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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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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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Goddess-Of-Sugar Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
This is super helpful thank you ^^ I figured it might not need anything due to the hood but I have seen some that do. Now I'm going to have to figure out how to attatch everything to the pelt. I have some ideas. But thank you again ^^
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jellyscribbles Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
hello :) 
i was actually just wondering how the ears were done? its one of the hardest things for me to figure out really. 
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meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello! The original set of ears was made from flower-grade Styrofoam that I sanded down to shape and then covered them with Paper Clay. Once it dried I sanded it down to remove any lumps and painted them with acrylic. They are lightweight but very durable because of the paper clay. Nowadays I make them out of pink insulation foam, carve them down with a dremmel, gesso them, sand, and paint with acrylic. When they're done, I simply cut slits into the hood, shove them up from the inside, and glue them into place
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labrynthpuppet Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
can you see clearly through the mask?
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meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yup, even more so nowadays since I cast the mask out of plastic
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labrynthpuppet Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Sorry to keep bugging you, I was curious if you got any cracking when the paperclay dried. I tried making the mask with Plus air dry clay and it had large cracks. I was wondering if Paperclay had the same problem.
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meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
No worries! Paperclay has minimal cracking, and if it does, you just let it dry and fill the cracks in with more Paperclay. I'm pretty terrible with names, but is Plus the one with a white top wrapper to it and the back is see-through? The clay is kind of a chocolate milk color and very wet? If so, I tried that once upon a time and reaaaallly hated it. Basically I kept filling in the cracks only to have more cracks develop. I really recommend Paperclay or if you can't find it, LaDoll can also work. It requires you to knead it a little more than Paperclay, but it can be easier to find.
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labrynthpuppet Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Yeah that is the clay I was taking about. I was wondering if you had any issues adhering the paperclay to the paper mache shell. When I tried to put it on it simply lifted. It didn't stick very well to the surface of the mask. any tips? 
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