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gundammrw
08-12-2007, 05:18 AM
I often get PM's asking how I made my Grimmjow mask and what I made it out of. So I decided to make a little tutorial. This can used to make Grimmjow's mask or a variety of other Arrancar masks.

Its pretty easy. The only thing you really need material wise is Model Magic. It comes in a variety of colors but I just got white. Depending on the thickness of your mask you can get away with one package but I used two just in case (had plenty of left over)

1. I went and drew the mask design on paper after looking at the manga (for an annoying amount of time, since the mask changed slightly during Grimmjows span in the manga). I drew the teeth and where the mask slants in on itself. BTW, I did the mask in two pieces (lower and upper mandible) so that it would move a little when I talked.

Paper Form Design (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v383/gundammrw/886742.jpg)

2. Take the paper and position on your face looking in a mirror to make sure the shape and size are correct and contour with the shape of your face well.

3. Take the model magic out of the package and lay it on a flat table. If you have a pin roller, flatten to desired thickness.

4. Place the cut out paper pieces on top of MM (model magic) and with a knife (I had a razor blade) and cut out MM around paper mask.

5. Remove the excess MM from around the piece of the mask and set it aside (if its enough you might be able to use this for the other half of the mask)

6. Take your knife (or razor) and lightly etch the location and design of the teeth into the MM along with the slant of the edge of the mask. (The slant is where the mask bevels)

7. It doesn't really matter which you start with, slant or teeth but I started with the slant. Where you etched the line on the MM press the material at an angle so that end of the mask starts flat and goes up to the thickness of the mask (basically it will bevel).

When I was planning the mask I had originally decided to make teeth and place them on the mask but I was worried about them coming off so I decided to make the mask one solid piece.

8. To make the teeth look unique from the mask and have a shape of their own, first press the gaps in between the teeth down at an angle. This will make the teeth appear to protrude from the mask. Make sure that you dont disturb the teeth lines that you etched in.

9. After you have done this, you need to round the teeth. This is basically done by pinching and rubbing the teeth until they are round and smooth.

10. You need to make sure that when you have both parts of the mask done, the upper masks teeth should be able to smoothly go over the lower masks teeth.

11. Follow all the previous steps to complete the second half of the mask.

12. Before the mask begins to dry, go to a mirror and place them on your face. When you get them the way you want them make sure that they conform to the shape of your face (remember they are currently flat on the side that touches your face.) This will insure a snug fit when you attach the mask to your face later (This is REALLY important. You want the mask to touch as much of your face as possible to insure that when you apply spirit gum to it, it has as much surface area to stick to as possible).

13. When they are adjusted, sit them somewhere safe and allow them to dry overnight.

14. After drying. Try them on to make sure that they are still in shape (even at this stage a few light adjustments can be done if they dont quite fit).

The following steps were done to make the mask look more like a skull which was the effect I was going for. It isn't required but it gave the flat looking mask more "pop"

15. To make the teeth look like real teeth get a bottle of clear enamel paint or fingernail polish. I used a bottle of Gloss Varnish from the Arts/Crafts dept at Walmart. Paint the teeth individually making sure to not touch the non teeth areas. Adding more coats will make the teeth more shiny.

16. To make the mask appear to have depth and texture I took an art blending stump (its usually used to blend pencil or charcoal for a gradient appearance). Since I use my stump quite a bit for drawings it already had pencil lead on it. I took the stump and gently brushed the gaps between teeth and the slant at the end of the mask. I started at the edge of the slant at its peak and made a gradient effect going downwards. The same with the teeth only reversed. Started at the lowest point of the gap I went upward creating a gradient. I also lightly went around the teeth to make the even more separate from the mask itself. This step really isn't required but it did help my mask look more realistic.


The Finished Product (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v383/gundammrw/886743.jpg)

After the mask is finished the only step left is attaching it to your face. I used spirit gum. It held the mask all day and was easy to remove. Just make sure you place the gum where the mask touches the skin in good portions and make sure you tap your fingers on the spirit gum a few times till it has a "tacky" feeling so that it works best.

