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Cyborg Raiden Headgear by cyborgraptor Cyborg Raiden Headgear by cyborgraptor
Yaay my super procrastinated jaw for A-kon!!!

I wanted to attack at constructing it differently from other hand-made headgears I've seen, though there was some positive and negative things about it. I could've easily copied someone else's design, but the thing I've seen that was going on is that the whole jaw is usually one big piece rather than several. Mine is 5 pieces put together (well 7 if you include the eye covers), since most people actually have a visor and have the eye covers hatched the side on the ears.
Well, I knew from the start I wanted to have the eye covers because I have a brown-almost-black eye color, which is completely...y'know.....NOT A LIGHT BLUE. I also wanted to see that when I talked/moved my jaw, that it would only move the jaw part and not the eye covers on top as well.

The hardest part to make was the chin, as you can see all my failed attempts lined up together at the bottom. (I wrote FINAL there because that is the template I finally fitted with.) The rest of the jaw attached to the chin (two copies of it, that part is also next to the final). The ears and eye covers were the easiest to design ironically. I attached the ear to the jaw pieces by that crafting wire, so the jaw can move up and down on the ear, and I spun two other sets of wires around that cylinder piece (along with superglue) and formed them so they can stick inside the eye pieces. I wanted to form them so I could actually do something...like...be able to fold them back if I wanted, but the wire was too thick and I was running out of time. I cut up tiny plastic bags and lightly spray-painted them grey to use for the eyes so I can still see with it on. Lastly, I made the "lights" by gluing hotglue on the parts and painting them red after I spray-painted the entire helmet black. I also wanted to see if I could get LED lights there but...yet again...NO TIME.

SOOOoo....the good and the bad:
Good:
-Very light
-Took around 15+ hours to make
-Costs around $10 dollars including materials to make it and paint it. (Cardstalk, glue, X-acto knife, black/grey spray-paint, regular red/black/grey paint, small plastic bag (cut up and used for the eyes), craft wire, string, hotglue, and scotch tape.)
-can move correctly with jaw movement
-entire headgear can be used in action (no budging or falling off your head if you move your head up or down quickly)
Bad:
-the two different jaw pieces are sort of uneven, but it's not that big of a deal.
-use spirit gum for it to attach to your jaw properly (ugh its SO STICKY)
-use string for it to stay on your head. It sucks to put on, since you need help from someone else to tie the string tight on your head (I used my own hair for Raiden hair and not a wig, so I had to make sure the string was unseen and not tied in MY OWN HAIR.) It's easy to take off though.
-the eye covers don't actually stay to cover. I just pulled a really cheapy move and used clear scotch tape on the inside for the pieces to stay over my eyes evenly over my nose.

Nah well, I hope this is informative in a way. I also hope this helps those of you who have been trying to find A FRIGGEN GEOMETRIC TEMPLATE TO WORK FROM if you're doing your own mask, because I sure beat myself up failing to find one so I had to make one up on my own. Also know that the certain pieces like the eye covers need to have wings so you can glue the papers together to make it 3-D; I just never cut those out for that because I just drew them in the final cardstalk instead.

(Lol, I forgot Zero's bloody helmet is in the middle-right picture in the background. Its so...creepy....Oh and also meed my laptop and my gigantic black tablet I like to use as a table. :3 )
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mypeacefulescape Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Would you consider making this again for a price? :'D; ( without the visor and eye covers ) I suck too much to make my own ;~;.. If not, that's okay!
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J158n Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
That is freakin awesome
I wants!!
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Darkspartan38 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm Trying to make a Raiden outfit for Comic-con 2013
do you have any tip or ideas for me any help would be nice plz

PS: Awosme Visor/Helmet By the way
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cyborgraptor Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've tangled with a full body suit, but it was really quickly put together last minute so I don't know if my information about it can be much help :S I bought a tan bodysuit, used fabric paint to paint the muscle fibers on it, and then I used foam sheets for the armor parts. I don't know about the attacking part since I was very ghetto and ran out of glue, forcing me to use pins to hold the armor in place. If I were you, I'd get something more stable for the hard parts, like cardboard cutouts, and then for the bending parts (your needs and elbows) leave them exposed or put sheet foam on top of them so they won't get screwed up when they do bend. That's all I can offer for advice.
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Dragonblade-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Did you make the templates using a pepakura file? if not, you should make a file with the templates yourself -- these are really useful patterns o:
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cyborgraptor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No, but I've been needing to revise this for a while (I promised someone I'd make a PDF of it and I never got to it @~@;; ) So I'll....HOPEFULLY see into doing that some time.
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Dragonblade-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ahh, I can't wait for that! awesome
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ElFeoVIII Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
This Amazing!!!!!
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akidearest Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Can you possibly make the pattern available for print so we can make our own?
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cyborgraptor Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's been awhile since I worked on this, but I still need to slightly reformat the jaw pattern because it was too tall on the cheek part. I'll try to put a clean template up of it soon (I'm a member in the Raiden-FC group if you want to keep updated because I'll post it there too.) I think it would be easier for you to download it (it will be available for that) and printed it on cardstock yourself than make it available for dA to print because their paper standards aren't the construction type.
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