Tusken mask build problem

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kibosh
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Tusken mask build problem

Post by kibosh » Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:47 am

Hey gang! Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

I need some help with my Tusken Raider mask. I was humming along building my Studio Creations based mask, and ran into a snag. The problem I'm having relates to wrapping the leather straps around the mouth. I got the first one on okay. Sort of. I used an old leather belt for this. As you all know, a belt bends great. In one direction. It does not want to bend, at all, in the other plane.

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The leather looks pretty good to me.

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I had a REALLY tough time getting the leather to follow the edge of the mouth, and line up together under the chin. I couldn't bend the leather to my will, so I had to cut a wedge shaped piece of leather out, and pull the cut edges together. You can see the resulting seam below. It allowed me to bend the leather strap so the ends would meet. I'll cover this with some sort of weathering to hide it better.

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I don't want to leave a cut in the second layer as it will be more prominent, but I'm having an even tougher time getting the strap to wrap properly. This is how it's wanting to come together underneath.

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I assume I'm not the only one to run into this. How is everyone overcoming it??? At this point, I'm seriously considering cutting this layer into two strips; one seam under the chin, and the other at the bridge of the nose. The rounded vertical strip should cover this. Two pieces seem to line up a little easier than one.

Any other suggestions, ideas, advice???

Thanks!
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Re: Tusken mask build problem

Post by Lumpy » Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:49 am

Send a PM to Roger (TD866). He has helped several of our most recent Tuskens!! :thumbs: :thumbs:

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Re: Tusken mask build problem

Post by kibosh » Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:58 pm

Yup. I was hoping he'd offer up some suggestions. He's already given me a lot of preliminary advice! :thumbs:
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Re: Tusken mask build problem

Post by TD866 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:46 pm

Steam the leather belt.

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Re: Tusken mask build problem

Post by Kal » Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:17 pm

CBlack wrote:Send a PM to Roger (TD866). He has helped several of our most recent Tuskens!! :thumbs: :thumbs:

Ya beat me too it.
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Re: Tusken mask build problem

Post by kibosh » Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:32 pm

TD866 wrote:Steam the leather belt.
Interesting... I was thinking of trying to soak the belt and see what happened. How do I go about steaming it? Just set up a pot on the stove and boil some water, holding the leather in the steam?
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Re: Tusken mask build problem

Post by TD866 » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:10 pm

I have a clothes steamer, but i am sure a boiling a pot of water will work just fine. :thumbs:

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