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EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
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KODAK EASYSHARE C433 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
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Mask Restoration: Strider Wolf by Katmomma Mask Restoration: Strider Wolf by Katmomma
Please forgive my horrible webcam camera. x.x I'm not cool enough to have a DSLR.

tal_thewolf Had purchased a fursuit mask commission (LEFT) from a mask maker and having been extremely dissatisfied with their work, he turned to some local artisans for help.

I took on this project because he was local, a friend, and I too had an experience with resin casts that left a lot to be desired.

I stripped all the old furring off, I then had to reinforce the top part of the mask with modeling epoxy because the cast is so thin that when I was stripping the fur off, it snapped. It is now pretty solid. I built an armature for the ears and foamed the face. The old upholstery had no foam whatsoever...it was like a skull with fur on it. CREEPY. I glued down the hinges so that the jaw would actually shut straight. I re-furred it with quality teddy bear fur and I painted the entire thing by hand. lol I don't have an airbrush.

taa daa.
New Strider. (RIGHT)
Also, they installed the eyes crooked and there was little I could do about that. :\ I tried my best to make a better visual presentation of the eyes. The old one looks like it's derping pretty bad.

I might do more of this kind of work in the future, but for now, I am not taking restoration or head commissions. I have way too much happening right now with student teaching and college and crap. XD
See the process:

Total: 15 hours of work on this baby.
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AngieWilson Featured By Owner Edited Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How does gluing down the hinges affect the movable jaw? Wouldn't that hinder it by not letting the jaw move at all? I'm curious because I'm planning to make my first fursuit head... Resin base mask w/ a movable jaw... From Awesomesauce Dreamvisioncreations whom I highly recommend 😉

I want my first fursuit head to come out right and so does my Hubby wanting his to be too! 😃

How do you foam the head evenly without having the head off kilter? Cut the foam into strips, glue onto the resin base and then sand it down to make sure you don't over cut unevenly?
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Artist
The plastic screws in the hinges were loose. I glued them down (so they didn't move sideways instead of up and down like supposed to).
Dreamvision is awesome and I have worked with them for many of my projects.

Your last question is not one I cannot answer here. Artists have many different techniques for modeling the foam. You just have to experiment with it.
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AngieWilson Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, ok that makes more sense! So normally I wouldn't need to glue them down at all then. Cool!

Too true! I'll keep my fingers crossed! ;):iconfingerscrossedplz:<-- lol 
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dinorex33 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Form horrid to fairly awsome!
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wingwolf88 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
aww, looks nice~
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Kahlia-Diane Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so great at this!
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BeastSoul Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PLEASE REPLY! C:

Where did you buy the long off-white fur for the neck? I've been looking EVERYWHERE but I can't find any long furs like this! ;A;
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Artist
CR's Crafts
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BeastSoul Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Which type of fur did you use for this mask? Sorry if I'm asking too many questions ^^"
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Artist
the white fox fur :B
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