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Bandless Fox Ear Tutorial by BasiliskZero Bandless Fox Ear Tutorial by BasiliskZero
I hate these. |D

They're such a pain, usually one ear will turn out perfect, and the other will fall off at the slightest provocation. They can't be sold either because people have such different ear shapes.

Also, they hurt to wear for a long time.

Still, I got a request to make a tutorial, and I do get quite a few favorites on them, so why not..? =w= (Although it would have been nice if Model Magic was cheaper. Damn craft stores send out 40% off coupons then put everything in the store 30% off so you can't use the stupid things. Assholes. )

I tried adding extra pipecleaner to make it more secure, but it didn't work and I cut the excess off.
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houndlord Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017
Hey I was wondering do you think you can make a YouTube video of folding the aluminum
DK-girl Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is an old post, but I want to ask. Is it possible to put this kind of ears onto a headband for higher positioning? Or are they simply to heavy?
Thanks for a great tutorial! I really like the ears, although they look a bit more like coyote ears. 
houndlord Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017
There In the same family no different
tolove-another Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Aw snap!! X3 if my method for wolf ears doesn't work, I am so trying this!!! I just need to get some actually fur fabric instead of trying to make myown...
GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I know of a way to help you out on how to make them more secure... Ever heard of "Wire Elf Ear Jewelry"? If you use the same method to hold them in place as it is to hold the ear jewelry, then in theory it should stay put. I've made a pair of the ear jewelry and they stay in place like no body's business since I've ran and jumped around wearing them with my friends out in public!

I hope this suggestion helps you make these stay better since these ears of yours are amazing and if you did mass produce and sell these, you'd make a great income with all the cosplayers out there in the world. :3
RebelMyth Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Any tips on how to sew actual fox fur?
There's a fur store in my area that let me have a bunch of scrap, and fox is among them. 
BasiliskZero Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Hmm. Anything more specific you need to know?
You can buy leather needles at Joannes, they have sharpened tips to slice through the leather. You shouldn't need them for fox fur since the leather is so thin, but they're good to have on hand.
Other than that, always make your cuts on the leather side with a razor, never use scissors or you'll trim the fur.
If you got a fox face and want to keep the ears, try the keywords 'rehydrating fox face', that out to give some useful results with pictures and descriptions.
RebelMyth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, shaving fur - like, making it shorter. I have parts of the main pelt, and want to shear it and sew it together with a small plastic form inside to hold the shape. 
Any tips there?
BasiliskZero Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Hmm. I'd suggest not doing that, it'll expose the woolly undercoat and lose a lot of color. If nothing else, try it on a small piece first.
RebelMyth Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mokay dokay!
Thank you!
mitoki-hime Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg thankyou i was going to make animals ears for cosplay with my guyfriend by attaching them with earrings ( studs and ear clips) but this works a lot better and sounds a lot let painful and is cheaper.
TalesOfAnAutumnFox Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
im sure you can also put them on a head band, how did u attach the pipe cleaner to the clay?
UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :3
Naria-hime Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't quite understand why you use the pipe-cleaner. Could you please explain?
BasiliskZero Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
It's a wire to hold it in place better, with the benefit of being fuzzy so you don't have a piece of metal rubbing against your skin.
Valpin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

This is so genius, and helpful at the same time.
Xyyme Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe instead of using pipecleaner you could use opened paperclips?
ToRmEnTtHeFaLlEn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is epic :D
rikkuuzumaki13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
you look like a dork in the "I can has ur soul?" pic :P
an adorable dork
xD im just teasing dont get mad
BasiliskZero Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
I look like a dork in that pic cuz I am a dork. |D;;
I've made my peace with it. p:
rikkuuzumaki13 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
xD As long as you get their soul, don't worry xD
jackeyfaber Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I think, perhaps, If you put a pipe cleaner along the top ridge of the ear, under the clay and fur, with a bit sticking out at the end that you shove your ear into, you could weave the pipe cleaner into one of those flat hair clips and clip said hair clip above your ear. Maybe hiding it under your hair. Might help it stay on better, with less weight just on your ear. dunno if that made any sense. XD
TameYetWild14 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
awsome!! ^^
watz model magic? ^^;

