The Mask:

 

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I used a little sturdier design for the mask, made from a single piece of plastic mesh and joined at the rear to form a tube. To do the top part of the head I cut strips into the upper part of the of the mesh tube and joined them at a central point at the top.

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After getting the placement of the servo's figured out, I began to shape the face, in order to keep the mask as cool as possible I decided to use mesh instead of the traditional foam to make the complex curves and angles of the forehead and cheeks. It's a little like doing Origami, the key to getting mesh to the shape you want is to figure out how to cut and bend the plastic. somehow or another, I managed to get all the pieces of the face on the first try!

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Here you see the frame of the mask before the fur was applied with everything attached, the nose and jaw were purchased from a Taxidermy supply company. To attach the jaw and have it move freely I used two snap connectors, once snapped together they act as a hinge. These pictures also show the final placement of the eye servo's

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Not much fur to this mask, since most of it will be covered in Keesar's mane.

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And here you see the face all furred out. The lips are made of leather sewn in such a way so you can't see any thread. You can also see one of the eyelids, these were made out of a plastic cat toy ball, cut to fit, with shaved fur glued to the thing for a final touch. this is bolted to a connector that came with the servo's, I had to heat and bend the connector to get the proper angle so the eyelid would line up correctly.

 

 

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