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    That's a slightly unusual question Mika. The real answer is with a mask on, you can be whoever you want to be. With my main one on, whose all blonde and blue eyed, I want to be cute and flirty, which is so not what I'm actually like IRL. But if you want somebody else’s opinion... Looking at that mask, straight black hair, red eyes that stare, neutral, even slightly blank expression... She's not cute and cuddly. To me she’s more the scary little girl dressed and an old-fashioned black dress that …

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    (Last post, honest, thank you for making it this far) The next day I had a photoshoot with the new mask, my new Hadatai (which had arrived, but I had to make some adjustment to) and a couple of outfits. One was a new little black Goth dress I’d bought recently in Camden, the 2nd was with some PVC items I’d worn to Torture Garden a few years ago. 32616260758_d04b9fded0_b.jpg 31550117627_577e7464b1_b.jpg Conclusions- The hair makes it so much heavier, I didn’t realise it would add so much weight. …

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    (Does she ever shut up?) I wanted interchangeable hair, so I can do different characters, so I needed some sort of wig for the mask and not just glue the hair directly to it. Normal human sized wigs wouldn’t work, too small and Kig sized wigs are a bit thin on the ground though. I toyed with the idea of sewing an oversized wig cap and then trying to sew the hair to that, but that would have been difficult. Then I remembered, 3d printing! I designed a wig cap by doing a Boolean my original mask a…

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    (Yet more drivel) The mask was still unpainted. I’d recently ordered a new Hadatai from DAME damekigurumi.com/Skinsuits/H001-Skinsuit and wanted the mask to match that. DAME said the suit would arrive in December, so instead of waiting I cheekily asked them if they could let me know the details of the paint they use on their masks to match, or if not, let me have a swatch of Fabric. Surprisingly they offered to sell me a spray can of the custom colour they used, as they’d been thinking about sel…

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    (This is going to be a long multi-part post because I can't stop waffling on) Next was the padding, I wanted to get this in early, so I could try the mask on to make sure it all fitted. It was made from 5cm soft upholstery foam (left over from the last mask) glued directly to the inside of the mask with Bostik general purpose adhesive. That stuff stick foam to PLA better than anything I’ve found. I arranged the padding so its all in the top of the mask, so it didn’t interfere with my glasses whe…

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    Last August I started creating myself a Kig Mask using my 3d printer, it’s well documented in this thread. First go at 3D printing a mask But that mask had issues, I think it looked OK, but it was very difficult to wear, it had poor ventilation, I couldn’t wear my spectacles under it, the eye slits where very small and the hair somewhat unruly, it had a habit of flopping down making it even harder to see. I could just about do photoshoots in it, but it was too impractical to wear outside. Also, …

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    Hrmm the mask's brow ridge is a little strong for a cute girl, sorry. May be that should be flattened a bit? For eyebrows and lashes, glue them on. My first mask they where made from paper, my second they're cut from sheet styrene (it's more robust and water proof). Cut them from paper, card, craft foam or thin plastic sheet and stick them on, much neater than painting. For eyes many, including myself, design them digitally (using Photoshop or similar) and print them out (colour laser or inkjet)…

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    Sorry to hear the print failed, its not good, esp after such a long print. You could try and cut the shifted section off and then reattach it and cover up the join with filler, but it would be tricky. I'd just treat it as learning, even if it did work perfectly you'd probably want to change (maybe the eye's are too far apart and/or the jawline is wrong) and/or resize it a bit anyway, the first print of something that's meant to fit you is rarely perfect. When you reprint perhaps think about spli…

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    I do prefer the more elaborate Latex Catfish outfits, but please note, Latex Catfish have been somewhat of a victim of their own success and thus you might have a wait several months for your outfit to be made and delivered. I do have a few latex outfits myself, I've even made a couple, but haven't worn them with kig... yet. Though I think I'd probably overheat rather quickly and there's no way I'd manage getting latex over a hadatai, its just too tight.

