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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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Blue-Huskita Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student 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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