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I'm an artist, designer, and illustrator. For a more extensive view of my work and recent projects, I'm on Instagram at paul_j_maguire

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  • Skull Mask (wearable)

    Susan, thanks for reaching out! I got a couple messages last night from people saying they saw pictures of me at the parade, with images of these attached! Unfortunately I couldn't make it last night but wish I could have been there, it would have been fun to run into you guys. Congratulations on the masks, and not just one, but two! Wow. You did a great job, I'm impressed. And congrats on your news channel appearance.I may go back to the instructable and add a few extra notes. BTW if you're interested in seeing some of my other mask work I have a range of projects on instagram at paul_j_maguire. Thanks again for sharing your work with me! Cheers, Paul

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    Wow! I'm impressed! I'm glad you went with your own colors, and I love the pattern.Well done. Have fun wearing it!

    BTW if you want to see more of my mask work I'm on instagram at paul_j_maguire.At some point in the future I may try to do simplified version of this process. They are definitely time consuming, even with practice. I'm impressed with your efforts.

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  • Brain Coral Headpiece

    Hey, so I ordered the fabric from Spoonflower. I found a brain coral pattern on Shutterstock and bought a license to use it, then altered it a little, colored it, sent it in to Spoonflower and had it printed. Thank you for your compliments, much appreciated!Cheers, P

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  • Thanks, A! I appreciate it

    Thanks, much appreciated!

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  • It's common foam core. 3/16" thick, in black

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    That's a good question. Got a minute?A couple years ago I needed to make a mask for NY's Coney Island Mermaid Parade.I decided to do a pufferfish, and grabbed whatever materials were at hand. I've always got foam core laying around, so it just happened spontaneously. I'd already ruled out paper-mache, wanted to do something different. I'd been looking at African masks, the ones from the Congo with incised linework on a simple shape, wondered if I could do something like that but with more of an open framework.If you go to my umbrella instructable and watch the video, you can see the result at 0:31. The first model didn't hide the structure. It was made out of white foam core and paper and spray painted yellow. BTW I work in the architecture field, and my approach is no doubt influe…

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    That's a good question. Got a minute?A couple years ago I needed to make a mask for NY's Coney Island Mermaid Parade.I decided to do a pufferfish, and grabbed whatever materials were at hand. I've always got foam core laying around, so it just happened spontaneously. I'd already ruled out paper-mache, wanted to do something different. I'd been looking at African masks, the ones from the Congo with incised linework on a simple shape, wondered if I could do something like that but with more of an open framework.If you go to my umbrella instructable and watch the video, you can see the result at 0:31. The first model didn't hide the structure. It was made out of white foam core and paper and spray painted yellow. BTW I work in the architecture field, and my approach is no doubt influenced by that. There are parallels in the form of this mask to the Bird's Nest Stadium at the Chinese Olympics, which may have been an unconscious influence at some point in the process. There are two advantages to this style mask. 1) It's lightweight. Critical for me as I've had disc problems in my neck. (the multi-color skull mask weighs only 3.5 oz)2) The open framework allows air to pass through, making it more comfortable to wear and not so claustrophobic. Also vision is good because you can see through the whole of the structure, instead of two little eye-holes typical in many traditional masks. For the next parade, another pufferfish (0:35 in the video). I decided to make the framework disappear, so that the circular shapes would appear to float independently of each other. Again, the idea just came to me.The latest skull mask (glove instructable) was intended to look like dotted lines, but I spaced them closer together and it ended up looking more like mosaic, so I just went with it. I've got other masks planned, including another pufferfish, so keep an eye for that sometime within the next 6 months or so.UK, your kind words and compliments made my day! Thank you for that.All the best, P

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  • paulmaguire commented on paulmaguire's instructable SKELETON GLOVES

    Thanks Penelopy!

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  • paulmaguire's entry Skull Mask (wearable) is a winner in the Halloween Contest 2018 contest
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  • Well done, S! Love your color choices, thanks for including so many views! Have a great Halloween!

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  • Way to go, Jim! You Rock! Have fun wearing it on Halloween!

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  • Thank you Linda, much appreciated!Cheers, P

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  • Thanks T, much appreciated!

