My First Pred Head

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QCVader

New Member
Hello Lair!

Well, I've taken the plunge and I'm working on my first Pred head!

I wanted to go the budget route, but that's not working out very well for me!

Here's what I've done:

Mask: Rubies (Severelly modified)
- Followed the Rubies mod tutorial
- Installed 43 backer rod dreads. Tappered the ends as much as possible with a heat gun.
- Tappered the bottom of the mask in 3 places to narrow down the neck area
- PVC pipe dread beads. Each hand carved to resemble bone. Each bead is hand-painted in acryllic paints.
- Added beads in various places on the dreads to get the "elder pred feel".

Bio: George's P1 Stunt Bio
- Left it "as is" from the mold. I love the original dents and dings
- Base coat is a dark metalic silver (similar to gun metal)
- Used Acryllic paints (metallic silver, dark grey, metallic antique copper, and metallic bronze)
- Bio is held on the mask with industrial strength velcro.

I'm still not finished. I have to install the lasers, add more dread rings, paint said dread rings, touch up the dreads, and add black mesh for the bio lense.

Constructive feedback is always appreciated!

Here's some pics!
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Thanks!

Sean
 
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NeoKazama

Sr Member
Dude, I love what you did with this prop, you weathering look good on the right spots but maybe a couple black washes will dirty it up a bit. def looking forward to see what can you do with the rest of body.

Just take your time and keep us posted.

Good luck.
 

MEANGENE83

Sr Member
Yea man!! Nice job, make it look mean and dirty, like it's been rained on for a hundred years! I

Great work!
 

ptgreek

Active Member
Sean ,I think it looks great bro ..love the little subtle colors you got going in the bio ..ya did good, man!
 

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Double H

New Member
Yeah, i think that look awesome how it is. What thickness of backrod did you use? can't get mine to bend that way, it more rigid. Looking at a different way of making them
 

QCVader

New Member
Yeah, i think that look awesome how it is. What thickness of backrod did you use? can't get mine to bend that way, it more rigid. Looking at a different way of making them
I use 1" backer rod, except for the 4 "sideburn" dreads towards the front. These are 3/4" .

I also had the same problem with the backer rod not laying flat. Here's what I did....

I took some thin rope and tied it fairly tight around all the dreads. I then adjusted the dreads how I wanted them to lay. I then used my heat gun to soften the dreads. I started at the top, all the way around the mask. Worked my way towards the middle, all the way around and then the ends. However, you have to be very carefull. The heat will melt the backer rods if you stay in one place too long. After I used the heat gun, and adjusted the dreads how I wanted them, I left the rope on for about an hour or so. I then took the rope off and they pretty much stayed in place. I did have to go back and "touch up" a few dreads.

This process worked for me.

Good luck!

Sean
 

Double H

New Member
I use 1" backer rod, except for the 4 "sideburn" dreads towards the front. These are 3/4" .

I also had the same problem with the backer rod not laying flat. Here's what I did....

I took some thin rope and tied it fairly tight around all the dreads. I then adjusted the dreads how I wanted them to lay. I then used my heat gun to soften the dreads. I started at the top, all the way around the mask. Worked my way towards the middle, all the way around and then the ends. However, you have to be very carefull. The heat will melt the backer rods if you stay in one place too long. After I used the heat gun, and adjusted the dreads how I wanted them, I left the rope on for about an hour or so. I then took the rope off and they pretty much stayed in place. I did have to go back and "touch up" a few dreads.

This process worked for me.

Good luck!

Sean

Thats a nifty idea, haven't got any pics of how that was done by any chance? Just wanted see how the whole process would work as in from wrapping the rope around the dread to the heating it.

Cheers for your response fella, excellent idea will defiantly look into doing that
 

Kithunter

Well-Known Member
top of the line weathering on that piece (y) ....sometimes bios can be "overdone" in that dept...but you nailed that real deep metal look to it
 

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QCVader

New Member
thats a rubbies mas? you could have fooled me.
Wow! Thanks for the compliment. That means a lot.

When I started out on this journey one of my personal goals was to prove that just because IT IS a rubies doesn't mean it has to LOOK like a Rubies.

Thank you all again for the encouragement, advice and compliments. I stand on the shoulders of great guys - like yourselves! :)

BTW, I did take your advice and "dirty" it up some more. Not too much, but enough to make it a tad more dingy....

I'll get some updated pics up soon.


Sean
 

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sonic7o7

New Member
I think this is my new favorite modified rubies mask bro, keep up the good work bro, yours is coming out way better than mine so far.lol
 

QCVader

New Member
Thats a nifty idea, haven't got any pics of how that was done by any chance? Just wanted see how the whole process would work as in from wrapping the rope around the dread to the heating it.

Cheers for your response fella, excellent idea will defiantly look into doing that
 

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