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Ponysuiting 101

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Steve Schertz

on 5 July 2016

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Transcript of Ponysuiting 101

Your Panelists
Terminology
Is this for you ?
Physical and Mental demands of fursuiting
Heat - Can I tolerate sweat and 100+ degree temperatures?
Strength - Strong enough to support foam, fur, and possible mechanics?
Crowds - Am I ready for a mob?
Enclosed Spaces - How long will I be in suit?
Creating My Little Pony Themed Fursuits
Character Design
From Toys to Life
Pony Suiting 101

Head Construction Objective
Head Structure, aka Base
Patterning
Furring
Eyes
Mouth and Muzzle
Mane
Ears
Budget and Planning
Please hold all questions until the end!
Commissions
vs.
DIY
*If you want a suit made for you and don't have a maker in mind, join our Facebook Group and ask!
www.facebook.com/groups/MLPfursuiters
How much does this cost?
Materials
Foam
Fur
Other Fabrics
Always have a plan and point of reference!
Orthographic drawings help with marking placement during the pattern drafting stage, and making sure everything lines up!
Who do I choose?

More colors and markings = more time, materials and money!

Might not achieve total color accuracy.
Start simple, and work your way up!
Consider how to create different body shape and account for things like horns and wings!
Complex shapes = Complex patterns!
Tail / Wing / Etc. Materials
Other
Materials
Steve Schertz
Partial
vs.
Full
Tools
Body
Making A Duct Tape Dummy
Materials
Adhesives
Cutting tools
Other tools/supplies
Sewing
Electrical
Judson Hudson
Craig Morrison
EVA Foam
Scissors are okay
BUT NOT FOR FUR!
(short pile fur may be exempted)
Eye pattern and Shape
Coloring
Buckram
"Shave Your Pony"
Upholstry Foam
Resin
Vacuum Formed
Ventilation and Fans
Stretch Method
Tail, Wings, Horn
Plush Method
Body Construction,
Sewing
Bodysuit Patterning
Padding
Carved
Structure
Mane, Ears
Eyes
Patterning
Furring
Mouth,
Muzzle
Hand Hooves, Feet Hooves, Hocks, and Thighs
Jump Suit Method
McAlls Pattern
Cutie Marks
Making Mistakes
EVA Foam
Upholstry Foam
Plush Method
Foam Core
Zipper
Body
Construction

Hidden Zippers
Visible
Zippers
Front or Back Placement
Personal Preference Applies
Embroidered
Craft Foam
Felt
Plastic Canvas
Don't expect perfection on first try

Foam
Plastic Dome Eyes
(Japanese Eyes)
Mascot
"One Size Fits All"
Used for Events (what sports teams and businesses use)
Fursuit

Custom made
Tailored to Customer Size
Ponysuit

Fursuit AND/OR Mascot
Pony (Show Character or OC)
Other demands to keep in mind
Water - Do I have easy access to water? How much do I drink?
Vision - Vision will always be an issue, do you need to wear glasses too?
Time - Do I have time to build this?
Money - Can I afford the supplies or a commission?
Oxygen - Do I have enough ventilation?
Bronies VS. Furries

If you cannot find a pony specific tutorial check ones made by furries! A lot of the same methods apply.
Different fandoms, yet common factors: (fursuit construction, art, music, etc)
We can learn a LOT from Furries regarding suit making, as they perfected it
Many ponysuit makers come from the furry fandom (Atalon the Deer, Sophie Cabra, SkyPro)

MASCOT SUIT
FURSUIT
BOTH ARE CONSIDERED
"PONYSUITS"
vent holes
Fans
Locations
under mane / between eyes
muzzle
Buy extra material...LOTS

Practice, Practice, PRACTICE.
Test material is great!

Measure twice, cut once
Thank you!
Amber Synder
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