How to Make the Skull Mask from Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Here’s what you’ll need:

- Cintra PVC foamboard(3mm thick)

- Paper Clay

- Hot glue gun

- Acrylic paint - white and burnt umber

- Sand paper (Medium)

- Scissor, X-acto blade, and a mark making tool(I ended up using a looped clay tool)

- Scrap paper and board

- Elastic band

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Step 1: The Pattern

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First draw out your cartoony skull shape on paper. It’s not really necessary to draw the whole thing out at this point. Just make sure you are happy with one half. Mark a line in exactly the middle.

Fold along this line and cut out your pattern. Use an x-acto blade for the eyes.

Unfold. Enjoy the purtifulness.

Use your pattern to trace out your design onto the cintra.

X-acto that sucker out and voila. Also cut out the teeth separately.

Step 2: Rough It Up

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Roughly bevel the edges with the x-acto blade. Sloppiness works for this mask. Gives it a damaged and aged look. Also use the blade to cut out chunks from the surface. Use sandpaper to round out any jagged edges. Continue to rough it up with whatever mark making tools you have.

Step 3: Boil It Up

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Boil some water. Preferably bigger than this, so you can actually FIT your mask inside. Place your cintra into the pot until malleable. Remove it quickly and try not to burn your hands off. Curve the mask by hand. Be quick, since it hardens soon after leaving the heat. If you don’t like the shape, throw it back into the water and try again.

Step 4: Attach Teeth

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Reattach the teeth by hot gluing it from the back. To hide all the ugly bits.

Step 5: Ears(Horns?)

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Use your board or cardstock to cut out two identical horn-like doodad thingies. Hot glue your board horns to the mask. Make sure they are bent out like so.

Bulk up the horns with paper clay. Blend the horns into the cintra as best you can. They get heavy so you will need to prop them up while they dry. Once completely dry sand down the surface. Leave it somewhat rough though.
Uncle Kudzu9 months ago

Entirely too cool!

I'm not familiar with pvc foamboard, but I can use some of your technique in my papier mache stuff. Thanks for sharing!

mmadison22 years ago
Super badass
KatieLawter (author)  mmadison21 year ago
Haha, thanks.
Gregbot2 years ago
Great! thanks!!!
KatieLawter (author)  Gregbot1 year ago
Thanks. :)
AzrimEkim2 years ago
Love it! Great subtle homage.
KatieLawter (author)  AzrimEkim1 year ago
TREX ZoaR0K2 years ago
great instructable now you should make a majoras mask
KatieLawter (author)  TREX ZoaR0K1 year ago
Thanks! Actually I found a great Majora's Mask tutorial a while back. There's a video here:
Oh that is spot on! Awesome job putting it all together!
KatieLawter (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago