Tusken Raiden Mask - Scratch Build
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The sculpt was wrapped in shrink wrap since it was going to be covered in clay. This was a matrix mold setup so the mother mold was created first.
Creating The Underskull
Back in 2006 I decided we would do a Star Wars theme in the garage and wanted to have a Tusken Raider in the display. I bought a mask off eBay but did not like the overall look of it so I decided to make one myself. This slideshow looks at the build process that went into the resin underskull that all of the parts attach to.
Under skull right out of the mold
This is what comes out of the mold. I use Smooth-On Onyx and since it is already black there is no painting involved.
Finished Wearable Mask
This is one of my favorite finished masks because the person it went to asked me to distress it. Gives it a much more menacing look. All of the metal parts in this build were aluminum (some have been resin painted to look like aluminum). The eyes and mouth have mesh in then so no one can see directly into the mask. I use real dyed leather and black pig skin on the snout.
Building the Mask
Once the mold was finished I started making masks. The resin under skull was trimmed, air holes and guide holds for the aluminum pieces were drilled out. Then the aluminum pieces were attached and the leather pieces were glued on. Lasty the head bandages when on and then it was done!