Shaman Mask

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Shaman Mask by wilfredoaristo Sep 22, 2016
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This is a wearable shaman mask I made from a 3D Scan of a fox skull and some little-big tweaks of my own.

The mask was conceived as a part of my bones shaman costume. The lower jaw is "hinged" with the cranium in a way that when you open your mouth the mask opens its jaw with it creating an amazing and creepy snap sound.

Attached are some pictures of the printing, gluing and painting stages as well as one of the designing process, a couple of my costume and one of my inspiration for this job (http://qarrezel.deviantart.com/art/Genganger-253977442)

The mask also can be used as a Halloween pumpkin!! (as seen in the photos).

Warning: Maybe you should upscale or downscale it in order to fit correctly. We don't have the same head size!
Another trick could be printing only the front part leaving the rear of the head naked (like I did). You can see in the pictures below that I did not use "Mask_up_3_back.stl" in the final assembly.

Print Settings


Prusa i3 Steel










It could be added a geometry coupling between the parts, but if you use the correct type of glue there should be no problem. I used Araldite and it worked like a charm.


Assembly and gluing

First layers of primer (1/2)

First layers of primer (2/2)

Without Shadowing (1/2)

Without Shadowing (2/2)

Shadowing process of the mask and other creepy-3D-printed-thingverse stuff ^^

Hooks and Strap Mechanism

Well.. the name doesn't say much.

I designed a strap mechanism in order to make the jaw a working one.

It merely consists on a elastic rubber strapped to both sides of the cranium that presses against the back of the cosplayer's head. The jaw is hooked in such a way that it remains joined to the cosplayer's jaw.


Hooks and Strap Mechanism

How I Designed This

Autodesk Meshmixer Modelling

I used a 3D Scan of a fox skull and a 3D model of a human head. Then I measured my head and scaled up the 3D model so it could fit on my head.

Next, and being that the skull was solid I performed boolean operators in order to empty the skull (Skull minus human head).

Finally, I refined the 3D model by adjusting the distance of the eyes, the lower jaw geometry and its position relative to the cranium. The last step was smoothing some teeth and thickening some other parts.

Shaman Cosplay

Here are some pictures of my complete shaman cosplay. I played my character in the Drachenfest, a Live Action Role Playing Game (LARP) in Germany.

In the Drachenfest 2016 (1/2)

In the Drachenfest 2016 (2/2)

Inspiration (picture from http://qarrezel.deviantart.com/ )

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How much filament did you use?

Not much. I don't know, maybe 150-200g. You can see the quantity with the slicing software you use.

I can ask what size the head is a mask?
For upscale or downscale to fit correctly

It is designed in mm, so the units of the numbers that appear in the stl are mm.
My head is a normal-big sized one, and I'm 1m 86 cm tall. Best thing you can do y measure the stl knowing that the units are milimetres.

It would probably be best to know the size of head circumference that is used most often in connection with the things on the head
But even so, thanks, at least, can be deduced from it

Hell yeah!!! Going right in my Mask collection :D Nicely done!!!

What are the dimensions? We have a rather small printer but I still want to make this! It's so cool!

What size platform do I need to Print it?

Sorry If I'm annoying >.<

I use a Maker bot Replicator. We have a few in class...

I answered in the comment above this one. I printed in my Prusa i3 Steel that has a 20cmx20cmx20cm available print volume.
Sorry for being late a few months... :)
It's been ages since I last printed something and I have this web a little bit abandoned. ^^

Hiya! I just finished printing and building this wolf skull, and it turned out fantastic, if not a little snug. I was however curious about the hinging process. Do you think you could post some better pictures of how you hinged the jaw with the elastic, and what part of the upper skull you used to attach the lower jaw to? I saw the pictures in the thing files but they were from one side only and I had a hard time seeing the hinges up close.

Thank you!


First of all, sorry for the delay. I've been away the whole week
Here you have more pictures: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7yg2io2p9m1zsvs/AABMz1-lNu4UeOKotmRjYVYAa?dl=0

I looking forward to seeing a few pics of your work!! ;-D

Sorry to annoy you but i have a question, can you publish the skull in in full bottom piece and one full top piece ?

Yeah, of course!

When I get home I'll do it.

Funny bcause i recognise all the other 3d printed pieces