Fehu: domestic cattle, wealth | possessions won
or earned, earned income, luck / abundance, financial strength in the
present or near future / sign of hope and plenty, success and
happiness / social success / energy, foresight, fertility,
creation/destruction | reversedor merkstave: loss of
personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to
keep / indicates some sort of failure / greed, burnout, atrophy,
discord / cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery,
Uruz: auroch, a wild ox | physical strength and
speed, untamed potential / time of great energy and health / freedom,
energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom / sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better) / sexual desire,
masculine potency / the shaping of power and pattern, formulation of
the self | reversed or merkstave: weakness, obsession,
misdirected force, domination by others / sickness, inconsistency,
ignorance / lust, brutality, rashness, callousness,
Thurisaz: thorn or a Giant | reactive force,
directed force of destruction and defense, conflict. Instinctual
will, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst / tendency toward
change / catharsis, purging, cleansing fire / male sexuality,
fertilization | reversed or merkstave: danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal,
dullness / evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies / a bad man or
Ansuz: the As, ancestral god, i.e. Odin | a revealing message or insight, communication / signals, inspiration,
enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming / blessings, the taking of advice / good health, harmony, truth, wisdom | reversed or merkstave: misunderstanding, delusion, manipulation
by others, boredom / vanity and grandiloquence
Raidho: wagon or chariot | travel, both in
physical terms and those of lifestyle direction | a journey, vacation,
relocation, evolution, change of place or setting / seeing a larger
perspective / seeing the right move for you to make and deciding upon
it / personal rhythm, world rhythm, dance of life | reversed or merkstave: crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality / disruption, dislocation, demotion, delusion, possibly a
Kenaz: beacon or torch | vision, revelation,
knowledge, creativity, inspiration, technical ability / vital fire of
life, harnessed power, fire of transformation and regeneration / power
to create your own reality, the power of light / open to new strength,
energy, and power now / passion, sexual love | reversed or merkstave: disease, breakup, instability, lack of creativity / nakedness, exposure, loss of illusion and false hope
Gebo: gift | gifts, both in the sense of
sacrifice and of generosity, indicating balance / all matters in
relation to exchanges, including contracts, personal relationships
and partnerships | merkstave: greed, loneliness, dependence, over-sacrifice / obligation, toll, privation, bribery
Wunjo: joy | joy,
comfort, pleasure / fellowship, harmony, prosperity / ecstasy, glory,
spiritual reward, but also the possibility of going “over the top” / if restrained, the meaning is general success and recognition of
worth |reversed or merkstave: stultification, sorrow, strife,
alienation / delirium, intoxication, possession by higher forces,
impractical enthusiasm / raging frenzy, berzerker
Hagalaz: hail | wrath of nature, destructive,
uncontrolled forces, especially the weather, or within the
unconscious / tempering, testing, trial / controlled crisis, leading to
completion, inner harmony | merkstave: natural disaster, catastrophe / stagnation, loss of power / pain, loss, suffering, hardship, sickness,
Nauthiz: need | delays, restriction / resistance
leading to strength, innovation, need-fire (self-reliance) / distress,
confusion, conflict, and the power of will to overcome them / endurance, survival, determination / time to exercise patience / recognition of one’s fate / major self-initiated change / face your
fears | reversed or merkstave: constraint of freedom,
distress, toil, drudgery, laxity / necessity, extremity, want,
deprivation, starvation, need, poverty, emotional hunger
Isa: ice | a challenge or frustration / psychological blocks to thought or activity, including grievances / standstill, or a time to turn inward and wait for what is to come, or
to seek clarity / reinforces runes around it | merkstave: ego-mania,
dullness, blindness, dissipation / treachery, illusion, deceit,
betrayal, guile, stealth, ambush, plots
a year, a good harvest / the results
of earlier efforts are realized / time of peace and happiness,
fruitful season / can break through stagnancy / hopes and
expectations of peace and prosperity / the promise of success earned / life cycle, cyclical pattern of the universe / everything changes, in
its own time | merkstave: sudden setback, reversals / a major change, repetition,
bad timing, poverty, conflict
Eihwaz: yew tree | strength, reliability,
dependability, trustworthiness / enlightenment, endurance / defense,
protection / the driving force to acquire, providing motivation and a
sense of purpose / indicates that you have set your sights on a
reasonable target and can achieve your goals / an honest man who can
be relied upon | reversed or merkstave: confusion, destruction,
Perthro: lot cup, vagina | uncertain meaning, a
secret matter, a mystery, hidden things and occult abilities.
