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Below are all the items we use to craft and draw our projects! These are the exact ones we use and you can use any other if desired.

* Sewing machine Very generic sewing machine, it’s cheaper to keep buying these cheap machines than repairing expensive ones.
* Wonder Clips A lot less painful than needles and they’re faster and more efficient.
* Sewing Pins We use this kind to pin down the fur on heads and feet. They have large heads so you can’t miss them.
* Curve Needles This makes sewing in small nooks a lot easier, we use this for sewing the inside of heads and hand-sewing in general.
* Small finger brush This small brush pulls a little harder than normal slicker brushes. It helps A LOT to get the fur out of seams on shaved parts.
* Left Small Sewing tags Useful if you have specific left-sided hands or feet.
* Pre-threaded bobbins Spooling the bobbins can be tedious work and a motivation killer. Buying them ready to go boosts productivity time!
* Thread Stand Super useful to sort your threads. You can mount it to the wall with command strips too.

Sculpting & Mold Making
* Sculpt Set This is the same set we use to sculpt.
* Monster Clay We use this to make all our sculpts as it is wax-based and you can re-use it later on if desired, or even edit it.
* Minerals Used to smooth out the sculpt.
* Rubber Mold Making This is what we use for small stuff like claws and small feetpaws.
* Expanding Foam for Bases This is the kind we use to cast our expanding foam bases for heads and feet.
* Mold Release Used for making it easier for the foam to release.

Painting & Eye Materials
* Plastic Sheets We use this kind for making the eye whites, they’re nice and sturdy and can be cut with scissors.
* Eye Paints + More colors These plus regular paints are what we use for our eyes!
* Buckram Used to paint the eyes on.
* White-out Used for the eye reflection spots as normal paint will be see-through on the paint.
* Stiff-felt Used for the eyelids later on as well as making the generic eyelid shape before gluing fur on.

Shaving and Trimming
* Main Shaver This shaver is a bit noisy but cuts fur like butter when you try to go from long pile to short pile ASAP.
* Accent Shaver We use the taper last as it shaves a lot smoother and makes the shaving look cleaner. The main shaver is more useful to get the main length off without issue.
* Shaver Cooler The shavers WILL get hot after some use, we use this spray to cool them off ASAP to continue usage.
* Shaver Guards If you want a certain amount trimmed off fur we use guards to avoid shaving off too much.
* Thinning Shears We use this around edges we shave. They’re different from regular scissors as they snip only parts at a time to create a more natural trim. Used for inner ear tufts and pre-shaved parts.

* Hot Glue Gun Cheap and easy to manage. The adjustable slider helps to get the temperature you need and avoids critical burns compared to high temp guns.
* Hot Glue Sticks We buy these every other year, one of these boxes lasts us a long time. A lot cheaper in bulk than the 10 counts you get for 5 bucks at stores.
* Glue gun stand Helps to keep it up, not necessary but easier than to swap the stand back and forth when reaching small nooks.
* Circle-stencil We use this for painting eyes to get that nice round pupil shape.
* Head Lamp Super useful when sewing in spots that the light can’t get to normally. Mostly used for sewing the liner inside the head.
* Precision Scissors We use these for cutting the thread after sewing as well as cutting some parts of fur backing without damaging the fur itself. They get into small nooks easily.
* Spring Scissors We use these to carve foam and cut pattern in general. They’re super useful with the spring as you don’t have to put much effort into cutting with them.
* X-Acto Knives We love buying these in bulk and snap off the blades after they get dull from cutting fur and foam.
* Forceps We use this to pull curve needles through glued spots on the head like sewing the edge of mouths, inner ears, etc. Also used to hold certain things in place.
* Respirator Used for when shaving fur or generally mixing chemicals for mold making stuff.
* Dremel + Kit If you are going to work with resin heads and don’t order them pre-cut, this will be a useful tool to cut them nice and smooth them out.
* Heatgun Used for cutting resin.

* Faux Fur We generally buy luxury shag unless stated otherwise by the customer.
* Foam We use 1 inch for most stuff but also half an inch for ears and main head base.
* Polyfill We buy this stuff in bulk as it is cheaper and helps keep us stocked.
* Tape We recommend Gorilla Tape as it is strong and won’t peel off later when patterning.
* Epoxy Clay We use this for enforcing certain parts in place as well as lips and eyelid accents. Used for around hinges and putting resin jaws in place.
* Magnets You can use these to attach small wings or other parts you don’t want permanently attached. These are thin and strong.
* Silver Markers We use these instead of anything else for dark fabric. Black marker on black fabric is nearly impossible to see and these help a lot with it.
* Black Markers Used for tracing generic fur that is not light.
* Washable Markers Used for light-colored fur like white, yellow etc. This won’t stay the fur and easily washes off.
* EVA Foam Mats We use these for the bottom of feetpaws, shaped pawpads on the bottom and “sole” for sockpaw-styled feetpaws. Sometimes larger ears as well.
* Whisker Material Any fishing line material will do for whiskers, but these are shiny and come in different colors!
* Paper Dispenser + Paper We use this in our little Ikea furniture to roll off some quick paper to use for patterning. This stuff will last you a WHILE even for a lot of tails, handpaws etc.
* Glue This stuff we use to bond shoes to soles of feetpaws and other things that need enforcing like hinges.
* Plastic Stencils These are handy for making permanent patterns like handpaws and feetpaws. They are much sturdier than paper pieces.
* Paint Brushes We buy the variety version so we can cover a lot of space and smaller ones for fine details.
* Contact Cement Used to glue boot liners to soles for a smooth but strong bond.

* Fans These are the fans we use for inside the heads.
* Soldering Iron Kit This is the same kit we use for making fans and LED eyes.
* Soldering Stand with Magnifying glass and light Used to hold the wire together steadily while soldering it in place for our electronics. Much easier than holding it manually!
* Battery Packs These are the ones we use to build fans and LED kits.
* Electronic Wire For extending the battery packs to desired lengths.
* Toggle Switches The switches we use for fans and LED kits when we combine both in one. Otherwise, the battery packs already have switches.

* Fur Hangers We use these in our storage closets to hang up out fur. It’s easy to take them off and put them back on and sort through the furs.
* Small photo booth This box is easy to set up and compact to store away. This makes taking photos of handpaws/feetpaws etc look much more professional with lighting and background.
* Photoshoot Backdrop This is the one we use for photoshoots, though lately, we haven’t used it much due to space.
* Studio Lights Used for extra lighting and generally make photos look a lot better with more lighting.

* Wetsuit Used as under armor to wick sweat away from you and keep you cooler.
* Bodysuit/Wetsuit dryer We highly recommend this for home and conventions as it speeds up drying them much faster.
* Balaclava We recommend this kind since the mouth part is adjustable, unlike the cheaper ones. This will help avoid it sliding over your face.
* Fursuit Brush We recommend this kind of brush as a regular slicker brush is meant to pull fur out, which will bald your suit really fast.

* Main Tablet This one has a built-in screen and helps seeing where your brush strokes end up going. We love this for shading and coloring purposes.
* Secondary Tablet We use this on our laptop when we travel or draw in the living room. It’s small and compact, easy for travel.
* Battery Back-up This is handy to have in case of power outages. This will avoid crashing your files and stay on long enough to finish what you’re doing and save it properly.
* Monitor A decent-sized monitor we use.