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Faun stilt blueprint by Ulltotten Faun stilt blueprint by Ulltotten
Several people have been asking about the faun stilts, so here´s a sketch of how they are made. I sadly didn´t remember to take any photos while making them, but I hope this can explain some of it. This is not the exact templates and measurements of the stilts however, it´s only roughly how they are made. They might also look a bit more clumsy than in reality because I´ve drawn the pieces a lot thicker than they are, to better show how they´re joined together.

The material used is aluminium, about 5mm thick, welded together like on the picture above. After that, the shoe was made out of fabric and duct tape, taped stuck to the stilt with LOTS of duct tape. Then the hoof was sculpted with papiere maché and painted. I put stuffing on the stilts until they where the right shape, and then covered everything in furry fabric.

Hope it helps, and don´t be afraid of asking if you want to know more. I´ll answer if I can :)
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:iconstevorama:
Stevorama Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
Agreed. This is on the right track. The key to this illusion is making the instep appear elongated, and this is as close to that target that I have yet seen.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Professional
nice job
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:iconweeya1:
weeya1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Hi! First of all, I would just like to say: this is really helpful! And one of the best design I've seen!

2.) would it be much trouble to ask if you could note me the instructions? I can kinda see how it was build, but I just want to be sure how it was created.
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:iconthedappleddragon:
TheDappledDragon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student General Artist
would it be possible to make these out of wood and still have them be sturdy?
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:iconjackiehakalajackson:
JackieHakalaJackson Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How long were you able to walk in these before your legs got too tired? Your faun legs are the best I've seen so far, but they look like they also force your legs in a semi-crouching position all the time.
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:iconhaddydrow:
haddyDrow Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I'm trying to get the metal for this, how does your foot stay up there? did you screw a shoe into it? doesn't it kill your toes?
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:iconpsychara:
Psychara Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I made stilts in the same angle, and how on earth did you not fall forward...? @___@ I can't walk in them at all..!
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:iconthemuff1n:
TheMuff1n Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
This looks very confusing xD but hopefully i can make it right before Halloween (i thought of a costume idea for this years Halloween the day after last years) Do you have any tips or new ideas to help me while i "Try" to make them?
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:iconedeneue:
Edeneue Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   General Artist
What about just using soft foam to shape the legs?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
That might just be a great idea! sadly that was not a material I had, or even knew of at the time when I made these...
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mizzyvon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
My friend made something similair to this. But he added a support for the toe's, which makes it a lot more comfortable.