Initiation, knowledge of one’s destiny, knowledge of future matters,
determining the future or your path / pertaining to things feminine,
feminine mysteries including female fertility etc. / good lot,
fellowship and joy / evolutionary change | reversed or merkstave: addiction, stagnation, loneliness, malaise
Algiz: elk, protection | protection, a
shield / the protective urge to shelter oneself or others / defense,
warding off of evil, shield, guardian / connection with the gods,
awakening, higher life. It can be used to channel energies
appropriately / follow your instincts / keep hold of success or
maintain a position won or earned | reversed: or merkstave: hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of divine link / taboo, warning, turning away, that which repels
Sowilo: the sun | success, goals achieved, honor / the life-force, health / a time when power will be available to you
for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success / contact between the higher self and the unconscious / holeness,
power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire | merkstave: false goals, bad counsel, false success, gullibility, loss of goals / destruction, retribution, justice, casting down of vanity / wrath of
Tyr, the sky god | honour, justice,
leadership and authority / analysis, rationality / knowing where one’s
true strengths lie / willingness to self-sacrifice / victory and
success in any competition or in legal matters | reversed or merkstave: one’s energy and creative flow are blocked/ mental
paralysis, over-analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance / strife, war, conflict, failure in competition / dwindling passion,
difficulties in communication, and possibly separation
Berkano: Berchta, the birch-goddess | birth,
general fertility, both mental and physical and personal growth,
liberation / regenerative power and light of spring, renewal, promise
of new beginnings, new growth / arousal of desire / a love affair or
new birth / the prospering of an enterprise or venture | reversed or merkstave: family problems and or domestic troubles / anxiety about someone close to you / carelessness, abandon, loss of
control / blurring of consciousness, deceit, sterility,
Ehwaz: horse, two horses | transportation / may
represent a horse, car, plane, boat or other vehicle / movement and
change for the better / gradual development and steady progress are
indicated / harmony, teamwork, trust, loyalty / an ideal marriage or
partnership / confirmation beyond doubt the meanings of the runes
around it | reversed or merkstave: not really a negative
rune / a change is perhaps craved / feeling restless or confined in a
situation / reckless haste, disharmony, mistrust, betrayal
Mannaz: man, mankind | the Self; the individual
or the human race / your attitude toward others and their attitudes
towards you / friends and enemies, social order. Intelligence,
forethought, create, skill, ability / divine structure, intelligence,
awareness / expect to receive some sort of aid or cooperation now | reversed or merkstave: depression, mortality, blindness,
self-delusion / cunning, slyness, manipulation, craftiness,
calculation / expect no help now
Laguz: water, or a leek | flow, water, sea, a
fertility source, the healing power of renewal / life energy and
organic growth / imagination and psychic matters / dreams, fantasies,
mysteries, the unknown, the hidden, the deep, the underworld / success
in travel or acquisition, but with the possibility of loss | reversed or merkstave: an indication of a period of confusion in your
life / you may be making wrong decisions and poor judgements / lack of
creativity and feelings of being in a rut / fear, circular motion,
avoidance, withering / madness, obsession, despair, perversity,
Ingwaz: Ing, the earth god | male fertility,
gestation, internal growth / common virtues, common sense, simple
strengths, family love, caring, human warmth, the home / rest stage, a
time of relief, of no anxiety / a time when all loose strings are tied
and you are free to move in a new direction / listen to yourself | merkstave: impotence, movement without change / poduction, toil,
Dagaz: day or dawn. | breakthrough, awakening,
awareness / daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty /
time to plan or embark upon an enterprise / the power of change
directed by your own will, transformation / hope and happiness, the ideal / security and certainty / growth and release / balance point, the place
where opposites meet | merkstave: a completion, ending, limit, coming full
circle / blindness, hopelessness
Othala: ancestral property | inherited property
or possessions, a house, a home / what is truly important to one / group order, group prosperity / lLand of birth, spiritual heritage,
experience and fundamental values / aid in spiritual and physical
journeys / source of safety, increase and abundance | reversed
or merkstave: lack of customary order, totalitarianism, slavery,
poverty, homelessness / bad karma, prejudice, clannishness,
provincialism / what a man is bound to
How to make custom lace appliques – the “Frankenlace” method
A lot of people asked for more info on how I made the appliques that decorate the bottom of Zelda’s gown. Here’s my tutorial for the whole process! This method can be used to make all kinds of applique shapes and designs if you get creative with it.
