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Paper Dragon Mask by chickentech Paper Dragon Mask by chickentech
A dragon mask I made with card-stock. I modeled it in 3ds max fit to a head model. I did all the measurements so it fits to my head perfectly. This was an experiment to see how capable I was of transferring a 3d model to the real world. I still need to attach the jaw to it, and find a way to rig the mouth to move with mine.

Since it turned out so well I want to make it into a finished dragon head mask. Now I need some help here. Anyone have any ideas on how to make this more solid, resin and fibers perhaps? also I'm considering adding fur and or scales to it, anyone know how I could go about doing this? I'd really like to make this a complete finished product. Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated, I'm new to all this. 

If anyone has the time and resources ,and wants the pepakura file or images to print this model out and make it them selves ,just comment here and I'll put up a link

update: you can now download the pepakura file at… . Click the link and it should start downloading.

3ds max || pepakura || card-stock
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synersignart Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
BTW what type of paper is necessary for this?
chickentech Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always use card stock for paper models. Any stiff, heavy paper you can print on should do the trick.
nragaglia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
how you do thaaaaaaaaaaaaat???
nragaglia Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
it s amazing,awesome,cool and super!!!!
i realy like your work!
TO DO IT!!!! Drak57 Drak67  Drakskull  
DDAvenger Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
this is awesome. definitely trying this.

stephaanie123 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
I really want a print out model please !! I love the mask and my son loves dragons
RissaTS Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013

I just wanted to say that I put the mask together myself. So far, poster board and glue seem to be doing fine. I have started a bit of paper mache' on the top, in places where I had trouble with joints so far. The eyes REALLY threw me off, I couldnt tell WHAT was going on there, so Im winging it.

Once I decided on how I want to skin it, will decide how I treat it. I thought about using plastic-dip. The spray on version. Also, decided to keep the lower jaw separate, and using a separate band to connect it to my head. that way, it moves with my jaw, if I put the lower jaw all the way up so that it touches my neck. Course, it gives it a bit of an overbite...but with teeth, that is not too much of a thing. Another way would be to add a plastic mesh base to the inside, something I have done with other masks and such, so that the mask has a sturdier base.

Would love to see what you come up with!

Thanks for the PDO file. I LOVE IT! :)
chickentech Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the eyes were weird, I had to look at the 3d model to figure that part out, and still ended up modifying them a bit. It hard to tell how well detail on a 3d model translates to a paper model.

If I recall correctly with the jaw I didn't bother to work out the math so I actually made it so I could cut and custom fit the back of the jaw to my neck. Before throwing the mask away I used brass fasteners and rubber bands to make the jaw move with my mouth. Worked pretty well actually. 

Once you get the mask done I'd love to see it. I'm actually really curious how you plan on making the horns smooth, or plan on replacing them completely. The horns are the one thing I had no idea how to make look good.

I've never even heard of a plastic dip or spray. So you just spay the thing and it coats it in a hard plastic shell? Sound awesome

Glad you like it :)
Silver-Eyed-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So have you figured out the jointing process? I saw a video on youtube last year about how to form a mandible jaw so that it is pressured to your chin and allows it to move with your mouth, just a thought if I can find it again (which I need to now) I'll message it to you on here. Anyways. What all have you figured out? I am going to use this to make a costume for my son because he needs a frost dragon costume. Would using a very heavy weight (32lb probly) cardstock be a good option or is that what you used? Would spraying it with elmer's aerosol spray give it enough strength to be useable for 2-3 wears? Have you made more of these it's really lovely. Maybe a fox? wink wink wink! Anyway.. How the HELL do I open a PDO?!?!
chickentech Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually threw the model away a while ago. Had no use for it or reason to finish it. I think I used rubber bands and brass fasteners to hinge the jaw for fun before chucking it. Worked pretty well actually.

I've not made any other masks and really have no intention of making any more. Turns out its just not that fun for me.

Download this to open the file:…
sorry for the late reply, hope you figured it out already or there's still time to make it for your son.
Honestly with cardstock alone it should be durable enough for a few wears but you could test out spray on a piece of paper and see if it makes that any stronger.
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