Our first commission was from three siblings who wanted their mothers mink and beaver coats transformed into three bears.
Stripping and cutting the coats....Ahhhhhhhh what a mess. I killed the vacuum twice from cleaning up the cut fur from the floor. Never use a vacuum to clean up fur bits. It just doesn't work very well.
For all of the bears paw pads we used some of the lining from one of the coats. The leather was too though so we oped to use glass noses instead of embroidering them in. Even putting the eyes in was not easy.