These lace appliques are made out of other lace – hence the nickname. To get started, you’ll need to collect a few lace trims to use as raw material. Look for styles that are similar or complement each other, because you’ll be combining them. This is some, but not all, of the trims I used. I bought these in the LA fabric district, but most are available at trimexpoonline.com.
Cut your lace down into smaller pieces that are more modular. Don’t cut up ALL your lace – this is just an experimentation stage, to practice rearranging the design.
Using a template of your desired shape (I made mine digitally, but you can hand draw one too) practice arranging your pieces until you find a design that suits your needs. This is not my final design in the picture – I went through several versions before I was totally happy with how it looked. You might discover that you need more lace, which is why planning and experimentation are so important. When you’re satisfied with how it looks, it’s time to start putting it all together.
You’ll need an embroidery hoop large enough to cover your whole template, plus some netting that is as close to transparent as you can find. Most generic tulle is NOT fine enough to do well with this technique – the holes are too large and the tulle stretches too much when handled. Look for netting that does not stretch or fray, if possible. Put some netting in your embroidery hoop, tightening the surface like a drum. I taped my template to a small sheet of masonite to give myself a portable work surface. I also ended up using clamps to hold the embroidery hoop to the masonite, but forgot to get a picture. This is optional, but really helps the design from shifting too much as you work.
Tools for the next step: fabric glue (other brands work too), a small paintbrush, and a water cup. I watered my glue down a little to make it easier to spread with the paintbrush. Be careful not to add TOO much water, or your glue will be too thin, not grip well, and take a long time to dry.
Working in small sections, begin gluing your lace pieces onto the netting. Start at the center and work outward, if possible. Continue until all your lace pieces are glued onto the netting.
Here’s what mine looked like with all the lace attached! At this point, I flipped the embroidery hoop over and applied a second coat of glue over the entire back of the work. The netting is so thin that you can continue to apply more glue from the backside to get a more secure grip.
Optional: add rhinestones to taste. I used E6000 for this step. Not every applique requires rhinestones, but in this case I wanted Zelda to sparkle as much as possible.
Repeat to create as many appliques as you need! Zelda has 8 along the bottom of her dress. Here’s part of my assembly line.
When you’re ready to attach the applique to your fashion fabric, trim away some of the netting along the outside, but leave any “interior” portions that help stabilize the design. I simply glued my appliques onto the silk, but I later went back and hand-stitched them down for a more secure hold. After they are properly attached to your fabric, you can VERY CAREFULLY trim away the “interior” pockets of plain netting using small scissors.
The final look of my gown, after all the appliques and trim were attached.
This method is very time consuming and requires a lot of patience and concentration – but I just love the results! I wanted to achieve the look of professionally-made applique, but without access to industrial equipment, this was the next best thing I could come up with.
