As accomplished as I feel after making a fur hat, or mittens, or ruff- I really like to get creative with fur. And I know Alaska is full of fur-lovers and artists; so I wanted to share some of my ideas for unconventional fur things that I feel didn’t fit into the ‘fur things’ post. These ideas are for anyone who’s looking for things to make with scrap furs.
I make these from red fox, beaver, and arctic wolf. I’ve learned that short or stiff furs like coyote, wolverine, otter, and mink don’t work well. The arctic wolf is stiff and doesn’t look great but sells big because teenage girls all over the world are in love with wolves. Beaver and fox are my favorite. Dyed black beaver always sells big. The fox is beautiful and fluffy and looks great on parka and sweater sleeves. I make them by wrapping strips of fur around plastic bangles. Out of one wolf I could make around 500 cuffs. Out of one fox I usually get around 100. I sell them for $12.00 each. Obviously that adds up pretty quick.
Fox Foot Bangles
These are from fox that were skinned with the toes but are not taxidermy quality. I just wrapped them around an old leather belt to create a bangle. I sell them for $24.00 and they sell super quick. Just with the feet alone I make up for the price of the tanned fox fur.
Fox Ears Headband and Tail Clip
These sell HUGE during Halloween. I sold probably twenty last year the first time I listed these sets. I take the ears and cut them into a long strip then glue them onto a plain headband base. For the tail I just sew on a pin that they can use to clip onto a belt buckle or anything really. I sell these sets for $40.00. Around Halloween I’m sure you could get around $60.00 for them. Girls in the lower 48 love these. I also make fox tail key chains that I sell for $20.00. They’re pretty popular in general and a lot of people make them so their hard to sell. I usually don’t get too many sold because the market is so over flooded right now. If you can ship overseas I know Japanese girls are in love with fox tails and will pay big money for them. Raccoon, wolf, coyote, and skunk tails are also in right now.
Fox Masquerade Mask
Another big hit during Halloween! I take the face of the fox and cut it from the rest of the pelt. I remove the lower jaw part. Then I wet the leather completely and tack it out on cardboard the way I want it to dry. When it dries it hardens. Then I remove the mask, decorate it with ptarmigan tail feathers and attach a stick for the girls to use when they hold it up to their face. I sold these for $25.00 and completely sold out last Halloween.
Beaver Fur Electronics Duster
My mom loves these. She bought them for all my aunts. They’re eco-friendly dusters! Forget all those pesky chemicals and use biodegradable natural brown beaver fur. This uses minimal amounts of fur. I basically just wrap half of a bracelet bangle with fur and leave the other half open as a handle. When you use wooden bangles these become literally 100% biodegradable and it’s a huge seller point. Plus they work! I use these to clean my laptop all the time. They don’t scratch the screen and the longer hairs get down into the keys. I use it for my television, bookcase (between the books) calculator, everything. I advertise them as “Eco-Friendly Office Desk Dusters”. Small enough to keep in an office drawer and perfect for neat-freaks at work. I sell them for $10.00 each. I have big faith in these little things and I really suggest trying them out if you have some scrap around. Clean your keyboard with the fur. Swear on my heart that it works like magic.
If you have any ideas to share I'd love to hear them! I think fur is a great way to support the Alaskan economy. We’re so full of trappers in this state and it’s such an amazing material to work with. So if you have scraps feel free to take and use these ideas. Then buy more fur and support the amazing people of this state J