This is what it looks like on meh ugly mug >.< (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v383/gundammrw/profilepic45935_2.gif.jpg)

Another Shot (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v383/gundammrw/1167790.jpg)

The reason you need to apply Spirit gum properly is so that the mask doesn't sag like this..... (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v383/gundammrw/DSCN2948.jpg)

....or this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v383/gundammrw/DSCN2942.jpg)

Well thats what I did. It didn't take me long to finish mine so it shouldn't be a tedious project. All in all you'll probably spend less than 10 bux on it. Hope this helps you.

Rufus Kun
08-12-2007, 11:18 AM
really helpful thanks alot :D

this has come just at the right time for my cosplay!

gundammrw
08-12-2007, 12:12 PM
really helpful thanks alot :D

this has come just at the right time for my cosplay!

Glad it was of some help to you. ^_^

Toshi_Riku
08-13-2007, 02:19 AM
you think i can pull off ichigo's
vizard mask with model magic?

gundammrw
08-13-2007, 03:54 AM
you think i can pull off ichigo's
vizard mask with model magic?

I'd say its possible. The hardest part will be making it keep its shape during the drying process. I use a full face mask sometimes to help me. I've thought about making his mask as well and I'd use this method for that.

Kiriana
08-13-2007, 10:23 PM
Thanks! This tutorial will come in really handy in the future. I might use it to make the Millenium Earl's ears.

Chipface
08-14-2007, 06:59 AM
Question, are you able to eat without having to take the mask off?

gundammrw
08-14-2007, 08:46 AM
Its possible to eat. I've done so quite a bit. We once ate at Ihop and I bought a cheese burger. The trick is chewing on the opposite site of your mouth. The thing you have to make sure of is to not get any food stuff on the mask. Its funny cuz when you do it makes you wonder if Grimmjow brushes his teeth. ^_^

asdfx3
09-03-2007, 11:15 AM
is model magic heavy?

also, how would you make a mask stay onto hair? because Im doing a luppi cosplay and when I made the mask I glued hair extension clips to it but it would come loose way too often.

gundammrw
09-03-2007, 11:43 AM
No, model magic is by far the lightest material you could use for arrancar masks.

As for staying in hair. Im not sure. It would depend if you were using your natural hair or a wig. If a wig you could find a way to sew it into the wig. Hair clips seems to be the best way. There are two people that I know who you can ask on here who've had experience with this. Arei and Silver_Ruby who have both done a Luppi. And well at that.

DigitalLove
11-13-2007, 08:13 PM
x2 on model magic for the mask. model magic breaks pretty easily once it's dry, so i built my mask around a piece of craft foam to make it sturdier and easier to repair. SUPERGLUE works amazingly for the job!

and LOL @ the thought of grimmjow brushing both sets of teeth... my cosspace profile's background has a fanart of him doing so XD

gundammrw
11-13-2007, 09:17 PM
x2 on model magic for the mask. model magic breaks pretty easily once it's dry, so i built my mask around a piece of craft foam to make it sturdier and easier to repair. SUPERGLUE works amazingly for the job!

and LOL @ the thought of grimmjow brushing both sets of teeth... my cosspace profile's background has a fanart of him doing so XD

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v383/gundammrw/DSCN3427.jpg

did it for fun once

Shadowoffire123
11-13-2007, 09:49 PM
I couldn't get the spirit gum to keep my mask on. >_<

Akusesu
04-24-2008, 11:21 PM
off topic...kinda but...
i loveee your grim jaw! <333 lol

gundammrw
04-24-2008, 11:41 PM
I couldn't get the spirit gum to keep my mask on. >_<

First things first...did you make sure you made it "tacky" before applying it to your face? Second, the brand makes a huge difference. Ben Nye and Cinema Secrets are the two best to go with.

gundammrw
04-24-2008, 11:43 PM
off topic...kinda but...
i loveee your grim jaw! <333 lol

Hehe. THanks. I really appreciate you saying that ^___^ and I love your Michael. ^o^

Chipface
04-25-2008, 12:57 AM
Now is getting spirit gum remover very important or can you go without?

gundammrw
04-25-2008, 01:06 AM
Now is getting spirit gum remover very important or can you go without?

