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UPDATE: 5/10/2013

A bit of a disclaimer: I'm not a professional, and at the time of this update, I have only completed two tails, so I may not be able to answer questions you have.  This post is more me sharing my method than a tutorial.

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I've gotten some questions from people asking me how I made my yarn tails.  I've only made two so far, so it may not be perfect, but it seems to work just fine.  My method's a combination of two tutorials I found + what felt right.  I figured I'd post this for any who are interested in trying their hand at it.  It's pretty easy and fun.  I've found a new hobby to do while watching tv.

I used these two tutorials as inspiration:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFu6XE…
www.jelliclecostumes.com/Tails…

-First, gather supplies.  You need yarn, a slicker brush (www.jemarpet.com/images/Slicke…, and scissors.  

-Cut three lengths of yarn a few inches longer than you want the tail to be.  These will be the base.  Tie a knot at the top and then braid the length of the yarn, tying a knot at the bottom too.  Then, take the top and make a loop and tie it, so that you have a loop to feed a belt through.

-Tie another knot at the bottom.  Make sure it's thick enough that the yarn you tie around the base won't slide off.

-Next, take the yarn and wrap it around your palm ten times.  Cut it off with the scissors.  These pieces will be the fur.

-Take two segments of yarn, hold them together (as though they were one unit) and tie them so they are centered around the base.  Just one knot is enough.

-Repeat this with the remaining segments of yarn.  Turn the tail ¼ turn each time so that the yarn is spaced out evenly.

-Unravel all the yarn.  

-Take the slicker brush and brush out the yarn out in sections until it looks like fur and there are no clumps.  A lot of fuzz will come off on the brush.  This is normal.  Then when you are done, brush the fur in the direction you want it to go.

-Repeat these steps until you reach the top of the tail.  Then you're done!  Feel free to change colors as you go and experiment with patterns.
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Clawheartmystery Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You might've just solved my problem on how to attach a key ring to the yarn tail that I'm making!
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SwitzTheNeutral Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I'm glad to be able to help out. :)
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Kigenzen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Hi :) Can I ask a question about the tail made out of yarn. Do you think it would be possible to put a metal wire in the base then braid over it? Or do you have any ideas on how to make the base a bit thicker without using yarn for it? I need a bigger and sturdier base for it since it's going to be standing up. I'm planning to make tails for my Ahri cosplay soon.
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SwitzTheNeutral Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't tried it myself, but I don't see any reason why wire wouldn't work. You'd probably want something somewhat thick, though, so that it can support the weight. As for thickness, braiding thick strips of fabric might work for the base, but again, I haven't tried this yet. Good luck!
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XxNoisexPollutionxX Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
As far as connecting your clip to your tail, how do you personally do that?
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SwitzTheNeutral Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've only used a keychain clip once, but here's what I did (if I remember right).  I made the base braid, and tied a knot at both ends, but made the knot at one end back a bit from the edge, so that there's some loose yarn there.  I then tied the loose yarn around the part of the keychain I was attaching to the tail.  I think I used a square knot, and might've tied an extra one just to be safe.  I then proceeded to make the tail as described in the tutorial, but when I got to the top, I made sure to take the loose ends, keep them flat against the braid, and tie the yarn around it, so that it was secured and hidden in the middle of the tail, if that makes sense.  I hope this helps!
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XxNoisexPollutionxX Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Thanks so much, lovely! :heart:
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Meroda Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I'm not entirely sure if anyone is having this problem, but if I wear my tail during a summer day the tuffs tend to get wavy from the humidity. Even now I still can't get the waves out (I tried restraightening them) any way to prevent this, that you know of?
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lilkatkat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You could try hairspray.... I haven't quite had that problem yet, but you could try just a small ampount in your hand, then smears on the tail.
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Dark-Fox-Yanori Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I have been interested in making tails for awhile. I am a visual person as well as one that needs verbal direction. Both this tutorial and another is helpful..

For those who need a visual, however, I've found that if you want a realistic looking shiny tail, take this one as well as a tutorial from Zullala on YouTube. The title is Cosplay Creep tail tutorial (part one and two).

She suggests that you don't use Red Heart yarn for the fluff because it can break easily but she says it is perfectly fine for the base..

These in unison helped me start my tail.. So hopefully I didn't step on any toes and this little note helps someone who needs a visual..

Bye-bye ^.^
~Yanori
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