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Shaving faux fur for a plush

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 1, 2012, 3:54 PM



Whats the best way to shave the pile down for shorter fur on the plush.

I know your suppose to use  Dog clippers, but do you shave it before cutting out the pattern or after the plush is made.

what works best for you and why?

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RainbowDashyMD Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If the fur is going to be all one set length then shave the fur before you put the plush together BUT if the fur is going to be different lengths on the plush in different places shave it after you put the plush together so you know how everything fits and can shave the fur in the right places. From experience with making suites and making plushies. I wish you luck and hope everything turns out perfect :D
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Firestar24 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I hear people use regular shavers for men, depends what you can get your hands on.
Also, shave it after it's put together. That's what you do for fursuits and based on inference, it makes it all more even then doing it in pieces.
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Polo333 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
I don't do plushhies... but on fur suits I know I wait until I have the fur on and then shave it down. You never know exactly where all the fur will end up when you put it on, so I just shave it after it's furred. :meow:
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Huskitazilla Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I shave my fursuits after I have completed the entire project. Just looks more natural.
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deeed Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
For my plushies I trim the fur just with scissors. Although my plushies are miniature ones so clippers wouldn't work...

But I do it after sewing and stuffing them so I can see exactly how short I want to make it.
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Felidire Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well if I were to make one, i'd fully complete the plush (making sure the fur is all facing the right direction and what not before sewing) and then just use the electric hair clipper thingu that I use to shave my face; followed by a small, sharp pair of scizzors. x3

I remember watching Qarrezel shave a mask a while back - [link]

I'm sure the exact same thing applies to plushes.
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Rizafan203 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've personally never done such a project, but, I know that [link] has a help video on shaving faux fur and she uses a plush head she was preparing to trim for a plush she was making of one of her Fursona's. Here's the video if it helps you any: [link] Sorry that it may seem like a mute point to have me commenting w/o offering any advice, but this is the best I can do ^^; Hope it helps
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SkeletalCat Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If you are shortening the fur on the entire plush, then do it before you even cut the pattern out.
But if you are just doing thing like the face, belly, etc, do it afterwards or the seams will be super obvious. You want to make the lengths fade into each other if your doing just parts of the fur!
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windwolf55x5 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe it wold be easter to shave it after the plush is made :)
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muttIee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My friend always shaved after the entire plush was done 0:
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RavenXArisa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A shaver with many types of sizes. you can see how much you want cut off at a time. Dog clippers work fine, but it takes quiet some time and the fur scatters everywhere.
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VengefulSpirits Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what kind/brand do you recommend?
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RavenXArisa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
[link] here is a nice tutorial, but I think you can just use a regular one from like walmart or something
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VengefulSpirits Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the person that made the video suggested you use a dog clipper.
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RavenXArisa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you can, its just how ever you like to do it more.
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Shadowkio Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I didn't have the money for dog clippers so I used som thinning shears instead, it does take alot longer but I found you don't have to always follow the direction of the fur if your careful :3
hope this helps
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Elemental-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
You should shave the fur the direction it's going after you've sewn the plushie. That way you can decide if you want a short-long phasing, or short/long just along the seams. :3
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Aquillic-Tiger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Generally what I do with my fursuits is put the fur on and shave in the direction the fur is going. I tried using scissors, and being extra careful with them, but they still didn't work very well ^^;

My mum finally decided to get a pair of hair clippers from Sally's Beauty Supply store as a gift for me, and those have worked WONDERS. But if you don't have much cash, try dog clippers. I've never used them, but I bet they'd be better than my mum's leg shaver xP thing did nothing at all.
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VengefulSpirits Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm people have told me you weren't suppose to use human hair clippers, the dog clippers are better.

what brand of clippers do you use?
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Aquillic-Tiger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have them with me at the moment, but I checked online and I have a pair of WAHL Designer clippers. They're red and they look like this: [link] They work extremely well on my long pile hair, and I've had them for 2 years now.
Like I said, they were a gift from my mum, so I don't know the exact price on them, but I have a feeling they're a bit expensive.
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LilWolfStudios Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't used clippers on Fake fur yet.. But when I had a real dog that needed shaving through the summmer (a cocker spaniel/sheltie mix breed with not only long hair but thick plush under coat)

I priced clippers... I looked everywhere and ended up NOT getting dog clippers.. way to expensive. I got 1 step above the cheapest pair of Wahl human hair clippers from walmart. I used them on the dog and my husband lol and it has been 2 years now? and they work wonderfully still. I'm going to buy a new pair for using on my hubby and use the old pair for fur (in case something breaks lol) when I make a snow leopard tail and a fox plushie in the next few months. will let you know how that turns out if you like.

Dog clippers tend to be heavy duty because you use them for a much longer duration of time in 1 sitting to groom a dog vs grooming/clipping a human's hair.. but other than that I haven't found much difference between those and the dog clippers I used a few years before on my parents poodles.
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Iamdeamonsgirlfriend Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Use a shaver like not a electric on but the one you use in the bathtub oh and a box cutter for this i pull it tight and then run the box cutter razor up in down it cuts it in un even lengths if your going for the "natural" look if not then just cut straight as for the shaver i run it against the way the fur goes it takes a while but it works for me :)
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Ginkatniss Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no experience with the actual making of a plush or a mask or whatever else people use faux fur for but I would imagine doing it once it's together would be easier. You might want to make the fur longer in places (maybe?) but if you shave it all before you put it together you can't then go and make it longer, only shorter. If that makes sense...lol
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PrinceofPride Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually shave the fur first, then start cutting out the pattern. I feel that if you wait until the plush is made, the long fur can make it hard to see where you're sewing, especially if you're not using a machine when you sew.
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PrinceofPride Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've actually made a plush like that before, sewing it before shaving it, and it was very, very hard.
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Sody-Pop Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Skunk-Spunk Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww sweet, thanks for this (even if it wasn't meant for me xD).
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thelunacy-fringe Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's easier to shave it after it's been sewn but you can really do it both ways.
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Ryoxi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no experience with shaving fur but in my opinion, making the plushie and THEN shaving it down would seem easier, no? I mean if you shave it down when it's sewn together, then you can see how short you truly want it.
You have no creases to go into with plushies typically. Mainly under arms is about it.

To each their own, you could try both ways and see what works better for you. o:
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pandapoots Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
You can do either, but it's harder when it's already cut and sewn together.
I make fursuits and usually when I have to make paws or feet, I shave the toes/fingers before I sew any pieces together so that it's laid out flat and it shaves nice and even. You can shave it a little more after the plush is made though, if it isn't short enough. c:
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adriane98akaclover Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know for fursuits, people shave the fur after they put it on the mask but im not sure about plush :/
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