Step 11: Mouth Covering

Trim the piece of wire mesh into the shape of the mouth as shown in the diagram. Also cut 2-3 pieces of sheer white fabric in the same shape. (The number of fabric pieces you cut will depend on how many layers it takes for you to see through the layers, but people can’t see through them to your face.) Use masking tape to tape over the edges of the mesh to keep them from snagging anything. Pin the layers of sheer fabric together and sew them to one side of the mesh, using ½”-long stitches about ½” from the edge of the mesh. As you sew, try to keep the fabric smooth with no ripples in it. Hot glue the finished mouth covering to the inside edges of the mau5 head lips.
<p>I used $2 plastic christmas ornament halves from Michael's craft store that are 3&quot; across. They are clear and I spray painted inside white. They will be glued gunned to the outside head. For the lights, I got the LED Mini Tealight Plastic Candles at Michael's for $9 for a 4 pack. These ones change colours and are battery operated so I can just switch them on before I put my head on. I will create a small hole in the paper mache and glue gun them to the inside of the head. Easy and cheap!</p>
Those are great ideas! Thank you for sharing them. Good luck with the project!
<p>This will be the best thing I have ever made so far in my life</p>
I made thses two last year
Very nice work! What kind of lighting did you use? And did you follow a tutorial for the lighting setup or figure it out on your own?
I helped Joel's girl make this head a couple of years back. Used a <a href="http://www.superiorlighting.com/14_Inch_Plastic_Globe_Neckless_Opening_White_Acryl_p/02024wa-14.htm" rel="nofollow">14 in clear globe</a> and pink fabric.
Very nicely done! What kind of fabric is it? It looks almost like velvet.
This is my sons Deadmau 5 costume I maded for him.
Excellent job, thanks for sharing! I bet he loves it!
I have a fairly large head and I had trouble finding one that was 14&quot; so I used a 16&quot; here it is after 9 layers. One question, is there a substitute for epoxy like some special paper m&Atilde;&cent;ch&Atilde;&copy; strengthener that's more readily available or not so expensive that I could use instead? I'm kinda poor at the moment. <br> <br>I'm a bit of a nerd so I'm going to wire up some led's that surround the ears and depending on the surrounding music level they will act like a equaliser higher up the ear for louder music and more further down for lower volumes. Can't wait to get to the fun part :p <br> <br>http://i.imgur.com/rG3i4.jpg
I have a larger skull, too, and the 14&quot; ball worked well for me, but the 16&quot; should be a close match. I see you're off to a great start! As for a strengthening alternative to epoxy, I don't know of any to recommend, but you may find something if you go to a hardware store and ask one of the employees for advice. I like your idea of creating an equalizer effect!
Why do you paper. Mache the ears to the head first isn't that harder to put the material on afterwards? I am in the middle of doing this project for my son. Also how do you put the eyes in to stay in place. <br> <br>Thanks, <br>Lziggy <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br>Reply
I didn't think about waiting to attach the ears after covering the head with fabric, but that may be a good idea to try. <br> <br>For the eyes: <br>When you take apart the lights, the plastic dome pieces should have a narrow ridge that goes all the way around the dome's circumference. This ridge will allow you to glue the eye into place from the inside of the head since the ridge extends beyond the width of the eye socket. <br> <br>What I did was: <br> <br>1. set the piece on a table with the dome facing up <br>2. apply hot glue along the ridge <br>3. quickly set the dome piece against the inside of the mau5 head's eye socket <br>4. hold the dome piece firmly in place until the glue cools. <br> <br>Remember to do this in Step 10, after you have covered the head with fabric.
Great thanks I will post a picture when I finish. I am having trouble finding the lights for the eyes. And I hope I find them before Halloween. LOL <br>I love the way you did you head very cool. where did you get the led lights to make it look like tron and are they battery operated. <br> <br>
I found my eye lights at Goodwill, but you might find them at Walmart or Kmart if you have one of those stores near you.<br><br>The green lights are actually EL wire from www.thatscoolwire.com<br>I bought two pre-assembled kits (battery packs included). The kits are available in lengths of 3 to 9 feet. Here's the webpage:<br>http://www.thatscoolwire.com/store/item.asp?Category=185&amp;SubCategoryID=155&amp;GroupID=&amp;SKU=WY%2DPPL%2DN3
how many layers do you need???
9 layers
Do you mean complete layers of newspaper? Nine layers, as it says at the end of the paragraph.
Why do you paper. Mache the ears to the head first isn't that harder to put the material on afterwards? I am in the middle of doing this project for my son. Also how do you put the eyes in to stay in place. <br> <br>Thanks, <br>Lziggy <br>
Cool i amm going to start making a head for my sisters friend so she can give it to her as a bd present!!
