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Request for any How to's ? 
14th-Jan-2008 02:09 pm
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Perhaps I missed them somewhere but im looking for some good How to's on Cat ears and Floppy dog ears but instead of using a headband I want to try to do hair clips. Vs Headbands Any help is appriciated

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16th-Aug-2008 04:31 am (UTC)
OH, I make these. My hair sucks for headbands and they give me headaches so I steer clear of them. There are a lot of different ways to make these sorts of ears. Especially among the cat ears. If you just stick a par of kitty ears on a clip they'll eventually start flopping around in a quit un-catlike way.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j97/MorbidKitsune/Hairclipmethod.jpg
Color scheme: (Pleease Excuse the lousy quick MS paint example)
Black-Fur
Blue-wire
purple-felt or light weight foam
green-clip

The first Method uses a wire frame to hold the fur in a rigid state. Underneath you place a sturdy but soft backing not only to hold it in a curved shape but also to be the base to hold it steady on your head. I personally find hard felt nice. The hair clip used is placed towards the center. These ears are very sturdy but can seem a little too stiff at times.

The second version is without the base and half the wiring. The majority of the shape will be due to your sewing. The hair clip is place roughly 3/4 of the way up placing at the center or edges can make them a little floppy.

The third one is the purely fur and clip method. Make ears that have the shape and curve needed completely by sewing. These are the easiest default clip ears to make. I personally don't like them to much so I have two clips per ear to add to the stability of them so wind and fast walking doesn’t cause them to flop about.



As for floppy ears I simply suggest you find some good strong hair clips that hold good. The weight of floppy ears can gradually cause them to slip over time. I usually use a god strong children’s beret. Those things are made to take tugging and abuse and stay put.


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