Really, what could be cooler than an adorable little Deadmau5 head smiling at you from your Christmas tree this holiday season!?!??! Hey, I can't help but crack a cheezer grin when I see mine beaming at me - definitely my favorite Christmau5 ornament ever!
So, let's get you one too, k?
Here's the list of supplies n' stuff you're going to need:
3” Christmas ornament shell that separates into halves (available at Michael’s Crafts)
6mm thick sheet of Foamies craft foam
2mm thick sheet of Foamies craft foam
White paint palette
Extra fine glitter
White sheer fabric
Ribbon for Ornament Hanger
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Single edge razor blade
220 grit sandpaper
Dremel w/Drill bit, sanding discs, carbide cutting wheel
Step 1: Creating the Mouth and Lip
Start by marking your globe for the mouth opening by making a mark 2.3” down the each side of front half of your ornament. Since this is a full ball, and does not have the bottom cut out for a neck hole, you want to bisect it slightly higher than the actual halfway point on the sphere to look right when it’s all done. Now make a mark for the upper lip high point just slightly higher up, about 1/8” higher than the other two marks you just made. Measure down 1” from this dot on center and now you have the low opening of your mouth.
Use electrical tape to create a line connecting the top three dots, and repeat this process for the bottom lip. This will become your cutting guide for the mouth opening.
Using a very thin carbide cutting disc, very carefully cut the mouth out following the edge of the electrical tape. The cut-out piece will be reused when we finish the mouth, so take care to cut the piece very cleanly.
Once the piece is cut out, smooth the edges of the lip and the edges of the cutout piece with a sanding disc.
The lip will be made by applying a thin strip of 2mm thick craft foam to inner edge of mouth opening. Cut two strips of foam approximately 1/8” wide and attach to inner edge of lip with a very thin bead of hot glue. Make sure to not use so much glue that it oozes out between the foam and the ornament, because it will be difficult to clean up and give a smooth lip edge. After entire lip has been glued in place, give a final touch up with your sanding disc to smooth out any slightly uneven edges.
Step 2: Creating the Eyes
Place a piece of 220 grit sandpaper face up on your work table, and rub the raw edge of the little dome back and forth to shave down the material. Rotate the dome often to ensure an even amount of material is removed. Test fit by holding up to your ornament and when you are pleased with the size, set aside to use as a reference for the second eye. Repeat the sanding process until you have two identically sized eye domes.
Step 3: Creating the Ears
While you have the sandpaper out, go ahead and lightly sand entire surface of ornament globe to prep for glittering, and help ears adhere firmly. Also sand *both sides* of the piece left over from cutting the mouth opening; sanding both sides of the mouth will create a refraction of light, giving a even glow to the light that shines through the mouth.
Attach ears with a thin bead of hot glue, and position on head approximately 3/16” behind the seam of the front and back of the ornament halves. Angle them ever so slightly back at the top. After the glue has cooled and set on the ears, trim any excess that has oozed out from under the edge with a razor blade. You may now cut the hole to allow a Christmas tree light to be inserted into the back of the head. Drill a hole in the back of the head, approximately 1/3 of the way down the sphere. A diameter of about ¼’ should accommodate most lights, but test fit against the ones on your tree to confirm. Sand any rough edges smooth.
Step 4: Positioning the Eyes
Step 5: Glittering the Head
Repeat the glittering process to the back half of the ornament, paying close attention to the area where the ears attach to the head. A crisp glue/glitter line here is very important to a good quality looking Mau5head ornament.
Set both halves aside to dry completely before continuing on.
Step 6: Installing the Eyes
Cut electrical tape into 3mm wide strips and place on eyes in a X pattern.
Step 7: Installing the Mouth
Step 8: Finishing the Inside
Cut a square of aluminum foil a couple of inches larger than the ornament, and line the inside of the back half of the ornament with the foil. Be sure to place the shinest side up, as this will act as a reflector for the light bulb. Smooth the foil with your fingers until it is tight against the interior of the ornament and trim the edges. Trim a small circle out of the foil with a razor blade to allow the light bulb to pass through the hole cut in the back of the head. Secure foil lining in place with a tiny bit of hot glue.
Step 9: Final Details
Hang that adorable Deadmau5 head ornament on your tree and enjoy!
* * * MERRY CHRISTMAU5! * * *