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Majora's Mask is my all time favorite Zelda game, so I guess it was only natural that I make Majora. This project is the culmination of several months of on and off work, due to school and work. I am extremely pleased with the results I ended up with. I learned how to make this as well as other props I have in the works through classes at SCAD. 

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Shoot me a private message and if enough people are interested i'll make a production run of a few castings.

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Step 1: The Beginning

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I began this project with a really basic computer model in Rhino to give the general size and placement of everything. After generating the CAD model I separated the parts into different layers mostly for fun so I could get a sense of what it looked like. While in Rhino I split the main structure into three segments horizontally so I could print off a top view of each piece and place it onto layers of pink foam and make the structure for real. Then took these templates with spray adhesive and glued them to layers of pink foam. I then took them to the band saw and cut them out. The next step involved stacking them (using more adhesive) and sanding away until i achieve the shape I wanted.

Step 2: Main Shaping

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Now most people know pink foam is good for doing ruff shapes and has no real permanence especially with the introduction of solvents sooooooo I coated the foam with a layer of my favorite material of all time... epoxy putty, specifically in this case I used Apoxie Sculpt.

Next came the fun part (I jest since bondoing and sanding takes a long time and is very repetitive) I apply a layer of bondo to the surface to even it out, followed by immense amounts of sanding, then repeated this process several times. I followed the final sanding step of bondo with spot putty to fill in the small gaps, then of course sanded that smooth.
tess.berzosa made it!14 days ago

Thank you so much for this instructable! (please excuse my english ^^') I used the idea of the three heart base like you did and It worked really well!! I did the mask for my boyfriend's birthday. The base is made in wood and the rest is in plaster. I putted glow in the dark nail polish on the eyes :). Thanks again!

D00M992 years ago
One thing I've never understood about Bondo is how do you sand it down to be so smooth? Is it really just obsessive attention to perfect curves? I've tried getting smooth curves but I can never get there @_@

What do you use? All I have is muscle power and a I missing something that helps with such nice curves? D:
magicman391 (author)  D00M992 years ago
I've seen people that can get bondo to have almost a glass like finish. When it comes to making it smooth there really is not secret... at least the way i approach it, which is pretty much the brute force method. Start at 60 grit and work your way up through to as high as you feel is necessary. As for the smooth curves part getting the right curve is being able to essentially sculpt the bondo so sanding is made easier, some people use a contour gauge while sanding which is really handy to get mirrored sides. I'm not really sure if there is some secret way to making nice curved smooth bondo easily but to be honest i pretty much just spend a ton of time sanding with a dremel to knock down the highest points then use good old fashioned elbow grease and sandpaper to do the brunt of the work.

So in conclusion the secret i guess is patience, cause its pretty boring sanding for a long time (listen to music or watch some tv or something while your working), and time because it will take a while.
I've never worked with Bondo, but I have worked in other media. I find the best way to get that perfect finish involves several steps- try to get as close as you can to the right shapes/curves initially, then sand off the high points with a rough grit paper, and then comes the tedium- sanding with finer and finer grits of paper.

It wasn't uncommon for me to use up to 2000 grit before buffing to get that glassy shine. Unfortunately, I often sanded off my fingerprints, and sometimes sanded off enough skin that I would see blood in the water. I found sanding a bit TOO hypnotic at times!
magicman391 (author) 1 year ago
I currently have a few raw castings available I will put them on ebay. check it out to see the listing.
bill3frafra2 years ago
are these 4 sale? if so plz tell me so and how much money it would cost in the coments
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
Omg, Your amazing! I really love this game and I was super excited when I found that there was an instructable. You did a great job.
I am in awe! I love the finish. :D
Cyclone17642 years ago
ben drowned......
Kazz092 years ago
I absolutely love this game. Awesome job.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Nice, it looks awesome!
Aleator7772 years ago
By far my favorite Zelda game too! This is very well done. Great job!
This is absolutely awesome! I love Majoras Mask it it is cool to see parts of the game in real life. The mask looks fantastic. I wish I could make one, but I don't have the tools or resources.
That is just beautiful work! What an accomplishment :D