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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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Sukoreanwarlord Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um, all i got when i downloaded the template was random numbers, letters, and symbols. I don't know. Am i just stupid and don't know how to read it? Or is my tablet just not up to date? Help, please!
Sukoreanwarlord Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah. Thanks! Shall begin research on that now.
chickentech Featured By Owner Edited Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a .pdo file. You need Pepakura to open it.

I'm actually surprised it let you open it in another program at all. Those random letters and symbols mean it was trying to interpret it as a text file.
synersignart Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General 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.
creatrixsblood Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This lady's paper machie technique allows for smoother and stronger figures

if you opt that route... She makes a dough out of cheap toilet paper, joint compound (used in drywall) elmers glue, flour and linseed oil.

jgrs08 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
gracias por este modelo!!!!!!
chickentech Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No hay problema. Si haces algo calidad con este hay que poner fotos en Deviantart para que yo pueda ver :)
Hidax Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
WOW. It's great. Can You try with Kakuzu elementar masks from Naruto? I need PDO files to cosplay ;)
chickentech Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Heh, sorry I don't have time for requests, I wish I had time to finish this mask. It's still sitting on my desk half made. Hope to finish by Halloween. You could try searching for one that's already made. I'm sure someone's done it before.
Ygoragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
You could try something as simple as paper mache. Once the glued paper dries it would be nice and stiff. If you used card stock, it would problably hold up to the wet paper mache strips, and you wouldn't need that many layers. Then paint it up. Gromets that are male and female might work for the jaw. It would be easy enough to add fur and Or scales, but time consuming. You'll need patients. Paste them on in layers like shingles on a roof. Those would also hide what you use for the jaw joint. As for the jaw, I suggest no direct attachment. Just use make-up adhesive to glue it to your jaw.
chickentech Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a great idea, I've forgotten about that. Paper mache would work really well, thanks. I've been wondering about what to do. I think I'll do that.
Why do you say not to attach the jaw to it? I figured that would making it sooo much easier to use and add fur or what not.
S-Vortex Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Artist
Wow, This is awesome! I'm going to build it soon for sure.
chickentech Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, thanks! You'll have to show me it when you do. I'm still working on making this into a finished project, it's sitting on my desk with the horns mostly covered in plaster mesh strips. I need to get on with it.
S-Vortex Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Artist
No problem, Will do. I may texture a bit, add some small features, horns, Idk. It's a pretty awesome base! ty
ShoutsBox Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
You can seal it with resin or some strong sealant. But you're going to need a little support underneath it possibly with it just being paper.
chickentech Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I have some mesh plaster stuff I can wrap it with to make it nice and stiff. I think that's what I'll go with. Hope it works well.
Grundygoth Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
please send me a copy of the pepakura file, I would really like to make one, Thanks, Thank you so very much
chickentech Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just sent you the file, hope you got it, if not I added a link in the comments above. You may find that the head seems too big, but it's designed for your eyes to push right up to the eyes of it. Might need to find a way to mount it from the eyes. Mess around with it and find what works. Also the design's not perfect so a few of the numbers I've found don't match and there's a couple edges that are so close together anyway you don't need to cut and glue them, just leave'em alone. I'm sure you'll figure it out. If you add anything to it or make a finished mask I'd love to see the results.
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