the backing, or else your seams look awful. Even doing that, though, some fur will get loose. We shook it out to get rid of most of the loose stuff, put away the scraps and when that was all done the whole house looked like it hadn't been vaccuumed in months and had hosted a small army of shedding cats. One good vaccuum later and you can't hardly tell. Horray!



We also put another layer on the larger paper mache pieces. The small ones are ready for their white layer, I think, but the big ones need a bit more strength. The white layer is just what I'm calling the last layer, making it out of white material means I have to use fewer coats of paint. I'm still debating how to do the white layer - I can use white computer paper, which would work but it is thick and would be really hard (read: impossible) to not get gaps or wrinkles in it, or I could use this recipe I've found which uses toilet paper to make something akin to modeling clay, but out of paper. The main issue I have with that one is you can ruin your pot from cooking the paper, so I'm waiting until I can find out if we have an enamel pot I can use, which is supposedly safe. I think that second option is the best idea though, it will take longer to dry but will make tougher, smoother pieces.

Jonathan's been a huge help this weekend, he did most of the fur cutting, a ton of chores and party hosting, and helped with the paper mache. I'm back on track with the project now and totally wouldn't be without his help.

At some point we went out and bought some joints for the skeleton - the ones to attach the arms and legs were expensive but the two T's were cheap. We tried to get some heatshrink to secure the other angles but Home Depot didn't have the big stuff and the electronics store was closed due to it being a holiday. No rush on that, though, so I can go back on Saturday.

I don't know that I've mentioned this yet, but the Charr's limbs are going to be removable. This makes making him a little trickier, but he's going to be rather large and transporting him fully assembled would be difficult at best. His skeleton is going to be made of PVC pipes, so I'm planning on using some PVC connectors to attach him together. These are the kind where you can hold your two pipes in place and then twist a third piece that clamps them together. My main worry is that even the tighest I can tighten these lets them rotate a little when I try to rotate them, so I'm thinking of taking advantage of the fact that they're hollow in the middle (they're meant to pass water through, after all) and putting some stuff on the inside to stop them from rotating.

To access the joint you'll just sneak your hand between the limb and the torso and the tightener will be right there. I'm hoping I can stuff them enough that they will go together like two pillows and you won't see the joint, but if they don't cooperate I have some super heavy duty velcro as backup. I'll probably end up using that anyways because I like to be sure.

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