You can go without it honestly. I just peel the mask off. Its like taking tape off your face. Not pleasant but not deadly. I only us the remover to clean the back of my mask so it doesn't get all gunky ya know.

Lucc
04-25-2008, 05:59 PM
Another thing you can do is take medium grade sandpaper and lightly scrub the mask. Amazingly it will look rough and slightly porous like real bone. But I would only suggest this for someone trying to make a more realistic mask. Also if you put a thin layer of acrylic paint like GESSO it really gives it a bleach white bone look. (Iíll put up pictures of mine on my account later.)

bondkira
05-07-2008, 08:39 PM
Wow this turtorial is awesome!!!! Thanks!!

I do have one question tho...
I have quite a sensible skin, but is spirit gum or model magic do any harm to your skin?? Will they work ok with people with sensible skin?
I really wanna do Grimmjow's cosplay, but I also don't wanna end up with huge rash on my face... ^^;;;

andric312
06-25-2008, 12:58 PM
I found this very useful. I drew up my own paper copy of the mask and am getting ready to make it. So thanks alot for this :toothy:

gundammrw
06-28-2008, 01:04 AM
I found this very useful. I drew up my own paper copy of the mask and am getting ready to make it. So thanks alot for this :toothy:


hehe you're welcome. Im glad it was useful.

GrimmSess
06-29-2008, 03:50 AM
I was wondering how much Model magic costs?

And the Spirit Gum? (almost put Spirit Gun... hehe)

I'm just a poor poor cosplayer...

gundammrw
06-29-2008, 04:33 AM
I was wondering how much Model magic costs?

And the Spirit Gum? (almost put Spirit Gun... hehe)

I'm just a poor poor cosplayer...

Model magic will run you about 2 to 3 bucks a pack at walmart. Spirit gum will depend on if you have something like a halloween store in town. If not you can purchase some from sites like Buycostumes.com

Chipface
06-29-2008, 04:46 AM
I was wondering how much Model magic costs?

And the Spirit Gum? (almost put Spirit Gun... hehe)

I'm just a poor poor cosplayer...

You should only need 2 or 4oz or the stuff. I ended up buying an 8oz bottle and I didn't even use a quarter of the stuff. That includes testing it out a few times and then using it twice a day for the con I wore my Grimmjow costume to.

Samurai_L
07-04-2008, 02:55 AM
Thanx soo much, this tutorial helped a lot.

I gots a mask now [x

-L

XxYoruichixX
07-04-2008, 02:02 PM
i was jus thinking on another way to put it on ur face... do u think and ear piece wood work?

Debitto_of_Bond
04-18-2009, 10:47 PM
This was an AWESOME tutorial! I have a friend who's wanting to cosplay Grimmjow and I look to make the Arrancar Masks myself. This came right on time while I myself cosplay Stark so I would guess this tutorial would be helpful making Stark's Mask as well. Also, your Grimmjow is awesome!

ninjagal6
07-17-2009, 01:47 PM
I need a bit of help.... I plan to do Halibel's face mask, and it is kinda like Grimmy's but it goes all the way around. would you have any special tips for me on how to go about doing this?

gundammrw
07-18-2009, 04:38 AM
I need a bit of help.... I plan to do Halibel's face mask, and it is kinda like Grimmy's but it goes all the way around. would you have any special tips for me on how to go about doing this?

well first things first. Dont use Model magic. Its great but not flexible. Are you doing just the face or the entire mask? Either way, since the mask itself wraps around the face you need to use a different method. If you're just doing the face mask portion. You can get a styrofoam head used for you holding wigs. I suggest getting one that is incredibly close to the size of your head. With this you can apply model magic to the foam head and shape it the way her mask appears.