The white-on-white effect is subtle, but matches the look I was going for. Photo by Vontography.
I hope this is helpful to some of you in your own costume projects. Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck!
If you feel disconnected from nature and don’t feel like you’re doing witchcraft “right” because you don’t go for walks in the woods or down by the sea, it’s okay. You don’t need to be in nature, or be silent, or still. You don’t need to live with one foot in the past. That magic has beauty and charm, but it isn’t for everyone.
There’s magic in urban places, where there are so many lights at night that your city can be seen from space. The hum of electricity is just as powerful as the sounds of nature. The wind howling down an alley has a different feel than the winds that blow the waves, but it’s no less powerful. You can so easily find the liminal spaces in late night diners and on rooftops and in the back of antique shops.
There’s magic in being surrounded by books. These books are full of your spiritual ancestors, the ghosts of witches who came before and are whispering secrets to you. Can’t you hear their voices when you turn the pages?
There’s magic right here on your computer, connecting you to a thousand thousand other witches. Magic has learned the shape of the internet, and witches have ridden it well. Little charms are passed in messages like they were once passed on parchment, spells are shared and amplified and coordinated in a great invisible web across the world.
Magic is creation. Magic is shaping the world little by little to suit your needs and desires. It isn’t where you are or what you have; it’s you. It grows in spaces where you have grown, and lives as you live.
1. My first tip on drawing eyes is to stop focusing on the fact that it’s an eye. People are often intimidated by eyes, the windows to the soul, blah blah, it’s still a bunch of lines and blobs of color, and the sooner you stop being afraid of them the better.
2. That being said, an eye is more or less almond shaped from the front, and kind of taaingle shaped from the side. What alters it’s general shape is the upper eyelid. Playing with the shape of the eyelid gives your character a distinct look and allows you to show their emotions, which combined with the position of the eyebrows gives you a wide range of expressions. To me that’s more important than drawing a super realistic iris with tiny specks of color dancing in the shimmering pools of his blue eyes, you get what I mean ;)
3. An eye is a three-dimnesional structure. It’s a ball sitting in an eye socket, and you have to keep that ball in mind. Also worth remembering that the ball is wet and shiny. That glossy reflection is what gives your drawing a realistic vibe.
4. Eyeids and eyelashes throw shadows over the eyeball. This is important.
5. Never use pure white for the eyeball. White is reserved only for the shiny spot. Trust me.
6. Asian eyes look different than Caucasian eyes because of a skin fold partially hiding the upper eyelid and the inner eye corner. Pay attention to that detail when drawing your Asian characters.
7. Pro tip: watch make up tutorials and pay attention to the advice on where to put highlights and where to apply darker eyeshadows to achieve the desired effect. Same with shapes of eyeliners and eyebrows. Then apply that knowledge to your drawings.
What methods do you use to find yourselves sexy? I find a hard time getting in the mood because of my bottom dysphoria.
For me sexuality starts with spiritually. For many years I felt unworthy of love or affection because I continually put myself in environments that were not affirming of all of my intersecting identities. Once I put myself in environments where ALL of me was held and uplifted I was able to experience and celebrate my sexuality. We live in a culture that is generally not sex positive. Many of us are raised to see our bodies as bad and to believe that sex is not supposed to be pleasurable. We have to reframe this view to understand that no matter what our bodies look like or do, we can be sexy and desirable. Reproductive justice contributes to this expansion - it demands that we shift and grow our ideas about how we are able to live in our bodies, what we do with our bodies, our agency over our own bodies, the ways we express ourselves sexually, how we bring children into the world, how we create and nurture family. We have come a long way with regard to self-expression and self-realization but we have far to go in creating a world where people, regardless of their expression, have autonomy, and where all bodies are seen and celebrated.