Here is a picture of it: [link]
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Interesting! I did make a pair of stilts with support for the toes at first, but it didn´t work out for me. It created a lot of pressure on the toes only so I prefered having an opening for the toes, almost like a sandal in front. That spread the weight on the whole top of the foot and part of the ankle instead as the "shoe" part is quite sturdy and goes far up on the ankle. Thanks for commenting! I´d be very interested in the construction your friend used, maybe he got a toe support to work out better than for me...
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Fiskinfluensan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Jag är DJUPT imponerad av hur den färdiga produkten såg ut, och lika tacksam för att du förser med denna arbetsbeskrivning! Blir verkligen sugen på att försöka mig på liknande, även om jag är osäker på om jag har skicklighet nog för det.
En tanke slog mig dock. Du måste ju gå med benen böjda, både för att få rätt form på benen och p.g.a. fotens vinkel. Blir inte det extremt jobbigt för benen i allmänhet och knäna i synnerhet? Använder du någon form av stöd eller annan utrustning för att orka, och kan du gå runt någon längre stund?
Blir mycket tacksam för svar! :D
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Man kan gå med raka ben, men självklart ser det bättre ut med en djup lunkande gång. Det är lite jobbigt i början men man får starka ben :P
Man kan faktiskt när som helst enkelt sätta sig på huk också, styltorna är väldigt stabila!
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Fiskinfluensan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Hade varit roligt att se dem i verkligheten någon gång! Som det är nu vet jag inte riktigt om jag är djärv nog att försöka mig på denhär modellen, dels för att jag inte är något geni med metaller och dels för att jag är rädd att jag skulle äventyra liv och lem för mig och alla i min omgivning med min dåliga balans... Men en dag ska det bannemig bli av!
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Warui-Sukoshi-Arisu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
This was so helpful, thank you so much!
What sort of materials do you recommend, and fixing materials (glue, tape, nails etc)?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
These stilts were made out of aluminium, I´ve made a pair out of wood too, but they are a lot clumsier.
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Warui-Sukoshi-Arisu Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Okay thank you! :3
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:iconzonbiku-in:
Zonbiku-in Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Photographer
I guess it took a lot of practice then to balance in them?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Well, yes and no. You get the hang of it quickly but it takes some practice to be able to walk fast, especially on rough or soft ground.
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ProtoCall13o2 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Duck Tape: best all purpose rool ever. I love using gorilla duct tape!
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Ah yes, duct tape is truly awesome! But also hot melt glue! :)
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
That makes a ton of sense now. Thanks!
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
No problem! :)
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Wolfsbane224 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How do these attatch to your leg?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
On the stilts sits a pair of "shoes" that are fastened to the stilt and moves with it. You put your feet in that "shoe", lace it together and tadaa!
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QueenElfShumi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Oh my gosh thank you so much!
I have been making a faun costume for my job (best job ever lol) but i just can't get the legs the way i want. this is absolutely perfect! :D
do you think the metal could be replaced with wood? Love the rest of your gallery btw <3
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I did make a wooden pair at first actually :) but the wood has to be thick enough and that makes them clumsier, but it works. Thanks for commenting!
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TheRadishMeister Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
did your toes not get a bit squished?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
No, not that much. But the "shoe part" need not have toes, it can be like a sandal so the toes are free from being squashed :)
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me-is-penguin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
What keeps your feet from sliding down the leg?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
The foot stands in like a thin shoe that is stuck at the top of the "leg". Hope that explains it :)
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:iconme-is-penguin:
me-is-penguin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I think so. Thanks!
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Kokushibyu Featured By Owner May 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
What are the pieces normally for? The Aluminum? Like.. are they from a hardware store?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
No, they are cut out from pieces of aluminium sheets that were left over from a boatyard.
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:iconkokushibyu:
Kokushibyu Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh how cool. :la: Anything you recommend that would substitute just as well?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
I dunno, any metal that´s thick enough I suppose, but aluminium works so well just because it´s both strong and lightweight. :)
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:iconkokushibyu:
Kokushibyu Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
You're right. That is a genius idea though! thank you for sharing! I hope to put together a costume later involving faun legs. I had this general idea, but I never really thought about how to put it together. This sketch helps a lot. ^^ Thank you.
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
No problem, I´m glad to help :)
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GuitarMagic Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Is E 35 or 40 cm? at the left with the foot there is 40 cm and at the rigth where you also see the hoof its 35. xx
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
might be 40... might 35! might even be 43! I didn´t measure before I covered everything in fur, so the measurements aren't exact. But I believe both 35 and 40 would work fine :)
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GuitarMagic Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
haha ok, thank you! I'm so happy you did this blueprint. It's truely the best faun costume i've seen so far!
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TabithaTheElf Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
I have a question. Did anybody notice the pice of wood(or what ever) sticking out or how did you cover it?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
No, you don´t really think about the thin supports at the back of the hoof. Espesially not while walking around I suppose. You can see them if you look for them though, but that was the cost I had to live with to make the legs so slim :)
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:icontabithatheelf:
TabithaTheElf Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Again, a HUGE help!!!
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I´m glad you think so :)
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:iconwylde:
wylde Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are just wonderfully designed. i seem to be running into the problem of finding a supplier of the raw metal components. Did you find this likewise issue?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Not at all actually, my dad owned a company that built aluminium boats :P
I could take as many "small waste pieces" as I liked, and I had access to the workshop. It´s been shut down now though :(
But maybe you can find material at some workshop where they´re working similar tasks? they usually have a lot of waste pieces that are getting thrown away otherwise.
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:iconarbalester:
Arbalester Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woow. It had to be hard to walk in this costume.. O.o
You really did it by yourself?
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:iconulltotten:
Ulltotten Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
It´s not too hard actually, the stilts are very stable on hard ground. Had a bit of trouble trotting around on the soft forest ground though...
I did almost everything myself, my dad helped me with the welding of the stilts.
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