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    Right there you go 45634992534_900aa4d29a_o.jpg I've attached the file in a zip to this post, so you should? be able to download it I've tried to make it close to the character as I could in this short time. Its got a mirror and sub div modifier on it, you can adjust it with them on, but if you want to do serious remodeling I'd drop them and just work on the basic polygons. In case of total rework I'd delete the back polys too and just work on the shell and then apply a solidify modifier when it…

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    I noticed the scaling issues. If you want to 3d print a model from Blender what you HAVE to do is change the scene units to Millimeters and then you can build to scale. When you export it to STL and load into a slicer it one blender unit will become one Millimeter and all will be good. I've re scaled the model so it's approx 27cm tall. I'll convert it into a half mask and see if I can't get it to look a bit more like the character and try and upload it somewhere you can get at it

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    Downloaded, oh... Its not very nice. I don't think it would actually print, its not manifold. That plus the geometry is nasty (IMHO), polygons have to flow and you have to try and keep to quads. ON thingverse there were no pics of a printed model and no builds, that usually a sign nobody, even the creator, has actually printed it. Anyway I had a play with it, removed all the Booleans and other modifiers and got down the base mesh and worked on it from there. Then mirrored and sub-dived it It did…

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    If a polygon has smooth shading enabled then Blender will try and make the flat polygons look rounded. It does this with algorithms such as Phong or Gouraud which average the normal across the polygon and calculate the light based on that instead of calculating the light off a normal from the polygons surface. Light is promotional to the cosine of the angle between the normal and the light source. The problem with this is they won't come out like that when 3d printed and you'll get a very angula…

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    I found universal clear glue like Bostik or UHU to worked well for sticking paper eyes to a mask, but I don't know if they are available or what the alternatives are in the US. As for not getting brush marks or streaks, spraying (either via a aerosol spray-can, airbrush or spray-gun) is the only way to go IMHO

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    If you boot covers have a seam down the back it should be possible to take them in a bit. Pin the back until it fits snugly, then take them off and turn them inside out and sew a line of stitches on the pin line (maybe a little outside it, its best not go too far though) off the back seam, then turn them the right way again and see if they fit. If its all OK then you can remove the excess material. This sort of adjustment isn't hard, but really needs a sewing machine and a little sewing experien…

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    I've learn't from bitter experience not to drop 3d printed PLA props onto hard surfaces. Sanding it is also hard, not impossible, but hard, good quality sand paper helps, as does getting a bit angry with it. Unfortunately powered tools like dremels with a sanding drum get the PLA too hot and it turns to mush, so its back to hand sanding. Additional materials and fillers do help though. Gluing PLA isn't straight forward, certain brands (but not all) of Cyano do work, but an accelerator is recomme…

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    1) Printing a mask that needs no post cleanup or sanding If there was I want one, I've sanded models until my fingers literally bled. SLA printers can print very detailed models with very fine lines, but they are messy, the materials are expensive and toxic and they have tiny beds, far too small for a kig mask. FDM printers can print bigger and the materials are cheaper and easier to work with, but they leave layer lines, even if they are printing at 0.05mm (that's the lowest most cheap ones can…

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    I’m old, really old, possibly as old or older than your parents, and haven’t been kigging long so I probably should be ignored. But I have to point out doing Kigurumi Cosplay is considered by many as more than a bit weird and it’s also rather expensive. Realistically I think you should wait until you have a place of your own and have a job that covers your bills and leaves you with a bit extra at the end of the month to indulge yourself with. That may take a while though, sorry.As for the mask, …

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    I'm another glasses wearer. I 3d printed my first mask (see avatar) with only just room to get my glasses on underneath. But then I put foam and padding inside and they no longer fit But even if they did the visibility through the little slits in the eyelash is terrible. Also when I was designing it I thought I wanted it as close to my face as possible to not look "Odd"... Until I wore it and realised I need some space for my breath to escape to stop it being to stuffy. Plan for MKII is for open…

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    I've put the STL files on Thingiverse, if anyone wants them they can be downloaded for free from thingiverse.com/thing:3093703