Awesome! More power to ya!
im gonna start making my maul head this week and ure the first 1 i found
Great! I hope it is helpful. Good luck!
Thanks i'll be needing it. MAU5 FOREVER!!!!
So with the way u made it, do your eyes light up? It doesn't sound like hey do but I'm thinking if I glue them in without dissassembling them they could still work...any thoughts?
My mau5's eyes don't light up, but yeah, I have a friend who made a mau5 head following my instructions, and she just hot-glued the fully intact lights inside the eye holes. As long as you're careful to glue them securely, they should stay in place just fine and allow you to have light-up eyes! <br><br>An additional thing that my friend did was to have her dad replace the bulbs in the lights with colored Christmas light bulbs that he soldered in. Just a thought if you happened to want colored eyes. :)
How much does all of the materials cost in all?
Read the comments at the bottom of this page.
How did we get the head? I feel that you skipped a ton of steps.
Do you mean the main sphere that becomes the mau5 head? The way to make that is described in Step 2.
How much does the head weigh after you finish the paper mache?
Hmm, that's a good question. I don't have a scale to weigh it, but my finished mau5 head feels to be around 4 pounds. Sorry I don't have a more accurate answer. Hope this helps, though.
Do you have to let it dry after every/ an certain amount of layers or can you do it all at once?
I let it dry overnight after each layer. Another instructables user said he used a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
I'm ordering my EL wire and I need an inverter. Idk what this is and which kind to get. What'd you do?
I'm in the same boat as you in that I don't know much about inverters, either. I bought a pre-assembled EL wire kit that came with a battery pack already set up with the wire. There was just a clip that connected a wire from the battery pack to the EL wire. The kits aren't cheap, but they saved me the headache of trying to make an EL wire setup myself. Here's the link to the kit I ordered (available in lengths of 3-9 feet):<br><br>http://www.thatscoolwire.com/store/item.asp?Category=185&amp;SubCategoryID=155&amp;GroupID=&amp;SKU=WY%2DPPL%2DN3<br>
So for the eyes I am using styroform balls that are the same measurements as the tap lights. (Parents did not wanna waste 10 bucks on two of them) is there any problem in that if I cut them in half and use paint to make the surface look more smoother? Also what kind of inverter did you order? I am also wanna use battery power.
I think painting the styrofoam will work okay. The styrofoam may absorb some of the paint, so you may end up applying a few coats of paint to make the surface smooth.<br><br>As for the inverter, I don't know what kind it is because it just came with the pre-assembled EL wire kit. There was just a clip that connected a wire from the battery pack to the EL wire. It was really easy to set up; I just had to clip those wires together and install batteries in the pack. The kits aren't cheap, but they saved me the headache of trying to make an EL wire setup myself. Here's the link to the kit I ordered (available in lengths of 3-9 feet):<br><br>http://www.thatscoolwire.com/store/item.asp?Category=185&amp;SubCategoryID=155&amp;GroupID=&amp;SKU=WY%2DPPL%2DN3<br><br>
Hi, im from latinamerica and I would like to know, those measures are inches or cm? <br>Sorry the bad english haha (:
The measurements are in inches. :)
this is really cool almost done with mine btw you look really cute with the deadmau5 costume<br>
Cool, you should share a picture of your mau5 head when you finish it! And thanks for the compliment; the Tron deadmau5 costume has been a big hit so far at sci-fi/gaming/anim&eacute; conventions. In the future I may make a rhinestone-covered mau5 head...
Do you put the lip prices on the top and bottom? Or just bottom?
You put the lip pieces into both the top and the bottom of the mouth.
How much does this cost without lighting? Reply ASAP
I don't have an exact estimate, but it should cost around 75-100 dollars, if you already have the necessary tools.
Ok thanks.<br><br>My only other question is about how long does it take to make?<br>Do you know if it can be done before halloween?
Sorry I didn't get to reply before the day of Halloween! :0 As far as how long it takes, you can figure on 9 days to complete Step 2, and then at least a few days to complete the remaining steps if you can devote 3-4 hours to work on the project each day.
How the the paper mache hold up? I am begging this. and I see all other methods using acrylic globes and hamster balls? Please help.
So far it has held up fine for me. The ears have sometimes been hit by walls/doorways/people and have not suffered any damage. I've never dropped my mau5 head on the ground, but I don't think it would break if I did. I think the only thing that would weaken the papier-m&acirc;ch&eacute; is if it got really wet. So if you keep the mau5 head dry and don't drop it, you should be fine. Also, coating the papier-m&acirc;ch&eacute; in epoxy glue/paint (as in Step 8 of my instructable) should help to strengthen the mau5 head. Thanks for asking! I hope this explanation helps.

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