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Fursuit Eyes Tutorial by LobitaWorks Fursuit Eyes Tutorial by LobitaWorks
I've been meaning to make this tutorial for a while!

This is how I make fursuit eyes. There really isn't a wrong way to do things as long as it looks good, is durable, and provides good vision though, so don't take this as an end-all, be-all method. Experimenting is half the fun of making costumes!

Hopefully the infographic provides enough explanation, but if you have any questions, definitely feel free to ask.

Here are some places to get the supplies needed for these:
Buckram (paintable fine mesh fabric): [link]
Never bought from this store, but it looks good.
Plastic sheets: [link]
I have bought from here and I can vouch for the quality. .03-.04 thickness is what I prefer, any thinner and it warps with the heat from the hot glue. Any thicker and it start becoming really hard to cut.
Suede for eyelids: [link]
My secret to this? Swatches. Buy whatever fur you need for the costume and grab a swatch of the suede you want for the eyelids for a nominal fee. Their swatches are plenty large to get a pair of eyelids from. :3

The acrylic paint can be bought at any craft store, you don't have to go expensive with this. Same with paint pens.
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TheDarkPhoenixQueen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! Amazing! But....I could never understand how you can see through them. What fabric do you use to help you see in your fursuit head?
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xRubyCayx Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the buckram is see through even after you've colored it.
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TheDarkPhoenixQueen Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok! Thanks. 
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egagliardi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Nice!
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arrowwind Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student Interface Designer
wow! This eyes looks amazing.
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MistyTB Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was actually looking at the same site for Buckram
I just cant figure out which one I should get, (this is my first fursuit)
Should I get loosely woven or tightly woven? Which one did you get?
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LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
When I bought some a couple years ago, there was only one option in stock, so I dunno. If there's a way to get samples, I advise getting samples of both and trying them out.
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MistyTB Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I can only buy a full thing, but since its only like a dollar and some odd cents for a square foot I'll think I'll get both and thry them out
thank you btw :3
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SeaBreezeMelody Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you c:
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NightMonster Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
So you install the eyes after you furred the head?
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:iconlobitaworks:
LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep!
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FrozenMaple Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Do you know where I can buy foam? 
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:iconlobitaworks:
LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
JoAnn's!
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FrozenMaple Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Oh yeah before I got your message I called the store I was so happy they had green foam :D
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LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great! If you sign up for their mailing list, you'll regularly get coupons. I almost never buy foam or stuffing without one. Most are 40% off, so definitely worth it.
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FrozenMaple Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Oh my god thank you!! This is so helpful!! Does JoAnn's sell fur too?(white black and ice blue) I forgot to ask
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LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's sort of lucky draw there... mine USED to carry really nice fur every now and again, but they downsized and they've only had really poor quality fur for the past four years or so. I think some still have good fur, apparently I'm just unlucky, so I buy all my fur online.
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MrsHelenaWay13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
When doing lighter colors (such as yellow) do you recommend a way to paint the back black without it showing through? I can't seem to get it to work for me! :(
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LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Works for me, maybe you're using a thinner buckram or maybe your yellow paint is really transparent.
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MrsHelenaWay13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I'll have to try some new things then. Thank you!
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:iconalptraum-gheist:
Alptraum-Gheist Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i still have no idea how to see in a fursuit head.
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:iconlobitaworks:
LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Open your eyes, silly!
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:iconalptraum-gheist:
Alptraum-Gheist Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well iknow how to open my eyes but where are the holes?
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KokoroMiracle250 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You see through the buckram mesh in the eyes
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Alptraum-Gheist Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah ok
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CookieMonsta409 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
can you give me the name of the buckram you used? and the place you got it at?
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fuzziies Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
you can get buckram at joanne fabrics (they have a LOT of stuff there)
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:iconcookiemonsta409:
CookieMonsta409 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok! Thanks for the help!!;)
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:iconfuzziies:
fuzziies Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
no problem (:
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CookieMonsta409 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^-^
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:iconfuzziies:
fuzziies Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
hehe
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Greystar2000 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Where can I find Buckram, for chance cheap?
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:iconfuzziies:
fuzziies Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
you can get buckram at joanne fabrics (they have a LOT of stuff there)
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:icongreystar2000:
Greystar2000 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! Now I need a couple easy to get things and I'll be finished really soon!
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fuzziies Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
^^ im like broke i have the mannequin head but i cant afford the foam yet ;-;
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Greystar2000 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Ahaha... Imbroketoo:C
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fuzziies Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
;;
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:icongreystar2000:
Greystar2000 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
At Joanne's (the area my grandparents are in at least) they have a clearance area for unused foam I believe...
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fuzziies Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
ohh
how much is it? o:
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TB7024 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial, it's extremely helpful.
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youvostencilart22 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could i do the exsact same eyes but blue
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MagmaDP Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I'm a total noob when it comes to certain materials and I'm not quite sure what buckram even is! I've seen how good you can see through it and I know you have a link for it, but I want to purchase it in a store or find a good substitute for the buckram.  Can this stuff be found in stores, or is there any substitude I could use for this? I'd love any help you can provide. I wanted to create my first fursuit and I'm still learning a whole lot about pretty much everything.
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LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I never really had success finding it in stores, but you might have better luck? It'd be with the interfacing in fabric stores.
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Crosspone Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's amazing how much life is brought into the eyes by the white dots. Awesome eyes!
How do you usually create a gradient like that? And what kind of paint do you use?
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LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just acrylic paints.
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Crosspone Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okies :) Thanks!
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Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student General Artist
THankyou so very much for sharing this.. I'm planning to make one soon, and im hoping to use these. :)
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cupcakelover1526 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
are those follow me eyes???
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:iconlobitaworks:
LobitaWorks Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nope!
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