How to Paint, Print, and Install Fursuit Eye Mesh
Some tips for the best ways to work with our eye mesh.
Here's a handy guide for painting, printing, and installing our cosplay and fursuit eye mesh! You can purchase it in our shop here or from our etsy shop. It's durable, sturdy, and waterproof, with great vision.
How to Paint our Vinyl Cosplay & Fursuit Eye Mesh
Our mesh is made of black woven vinyl and does not require any sort of sanding or priming prior to being painted. If you're painting traditionally, I recommend a high quality acrylic paint applied in thin layers either by dabbing with a sponge (or piece of foam) or brushing on with a paint brush. Make sure each layer is fairly thin so you avoid clogging the holes of the mesh-- it may take several layers before you achieve satisfactory coverage. If you do clog some holes, you can blow them out with compressed air before the paint dries, or poke them with a needle.
Posca and other paint pens also work well. Folks have had good luck with spray paint, too!
After you've finished painting your mesh and the paint has dried, make sure to seal your work with a few layers of clear coat. I usually use Rustoleum 2X Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Gloss in Clear, but any clear glossy spray coat that works with plastic should work!
Sometimes the paint may not agree to the hot glue used to assemble your fursuit eyes and may peel off-- if that is the case simply use some sandpaper to carefully remove the paint from the portion of the eye mesh that you'll be gluing down, or avoid painting that portion of the eye all together!
How to Print Fursuit Eyes with an Inkjet Printer
You can print on our fursuit eye mesh with your inkjet printer! Simply paint the mesh white first by applying acrylic paint with a sponge, or a sturdy white spray paint to get it ready for your printer.
Tape down the edges your painted and fully dried mesh to a piece of printer paper and then simply run through your printer just like any normal print. Settings for "photo" paper work best for me. If your print doesn't turn out as vibrant as desired, run it through the printer again!
Afterwards, make sure to apply a clear coat afterwards to protect the ink.
Sometimes the white paint may not agree to the hot glue used to assemble your fursuit eyes and may peel off-- if that is the case simply use some sandpaper to remove the paint from the portion of the eye mesh that you'll be gluing down.
How to Install our Curlworks Fursuit Eye Mesh
Here are some tips on installing our eye mesh into your classic plastic fursuit eye blank! For the 'whites' of the eye, we prefer styrene plastic as it's durable, sturdy, and easy to cut with a scissors and shape with a rotary tool. Our favorite source for fursuit eye plastic is JILLCOSTUMES etsy shop, where she provides it in a variety of colors.
It's important to pull the mesh taut across the eye as you glue it, as the mesh does have a little stretch to it and will warp slightly if you don't!