Mau5 Head Build **Finished**

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LazyT747

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I've been on this forum so much lately looking for info/advice for my Deadmau5 head build that I figured hey, why not make a thread for it.

A big thank you to everyone that has helped me this far on the mau5 head. Many people would not have given the time of day to a new member like myself asking questions and looking for advice for this project. Your help is greatly appreciated, thanks.

On to the build! As stated above, I'm working on a Deadmau5 head for his upcoming concert this month (and of course Halloween). I started off with the basic 14" globe and began the project months ago, but I have finally found more time to actually get rolling on it.

The plan for the head:
Black velvet head and ears
Red eyes with black X's
Red mouth
Orange neon running along the ears as well as glowing the mouth (kinda Halloween themed)

Here are some past pics as well as where I am now:

All measured out



After the mouth cut with the ears I was unhappy with



Unfortunately the corner of the mouth cracked when cutting it



And here are the most recent with new eps foam ears I cut out tonight (don't mind the pantyhose, they were too small so I had to cut them. Going to get new ones tomorrow).












I have a new globe coming in the mail this week although I think the crack can be fixed and reinforced. We will see how it goes. I will keep this thread updated as the project continues!
 
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LazyT747

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Re: Mau5 Head Build

Also, the EL-Wire neon came in yesterday. It's orange when it's off but kind of green when glowing. It should still look cool regardless. I might try to find some different wire that is more of an orange glow, but I want to see what this will look like first.

 

venturimyth

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Re: Mau5 Head Build

As far as the crack in the globe, I would just tell you to duck tape it. You are going to be putting fabric over it anyway.
 

Kerry

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If you don't mind me asking, what was the diameter of the circle you used to trace the ears out?
 

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Theist17

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Re: Mau5 Head Build

Kind of a shame about the EL wire. That stuff's expensive. But it's gonna look super awesome no matter what, if these pictures are anything to go by.
 

LazyT747

Member
Re: Mau5 Head Build

Thanks everyone. Hopefully I will have more progress by tonight.

For the diameter I actually used venturimyth's picture that he posted in the other Deadmau5 thread and blew it up to a ~13inch width in photoshop. I trimmed it into 4 segments, printed it out, then assembled the pages together. I took a piece of thick poster board and made a template out of it using the print outs. It was fairly easy.
 

LazyT747

Member
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I was able to work on it a bit today. The ears are just about finished. They are all mounted, just waiting to be wrapped in velvet. I had a little trouble figuring out the angle to set them at considering some are slanted back and some are forward. I ended up going with just about 90 degrees. It just seemed to look better this way. Also, I went about 4.5" in between the ears instead of 3.5". Every one of his heads are different so it looks like more personal opinion than anything.

I also messed around a bit with the eyes trying to measure the placement of where they will sit on the head. I like where they are so far.








Hopefully I can do the reinforcements next as well as the lips.
 

LazyT747

Member
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I was kind of disappointed with the EL-wire that came in the mail. The stuff looked really cheap as well as not lighting the color I wanted nor was it entirely bright.

I ended up ordering 10 ft of red EL-wire from Funhouse Productions. 5 mm thick, equalizer driver, and I even bumped the power up and grabbed the 8 AA battery extension. The guy told me on the phone it should be extremely bright. I hope so. Looking forward to getting it in the mail.
 

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xXLEELANDXx

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Looks great so far man. I'm hoping to start another one in a few weeks. Keep us updated on yours:)
 

LazyT747

Member
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Thanks!

I just had a chance to work on it a little bit in between classes here. I am now working on the placement of the eyes. If you look on the diagram Zimmerman put out, it shows that the eyes are 2 inches from the upper lip and 5 inches apart for one another. I tried to rearrange the eyes to these specs and it just doesn't seem to look right. All of the images I find of his mau5 heads have a descent space between the eyes but also many of them have flatter eyes. I marked measurements on some tape and started to lay it out to see which one fits best (although it is kind of difficult to tell when the head is not wrapped).

5" apart







4"








I'm leaning towards 4.5" being the happy median. It's funny, in person it looks really weird with 5 inches in between the eyes and 4 inches seems normal but in picture its like the opposite!

I am going to try and wrap the ears tonight as well as maybe start spraying the eyes. I've been up since 3:30 AM doing an assignment and have to leave for another class in a few so I may not have the time or energy.
 

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LazyT747

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This is looking really good! Also Lazy, Do you think this is similar to yours? And also was it easy to stretch when you tried? Stretch Velvet-MANY COLORS*: special occasion fabric*: apparel fabric*: fabric*: Shop | Joann.com
That looks like its the stuff. It is a very stretchy material but the only thing I've tried it on were the ears so far and that was just a test fit (didn't sew them yet). I am going to sew the ears tomorrow instead of tonight and I am hoping to wrap the head next week sometime if all goes well. If you wait until then I can let you know how it worked.
 

LEDProject

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Okay. Thank you :)

Edit: Could you test this fabric for me? I need to make sure the LEDs will shine through. Could you just like.. Put it under a light or something and tell me if it shines through okay.
 
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LEDProject

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Thank you :))) I'll just wait for you to do the head and i'll see how it looks. But again thank you for doing this :) Now i gotta try find a 16" globe in the UK :/
 

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