    Thanks JRF!

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  • True. I've made other masks with this technique, may post them in the future.Thanks for your comment!Cheers, Paul

    This is my third mask in this style, the other two were fish. You could probably make anything you can imagine.Thanks for your comment!

    Hi S, thanks for your comments! So my inspiration when I started was those color-blind charts with the colored dots. I always thought those things looked really psychedelic and kinda like trippy camouflage in the natural world. As the project progressed, I started introducing ovals, and thought it was looking like candy, like good&plenty. As I neared completion I thought it was looking like the aztec skulls inlaid with colored stones. So I see different things. I tried to avoid direct references to Day of the Dead masks, though I knew the similarity would be unavoidable. I could have played that up and been very obvious with it but decided against it. As for Kusama, I heard that comment a lot with the umbrella (my other instructable). I'm aware of her work but not intimately.…

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    Hi S, thanks for your comments! So my inspiration when I started was those color-blind charts with the colored dots. I always thought those things looked really psychedelic and kinda like trippy camouflage in the natural world. As the project progressed, I started introducing ovals, and thought it was looking like candy, like good&plenty. As I neared completion I thought it was looking like the aztec skulls inlaid with colored stones. So I see different things. I tried to avoid direct references to Day of the Dead masks, though I knew the similarity would be unavoidable. I could have played that up and been very obvious with it but decided against it. As for Kusama, I heard that comment a lot with the umbrella (my other instructable). I'm aware of her work but not intimately.In my view polka dots have existed in nature forever, so they're up for grabs by anyone. But I understand how people see that similarity right away.A couple others have remarked that this piece isn't scary, and I'm happy about that. I was almost thinking of making a robe to go with it, and call it the Jolly Reaper, you know, eternity's too short to go around in a grim mood all the time!!Thanks again for commenting!Cheers, Paul

    Thanks JS. Nice of you to say so. Much appreciated.Cheers, Paul

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  • Thanks, K! Just for kicks I weighed it yesterday, it's 3 1/2 ounces, very light. And yeah, cash-wise it's pretty cheap to make. The only expensive thing is the reflective fabric, which can be substituted with cheaper tape.Cheers, Paul

    You can see better than one would guess, looking at the mask. I usually try to leave just a little more space between dots in front of the eyes. Peripheral vision is a bit more compromised, but that's true with any mask.In daylight, vision is fine. At night, not as good but still OK.

    Thanks, UK!Much appreciated

    Thank you, Jayr! Much appreciated.

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  • Immense, that's quite a compliment. Thanks so much!Warm regards, Paul

    Hey, thanks for the encouraging remarks! A couple others also suggest I swap that image for the cover.Might have to look into that. Thanks again for the kind words. Cheers

    Hey RayP24, your comment made MY morning. Cheers!

    It's also super-lightweight. 3 1/2 ounces, I weighed it today just out of curiousity.I've made others, and right now I'm working on a neanderthal skull, we'll see how it turns out

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  • This is perfect for you then! Cheers, P

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  • No, I'm afraid the light wouldn't get through(I did a test). As far as cutting out circles, you can use any shape.I've used irregular trapezoids, triangles, and oblong shapes with rounded corners, all to interesting effect. Good luck!

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    Thanks, MP! Much appreciated

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  • Thanks, much appreciated!

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  • I went ahead and folded one up and let it sit for several days, opened it yesterday and it's fine. As for the films, I was using a pack I bought a couple years ago and don't remember the price. Any well-stocked photo shop should have colored films. You can also buy them in larger sheets if you want more of one color. I wonder if craft stores would sell colored celophane, if that would work and be cheaper?

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  • good question- I've folded them all the way and the film hasn't popped off. I've never folded them up for long periods though, the films might get creased but I doubt that would ruin the effect when the umbrella is opened again. Usually I keep them open at home and use them as decorative lighting shades. When I fold them to transport them usually I close them about 3/4 of the way. Another point: some colored films are thicker than others, so fold easier. As to your other question, where to acquire the films. I get mine from B&H Photo in New York City. You could probably order from them online. Also I would bet Amazon has something on offer as well. Let me know if you need any more clarification or have other questions. Thank you for your comments and questions!

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