Hey Kickstarters! I'd like to offer you the opportunity to own a life-size replica of the Majora's Mask as seen in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, for the Nintendo 64. This mask is to scale, approximately 18 inches from the horn to horn and it looks amazing as a decorative wall piece. The back of the mask has also been fully sculpted out to resemble an actual mask.
Before I created the prototype that you've seen in the pictures, I debated the idea of making it wearable as a cosplay item. I decided not to make this mask wearable for two reasons. The first is that this mask would be very uncomfortable if worn for an extended period of time due to simply the way it is shaped. The second and more important reason is that modifying the mask so that one could see through it would distort the original image, and make it more of a costuming item and less of an artistic reproduction.
The funding goal is set for $2000, which is the amount that would take to purchase, in bulk, the materials necessary to begin churning out Majora's Masks (horray!).
In order to reach the funding goal, I'd like to offer two types of Majora's Masks to my backers. The first reward will be a raw cast of the Majora's Mask that will be yours to paint DIY style. I've tried my best to make this DIY version of the mask as attractive as possible by adding some features to the raw cast that make it much simpler to paint. Each cast of the mask has built in guides to indicate where the sharp details are to be placed. To save a considerable amount of time of painting all of these colors, I have created an adhesive vinyl set that you can simply peel and stick onto these areas. That's exactly how I achieved the sharpness of the detail lines on the prototype mask, and it's actually quite reliable. I'm currently working on an instructional video that will be able to show you exactly how to get your cast to look like the finished one in the pictures. The second reward will be a completely finished Majora's Mask just like the one in the pictures, which will be hand painted and coated with several layers of glossy lacquer.
If you'd like to see some progress pictures of the molding and casting process or see some more pictures of the painted masks you should check out my Flickr albums.
I hope that you all share my interest in the Majora's Mask as a stunning artistic piece. Thanks for checking it out!
*all photography by Mandy Bryant Photography
Risks and challenges
Silicone molds tend to degrade after many casts have been pulled. The only way to remedy this is to make another silicone mold, which is a time-consuming process. My estimate for the creation of a silicone mold for the Majora's Mask is three days, so a degraded mold would require time to get the casts up and running again. Depending on the interest in this campaign, multiple silicone molds could be created to help get more masks in production.
I expect fulfillment of all rewards to be completed by June 2013. It will be around the first week of April when this project is completed; however, masks will be shipped out as they are completed. This means that the earlier backers will get their masks first!
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