I have both the industrial-type 2" straight edge clippers -- like they use at barber shops -- and a small, about 1" straight edge moustache/beard trimmer. The big clippers have a cord; the small one uses batteries. I use and like both.
By round heads, do you mean the kind with the three circular rotating heads? I don't see how those would work at all, especially with longer, denser piles. Have you tried those?
PS My hubby, who wears a full beard, doesn't let me use his clippers, either. I had to buy my own.
Yeah, my batteries die quickly too, but I'm happy to replace them to skip the nuisance of that danged cord.
I want to mention, too, by the way, that you definitely need those clipper guards if you're planning to trim down, but not trim OFF, your mohair. I usually use the 1/2" and 1/4" guards... and I think it's a 1/8" one on the moustache trimmers.
Dale is full of great ideas. I've decided I'm going to keep him.
Eileen, I actually shave first against the grain, and then with it... and then across it. Unless your clipper guard falls off -- which mine DID one time, so do keep an eye on it! -- you really can't over-do. The guard keeps you from cutting too close. Even around the edges where you'll want the trimmed mohair to blend into the longer bits, it's very difficult to screw up things too badly.
If you're really worried, I'd recommend starting out with a guard that allows for a very LONG trim -- close to your original pile length -- and then move down from there to shorter and shorter lengths. I end up trimming different parts of the muzzle to DIFFERENT lengths, but it's a slow process, and sorta dictated by the bear itself, and the pattern lines, the look I'm after, etc.
Much, much less scary than you'd think, all of it. And then pretty soon you'll be doing shaved pawpads, too, which are really cute, and a great way to use up those little bits and pieces left over after your fat quarter is otherwise all gone!
Thanks, Shelli and Dale and Everybody!!
Thanks for all the great advice and information. I feel full of shaver-confidence (got a guard, Shelli, and I'll make SURE it's secure). One problem with real fur muzzles, I'm finding, is that if the pelts are tiny, it's hard to cut a piece without some seaming. When I shaved too close, these little bumpy places were easy to feel, if not so easy to see.
Speaking of dreams, I had a really bad one last night--found one of my bear's glass eyes shattered. I woke myself up hyperventilating. And guess what was my first stop, even before the bathroom . . . ?
I'm now wondering about hair/fur in the seam allowances. Not with the shaver, I assume, but is it best to trim it off before sewing the seams, or clip/pluck it out later?
I also want to add to all this great advice about shavers.
For real fur bears on the muzzle I bought a plug-in PET groomer. After all, pets have real fur....so it works fantastic on fur bears. They also would work well on mohair...after all, mohair is a real fur fiber. I bought mine at Fleet Farm for about $22.00. I also tried the battery operated mustach razor and it was not good at all compared to the pet groomer. Real fur often has an undercoat whereas a human mustach does not, so real fur can clog up a mustach razor...it did with mine, anyway.:rolleyes:
Wendi, with longer pile furs, just make several passes. It doesn't all shear away with a single stroke of the clipper. You have to WORK it, baby! But you'll get there, and actually the slow pace makes it all the more comfortable. It means you can't accidentally shave teddy bald in one false move!