How to Apply Fur to Animal Sculptures

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Covering an animal sculpture with fur can be an inexpensive, creative way of making a sculpture your own. This method can also be used to decorate a room with an animal head without having to actually go hunting for the animal. Man-made, synthetic fur is not only cruelty-free, but is also usually much less expensive and can be longer-lasting than real fur.

Things You'll Need

  • Animal sculpture
  • Man-made fur
  • Wax paper
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Choose a surface to begin on. You'll be patching small pieces of fur across the surfaces, rather than trying to arrange a large swath of fur over the whole sculpture. According to Animalhead.com, the best surfaces to start with will have few creases and no holes for eyes or antlers. For the best results, plan ahead to keep all your patching symmetrical across the sculpture.

  • Trace the outline of your chosen surface onto the wax paper with the permanent marker. Wax paper works best for this job due to its translucency and malleability. A permanent marker is appropriate because it will show up well on both the underside of the fur and on the wax paper. Your outline should be a rough sketch of the shape of the surface.

  • Cut out this outline with the scissors. Making the cutout too big is preferable to too small, so do not cut into the outline itself.

  • Trace this onto the underside of the man-made fur and cut it out. Again, making the cutout too big is preferable to too small, so keep the cuts outside the guideline.

  • Glue the man-made fur fabric-side down onto the sculpture using a tight-bonding fabric adhesive. Before gluing, check the size and shape and make any necessary alterations. Apply the glue to the edges of the fur once you'd trimmed it to the best size and glue all edges down as flush as possible. Repeat all the above steps for each surface you will be covering with fur.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be creative with the fur patterns and styles you choose--there are many different types available.

References

  • Photo Credit Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
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