It’s important that we begin by moving into a space that enables us to reshape and reconsider our ideals around what and whom is desirable. Stereotypical, cisgender norms about attractiveness often shape and mold our ideas about sex, desire, and pleasure. Sexuality is just as fluid as gender and one can find themselves anywhere on the spectrum of erotic identification as a trans or gender nonconforming person. Finding oneself sexy is about finding and expressing that thing which makes you most authentically you. It can be the way in which you position your body, or the act of sharing touch with someone you love or care about or are attracted to. It can include any part of your body and begin with something as simple as a look.
@lifeisnails: Nail extensions using just a teabag and dip powder system:
1. Apply base to the tips of your nail. 2. Place the tea bag piece over your tip and using tweezer make it stick to tue corners as well. 3. Using tweezer pinch the tea bag extension to form the nail curve. 4. Apply base to 3/4th of the nail and dip it into clear dip powder. 5. Apply base to ½ of the nail and dip it again. 6. Apply seal protect from the kit to the parts of the nail where dip powder has been used. i.e on 3/4th of the nail. 7. Wait for 2 minutes and using a buffer, shape the nail in desired shape. 8. Apply nourishing oil
I thought it would be good to share what powers I think the egos have
He can manipulate people and reality, bending things to suit himself
His voice is almost like a siren, luring people in until it’s too late
His sweet compliments and encouraging speeches are like drugs that can destroy someone’s sanity
His grey aura, the reason that colour drains from any room he’s in, can physically wrap around someone, forcing them under his control
Will and Bim- Reality Bender
They doesn’t just twist the environment, they change it completely, like the ‘special effect’ of Hire My Ass
They can manifest items out of thin air
Will has his own void which he can shape into anything he desires, although it’s usually a sickly, spinning, disorientating open space that only he enjoys
Will can change timelines, causing events to be rewritten or even disguising a murder spree as a sketch for a video (*cough* The Warfstahce/Ned Affair *cough*)
Bim struggles to control his power and usually shows his abilities accidentally when he’s very emotional
Bim’s only success has been turning the roof into his personal garden with a separate atmosphere to aid the plants’ survival
Googles and Bing- Hackers
they have access to everything on the internet, so their knowledge is infinite
they can hack into or possess any piece of technology within range, or access any device connected to the Egos Inc WiFi
they cannot be hacked themselves unless they show some sort of weakness
Dr Iplier and The Jims- Foreshadowing
they can usually sense bad events and sometimes even see it in the form of visions
Dr Iplier can see a death clock of how long someone has left, usually only if the person is either dying or an incident is quickly approaching that could end their life, like a car crash
The Jims experience visions in first person view, witnessing newsworthy tragedies or natural disasters that they would later have to report about
The Host- Narrating
he can ‘see’ with the power of his words, giving him near perfect vision in areas he’s comfortable with and a basic outline of the room in areas he isn’t
the narrations, if enough power if put into them, can be manipulative and control people or events, just the same as The Author
he sometimes has brief visions, maximum of half an hour ahead of time, allowing him to narrate and predict actions in the immediate future
King- Animal Acceptance
regardless of the animal, he is always accepted and trusted
he can talk to some animals, especially his squirrels, and always knows what they want
no one other than King considers this an ability, but to King, it means the world to him to be able to understand his squirrels
Silver, Ed, Bop and Yandere- No Abilities
all of the Markisonas have some sort of power, but a few haven’t yet discovered it
Ed would rather stay as he is since he doesn’t want any sort of strange ability to effect his perfect life, although some would say his ability lies with manipulation since he can sell almost anything (except his own son apparently) but Ed insists it’s just good sales tactics
Silver and Bop hope they’ll someday wake up and find out they can do something cool, Silver mainly because he wants so be a ‘proper hero’
Yandere believes he doesn’t need any abilities to be a psychopath, so he’s happy as he is, but most would argue that his killer spark is his ability since he can kill quickly, effectively and without being caught
pairing: jeon jungkook | reader genre: childhood friends au / fluff word count: 7,060 description: confessing has never been easy for a shy boy like jeon jungkook, but sometimes you just got to take a chance in the name of love. author’s note: to my girl @workofteaguk because you told me to write it and honestly i get all my best fluff ideas for our men with you <3 think of this as a parting gift to summer. still, i hope we’ll be free from evil essays and ridiculous websites that tell us we plagiarized our own names this school year~
For the past thirteen years of Jungkook’s life, his only semblance of confidence came in the shape of you. His own desires never had to part his lips when you said them for him. Sometimes you would just know even without him telling you as if you could read his mind in that split second. He can’t say he ever hated it either. It’s silly to say considering most kids like expressing themselves by their lonesome, but being a kid and an unbearably shy one at that, having someone as outspoken as you was an absolute godsend.