iz it some sort of clay?
OtENGG Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
wahh!.. this is it!..the one that ive been searching in internet!.......
this stuff is definitely needed if u r about to cosplay "gumiho"...
waaaah!..kapsahamnida for this^^
Lophiomyinae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I'm going to give this a go. :meow: Thankyou for the tutorial.
cutiewinks Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
thnx to these one...
i kinda make one now..^^
noxfoxArts Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I once tried to make some ears like this with the idea of being able to move them when I move my ears and funnily I had a similar process. I used wire to make the structure of both ears and covered them with tinfoil, then I adapted their base to my ear, paying attention they didn't weight to much.
I didn't have more material at that time and they were prototypes but now I can access latex paint so I'm wondering if it could give an interesting result to put layers of it on the tinfoil base.

did you get a better model for yourself since?
Sibale Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student Artist
Thanks for this tutorial. This really hepls me make Mereman fin ears. Thousands of thanks <3
AlbaDoggy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
How did you come up with this?
it's genes!
i won't try them because i trust in all of what you say and it'd be pointless. but even so, they look amazing!
Pardalis-Costantine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
I must say these are nice, working on an umbreon cosplay I'm thinking of using these for the ears though obviously longer instead of the usual headband. Hopefully I can work them out so that they fit securely. x-x

Oh! And a suggestion having worked with Model Magic and it's wonderful cracking galore after it dries. >_> I personally used clear clay glaze to fill the cracks then painted over with the desired color of acrylic paints. I have tried covering them with more clay and for me at least it either cracks even more or it stands out horribly. Anyways thanks for this tutorial. =3
DarkPoetOfRivendell Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
:D Those are so cute!!
I love that you don't need a headband for them, it always makes the ears look so fake unless you comb your hair over the band.
CDSH Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Ooh, that's pretty damn awesome. But yeah, they look like they'd pinch a fair bit.

I bought customizable fangs for a cosplay, and I can actually feel them pinching my teeth. It's weird. I think they feel like braces. o__o"
AnimeJoker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
You just gave me a brilliant idea! thank you!
Changeling007 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I'm making a pair of these, but i only have one so far. My cat attacked it when I was wearing it. xDD
0202inferno Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
works for
A. Making your self look like a fangirl
B. Making your self look like a Furry
C. Making your self look like a Elf
Souken-Juusan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
DX DAMN Im making mine now but the foil never seems to be long enough
Osoreru Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
I like these, maybe I'll make them.
BasiliskZero Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Cool, good luck if you decide to.
Osoreru Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
FemmeBoysHavMorFun Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
I think I might make a pair of these... I have a con this Friday and I need to add something to my Decora outfit.

Now, about them staying in place... Would it help at all if I pinned or clipped the edge of the bases to my wig?
renkurasaki Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
If I wanted to change this to wolf ears, how would I do that? (I'm a newb at this kinda stuff and I need to find a good tutorial for wolf ears for my ookami cosplay).
Also, if I use this model magic stuff, is it possible to attach it to a hair pin?
BasiliskZero Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Um... I guess wolf ears are shorter and not that pointy... And the tips wouldn't be black if the rest of the ear is a different color.

It wouldn't stick directly to the hair pin, but maybe wire connected to the pin and the aluminum base would work. I've never tried it. O: (Maybe I'll give it a shot though, that's a good idea.)
renkurasaki Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
:D Thanks!
Elmind Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Maybe there's some way to adapt so it won't be a discomfort at a point...
BasiliskZero Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
It's possible, I did manage to make one that was completely perfect. O:
But I have no idea how to duplicate it. >.< Maybe you'll have better luck?
Elmind Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Perhaps using a wire or one of those earbuds that goes around the ear.
IrisHime Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
These are so cool~! When do you put the pipe-cleaner in?? cause it doesn't really say in the tutorial. ^_^;
BasiliskZero Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Oops. xD
It goes in the lower "earlobe" area to hold it against your own earlobe.
Animefreak1212 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
awesome tutorial!!! i actually might try this
Okami-Tsukuyomi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
What are the pipcleaners for?
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