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October 20, 2009
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200 (who?)
Shy Guy Mask Detail by 3092 Shy Guy Mask Detail by 3092
NOTE: As of 7.2.11 I only plan on making and selling one more mask. The price will be upwards of $80. My life's getting busier and I don't have as much time as I used to, so until further notice, only one mask will be made and sold.

Fiberglass, paper mache, clay, belt, pop rivets, backed/regular felt, oil-based paint, water-based finish, Velcro.

1. Sculpt clay base
2. Lay paper mache barrier
3. Fiberglass (6 layers, 1/4")
4. Take off of clay, remove paper mache
5. Paint (3 layers)
6. Measure belt, then rivet.
7. Paint (additional layer for scratches during riveting)
8. Finish (water-based semi-gloss)
9. Line mask with backed felt
10. Lay in Velcro and regular felt

[link] (link to simple picture)

If you would like to get more information, send a note to me with the subject as 'mask' and I'll put it in a special file just for you ;)

I updated the picture, I've made some tiny changes to the mask. The original can be found here: [link]

Shy Guys belong to Nintendo.
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osikko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
i will pay $150 for the shy guy mask
Boney-Parker Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so awesome!

heavy props to you man, this is amazing!
SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that is so cool.
Kizziesama Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Ah, how lovely this mask is XD Was it difficult to make? Did you use a mold of some kind? (I ask because I'm in the process of making a Shy Guy inspired costume) :)
Rick-bo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
So how about that Instructable? I was thinking of trying to pull 'Guy' (from Mushroom go [link] ) for halloween and this mask looks like a quality piece.
From what I can tell; you shape a mold out of clay, then cover it in a layer to prevent mixing the clay and fiberglass then make the mask entirely out of fiberglass. I can guess that the one layer of felt is to keep the fiberglass directly off your face, but what's the second layer for?

What steps did you take to make the clay base?
3092 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I've died and returned. Hope your zombie plan works.

The second layer isn't really a layer, it's just black felt to cover the eyes and mouth for display. It's completely optional, I prefer it without the velcro inside.

As for making the clay base, I bought some water based clay (I would have preferred to have gotten oil-based so it wouldn't dry but... oh well) and I slapped that bad boy out on a table and shaped it. I know, it's a real science to wrap your head around. Lots of slapping and squeezing. You'll enjoy it. Took a while to get just right, though. Maybe use a toy of a shy guy for reference, just to stay sure.
Rick-bo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Ok, so no real strategy into the clay; but if you were to make another one: would you mold it to fit your face on the inside or was it fine 'as is' to wear all day?
Dezmino Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Hey 3092! Still now news on the last mask? Do you have a buyer yet? I will pay handsomely. :D Seriously. 80$ to make? How about 150-200? Why the hell not? ;)
3092 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Sorry it took so long for me to reply. I've got to pay off some debts and save up some cash, I'm heavily considering taking you up on this, if you're still interested.
craiganater Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Would you consider making a photo guide for for this mask, if you ever need to make another one?
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