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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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:iconangiewilson:
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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:iconbeastsoul:
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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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Artist
CR's Crafts
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:iconbeastsoul:
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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:iconbeastsoul:
BeastSoul Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your help! :la: I'll see if I can afford this for a whole fursuit....hehe ^^;
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TwilightEchos2011 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering if you do these upon order(Returations) as I might need some done soon 9dragon head)
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Artist
I am not open for taking mask restoration commissions.
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:icontwilightechos2011:
TwilightEchos2011 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I didn't mean right now I meant in the future
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Artist
I'm not really sure if I will in the future. That depends on how things get settled after I get a teaching job.
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TwilightEchos2011 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kk good luck
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Monoyasha Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Stunning restoration! looks so amazing now! I had heard about this customer from my friend Pantera having Popsicle sticks in the mask but you did a great job fixing it up and im sure the owner is thrilled with your kindness to help. o^-^o
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you! and yes...popsickle sticks >> lol. It was a recourceful idea but if I had to do that, I wouldn't be selling the mask at full price :facepalm:

The full resin base I purchased from you was absolutely wonderful. I'd love to do more with your armatures in the future :3
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PawthenticCreations Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
who made the head on the left? that work looks familiar
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
sugarpoultry
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PawthenticCreations Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh ok
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TheFrostFoot Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I cant believe she charged 4-6 hundred dollars for shit like this. xD Wooooow.

You did an amazing job restoring it!
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you :heart: ...Yeah x.x
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:iconfox-ink:
Fox-Ink Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
who is strider wolf?
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Tal_thewolf on fA
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:iconfox-ink:
Fox-Ink Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I'm afraid that I don't know what fA stands for either.....
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Artist
furaffinity.net
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:iconfox-ink:
Fox-Ink Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Oh I know that site. Cool. Oh and I know this was ages ago and appearently I'm still alive.
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VampireSin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Vast improvement. Would you happen to know of any where local I can get modeling epoxy, I hate ordering stuff online, and would rather go to a store. Online orders are taking forever to get in.
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
I got mine from the Kutztown University book store. I'm not sure where else you can find it. It's a 2 part resin and harndener and it's called Magic Sculpt. :3
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VampireSin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oi, lucky. I've checked all the local stores around here. Great job though, he looks a million times better.
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks! I thought I was in trouble with painting the fur because I didn't have an airbrush....turns out, acrylic paint, comb, hairdryer and a regular old paint brush works just as well. :D

If you want to shoot me some money, I can pick some up for you at the book store and deliver it at the meet? I'll have to check the price.
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VampireSin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
All of grave's markings on his paws/tail are done that way~ Works just as well as an airbrush, but the airbrush is just a hell of alot faster!

Ohh that sounds nice, let me know the price. How big is the container?
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
the one I have is 16 ozs (2 8oz containers, one is resin one is hardener) and in runs about $17 bucks plus tax at the bookstore. I see it on Amazon for about the same.
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Mechsae Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Agreed.


And most I can find any 2 part resin is in a hobby store. Where it's a really small amount for $20. LIke... oh.... the size of a twix bar.
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sryates Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Much improved, you did a great job restoring it, the fur looks fantastic I love the mouth how the edges have that slight dropping chops to it, and the chin too, Just goes to show what an improvement fur can do.
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sryates Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
and quality airbrushing.
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks! It's not air brushing- everything was painted with a paint brush and acrylic paint (and also a comb and hair dryer so the fur isn't stiff)
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sryates Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, even harder to do. I've tried painting fur with acrylics but I fail.
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GarlicPoncho Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
SO much better!
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Mutt-Butt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wait I think I saw someone at the fur bowl in delaware wearing that!
do you live around there??
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
I live in the burbs of Philly. and yes, the gentleman that owns this mask is a friend of mine and he does attend the Delaware Fur bowl.
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Mutt-Butt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
I can't believe I once lived so close to one of my favorite artists....
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
lol not for long, I'll be moving to New Hampshire in the next year or so XD
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Mutt-Butt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOO
then I shall be close again >:3
I moved to maine in the past year Cx<
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Nice! I'll be living in Keene, NH with Logarthsheppy. he runs the new England Furs group. :3
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Mutt-Butt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness
There's a new England's fur group???
Why I have not heard of this?!
How close is keen to the maine border?
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Keene? its in the bottom left corner of NH. 20 mins from Vermont, 30 mins from Mass. The new Hampshire furs group is on fA XD
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max22244 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Who was the original maker? It looks almost like sugarpoultry's work, but she tends to have a better fitting neck, and better fur. However I don't want to give or take quality from her work if she is better/worse than she says she is xD;
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Katmomma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artist
It is a sugarpoultry mask. This particular mask was far from quality when I first received it to restore.
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