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Duct Tape Dummy Tutorial by fenrirschild Duct Tape Dummy Tutorial by fenrirschild
This is the OFFICIAL Mordrude's Monsters DTD tutorial. This is how I would like all of the DTDs done by my commissioners.


2 rolls of heavy duty duct tape, 55-60yds each.
3 heavy duty trash bags, preferably 3mil thickness. I used Husky Contractor Clean-up bags.
Strong scissors for cutting your bags and removing your person.

The duct tape was about $11, and the whole box of bags was $16. We're talking about thousands of dollars worth of fursuit being built from this base, cutting $10 off the cost of materials isn't worth the potential for catastrophe!

Plan on taking up to three hours if you are doing this with one taper. These can be very hot and uncomfortable, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks if needed. More tapers means faster taping, but can also mean more chance for error.

Even if you don't think you need to go, try. Once you start, you're stuck in it until you're done!
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SnowAngelDeath Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
is the DTD par of the suit or is it like something that they use to sew the fur over?
PriestessShizuka Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it possible to use my own clothes as guides for learning what feels comfortable to wear? Could this possibly be a substitute for doing the duct tape dummy?
PracticalFX Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Interesting idea; never used garbage bags before, only painter's coveralls. I'll keep this in mind.
allstarblast Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
What's the point of this when making fursuits
TheMrMinish Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
To make pink guy's suit :D
The-Ushi-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ I had no idea how to make a duct tape dummy. This is one of the best tutorials I've seen! Thank you!!
SourNerd Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
No way, you really only need 2 rolls of duct tape? o-o I assumed it'd be like...10 or something crazy.
Zackazi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
so.. you don't stuff it with news paper?
Apocalyptic-Vagabond Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is littlerly the funnest thing i have ever done to a friend 
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Finally, something to hold my suits.
basenjiboy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
would this work for making a DTD for a quadsuit?
HighlandBilby Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I am going to be making a full suit soon but was wondering.... What if you want a loose fitting suit ? I hate wearing tight clothes and having something so snug would be uncomfortable.

Also how do you cut the fur out from it ?

Would it be easy enough to just buy a tshirt and trousers and use them as a fur pattern ? or would that just fail miserably ? lol
fenrirschild Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Artist
People who do the toony/loose style bodysuits generally get a jumpsuit pattern from McCalls, and work from that. I think those are ugly and totally inappropriate for realism, so I really can't help you there, but this isn't really a bodysuit pattern anyway, it's just the dummy to help you make the pattern from.
Steele-IceHeart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TheLionessesDen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for this!
I needed to know this for future commissions, as well as my own personal suits.
ErrorFactor Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm getting ready to do this with my mom, but weren't too sure where to start. I'll be combining tutorials to, hopefully, get a nice one out! I know at this point I won't be making my FWA deadline, but you can't rush something you're new to! Thanks for this!
pacific-grim Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
do you know if there's any other way to get a good base/measurements for a body suit?
i've tried several times to make a duct tape dummy of myself but i don't get very far until i start to get panicky. ):
so i'll either have to man up or find a different route.
fenrirschild Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artist
I certainly cannot work off of measurements for something as complex as patterning a form-fitting bodysuit. If you don't mind a looser fitting body you could always work from a jumpsuit pattern.
Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah hah! Hahahaha I'm no longer the only one that does this yes! I found that plastic wrap works just as well as its easier to control where it goes in a sense, but still works all the same. Very nice!
fenrirschild Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artist
I've always done them this way, painter's coveralls didn't fit my huge butt so they weren't an option. I've done this using plastic wrap, grocery bags, and the thicker garbage bags, and I like the result from the garbage bags much more than the other ones for body DTDs at least. They don't stretch out or screw up with time like the other ones seem to do for me.

I stole your packing peanuts stuffing idea btw!
Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah, seems those dtds made with this method hold together longer, those that don't just fall apart.

That idea was given to me by a local friend, it's it WONDERFUL??
fenrirschild Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artist
Yeah, I've had a really horrible experience with a DTD done on coveralls, and I'll never work with them again for any reason.

It is fantastic, and luckily my mother in law had two huge bags just languishing away in her garage I was able to take! It's been a freaking game-changer, to say the very least.
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