I've had a bunch more inquiries about Majora's Mask replica production status, so I thought you all might like an update.
Yep, I'm still working on them, but no, I haven't started taking names for a list again. My workspace has been awesome, though it hasn't sped up the work any.
I've been doing a little here and a little there, all of it working on preparing to make masks
and none of it actually making masks
. Every time I try a new production method in this project it takes forever to bring its produce up to my standard.
In my continued attempts to come up with a casting process that doesn't involve hand-sculpting the back side of every mask's TEN HORNS, I've been making individual molds of the horns. I cast a new master set of them from the mask mold
, and sculpted their back sides one last time (I hope) so that I could create molds of complete horns. I spent... um.. far too long sanding and patching and smoothing and am not satisfied with the result considering the work it took, but I had to call them finished. Then I built a custom cardboard container around each horn and filled it with silicone rubber; again, taking an annoyingly long time and using more silicone than I wanted to, despite my laborious efforts to craft the containers to minimize silicone use. At this time, six of the ten horn molds are made. Two of the remaining four are ready to pour. I may or may not have enough silicone left for them.
Time to place an order!
point this stuff is going to stop taking me so long to do. Clearly I am not a Jedi yet.
I still haven't entirely figured out how I'm going to optimize construction of the back rim where the horns join the mask. The last mask I made had this entire back edge hand-surfaced in epoxy clay over a custom-fit cardboard platform. It turned out smooth and lovely and strong, but a bit heavy and waaaay too much work for one mask.
Though the evil has gone from the mask, its shape
is still plenty evil and fights me every step of the way. Please cross your fingers for me that these molds will expediently produce beautiful piles of hollow resin horns!