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Sculpt and mold for Smiley!View Comments

Posted by Sarrah Wilkinson | Aug 28th, 2014 | Linked to: Smiley (Human Skull Mask)

A resin cast of my skull mask mold, done in white SmoothCast 65D.

It may only be the end of August, but I've already got a certain holiday on the brain. I figured it was a good time to add a nice, realistic human skull mask to my inventory! I call it "Smiley".

A work-in-progress oil-based clay sculpture for a mask in the shape of a realistic human skull. A work-in-progress oil-based clay sculpture for a mask in the shape of a realistic human skull.

This one was kind of a speed sculpt! I wanted to see how quickly I could take a relatively simple mask from conception to reality. The sculpture you see above is not quite finished, but I got to moving too quick and forgot to take pictures of the smoothed, refined version before I started molding it!

Starting to make a mold of my skull mask sculpture with Rebound 25 silicone. The outside of the finished mold of my skull mask. The finished mold of my skull mask, showing the silicone interior in its shell of FreeForm Air.

It follows my fairly standard process of molding - two initial layers of Rebound 25 silicone brushed on to capture all of the details, two more layers thickened with Thi-Vex (kind of "spatula'd" on like I was icing a very strange cake!) with a few mold keys (not shown) added, and then one final non-thickened layer to pretty up the surface and make sure there were no air pockets around my mold keys. FreeForm Air is used as the mother mold shell, in two halves, to hold the silicone's shape when the mold is cast. The final photo shows the interior of the finished mold.

Another view of my cast resin skull mask, showing how it looks while worn. A couple more views of my cast resin skull mask, showing it from the front and side.

And here's the cast version! It's a good look for me, I think. :)

Blank casts like these are available in our Etsy cosplay store. I will be doing some sample painted masks and even offering some custom ones, if people want 'em, after we get back from Saboten Con this weekend!

Etsy Store SaleView Comments

Posted by Sarrah Wilkinson | Aug 23rd, 2014

Get 20% off any order over $10 through 8/27/2014 using the coupon code EOS2014 in our RedNebulaStudios Etsy store.

We're holding a quick Etsy sale before Saboten Con next weekend! Get 20% off any order over $10 in our Red Nebula Studios Etsy Store using the coupon code EOS2014. The offer will be good from now through Wednesday, August 27th!

Werewolf Pinback Buttons!View Comments

Posted by Sarrah Wilkinson | Aug 17th, 2014

A set of four pinback buttons featuring werewolves or wolfish designs, including the new

We have a whole series of werewolf and wolfish pinback buttons now! I just added a new button to the pack. I've got "I Love Unicorns" and "I Love Faeries" and even "I Brain Zombies"... but it was brought to my attention that werewolves were being neglected! So now, I've got an "I Love Werewolves" for all of us lycanthrope fans.

The red heart used in place of the word "love" on this pin is struck through by claw marks. The whole design is set in front of a photo I took of the blood moon during the eclipse a few months back.

Turians and Mabari HoundsView Comments

Posted by Sarrah Wilkinson | Aug 11th, 2014

Mass Effect: Cockatoos by Sarrah Wilkinson - A turian has a look at one of those birds he's heard so much about, a fluffy umbrella cockatoo. Mass Effect: Alisturian by Sarrah Wilkinson - A turian playing dress-up in a set of shining medieval-style armor, like something Alistair might've worn in Dragon Age. Dragon Age: Mabari Gift by Sarrah Wilkinson - A loyal mabari hound brings his master a gift of soggy cake he found somewhere in the wilds of Ferelden!

Well, it wouldn't quite be fair to say I've added some new pieces of art to the site, considering I did these three back between 2010 and 2012! One is an homage to one of the best characters in Dragon Age: Origins - the Warden's faithful mabari hound, and his thoughtful gift of... soggy cake. The other two are silly renditions of my Mass Effect Multiplayer character, a turian soldier called Temis.

Ataraxia - Lizard mask cast and jawView Comments

Posted by Sarrah Wilkinson | Aug 10th, 2014 | Linked to: Ataraxia (Male Argonian)

The lizard mask mold is complete and the first casting was a success! It was rotocast using SmoothCast 65D, same as I'm using for the turian masks.

Here's Robbie, modeling his new scaly face. You can also catch a peek at the initial breastplate armor (EVA foam) that we put on him to make sure the mask looked good proportionally.

A photo of the lizard mask, cast in urethane resin. A photo of the lizard mask, cast in urethane resin. A photo of the lizard mask, cast in urethane resin.

While the mask would be perfectly wearable as you see it above, we're doing the full moving jaw on it, as well as glass eyes for a more realistic look. The eyes aren't in yet, but here, I did a quick test to show the moving jaw.

Next, I created a few curved, pointy teeth, made a mold of them, and cast a couple dozen. Here, you can see the teeth embedded in the clay I'm using to sculpt the interior of the mouth. the mouth piece will also have a slight lip that goes over the edges of the cut mask. My plan is to cast this part in urethane rubber, so the lip will act as a buffer to prevent the upper and lower jaws clacking when the mouth moves.

The lizard mask with the jaw opened and the interior of the mouth being sculpted. The lizard mask showing how the interior of the mouth will fit when the jaw is closed.

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