Dress Up Your Dust Mask or Make Me a Kyuubi

About: Professional work in various electrical and mechanical fields, obscure sense of humour and typically willing to help... Currently under contract designing environmental monitoring equipment.

The simple dust mask is becoming more commonplace. You can now see people wearing them to the mall in an effort to protect their lungs. The standard mask looks boring and uninspired. It does however offer a platform for dynamic alteration of your personality...

I Chose the Kyuubi!

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Step 1: You Will Need

A desire to be different... plus...

A hot glue glue gun
Several sheets of craft foam I used 2 orange, 1 white and 1 black
and a disposable dust mask. (Niosh 95 works nicely) Acklands sells 12 for $10...
Some scrap paper will help as well.

Step 2: Estimate the Materials

Using some scrap paper make a rough cone about the mask leaving a 2 inch hole at the end. This will form the snout of the fox. If you choose a different animal then adjust the scheme appropriately...

The cone is then flattened and cut in half along the propose jaw line.

Step 3: Cut the Material

using the pattern cut the foam sheets and leave extra material for the final forming...

Trim the foam to get a tight fit at the front.

Step 4: Fasten the Lower Jaw

Trim off some material from the base of the lower jaw to fit the mask. Shown is a 1/4 of an inch but I would recommend at least 1 inch of trim for a better jaw open effect.

Hot glue the center of the lower jaw tot he mask and continue to glue at the right and left sides until the lower jaw is fastened securely to the mask.

Step 5: Make the Upper Jaw

The upper jaw is formed from the remaining piece of scrap paper pattern.

Roughly form the shape then cut and fold the last 1 inch to form a snout. Glue the pieces together to make a rigid shape.

Attach the top snout to the mask as shown...

Step 6: Make the Nose.

The nose is a simple triangle of black foam with the side points cut off as shown.

Attach the nose with hot glue as shown...

Step 7: Make Some Teeth

The teeth are made by cutting a jagged pattern from the white foam material. The upper and lower teeth are made from the same cut. Be sure to leave a little space before cutting off the lower jaw line.

Fold the foam before you begin to cut to get an even line... The lower jaw front tooth will need to be cut out after the top teeth section is removed.

Step 8: Attach the Teeth

The teeth are glued in beginning at the center point and moving backwards. This is the same for the upper and lower jaws...

Step 9: Enjoy the Persona

The mask is now complete and you can enjoy being someone else for a short while...

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    15 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

     When I'm doing some things that need a gas mask, I tend to go for the non-disposable kind (the one with two things sticking out the side). Do you thing it would be possible to make a detachable version (like with clips or something), because I don't think my woodwork teacher would like me sticking something permanent on his masks ;).

    6 replies

    There may be some safety concerns in using this where it could id could interfere.

    However you could use a non-permanent adhesive like a 2 sided tape or a small secondary strap that allows you to place the persona mask over the first without actually attaching it directly to the mask.

    good luck and have fun!!!

    finality finished it. sorry I don't have a picture of me wearing it, but the photos didn't turn out how I wanted them to.


    This should work with the surgical masks, just make sure to expand it fully for proper fit before attaching anything to it.
    I do not have any other designs so far but the use of white teeth may be lost on a white or light blue surgical mask.

     you could pin/stick some red felt over the middle of the mask, but I'm not sure you would get very good airflow through felt. or you could use a permanent marker, but that would smell horrid.

    Good idea, Maybe some red mesh to break up the white... I totally agree with not using the marker though, It may actually prevent the mask from working properly.