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Handpaw Tutorial by basenjiboy Handpaw Tutorial by basenjiboy
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This is how I make my handpaws.
Please let me know if this has helped you. Feel free to ask any questions.

This handpaw is part of a partial suit I am making.

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EpicWolfOfDarkness Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes handpaws look so easy to make! I had no idea it could be so simple :) I might just have to try this now!

Btw, how would you go about doing this if you wanted to include claws? Just for reference
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WolfWeasel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is great, thank you so much for making it!
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
no problem! if you make anything using it I'd love to see!
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WolfWeasel Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure c: I made these two-colored paws i.imgur.com/m9zEGFF.jpg
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Wow these look absolutley incredible! Excellent work on them, I particularly like how seamless the pawpads look 
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WolfWeasel Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I luckily had a thread in a brown thread (it's even a very similar shade of brown), but to be honest, for the smaller pads on the fingers a lot of glue was involved ^^'
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Skyedancer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
would I use this pattern for a pair of gryphon paws?
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Yeah I don't see why it wouldn't work, just substitute fur for fleece or pleather and point the tips if you're making claws. If you use fleece however it might need to be reinforced from the inside so it keeps its shape!
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Skyedancer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
ok thank you I'm going to make a couple practice paws before I make the actual paws with scrap I will post pics of the resulting projects
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
Sure can't wait to see! Good luck!
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Skyedancer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
thanks ^_^ 
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PracticalFX Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome tutorial mate, what about one with attaching claws?
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Thanks! Yeah I have attached claws to this suit: Semi-Commission For Furnace-The-Dragon but I think I need to find a better way to do it next time as they aren't as sturdy as I would have liked.
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LolitaCynder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How movable are these? Like, can you pick up stuff or is it a hassle?
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
They are quite dextrous yes! But since there are two fingers joined together it is a bit of a hassle, they're pretty good however since there is no foam or anything involved.
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Blu-Pond Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O This looks real helpful! I'll use it when I make handpaws.
But I'm trying to make a two coloured handpaw, so I use two fur colours for this..? That's the only difference, right?

Oh dear, sewing. I've sewn once so i'll get my mom to help with that. There's a fabric that's usua;;y on computer bags, I forget the name of it, do you suggest using that? I don't have much black fabric so, eheheh.
So many questions, I promise this is my last one.
Could you use a sewing machine? It might be harder but it might have better stitches then my awful hands??
Thanks .^.

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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Thankyou! I'm glad to know its useful for you!

If you mean 2 colours as in with markings on them, when you have your pattern all ready, draw across where you want the colours to touch, and cut across the line you just drew. (make sure you label the parts you cut off so you don't get them mixed up!)

When you trace the pattern pieces onto the fur, just leave a little seam allowance across the edge that you cut (where the colours meet). You can also airbrush but that doesn't give such a solid colour.
Hope that makes sense.

For fabric, it really depends on what you want and what character you are creating, it's entirely up to you! If I'm thinking of the same fabric you are, it's the synthetic, somewhat stiff canvas-like material. I don't see why it wouldn't work, but make sure to leave a little more seam allowance if you think the fabric will fray easily, and remember to use thread that is the same colour as your fabric, because it's not fluffy, you will probably be able to see the stitches, so it's best if they blend in to the fabric colour!

Depending on the quality/thickness of your fabric/fur, you could use a sewing machine. I hand sewed these paws as the fur is very thick and my sewing machine can't handle it. Just be sure to take extra care at the point where you turn around at the base of each finger as sometimes the fabric can bunch up.

Hope those tips are helpful! Feel free to ask any other questions or clarify anything, I'm super happy to help!!

If you use my tutorial to make your paws, would you mind sending me a link once they're finished, I would love to see them!
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Blu-Pond Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh thank you!!!
Once I get the fur and things I'm sure to use this tutorial! I'll send you a link of them when I'm done.
I'm making a partial fursuit (well, a half partial; Head, handpaws and tail) And i'm getting the foam today :OOOO
Well, i'm suppose to.
The underside is gonna be white, and the top is going to be creamy brown colour.
So it'll be the same as normal paws where you just stitch the two sides together?
I'm making the cat in my profile picture, it won't look exactly the same, but similar.
Yaay



