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Animal Ears Tutorial by Katsumiyo Animal Ears Tutorial by Katsumiyo
Be careful when downloading, because this is...gigantic.
Finished my promised tutorial on how to make 3-dimensional animal ears. The craft foam and tinfoil ones are okay but I wanted something a little more realistic.
Important note: The base ears should look a little too small--once you add the fur, they will appear much larger. So be careful to avoid making ears exactly the size you want the first time around.
Feel free to comment or note/message me if you have any questions! Oh, and if you use this tutorial, please message me a link to a picture! I love seeing pictures. :3
Oh, and I totally take commissions on these little suckers, so if you run into a lot of trouble or just get lazy I'd be happy to whip some up for you. :3
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:iconanikitten295:
Anikitten295 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you still doing commissions? If so would it cost anything and how much? I would love a pair!
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Nirene-Z Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice :)
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ShinseinaOkami Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In replace of hot glue, would super glue work? 
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tnrt777 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What are the measurements of the triangles? I'm sort of lost on that bit *n*
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Surperior-Sea-Urchin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I only have thin craft foam-will that work, or should I glue two pieces together? Also does the ear have a bottom?
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Depending on how large your ears are, you may want to glue two pieces together, at least for the curved part that makes the back of the ear. There's no bottom on the ear; it's just hollow in there. Some people put felt or fleece on the underside, but I find that tends to interfere with how it conforms to the spherical shape of the head.
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PixelPal1131 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artist
May I ask how big the ears are? Also, can you replace felt with the fuax fur/paper?
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
The ears are somewhere around 2.5" long at the base, if I recall that correctly. I didn't use felt, though, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. Do you mean the fleece? If so, fur should be fine. I would hesitate to use paper, since it's more prone to wrinkling/staining and won't hold up as well.
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PixelPal1131 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student Artist
Oh, thank you! ^_^
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SilverKiti Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just finished the dog ears for my Jade Harley cosplay (from homestuck) and I just wanted to say thank you!!! This tutorial helped a lot. UwU
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vulpixgirllove Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
XD same here
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G-alaxii Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Artist
im using this as well for my jade harley cosplay as well <3
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:iconkatsumiyo:
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I'm happy to have helped! :D
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holotwins Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Artist
Awesome. We use the Neco Ears though pretty much but would like to learn to make our own custom ones.
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Then this is a good place to start. :D
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:iconnicemattersfirst:
nicemattersfirst Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question. Does it matter what color you use for the crafting foam? I only have grey and want to make brown ears and don't have time or gas to make a trip to the store.
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Not particularly. You can always use paint to change the color of the foam. It technically shouldn't be visible when you wear the ears, but I like to have my craft foam match just in case.
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nicemattersfirst Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay thanks!!!^-^
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CoffinDrops Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate it! :happybounce: 
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
So glad to help out! :D
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SkittleFlavoured Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
i've been looking for a simple tutorial for Jade Harley's dog tier ears for ages now, so thank you for this!!!! :3
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:iconkatsumiyo:
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
You're more than welcome! :D
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Tygriess Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Just wondering, does it matter what type of clips you use?
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:iconkatsumiyo:
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
It really does. I've tried a few different kinds of clips and these have inarguably had the most success staying attached to the ears and sitting stationary in the wig.
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I-Lost-My-Way Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! just wondering, would it be possible to wear without a wig?
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I know you can mount them on a headband, but this specific method relies on having bands of wefts on which to rest the clip. So doing it this way requires a wig. Most cosplays look better with a wig--even when a character has the same hair color and length I do, I wear a wig because wigs are so much thicker and look better in photos. :D
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I-Lost-My-Way Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was actually asking because I'm looking for a way to make animal ears that I can wear for a party I have coming up. I don't have the money to get into cosplay, tbh. X)
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
If it's for a party, just glue them to a headband that matches your hair color. It's easy to just paint a headband with acrylic paint, then glue the ears to that. :)
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PinkyPieandGummy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
OM GOSH!!!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE these ears!!!!! Their SOOO cute!!!!!! :D
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:iconkatsumiyo:
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Aw, thanks so much! :D
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PinkyPieandGummy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Not a problem :) u earned it
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MiniiSparkles Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow , I may do a Nutty Cosplay for Halloween & possibly next years convention , This really helps & it 's super cute ! Thank you for the tutorial ! :]
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
No problem, I'm glad it helped! :D
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MiniiSparkles Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconnicemattersfirst:
nicemattersfirst Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are absolutely adorable!!!! I can't wait to make mine.:nuu:
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:iconkatsumiyo:
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Let me know how they turn out! :D
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ViviChanNyan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! This will help me alot~ ^_^
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Glad to hear it! :D
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kiyoshiren Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just used this to make my Jade Harley ears and they turned out adorable! I had to play with how to cut the faux fur, but I did eventually get them to work! I've got the E6000 drying right now and I can't wait to try them on! (Mostly cause con's tomorrow and why did I wait until today to do this sob) They look really cute. So thanks for making this tutorial. :D (Also I'm fairly sure hot glue guns are why most cosplayers cuss.)
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Nice work! :D I'm glad they turned out nicely! It can be hard to cut the netting of the fur without cutting the actual fur on the other side. xD;
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origamiakatsuki101 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
now that what call ears!!!! :embarrassed:
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:iconkatsumiyo:
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thanks! :D
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Shadow-of-Sins Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Woops I accidentally posted my comment before showing you how mine turned out; [link] I also linked back to this tutorial in the description. Thanks again! c:
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
I'm happy it helped you! :D Always good to improvise on materials, so long as things work out in the end, right? :3
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Shadow-of-Sins Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Thanks for this awesome tutorial! I had to get craft glue that dries like rubber instead of a hot glue gun and I used felt instead of fleece, but they still turned out great for a first attempt. It just meant I had to hold the pieces of foam together for a few minutes while I waited for it to dry xD Still, they were fun to make and the outcome is definitely rewarding.
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TheTrollWithTheHorns Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I'm fairly confused on where I should glue the hairclip to the ear. it looks like you glued it to the front in the first picture with the clips, but in the last picture it looks like you might have glued them to the bottom of the ear. Where exactly did you glue the clips to, just so i can figure out where to glue mine?

Thanks for the tutorial, its really great!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
It's on the bottom of the front triangle. You can see in the third picture from the bottom where it's glued. When gluing, make sure it's attached so that the open part of the clip will be pointed towards the top of your head and not the other way around.
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:iconthetrollwiththehorns:
TheTrollWithTheHorns Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
OK, thank you so much! and thanks again for this tutorial
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:iconkatsumiyo:
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Of course! Best of luck! :D
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KirstyKat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
one question...
What were the measurements you used for the triangles and the curved triangles? Just so i could get an idea :)
Thank you ^_^
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