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How to make your own Deadmau5 Mau5head!

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Love Deadmau5? Enjoy house music? Want to go to raves in style? Deadmau5's iconic Mau5head would surely turn some heads. I decided to go with the original red Mau5head, but you can choose any color your heart desires.
 
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Step 1: Materials

Things you'll need:
- 13" hamster ball
- A yard of red felt
- Hardhat
- White silk (make sure you can see through it)
- 6 sheets of stick on red felt
- 2 12" 3mm BIRCH BALTIC wood plates (NOT BALSA)
- Hard styrofoam ball
- Steel mesh
- Dremel rotary tool with cutting wheel
- Safety glasses
- Hot Glue Gun with sticks
- Spray on Tacky glue
- Regular Tacky glue
- Duct Tape
- Masking Tape
- Sandpaper
- Cutting Board
- Hobby knife
- fabric scissors
- Philips screwdriver
- Paper
- Dark colored sharpie
- Compass

Step 2: Mapping everything out

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Take out one of the panels of the ball so it won't roll away from you (don't throw away the panel, you'll need it later). Take two sheets of paper and sketch out a the shape of the mouth. take your styrofoam ball and slice it in half. Take your two plates of birch baltic wood and slide them in two the holes of the ball. tape everything with masking tape and predict how everything will turn out. The top of mouth should be at the equator of the ball and it should be spread side to side.

Step 3: Eyes and ears part 1

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Take your compass and make 12" circles on your birch baltic wood. Take your Dremel and cut out them out. Sand the edges to avoid splinters. These will be your ears. Now take your stick on felt and start applying it on the ears. Take your hobby knife and cut off the excess felt. An ear uses up 3 sheets of felt. Make sure you cut on a cutting board so you don't ruin any surfaces. Now take a piece of sandpaper and start concaving the insides of eyes until it sits flush on the surface of the ball. Do this process outside because it gets really messy.
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SlaptoFace11 months ago
I love deadmau5!
hfreeborn2 years ago
http://www.housemusicessentials.com/mau5head-details-have-been-revealed/ here are the dimensions of everything!
That site is moving/moved, would you know where I could find it now?
REA Daxuto11 months ago
Right here's the official dimensions:
deadmau5_head_schematics.jpg
Daxuto REA11 months ago
Awesome thanks!
lego12guy11 months ago
Can u tell us Actuelly HOW to make it..
If I made one would I be able to see through the eyes?
Nope ur gonna have to use a 13" or 14" structure and see theough the mouth because the eyes are too far apart
johnodell1 year ago
It would be sturdier if you use an acrylic globe or a push n play jolly ball instead of the hamster ball. Well, i guess it depends on what ur planning on doing with it tho
This is awesome!
lvintar1 year ago
how much does all this cost?
lvintar1 year ago
no you could not there made of styrofoam you couldn't see through them you see through the silk and steel mesh
carlos78281 year ago
i know this post is from three years ago but i was interested in knowing if you can built me a red deadmau5 exactly like the one above and of course i will pay you maybe the price of all the material which to my estimate is about 50-60 dollars or we can come to an agreement interested?? oh but you have to respond as soon as possible because i need it by halloween.
50-60 would not be enough. I barely went under 70 and I got my hamster ball 40% off, didnt buy any stick on felt, and found a deal on the wood plates. The effort involved is also a big deal. All the tools and such. If it was me making one to sell I'd probably ask for around 125$.
laxgrl1681 year ago
Is it 100% necessary to include the hard hat?
Would it still be wearable without a hard hat or helmet inside?
Well, I made one over the weekend and I couldn't be more satisfied. I got all my parts for about 60$. The felting was by far the most difficult part. I just wrapped it around the front like you're covering the whole sphere, then cut it in the middle of the mouth and fold over the lips. The back I would then cut with an exacto knife right before unavoidable folds started folding. I then glued on felt on the back side and exacto knifed it right along the ridge. The lines are hardly noticeable. Careful if you're tall, I'm 6'3" and with the head on including the ears I clear 7' easy. Picture below. I might add my process pictures if asked for.
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Does anybody have any good tricks for covering the head with the material? I cant figure out how to get it my felt all the way around without crinkling and it is all even... Are there any particular shapes that I could cut out to make it smooth?
jtrujillo31 year ago
How big is it the hole thing
marty2051 year ago
Could you tell about how big should the mouth be????
aalfano13 years ago
Does anyone know about how much money it will cost to get all the suplies
about $270
at least $75 if not more - if you use specialty fabrics that could cost as much as $15 per yard. I do not use the felt circles or the stick on fabric, I spend more for that step of making the mau5 head.
about 50 or 60 bucks
bdoggy451 year ago
What was thefinal cost of material plus dremle cuz I want to make it but SUPER LOW! on funds
Also if I do make it I'll use white acrylic balls for eyes and put in LEDS :)
onotix3 years ago
does any one know where you can get acrylic balls or half spheres?
Intrica onotix3 years ago
Superior Lighting is a great source for both the large 14" globes and the 6" acrylic globes. I have also purchased the acrylic globes from Home Depot, but really love the Home Depot polycarbonate globes - they are very thin, strong, exceptionally shiny, and consistent in thickness throughout the globe (some polycarbonate globes from other suppliers are very thick on one end and extremely thin on other area)
the only problem with that site is that if your on a budget, you cant afford much
Did you use a hampster ball as means for the head or did you use the acrylic globe?
Rob305 Intrica3 years ago
And if you don't mind... what did you cover the metal mesh with?
Intrica Rob3053 years ago
Rob, I covered the metal mesh on this one with girl's lycra tights from Target. $3.99/pr and it's enough to cover 4 mesh panels.

You can also use sheer chiffon fabric and it works very well.
Rob305 Intrica3 years ago
Ty =D
Rob305 Intrica3 years ago
Hey Intrica... Nice Deadmau5 head.. Would you be able to post a picture of a 6'' acrylic globe and a picture of the polycarbonate globe because everywhere I ask they say they don't have, and that includes Home Depot.
Intrica Rob3053 years ago
Rob, here is the link to the acrylic globes at Home Depot
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xg2/R-100671525/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

I don't know why the polycarbonate version is not listed online, but they carry more of that one at my local store than they do of the acrylic. Next time I stop by there I will take a pic of the box and maybe that will have info on it that will help them locate the item for you.

I see your name is Rob305 - if you are in the Miami area as your name suggests, the Home Depot I get the polycarbonate globes at is the one on Stirling Rd.

Hope this helps!
Rob305 Intrica3 years ago
LoL well i did live in Miami, but currently I am in Canada. =( and ty for the help.
http://www.superiorlighting.com/Round_Plain_Lip_Plastic_Light_Globes_s/238.htm
I dunno about acrylic, but styrofoam is available at craft stores like Michaels. They might also have acrylic or similar. Give them a shot.
petco, hamster balls called clear run about ball, mega
ReDFoxx_141 year ago
instead of having all these seams on the helmet you can take the ball apart by unscrewing the screws at the half of the ball and tuck it in the seams then screw it back on.
mau5fan1232 years ago
Are you sure a 13" is big enough? Because for me it's kinda small...
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