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TUTORIAL Yarn Tail by luthien368 TUTORIAL Yarn Tail by luthien368
My very first yarn-tail. Not as fluffy as I hoped, but very fluffy nevertheless. The core is made from the wire of a normal hanger, is very flexible, yet suprisingly stable. Shaping it is quite hard and for small parts, like the loop connecting to the buckle, you have to use tools.

You can find a Video here: [link]
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:iconwhatasonicrainboom:
WhatASonicRainboom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! Using a hair straightener on the brushed out floof, will help you get the results you're after. 
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DawnStarLightning Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
The amount of time that must have took... but it looks AMAZING!
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes but yes. And I had worse ^^°
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Caffinated-Pinecone Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
WOOOOOOOW
What is the core made out of? :0
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wire of a cloth hanger. See the linked tutorial also
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Caffinated-Pinecone Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOOOH COOL THANKS SO MUCH
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FemaleDeathTheKid Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So doing this later
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PolarBearSam Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
This literally blew my  mind.
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aphot-c Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I notice I'm a shallow bit late on this, but what wire did you use for this?
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess I have to write an FAQ on this, especially this question allone, which I also answered I don't know how often X) I used a cloth hanger, very cheap and durable
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tigergirl507 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
did you use a flat iron?

and did you trim the tail? cus mine always turns out with a pointy tip :p
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, a flat iron (don't know what happens though if you use a riffeled one though... more volume? ), but never altually had to trim (except when I wanted a thinner part or a pointy tip ^^ )
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tigergirl507 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!
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BlueCrystalTiger Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it posible to make leperd spots?
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess not, cause the markings will blur. Maybe you wanna try it out by yourself.
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BlueCrystalTiger Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok i may do cheeta spots air brus wold probably work if you did it right but i dont have one so if you wold like if i make the tail wold you like to here how it goes?
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CheshireMoonKittie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for posting this! I had no idea you could get such great results from yarn.
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PriestessRaven Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I used your tutorial to make some fur for my husbands costume, thanks so much for posting! I made sure to link back to this page as well. 
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, would love to see the finished costume!
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ThatOneRitzy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
using a hair straightener on the yarn at a 360 degree temperature would help make the yarn longer and nice and silky, plus would probably add the fluff you want ^-^ just saying! It is a beautiful tail tho! I wish my first tail came out that nicely. :3
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, forgot to mention/do that the first time I made (and documented) the tail XP
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Ayumisaki Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
oh...that's cool...i would to try
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MistressHell-Cat Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
What did you use as the core? And how did you get the core to stay on the hanger? I'm looking to make a tail for a cosplay of mine. ^^
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Enigma-Nyx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of brush did you use?
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GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want the "fur" to be sleek and shiny, all you need to do is run it through a hair straightener then brush it out again. It makes the fluffs so soft and form nicely if you're making a fox tail. ^_^
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TheDogsSpider Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i absolutely love this tutorial. it looks so nice! does it move nicely or have a stiff position? also I noticed there were a lot of questions about how the core was made and im sorry I have to ask just for a little more detail on it, but would you braid some then glue it down then braid again, continuing with that action? plus is there any specific length to cut the fur and where did you start sewing from? im assuming the top but I had to ask. I ask a lot of questions >~< sorry.
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to see that so many people like this tutorial :) Did you watch the video? There you can see the movement quite good. Other examples of this wirecore are this www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPLvaW… and this www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfK1gb…

It doesn't matter when you glue it on. The glue is only important to stop the braid rotate around the wire, so it doesn't mess up any pattern you create. If you don't have a pattern at all, or you even want to create a spiral or always changing pattern, you don't even have to use glue.

I cut the yarn to about handlength, but the yarn will rip at a specific length when brushed anyways. If you want to have the least waste, just try out which length the yarn will keep.

Start from the tip of the tail, otherwise the finished parts will be in your way ;)

Have fun!
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TheDogsSpider Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much. im probably just going to use one color. again love the tail ^^
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GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering, have you used this method of making fur for a pair of ears? If so, do you think you could make a similar tutorial (with a little more detail so I can get all the directions) so I can do a pair. please?

I'm trying to figure out how to make a pair of matching fox ears for a tail I made so I could cosplay Caster from "Fate/Extra"
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never made ears with this kind of hair. What I think would be cool is making a pair of ears and a tail with faux fur and fluffing the tail up with yarn-puffs, to make them look similar.
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MythicalGenocide Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist
How do you sew the tuffs onto the base? I've been gluing mine and I want to start sewing them for a more professional look, could you give me a brief explanation? :3
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just sew them on. Use needle and Thread, go through the knot and then through the woll on the wire (I braided it around the wire).
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Englishmuffinz12345 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What type of brush did you use? I've tried a few of my bruses around my house and all they do is mess up my yarn..
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One to comb dogs with :)
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Tailarium Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
So to do the middle wire part did you just braid the normal yarn around it like you would do normally for the core with wire or not? And then once done you bent it into the shape desired?
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yupp, that's the way. You can bend the wire whenever you want :)
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Tailarium Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014

awesome thank you just made this account about to post my first yarn tails lol

and was very curious so I can do that in the near future!

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FreckledAndSpeckled Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Have you tried it for longer fur? More like a wolf or fox tail? Either way, a great tutorial. Very creative ^^
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, tried it but the yarn will rip at a certain length :/ You can use kanekalon for longer fur though. i recomend sewing a normal tail with fur and a wire core, then clueing kanekalon into the fur :)
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FreckledAndSpeckled Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okay, thank you ^^
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I-Major-In-Magick Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do we make the core? It doesn't look like just a piece of coat hanger, so is there something wrapped around it, or what exactly?
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
.I braided some woll around it
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I-Major-In-Magick Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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jacmac Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Oh my gosh, thank you so much!  I will definitely use this for my snow leopard lady.
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Bree-Vixen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
hello! im making a disney maid marian tail, therefore, its long like yours but very thick in the core. would the same wire still work?
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't recomend technique for foxtails, since they would be quite thin. I once made a yarntail with an thicker tuft at the end, a liontail. I used a bit of foam to make the small part thicker - and it was unbelievable how many more wollparts I needex x.x A whole tail like that would be terrible to make X)

I made a foxtail one, like that: Thick wire, about 4mm thick. This wire was able to hold the heavy tail, although it doesn't swing around like the cattail. But it does swing a little. Then I sewed a normal furtail around it, like here ( furforge.deviantart.com/art/Tu… ). After that I used kanekalon, used this tutorial on them ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5QB7G… ) and glued them into the fur. Works wonderful, feels wonderful <3

www.directupload.net/file/d/32…
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BobtailedDumpling Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
How would you make the core? Just form wire and cover with material?
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used a cloth hager for it. thick yet flexible
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BobtailedDumpling Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I'm asking would you sew the yarn onto the metal core itself, or would the core have cloth covering it to sew onto?

My friend needs a tail for an upcoming cosplay.
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luthien368 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I braided some woll over the wire and glued it on in some spots to stop it from rotating around the wire. After that you can sew on the rest onto the wollbraid :)
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