(aha sorry for how messy my words are today, I got back from a busy day yesterday of planes and airports.)
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Yep it should work the same when you just stitch the two halves together!
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hattie98 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Can I use this please! I'm making my first ever fursuit this would be very helpful! ;)
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Yeah of course!! When you do make the paws I would love to see!
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LittleLightFromDark Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for making this! It will help me so much then I'm making my suit! 
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Wow thankyou! I'm so glad it is helpful!
I would love to see a picture of your paws/suit when it is complete!
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Asrath Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm wondering, can't you just buy a pair of cheap, tight fitting, fabric gloves, shape the fingers into a 'paw' shape with foam, and then covering that with fur as you do with the head? Won't that be much easier?
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Yes that is another method for making handpaws, but for those, you would need to make a duct tape pattern as you would for a head, so you end up having to sew together many more pieces with darts in the fabric than is necessary for these.
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Asrath Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Ahh yes, okay! Thank you.
Would the appearance also differ depending on the method used? Which method would yield the best looking handpaws?
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
If placed correctly, realistic paws can be given 'knuckles' for a more feral-paw style.
I'm thinking it would really depend on what look you're going for.
Depending on what shape is made with foam (if there is any) realistic or toony paws can be made.
Generally, slim-fitting handpaws tend to be a more realistic option, and more rounded or padded paws give a more toony look.
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Asrath Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay, thanks a lot for your answer :) It's clear now.
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Welcome!
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Beanie-Basket Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Tahnks for this im so gonna use this when i get some fur! 
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
You're welcome! I'm glad its helpful!
Let me know when they're finished, I would love to see!
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Cosmicowl451720 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is a great tutorial!! Its gonna help when i make my suit. (after i tell my parents, im only 12..Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1]  Im doing so this summer) But yeah! Thanks for showing us, i cant wait to get started on mine!
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Ah gosh thankyou so much! I am so glad it's helpful!
I am super happy to answer any questions you have along the way about anything, don't be afraid to send a note or comment, I love helping other furs make stuff or just having a chat too ^^
Let me know when you make them I would love to see!!
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beestinqs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when my fur arrives, I'm going to use this tutorial! (If I have enough fur, that is)   
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thanks! When you finish them I would love to see!
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WarhammerLoad Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Wow, that simple? Well I cant wait till I start my own fursuit and thank you for this as I know that your tutorials are as very understandable. I have a question though: I wont make my paws in 2 colors though so how do I color them in or add another color on?
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thankyou! If you mean 2 colours as in with markings on them, when you have your pattern all ready, draw across where you want the colours to touch, and cut across the line you just drew. (make sure you label the parts you cut off so you don't get them mixed up!)
When you trace the pattern pieces onto the fur, just leave a little seam allowance across the edge that you cut (where the colours meet). You can also airbrush but that doesn't give such a solid colour.
Hope that helps :) (Smile) .
If you use my tutorial to make your paws, would you mind sending me a link once they're finished so I can see?
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WarhammerLoad Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
I am sorry for the late reply, but have  been very busy with school. But this is something I am going to keep in mind as I want to create my own fursuit. The only problem is, I am tall and still growing (1.8 meters now :P ) and when I reach 20 years old possibly when I stop growing taller, then I might create it. Its just that if I make them now, I will just grow out of it too quickly and it would be a waste. But I do thank you for the reply as I am sure it would come handy in the future.
Thank you once again ^^
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warriorsiceheart Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ur hand paws r awesome im so using this!!!
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Thanks! I used quite fluffy fur so they came out bigger than I expected. When you complete your paws, I would love to see!
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warriorsiceheart Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will show u them when I do them =^.^=
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Tinkerbell0522 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is easier and simpler than the others I found.
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Thankyou! I tried my best to make is as simple and easy to understand as possible.
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Tinkerbell0522 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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SpiritWolf101 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is basically how I made my second pair :D (My first pair was on work gloves. Never again...) 
Except mine are white tipped (Main black) and 5 fingered xD 
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TallestNerd Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
What about claws? like alligator claws?
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Like you want to add claws to the end of the fingertips?
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TallestNerd Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Like uhm make it pointed at the fingertips
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basenjiboy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
So when you add the border around the tracing of your hand, make it pointed instead of round. Once you have finished making your paws, you may need to put some thing like a bit of foam in the tips of the fingers so the pointy end doesn't flop.
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TallestNerd Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
aight thank you~
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