At the age of five, his mother and his godmother (your mother) dreamt and hoped that you two would find friendship in one another which ultimately succeeded. He was never quite sure what did it exactly, but from the many neighborhood excursions you dragged him on in your close-knit neighborhood and the many playdates you two were put into, he found solace in all of it and in you. He sure as hell enjoyed spending time with you over Jinho, who only wanted to put him into a headlock until he cried for mercy (or just cried, in general) because at least with you, tears came when he had to part from you.
Without a doubt, this camaraderie became a defining point in his childhood. There was no expectation of him with you, because you already saw him in his home life and him in his school life. It was undoubtedly a relationship that he cherished despite the numerous times you would drag him into trouble from sneaking out to go to the park, to hopping the fence to your house, to pranking Jinho when you stayed over. He did these things with your own coaxing until it became his own conscious will to do stuff like going to your house when he shouldn’t or letting you play his favorite video game, fully aware that you had dance practice. All for his own selfish reasons, he relished in acting this way with and without your influences, because you were his friend—one of very few (though he disliked including Jimin sometimes)—that he had throughout the eight years of school you two shared together.
I was going through some old pictures and I realized that I
had forgotten that I had taken several progress pictures of horns that I had
made a while ago. So, if you’ve ever wondered how I make mine, maybe this
provides a little more detail?
Smush aluminum foil in a vaguely horn shape, keep it straight, otherwise if you try to bend it, it might just rip. Also keep it a bit smaller than you’d like the finished product to be.
Wrap it up in painters tape. I haven’t tried duct tape or scotch tape, but I would think painter’s tape would work best since it’s easy to tear off small pieces.
Bend it into the desired shape and throw on more painters tape to reinforce it.
Knead your Apoxie Sculpt A and B into a consistent color and throw it on the base, piece by piece. Make sure it’s a relatively thin coat, because this stuff can get heavy.
This is just one method of decoration, but it’s my favorite. It’s literally just dragging a line tool over the clay before it cures in uneven lines, more at the bottom, less at the top.
I usually then slap the horns on an alice band. First I figure out their position by fiddling with them in the mirror and putting a spot of tape on the band where I want them and then hot gluing those suckers on. To further reinforce that, I’ll make little snakes of Apoxie sculpt and wrap that around the horn base to connect to the band. I also wrap a thin layer around the alice band where the horns sit for extra security. BAM horns. You can paint them with acrylic paint or spray paint and decorate with purdy flowers or MORE HORNS.
Yay. Mini tutorial. If you have any questions, just shout at me.
pairing: jeon jungkook | reader genre: rivals au / fluff word count: 5,655 description: sometimes people can surprise you and do absurdly kind things, even the ones you least expect… even your rival, jeon jungkook. author’s note: i don’t know a whole lot about baseball and its penalties so i used this source (x) as a reference.
The first hit in the baseball is crucial. It sets up the rest of the game by getting the momentum going and initiating a form of liquid courage that either side may take a drink from to course through their veins and settle in their psyches. Not only can it make or break the batting team, but it’ll only reflect on the opposing team—sometimes it’s their pitch that does it for you or maybe it’s their pitch that can totally decimate you in three fell swoops—all in a matter of minutes.