If your doing the full thing, I'd suggest a more flexible material than model magic. Maybe something like foam latex

ninjagal6
07-18-2009, 09:41 AM
well first things first. Dont use Model magic. Its great but not flexible. Are you doing just the face or the entire mask? Either way, since the mask itself wraps around the face you need to use a different method. If you're just doing the face mask portion. You can get a styrofoam head used for you holding wigs. I suggest getting one that is incredibly close to the size of your head. With this you can apply model magic to the foam head and shape it the way her mask appears.

If your doing the full thing, I'd suggest a more flexible material than model magic. Maybe something like foam latex

I had a plastic face mask that was sitting around my house that fits pretty much to my face, so would I use that as the base of the model magic? and I'm just doing the face.

Zangetsu000
07-19-2009, 07:54 PM
i actually am new to cosplay and i came across your thread via google, and i wanted to say thank you for your tutorial, you gave me the inspiration to actually make my own grimmjow mask. and i did, however i didn't use model magic; i used a polyclay to mold and make my mask however i made the first one far too thick and far too large. my second attempt was a great success and i would like to show them to you.

My first attempt:
http://img235.imagevenue.com/loc506/th_50988_the_mask_of_Grimmjow____122_506lo.jpg (http://img235.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=50988_the_mask_of_Grimmjow____122_50 6lo.jpg)

My second attempt:
http://img222.imagevenue.com/loc349/th_51075_mask2_122_349lo.jpg (http://img222.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=51075_mask2_122_349lo.jpg)

whatcha think?

gundammrw
07-28-2009, 01:24 AM
I had a plastic face mask that was sitting around my house that fits pretty much to my face, so would I use that as the base of the model magic? and I'm just doing the face.

That could work. Im not sure what sort of mask it is though. Its better if you have something that gives enough room for the curve of your face. her mask reaches atleast to her ears. So if you do just use a mask as a base, make the sides longer in the design you want then when its drying balance the mask on something like a bed post so the that two side pieces droop down and harden that way.

ninjagal6
07-29-2009, 07:23 PM
That could work. Im not sure what sort of mask it is though. Its better if you have something that gives enough room for the curve of your face. her mask reaches atleast to her ears. So if you do just use a mask as a base, make the sides longer in the design you want then when its drying balance the mask on something like a bed post so the that two side pieces droop down and harden that way.

i tried that.... this (http://ninjagal6.deviantart.com/art/Smile-129994324) is the rough draft. I tried extending it, but my mom said the best thing to do is to use White make-up on the places that the mask doesnt covor considering im going to use bronser because I am very pale and Im a tad partial to accuracy. I'm considering buying fake shark teeth on ebay and useing those instead of clay. I'll make sure to find u @ ALA and show you.

gundammrw
07-30-2009, 03:25 AM
i actually am new to cosplay and i came across your thread via google, and i wanted to say thank you for your tutorial, you gave me the inspiration to actually make my own grimmjow mask. and i did, however i didn't use model magic; i used a polyclay to mold and make my mask however i made the first one far too thick and far too large. my second attempt was a great success and i would like to show them to you.

My first attempt:
http://img235.imagevenue.com/loc506/th_50988_the_mask_of_Grimmjow____122_506lo.jpg (http://img235.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=50988_the_mask_of_Grimmjow____122_50 6lo.jpg)

My second attempt:
http://img222.imagevenue.com/loc349/th_51075_mask2_122_349lo.jpg (http://img222.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=51075_mask2_122_349lo.jpg)

whatcha think?

looks good to me:bigtu:

gundammrw
07-30-2009, 03:26 AM
i tried that.... this (http://ninjagal6.deviantart.com/art/Smile-129994324) is the rough draft. I tried extending it, but my mom said the best thing to do is to use White make-up on the places that the mask doesnt covor considering im going to use bronser because I am very pale and Im a tad partial to accuracy. I'm considering buying fake shark teeth on ebay and useing those instead of clay. I'll make sure to find u @ ALA and show you.

