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San Mask Tutorial by meanlilkitty San Mask Tutorial by meanlilkitty
The wait is finally over! For months I said I was going to do this tutorial, and now you finally have it! This is how I made San's mask from Princess Mononoke. Hope you all enjoy it and let me know if you have any questions!

Also available on etsy for purchase! www.etsy.com/listing/97293590/…

Edit: I actually only do eight layers of paper mache now a days, it makes it so it's lighter but still strong. I also cut the eyes out before I put the paper clay on, just make sure the mache is dry and it's a lot easier than fussing with power drills and whatnot. Also, always cover your foam with plastic, either plastic sheeting or just a old grocery bag. If you don't it is a absolute pain to get the paper mache off the foam and you may destroy the foam just to get it off.
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Galaxy-Tramp Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you sooo much for the great tutorial! :cuddle: I want to use it for my own cosplay but i wonder how do you attach the mask to the coat?
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meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Actually, just hot glue the mask to the inside of the hood. I've had my pelt for some six years now and it's never budged
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Galaxy-Tramp Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :hug: I wasn't quite sure if this would survive a convention with just some glue ;)
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LadyRose15 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
I have two questions:

1.) Is a 7.8inch circle ok, for the foam circle? and

2.)  What is the brand for the Paper Clay?

Thank you.
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meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello! 7.8 should be fine, maybe just a big snug, but as long as you don't have a really big face you should be fine. I'd measure your head and face to make sure it'd fit. Here's a example of Paper Clay www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/sculpture-and-pottery/creative-paperclay
Let me know if you need anymore help!
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LadyRose15 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much!
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Rivali Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  New member
hi,could you tell me what is the paper clay , thanks
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meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Paper clay is a paper mulch that works like a clay. You can find it at Michaels or online, it  comes in a black wrapper with white writing and usually a picture of a chess knight. I like it because you don't need to wet it to make it useable, it doesn't crack much, it sands easily and takes paint well
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Goddess-Of-Sugar Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Hello there. I have a few questions. This mask is so gorgeous and I'm about to start to work on my San. I know a lot of this might have been asked before so I'll try not to repeat too much. My first question is what size is your mask? Is it the 8" or the 10"? Second, did you put anything inside the mask to hold it into place when you had it on? I did a Naraku mask for my friend once and I hot melt glued a baseball cap into the inside. Third, what are the dimensions of the napkin rings you used? I really like that size and would like to find ones like them.

Sorry for all the questions.
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meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
www.ebay.com/itm/Napkin-Rings-…
The original mask was made with a 8in half circle that you can get from the flower section of Joannes or Michaels, just leave the plastic on it when you do the paper mache, otherwise the shell will be hard to get off. I've also wrapped my foam with a plastic bag. It makes the first couple of layers of mache hard to apply, but it makes the removal of the shell really easy, once it's dry you just pull the bag up around the foam, and it all comes off quite quick. I've never needed a head strap for the mask, once I attach it to the hood it fits quite comfortably. Let me know if you have any more questions!
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