You don’t think too deeply on the task at hand, fully aware of how much pressure is pushing into the forefronts of your mind and atop your shoulders like someone’s heavy forearm. Your eyes narrow at the familiar sight of sun-kissed skin, shoving it away as you meet their half-lidded ones and purposefully scowling in response to the smirk curved on his lips.
“Ready to lose, Y/N?” Jungkook asks, remaining firmly planted in front of you. His teammates are gathering behind him, yet he makes no form of acknowledgement in their regard. In fact, his doe-like, dark brown hues are trained on yours despite your best attempts to ward him off with your best scowl. “Aw, c’mon. Don’t pout just yet! You still have two more hours to do that!”
Heya, so I was wondering how exactly do you finish off the edge of a mouth on a toony suit? I haven't seen a single tutorial or guide explaining it anywhere. Do you sew the fur over the top of a glued lining? Or the other way around? Or get an extra piece of mouth fabric and make a lip? Or sew the two pieces together, slip it on the head and somehow glue it down?
I have only recently mastered this after … gosh, however many years I have been making costumes. It has taken a lot of research and development to get myself to this point. So I appreciate credit, but also sincerely hope y’all have a chance to chip in to my Patreon if you get the chance, it will continue to encourage my innovation and show me you appreciate these sort of replies – in a financially supportive way!
I pattern my fursuit heads to have a liner that is non-balaclava based. That means I build my foam head shapes first, hollow them as much as I can, and then tailor a liner to fit the interior. This liner I sew from quilted broadcloth, and then I use either lycra ironed to interfacing or anti-pill fleece for the mouth lining/eye lining(sometimes I add in lining for ear vent holes and the neck as well). For someone making their own head, you can make a tape pattern of half of the interior, mirror it, and then tailor a liner based off that.
Tip: Save that primary liner pattern, it generally can be revised for each new head for a custom fit. As you make more heads you get a better sense of what needs revised about it. I save almost all my patterns and revise them for use on future masks and it saves me a lot of time so I don’t have to repeat tasks from scratch, and I can learn more from it each time.
Here is the start of my liner – before I add ear vents and before I add the neck and mouth on – This is the general shape I have saved and tailor or revise for use in future heads.
When I get to the mouth – the part that was asked about! I carefully tape-pattern the desired mouth shape, it gets cut out with a very small margin since I hand-sew the fur to mouth (I will describe this a little later). Be sure to sew anything that needs sewn directly to the liner, including any other accessories – like teeth & tongue (they can also be marked out on the tape pattern)!
You can (sort of) see even the mouth corners are patterned in, too. Those are the triangular-looking extra pieces coming off the left and the right. This liner & teeth & velcro for the tongue is all machine-sewn up to this point.
The time I install the liner comes before I fur the mask. Its crucial! First I pin it in place as a “dry fit,” sometimes I do another revision step once I see it all together. Once finalized, then I start gluing down all the easy-to-glue loose edges (I use hot glue).
When I need to glue down an interior segment I cannot reach easily: I cut a small slice in the foamwork, fit the glue tip in to reach the liner, glue the liner through the slice and then squirt a bit more glue to close that slice in the foam right back up. When gluing down the mouth leave a margin of unglued area around the edges – those will be sewn.
This is the glued down interior. I have also cut openings for my eyes and very large ear vents (those are BIG but well-hidden in the “C” curve of my ear’s base, btw.)
Tape pattern the rest of your critter for your fur. Measure your pattern, order your fur, and when it arrives cut your pattern and sew it up however you wish. Leave the jaw separate from the face, it will be easier to attach to the liner.
Use a blanket stitch or similar to sew your jaw fur on! Matching thread color to fabric is important, as it may show.
The end result is very clean once turned right side out.You can see on my upper mouth where I left the edge unglued to instead be sewn. The top jaw and mouth corners, too, were sewn in this way.
You can also use this technique to sew the inside liners of ears or other areas that need a smooth edge but may call for separate treatment from the rest of the head.
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