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Centaur Costume Construction by Fyuvix Centaur Costume Construction by Fyuvix
This is generally how I made my Ixi centaur fursuit [link]
with a few modifications for the backwards bending front legs. It was basically a lot of ';puppetry.'

This is to be taken with a grain of salt. Of course you may need to do a lot of modifications to perfect the body. The only problem I ran into my costume was the rings that I used to run the fishing line through snapped because they were plastic. Use metal ^^; And actually, I had the shoulder straps criss-crossing in the back instead of the front. Let it hang off of your shoulders at a slight 45 angle to give stability. if you ran it down your back to your belt, it would make the body more jiggly when you walk. wider the degree between the shoulder strap and the body where it's attached, the better the stability, but it won't be able to be hidden by the upperbody fur. If you're okay with having straps show, by all means, go to the middle of the 'taur body from your shoulders.

But with this design, it offers a one-person centaur fursuit, with all strings hidden, except the fishing line which will run behind your legs, across the belly, and down the other leg, so it really is quite invisible. Hope this helps!

If you use this method PLEASE send me pictures of your WIP or final product, and try to credit back so others can learn too.
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HekateLesedi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
FYI, front equine legs actually bend the way human legs do, so for a "normal" centaur, you wouldn't need to do anything outside a little cosmetic sculpting on the "front" legs.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! But this isn't a normal centaur XD I was modeling it off of a specific character.
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HekateLesedi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
Ah.  Okay.  ^^
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Ty-Dragon2 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Sweet!~
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liealatoto Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
What kind of foam did you use?
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Like bed-foam
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NobleCielPhantomhive Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I am still trying to make one of my own D8 yet sometimes the legs are too wobby or don't lift all the way. ;m; -sniffles- and sometimes the lower half is too heavy XD
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it can be a bit difficult. Shorten the rigging for the legs probably; As for the lower half, what material did you make it out of?
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NobleCielPhantomhive Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It's made out of foam and only two small wooden sticks help keep it up. I know that the legs [which are made out of wood] make it heavy and it stays up most of the time, it's just that I don't know really how to attact the harness. I tried to and it made it start to drop. Like I guess finding a good harness is what I need. D8
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The harness I used went around my shoulders, and down across the body. There were two perpendicular straps that went around the body towards the front and one towards the back. Then my shoulder straps adhered to the butt-end of the harness, though there was a ring on the front-end of the body harness to keep the strap from making a perfect 45 degree from my shoulders to the butt... if that... makes any sense at all XD
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NobleCielPhantomhive Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I think I got it XDD
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SallySamson Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOOOW! I really want to make this!!!
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Blackalphadragon96 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get the ohter leg to move? im from sweden so i dont fully understand this but itīs great :3
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used a rigging system using fishing line X3 Thanks
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Blackalphadragon96 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok ^^
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lemon--tea Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
its awesome
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lemon--tea Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
thanks for this schematic thingy or whatever its called but i will definitely try this
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VirgoGarg Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool! Always wanted a job in special effects, but I am bad at math and have very little money. Costume making is the next best thing.
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Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so cool! I've seen varieties of people using small wheels as the back legs, but this is genius. Thanks for posting, I would like to have a crack at this sometime in the future :)
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thankye kindly! n.n
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THEGREATTITANICCHICK Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
this is so great! thanks for posting this, i so have an idea now for what i want to do for my next suit :D
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Blue-Moon-Rabbit Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really facinating, I was thinking of doing [link] for a costume, and I was thinking of making with the puppet-y back legs as well. It's great to see someone managed to pull it off.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lemmie know if you wind up doing that! It'd be great to see finished
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LeSaVy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
dont suppoose you could make a video of this guy walking?
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately not any more. D8 had sold it years ago
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LeSaVy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
aw oh well, its amazing :) i may have a go at one of those
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mormongirlbyu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Holy cow, this is so much like what I was thinking of for making a working centaur costume! I'm planning on using it for the Bleach (anime) character, Neliel. Seriously, this is practically the same wavelength. It's wonderful to know that someone has built a centaur costume and it actually worked! Some questions, though.
What did you shape the body out of? How are the back legs engineered to lift when your front foot is lifted? Was it a spring or a weight of some kind?
I may not necessarily use this blueprint or method, but it definitely helps to know it's possible.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ^^; I believe you'll find all the answers to your questions if you actually read the words on the pic.

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mormongirlbyu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I did read the text on the picture, but I was still confused about some things. What was it that actually lifts the back leg? Is it simply the motion of your leg pulling forward that gives it the lift? And I didn't understand what you meant by "bedfoam". Sorry.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
XD No prob,

Ja, by moving your front leg, it pulls the line that is attached to the opposite back-leg. The diagrams display the rigging system required in order for that motion to look seamless.

Foam, would be like foam you find in a seat cushion, or in a bed, soft foam, basically, not styrofoam. Hope that helps!
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SylverSkull Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Lots of really good ideas, I'd love to make a fursuit one day :D
-favorites for reference-
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aipe-hirokareo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I just might use this for my Centaurman cosplay
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh please do send pics if/when you do it!! 8D
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aipe-hirokareo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Will do
and maybe bug you for help :>
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
XD Sure thing
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SunnyHanna Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
My friend and I might attempt to make a centaur costume. It looks reaaaally difficult though, we're not even sure where to start ^^'
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It is quite difficult to just begin, but once you start, the problems begin to solve themselves, or so it seems. I went with a puppet structure, like a marrionette
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ThoronWild Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aww cool i want to do it but im more into making heads and boadys lol (animal)
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LadyCin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
This is so cool ^^
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kay-auss-sama Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
hypothetically, couldnt you tuck a chair in sideways under yourbut area? then enother under the horse butt? and then you tuck the horse legs onto the chair...

you'd need help, but i think its possible.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The problem is ultimately weight. It has to be light enough to literally stick out from the body at a 90 degree, while still being able to have only one leg support at a time, holding up the rear
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kay-auss-sama Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
oh... hmm. that must suck to be in a whole day. you must feel like a real horse, lol.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes indeeeed XDDDD It was horrible.
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Hypergirl221 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Ooooh!!!This could help a lot in terms of a halloween costume!
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snakeman830 Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Looks like a good basis for me to try out my costume on. I'll have to see if I can't slim it down a little, though. It's a little round for my personal taste.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
How well did the hind feet pick up?
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's explained in there; but through the string rigging, when you pick up your right foot, the back left foot picks up
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I mean how far off of the ground? A few inches? Half a foot?
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh lol I don't really know. 5 inches maybe? not too far, that was the problem. You'd really have to move your feet far to make it work
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmmm.^^ That gives me SO many ideas. But it sounds like I'll avoid old couch foam.XD
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