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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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SirGuardian Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Are you selling anymore by chance?
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osikko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
i will pay $150 for the shy guy mask
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Boney-Parker Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so awesome!

heavy props to you man, this is amazing!
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SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that is so cool.
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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) :)
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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? ;)
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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.
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craiganater Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Would you consider making a photo guide for www.instructables.com for this mask, if you ever need to make another one?
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3092 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Of course! Next time I make one I'll take pictures for a tutorial. I'll be sure to post it to the site... you'll have to remind me, though. I'm forgetful haha
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craiganater Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Ah, wonderful, I had to postpone my costume because I couldn't find the cloak pattern I needed, so it seems I have some time to prototype some masks now.
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cheekynerdette Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Do you still sell these?
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3092 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I do, but I'm only making one more, and it won't be for a while the way my schedule's looking D: sorry for the bad news.
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craiganater Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
What did you use to get the right shape?
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3092 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Clay, I patted it down to a bubble shape and used a toy for reference hahaha
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craiganater Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
oh cool, thanks for the tip
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Henskelion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Thanks for the tutorial. I'm planning on making a Shy Guy mask for a General Guy cosplay I have in the works, and this definitely helps.

One question, though: how well does the leather belt support the mask? I was thinking that when I crafted my own Shy Guy mask, I'd add an additional, non-adjustable leather belt that would rest at the upper rear of the head, since a single belt around the back of the head seems like it would let the mask slip down the face.
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3092 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I considered that when I made it, my solution was similar to yours, but I decided not to go with it. I decided I'd rather have something accurate than practical 'cause I never planned on wearing it. But it turns out it stays on the face just fine the way it is. It helps a lot to have a stocking cap on, though. Then the fabrics grab each other and stay in the same place. Be warned though, it does mash the nose.
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Henskelion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I suppose I'll consider that when crafting it.

Also, having never worked with fiberglass before, I have to ask exactly how I'd go about making one, since most tutorials I've read have left me somewhat confused. Say I was going to use a sheet of craft foam for the base for the mask, and then put one or two layers of newspaper over it, before coating the inside and out with the resin, about 6 layers each, probably. Would this work, or is there some element of fiberglass crafting that I'm missing?
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3092 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Do you mean replace the paper mache with craft foam?
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Henskelion Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Yes. The thing is, some tutorials I've read have said to remove the mold once the fiberglass coat is finished, while others have said that you can essentially create a fiberglass "shell" around the original mold.
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3092 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I'd use paper mache. It's more work, but it's easier to get out, all you have to do is soak it in water and scoop it with a spoon. With the craft foam, if you were impressively adept with it, you could make it into the exact shape of the mold and then use it as the lining of the mask, but I personally wouldn't do that. I wouldn't do it mostly because I have no experience with craft foam and it seems like it'd be hard to clean and easily dirtied. Not to mention hard to replace. But, once again, if you're good with craft foam, it might turn out better than paper mache for a barrier and better than felt for a liner!
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Henskelion Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Alright. But what I was asking if it was possible to just integrate the mold into the fiberglass prop itself by coating the entire mold in resin, underside and outerside, and create a sort of fiberglass "shell" around the original mold.
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3092 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
OOOOOOH! Yeah, you could do that, but without the cloth like this [link] you'd be losing a lot of strength. It'd basically be made of dried Elmer's glue. Albeit STRONG Elmer's glue. Of course you won't me using it to block bullets or anything so strength won't be a huge factor for yours. I do know that the fiberglass cloth is a lot easier to work with.
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mononoke18 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011   Writer
WOW! Just what we've been looking for! You are a genius artist. With regard to making one, and I need 3, I know you said it wouldn't be worth the amount you charge...but have you spoken with desperate people?
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3092 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
"Genius artist" xD Thanks, but far from true. ...You know, I don't think I have spoken to desperate people >_> But regardless of desperation I'd charge you the same. I don't wanna take advantage of anyone's situation. I believe I replied to your note. Thanks for the comment...pliment!
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mononoke18 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011   Writer
Two emails in one day constitutes some desperation!! And YES I'm considering you a Genius Artist! I've never seen better made Shy Guy Masks ANYWHERE! Thanks for replying to both my emails. Laura
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3092 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Well thank you! And no problem, sorry it took so long :\
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mononoke18 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Writer
So are you interested in making 3 masks? What is the charge to make them and what is shipping? Please feel free to decline this offer. If we can't get the masks for the convention, we'll just have to go as some other characters. There's always next year! Thank you very much for your considerations,
Laura
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3092 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I'm not sure when the convention is, but I'd go ahead and make other plans. I'm sorry. Uh... guaranteed buy would be kinda expensive. For three would be ridiculous. I'm not sure you'd be interested past that. You might wanna wait for the tutorial and make your own. They're not cheap to make, but they're cheaper than buying! And I'd rather not say prices out in a public forum like this, 'cause it varies and can be negotiated. Dig?
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mononoke18 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Writer
Dug :D
Thanks for your willingness to have the conversations. I'll wait for the tutorial...when's it coming out? The best to you in everything you pursue and we may still be in touch!
Laura
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3092 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
When I make another mask xD And I hope hear from you!
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nayruasukei Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Holy crap. Could you have done a better job? How did you even get fiberglass for this? BUH MY MIND IS BLOWN AT HOW PROFESSIONAL THIS IS
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JokeGuy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
cool!!
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orochimarusgirl541 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
;A; I love shyguy, he's my favorite Mario character.
This is pure awesomeness, I deem you awesome!!!
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3092 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I DEEM YOU AWESOME FOR DEEMING ME AWESOME. Between that and liking shy guys, you've got good tastes.
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orochimarusgirl541 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
W00t!
Awesomeness for everyone!:D
Yay!:D
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Ricormo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
this is just amazing
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3092 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Thank you! And thanks for the fave!
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Ricormo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
hard not to like it :D
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pettitfraise Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
This is very cool! you should make a tutorial! :D
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3092 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I'm planning on it, actually xD
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pettitfraise Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student General Artist
YEY!! tht sounds cool :D
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Hydrox24 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
This is one of the best shy guy masks I've ever seen :la:
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3092 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Thank you! This was my first mask :D my second one's for sale right now hahaha
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Hydrox24 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
your welcome
i wish i can get it XD
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3092 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Well if you ever join in, I wish you luck :D
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midnightninjawolf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010   General Artist
cool :D
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