Sure I'd love to see the final product. I think Im gonna be Grimmjow: Pantera at some point so look for the giant blue haired thing XD

hollowskeeper
08-02-2009, 08:21 PM
hey i know its 2009 now but this came in really handy for me thnx:crylaugh:

I LURV
08-02-2009, 11:35 PM
I think this tutorial is awesome, but it is missing one thing in it! Pros aide! http://www.pros-aide.com/

It is way more adhesive than spirit gum, it is more expensive but it does not damage your masks in any way if used properly and doesn't need to be tacked on like spirit gum does.

I want to see you make Ichigo Hollow mask, with a moveable jaw ;p. Would be awesome xD

hollowskeeper
08-04-2009, 03:33 PM
and hey wut if i'm not the greatest artist would it still come out descent?:lost:probably not right? i mean i can draw and all by i really dont want any mistakes,just dont have enough money to go through the trouble if i do a crappy job:waaaah:haha

I LURV
08-04-2009, 07:52 PM
You don't need to be walt disney to do a couple diamond-shaped teeth and a jaw ;p.

Think of geometry. In kindergarten you drew shapes like squares circles etc.

hollowskeeper
08-05-2009, 01:03 AM
yeah but not this shape...http://i19.ebayimg.com/06/i/001/2a/c6/780c_1.GIF

O.ObsessedO.O
08-27-2009, 04:50 PM
My current project is Luppi and I've been trying (And failing) to make his mask remains but
I think model magic will work.
I just hope I have enough art skills. . .
Thanks for the awesome idea ^.^
- Yumi-chan

kiwicosplayer
12-13-2009, 03:05 AM
Ummm since I live in Australia, I'm pretty sure we don't have spirit gum here, so can I ask around how much spirit gum is so I can order some? I haven't really had a good look in a supermarket, but this is for just in case I don't find anything

gundammrw
12-13-2009, 05:37 AM
Ummm since I live in Australia, I'm pretty sure we don't have spirit gum here, so can I ask around how much spirit gum is so I can order some? I haven't really had a good look in a supermarket, but this is for just in case I don't find anything

Usually spirit gum isn't something you find in a supermarket. Most likely a costume shop with some. If not ebay is a great place to look as well as places like buycostumes.com

kiwicosplayer
12-24-2009, 03:50 AM
Usually spirit gum isn't something you find in a supermarket. Most likely a costume shop with some. If not ebay is a great place to look as well as places like buycostumes.com

okay, thank you ^^ btw once I complete the mask I will post my pictures of it to show you how it turned out :P:)

SkareCroe
07-29-2010, 11:32 PM
how flat is it? is it conferrable?

SodiRyfe
08-01-2010, 06:14 PM
http://sodiryfe.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2avmag
template , mostly near accurate just need to add your own teeth .

kishiko
12-07-2010, 04:02 PM
This tutorial is great! Just in time for my cosplay. ^^ I'm doing a female version of Grimmjow and I'm super excited about it. But I do have a question. I have quite a bit of leftover Creative Paperclay from a past project (very recent, so the clay is still fresh) and I'm wondering if you this would work in place of the Model Magic?
The clay is very lightweight and I bought white which dries very true to color. I might only need to spread a thin coat of white acrylic over it when I'm done, but I'm just not sure if it'll work the same. It isn't really a loss if it doesn't work, just wanted to get an opinion before I try. ^^ Thanks!

Akatsuki2008
05-21-2011, 08:22 PM
This tutorial helped a great amount! I'm doing Grimmjow soon and just finished making the mask. I only had a problem with keeping the teeth apart and making them equally long to cover the bottomr row. Also, I somehow managed to skip doing the top ridge on the upper jaw DX fail on my part but it's not half bad cuz of this awesome tutorial. Thank you!

Mamo&Theta
07-06-2011, 07:27 PM
You were the best looking Grimmjow from the rest XD in the picture!