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.
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.