First of all --------------- This is not finished yet, The computer I am on atm doesn't have microsoft word, so I'm using this journal as a way to save my progress while typing this tutorial so I don't get near the end and loose everything >.>. This will eventually be moved to my website, so I can pretty it up with pictures and stuff ^^
This tutorial will show you how I personally discovered how to put blinking eyes in a fursuit costume, as well as making a creature snarl. I don't claim to be an expert so my methods might not be the most effective, or suit your style of making costumes. But they work for me ^^. This tutorial is dedicated to a special someone! You know who you are because you asked for it, but I won't mention a name as I know you're keeping things secretive!
Making an animal costume blink is one of the next steps to bringing more realistic life to it. This is one of those things that when you know how to do it, you'll wonder why you didn't consider it sooner!
Your eye (plastic or resin ect)
Black pigment powder
Spare fabric to make the eyelid
Glue (Either hot glue or superglue can work as an example)
Miniature servo (this tutorial will be for using 2 servos, one for each eye, but it is possible to use one servo to control both)
Y lead cable for servo
Arduino Uno R3 board (Others available but I found this easiest)
Solderless Breadboard + Jumper Cables
Battery clip or other power source
Here we go!
First of all you need to make sure that there is enough room inside the head of your costume to fit everything in and the eye hole is large enough to accommodate the blinking movement of the eyelid.
This is what my most recent project looks like with the blinking eyes:
>>>>>>>>>>>Insert picture of hippo here<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Step 1: Making the eyelid
This is the most important part, because if you get the shape wrong here the whole mechanism might not work later on.
Grab your eye (The one for the costume, not your own eye XD) as well as the wire. Bend the wire to the curved shape of the eye, following the diagram.
>>>>>>>>>>>>Insert diagram of wire over eye<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Hold your wire where shown in the picture and try to rotate it over the surface of the eye (like it's blinking). If it rubs against the surface keep playing with the shape until it moves freely all the way up and down the eye, leave a gap to allow to the eyelid fabric to be attached to the wire.