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    I'm not sure if this will be any help but it may be possible to make the eyes using 0.5mm perforated metal if you can find a supplier within your budget, that way you could use the whites as a viewport. It can be stuck on using hotglue and should be 1 way transparent (hopefully I'll be able to confirm this soon). Perforated metal is often used as speaker mesh, but it's usually 1mm so the holes would be easier to notice. Hope this project goes well, looking forward to seeing the results.

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    Getting gradually closer to completion... This is my 1st attempt at adding hair to a mask, so I used a long wig and an extra weft of hair folded over in 3 or 4 layers (if anyone is interested, this is Rich Dark Brown from coscraft). There's a band of plastazote foam underneath where the weft attaches to the back of the head, to add some volume to it. I'm hesitant to start on the cutting and styling but it needs some work just to blend the 2 layers together. The plan I have for this is a Noriko T…

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    Congratulations on completing it, good work there. Mind if I ask where you got the maid uniform? If you want a suit with valley processing, I got mine from DAME and it's practically a perfect fit, but I've heard very good reviews of the hadatai from RTPS.

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    It feels like it's been ages since I started this but now the hadatai has arrived and I've got some colour matched paint it's time to finish the shell. I give it a light sanding of 600 paper, then added 1 coat of rapid build grey primer, followed by a couple of coats of white primer, then the colour matched cellulose. I checked for a vinyl or latex based paint but cellulose was all the shop had, so I'm hoping it won't crack like I've heard acrylic does. On the plus side, they got the colour spot…

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    Hi....HI....Hi....Hi....

    Hikari Kintsugi - - Introductions

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    Welcome to Kigurumi Online Hope your art projects work out well, I don't expect you'll have any problem finding useful information here.

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    That's extremely good work, both in blender and the printed mask. In case you haven't already seen it, this tutorial might help with wigs: damekigurumi.com/Guide-Wig-Tutorial also +1 to using a flexible paint.

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    Getting closer to completing the shell, she's had a bit more sanding too.

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    Sorry about the late update, after playing around with the design for a while I decided the only way I could be sure it would work was to print it full size. I've still got a lot of work to do before it's complete but it's taking shape. I think the cheeks need to be extended down a bit more to cover more of the wearer's head and stop the chin to nose area being so thin and pointy, and the ears need more work. My head fits through the neck hole though so that's a success, although I'd like to mak…

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    Greetings fellow kigus

    Hikari Kintsugi - - Introductions

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    Welcome, hope you find or become a kig soon, if you haven't checked them already, there are a few maps floating about that might be helpfull, though I'm not sure which is the most up to date... google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1irDWPRHPrfAgD6PJt6fmjJDxNyY google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1m0KiLcbTwbcg_WyN_eH4aye2fTo

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    @Contrast Thanks, that helps. @BritKig Not blender. 123D Design was a good starting point but then it got replaced with Fusion 360 or Tinkercad. I haven't tried either of them but they should be available free for hobbyists.

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    Laputa, the original dub. That was before I even knew what anime was and it's still my favorite film ever.

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    Hello again. I've been working on this mask in blender and if anyone could offer any advice it would be much appreciated. Particularly the mouth is proving difficult to get right, it's supposed to have a casual smile, a bit like Chocolate Array on deviantart, but it's hard to make in a way that looks... natural? The Gailblue mask is on hold at the moment until I get a hadatai to colour match the paint, but if all goes well both threads will be updated with progress shots soon.

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    Might As Well Say Hello!

    Hikari Kintsugi - - Introductions

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    Welcome, it can be difficult to make that first step, so congratulations.

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    Hello

    Hikari Kintsugi - - Introductions

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    There's a list of all known mask makers here: The Kigurumi Mask Maker's list There's also a thread here from another Scottish kig if you haven't seen it already: Zero to Kig in under a week

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    Hello

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    Welcome. Your introduction looks good to me.

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    Hello uwu

    Hikari Kintsugi - - Introductions

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    Welcome to the forum, maybe you'll be the start of the kigurumi community in your area.

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    Thanks again for the feedback everyone, getting so close to properly kigging now. @AutumnDawn It might take a few test prints to learn the quirks of your printer but I'm sure you'll do fine. Come to think of it, if you want to really get to know what it's good / not so good at you could try printing a benchmark like this: thingiverse.com/thing:704409 if you haven't already. @kawaii-jessica Hope you can get your 2nd kig soon. Mind if I ask what character you're looking for? @Envy_Adams As Kawaii-…

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    Here's hoping it all goes smoothly. With a build volume that large you're probably going to have to be carefull with keeping the bed level and stopping the print from detaching before it's finished, but it'll make finishing masks so much easier if they don't have to be cut to pieces to print them. Given your experience with CNC machines it seems like the best choice of printer. It looks like that model uses the same extruder drive gear as the wanhao duplicator, if that's the case there's an upgr…

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    Another progress report. She's had a thick coat of filler sanded off with 180 grit, then a couple of sessions with the airbrush primer. Still not perfect, but smooth. I'm going to try wet sanding with 2000 grit next. It's starting to feel like I'm not going to be able to get all the flaws out, but if that's the case I've still learned some valuable lessons for next time, not to mention a lot of respect for people who do this for a living. kigurumionline.org/index.php/A…977c96252e0ca70859474d7d4

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    That's really fast progress with blender. I've been working at it on and off for the past month and I'm not at that stage yet. Looking forward to seeing this project develop.