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Dress up your dust mask or Make Me a Kyuubi

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The simple dust mask is becoming more commonplace. You can now see people wearing them to the mall in an effort to protect their lungs. The standard mask looks boring and uninspired. It does however offer a platform for dynamic alteration of your personality...

I Chose the Kyuubi!

 
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Step 1: You will need

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A desire to be different... plus...

A hot glue glue gun
Several sheets of craft foam I used 2 orange, 1 white and 1 black
scissors
and a disposable dust mask. (Niosh 95 works nicely) Acklands sells 12 for $10...
Some scrap paper will help as well.

Step 2: Estimate the materials

Using some scrap paper make a rough cone about the mask leaving a 2 inch hole at the end. This will form the snout of the fox. If you choose a different animal then adjust the scheme appropriately...

The cone is then flattened and cut in half along the propose jaw line.


Step 3: Cut the material

using the pattern cut the foam sheets and leave extra material for the final forming...

Trim the foam to get a tight fit at the front.

Step 4: Fasten the lower jaw

Trim off some material from the base of the lower jaw to fit the mask. Shown is a 1/4 of an inch but I would recommend at least 1 inch of trim for a better jaw open effect.

Hot glue the center of the lower jaw tot he mask and continue to glue at the right and left sides until the lower jaw is fastened securely to the mask.



Step 5: Make the upper jaw

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The upper jaw is formed from the remaining piece of scrap paper pattern.

Roughly form the shape then cut and fold the last 1 inch to form a snout. Glue the pieces together to make a rigid shape.

Attach the top snout to the mask as shown...

the_mad_man3 years ago
 When I'm doing some things that need a gas mask, I tend to go for the non-disposable kind (the one with two things sticking out the side). Do you thing it would be possible to make a detachable version (like with clips or something), because I don't think my woodwork teacher would like me sticking something permanent on his masks ;).
Random_Canadian (author)  the_mad_man3 years ago
There may be some safety concerns in using this where it could id could interfere.

However you could use a non-permanent adhesive like a 2 sided tape or a small secondary strap that allows you to place the persona mask over the first without actually attaching it directly to the mask.

good luck and have fun!!!

 Thanks, I'll probably go and make one ASAP :)
Random_Canadian (author)  the_mad_man3 years ago
Post back with a pic... I'd like to see it....
 will do
NB: ASAP can mean up to about 2 weeks.
finality finished it. sorry I don't have a picture of me wearing it, but the photos didn't turn out how I wanted them to.
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king_zilla3 years ago
This is one of the better instructables. I love it. good job!!!
Random_Canadian (author)  king_zilla3 years ago
Thanks!!
Jayefuu3 years ago
Great job :D I want one.
Random_Canadian (author)  Jayefuu3 years ago
Thanks!!
caitlinsdad3 years ago
Nice, do you have a "Domo-like" mask that works for the surgical flat pleated dust masks?
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Random_Canadian (author)  caitlinsdad3 years ago
This should work with the surgical masks, just make sure to expand it fully for proper fit before attaching anything to it.
I do not have any other designs so far but the use of white teeth may be lost on a white or light blue surgical mask.
 you could pin/stick some red felt over the middle of the mask, but I'm not sure you would get very good airflow through felt. or you could use a permanent marker, but that would smell horrid.
Random_Canadian (author)  the_mad_man3 years ago
Good idea, Maybe some red mesh to break up the white... I totally agree with not using the marker though, It may actually prevent the mask from working properly.
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