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Unread 07-16-2010, 02:11 AM   #1
Javier Grave
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I'm trying to make a Majora mask for my friend and a Keaton mask for me. I'm new to cosplaying and making these accessories, so I don't know how to make a mask or what to use to make it. People say plastic/clay/cardboard. bleh... I need it to look "close" to realistic and not too cheap looking; for example, making it out of paper isn't gonna work. O_x

Majora's Mask References:
http://i992.photobucket.com/albums/a...joraMask-1.jpg
2: http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0...6-mm_large.png
3: http://image3.examiner.com/images/bl...m-skullkid.jpg

Keaton Mask References:
1: http://haro_11.tripod.com/gaiden/keaton.gif
2: http://www.zeldauniverse.net/gallery...eaton_Mask.png
3: http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/thum...eaton_Mask.png

I guess I also want to know a way to keep the mask on without having to hold it every time. =/
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Unread 07-16-2010, 04:31 AM   #2
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Leather.
Not very expensive, easy as sin to work with. You'd buy medium-thin leather with a sueded side and a skin side, and you'd soak it in water. You press it up against your face and press it into all the grooves so that it fits the exact contours of YOUR face. This makes it comfortable. Given the non-human shape of these masks, you'd have to adhere the outer shell to the inner part. You could make the outer shell out of leather, but that would be tough without experience. If this is the course you want to take, however, you would have to plan the shapes of the masks profusely. You'd have to make the outer shells tabbed on the edges so that you could use contact cement to adhere it to the inner mask part that keeps it on your face, and you'd have you line up the eye holes pretty much mathematically. But if you want it to look nice, this is the only way. Well, this, fibreglass, hot glue, and wood. And since fibreglass and hot glue (thermoform adhesives) require extensive knowledge of moulding and sculpting, and wood is much more of an art form, leather is the most obvious choice. Or get it commissioned.

If you wanna do leather, look at this woman's tutorials: http://merimask.deviantart.com/
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Unread 07-16-2010, 05:16 AM   #3
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Leather is one way to make these masks n_n yay!
But not the only way (may I remind myself) lol
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Unread 07-19-2010, 01:40 PM   #4
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Lots of quality masquerade masks are simply made from paper mache, then sealed.

If you don't feel like doing it yourself, I do make masks on commission. Go ahead and message me if you want one
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Unread 07-20-2010, 01:58 AM   #5
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Lots of quality masquerade masks are simply made from paper mache, then sealed.

If you don't feel like doing it yourself, I do make masks on commission. Go ahead and message me if you want one
Sounds pretty good, I'll see. Thanks! =D
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Unread 07-20-2010, 08:38 AM   #6
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couldnt you do a papercraft and then use fiberglass, or something else? im also interested in making these masks!
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Unread 07-20-2010, 10:48 AM   #7
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Hey! I have made several unsuccessful majora's mask masks.
I can tell you what I did.
I used the plastic face mask from Hobby Lobby as a base. I then built a form for the mask with wireform. From there I put plaster of paris strips to strengthen it. I then sanded that and filled in some areas with a light air dry clay. Then painted.
Why mine looked so bad is I didn't have the design right in the first place. It wasn't the construction methods (so those are usable and I may try it again). It was the sketching of the design of Majora's Mask.
One tutorial I read after I had made my ugly masks said they opaque projected a picture of Majora's mask on to the shape they had already sculpted before they drew the designs and painted it. There was my mistake. I was in too much of a hurry.
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You may want to see if you can find a Pepakura model of the masks. Those could probably help you get an accurate base started.
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I second Paper Mache.

My San mask and all of my Samus armor is constructed out of it, . I too prefer accuracy, so I first make a wire framework (this allows you to shape and bend the form if alterations must be made) and then cover it in aluminum foil or duct-tape to flesh it out, and then place paper mache atop that. Protrusions can be added with Model Magic after the piece is mached.

Note: There may be some bumps, crinkles or divets, but if you fill and sand paperclay or layer enough of it it will become smooth. Also, I found that a 2 part Elmer's Glue and one part Water solution works best for the mache.

PS: I wanted to be Skull Kid long ago when the game first came out, lol, but never got around to making it. It's nice to see that people still love Majora's Mask!

Good luck!
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Unread 07-20-2010, 09:52 PM   #10
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I second Paper Mache.
Note: There may be some bumps, crinkles or divets, but if you fill and sand paperclay or layer enough of it it will become smooth. Also, I found that a 2 part Elmer's Glue and one part Water solution works best for the mache.
Thanks!
Yeah, that's why I get a little scared of Paper Mache lol
But I'll try that if the leather mask idea doesn't work out for me. I'm a little hesitant with the ideas. I don't want to make a mask that'll easily break or wear out, so I'll see how things go.
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