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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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Disneyfairy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stupid question, but I would like to know.  Was the foam half-circle hollowed out when you bought it (like a regular mask), or did you have to carve the insides out to make it a mask?
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meanlilkitty Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
No, the foam was solid, and was just used as a base for the shape. Once you're done with the paper mache and it is fully dry, you pull it off of the foam, then over the paper mache in paper clay (or something similar). Once you pull the paper mache off, you don't need the foam anymore, unless you'd like to make another mask at some point. Joannes does now sell a styrofoam half circle that is carved out if you'd like to use that for something
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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  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  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much!
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Rivali Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
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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