Low-Poly Papercraft Mask

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Low-Poly Papercraft Mask

We featured MAKE Flickr pool member kongorilla’s photograph, showing some of the prototypes for this mask, a couple weeks back. As cool as that picture is, it didn’t prepare us for the finished product. I especially like his finishing touch: wireframing the mesh edges with GITD tape. It’s a free download, of course, from Thingiverse, though you may not be the only kid on your block sporting one, come Wednesday.

Low Poly Mask by kongorilla – Thingiverse

Polygonal Rhino Head

12 thoughts on “Low-Poly Papercraft Mask

  1. kongorilla says:

    I’ll be wearing the mask while trick-or-treating with my son – if you live in the SF Bay Area, watch out for me. If you say “Make Blog” I might give you a gift (while supplies last and void where prohibited)(FYI, hugs count as gifts).

    1. Shawn says:

      Sorry, details for some reason just jump out at me: You missed a place to put the GITD tape. Count the verticle(ish) lines on the lower lip and then count the ones on the top lip, you’ll find it.

      This is badass BTW.

      1. kongorilla says:

        Ha, yeah, I actually removed those pieces of tape and was considering removing the ones on the lower lip as well. While not “correct”, I felt things were getting too congested around the mouth (still is, in my opinion). “Less is more,” sometimes. The topology police have left similar comments around the web. The mask was featured on Industrial Light & Magic’s Facebook page, and there was a comment about ngons around the eyes. For the record, that was a similar situation. I just found the polygon edges pointing at the eyes distracting from the overall effect.

        One neato effect I removed was making some of the lines dotted using marking pen on the tape. It looked just like what you see in 3D modeling software, but…I dunno. It stopped feeling right to me, like it became too much an inside joke, only for mesh makers.

  2. Herbert Wm. Rice says:

    This would be really cool, if it could be used by someone with a Win7 computer. The creator of the mask makes it available in file formats that most people don’t have, and the .png files he provides are wrapped up in a zip file that Win7 can’t open. Simply posting the .png files would solve the issue, but he hasn’t, and probably won’t.

    1. kongorilla says:

      The original pngs are indeed available on the Thingiverse page. You’ll see the thumbnails under the project’s main photo. When you click on a thumbnail, unfortunately, an automatically scaled version of the pngs are shown (that’s out of my control), but there’ll be links below the scaled image for “Bigger Sizes”, including “Original Image”. Thingiverse automatically puts images up in the gallery section, rather than the download section (which is also out of my control, as far as I know, and my reason for putting them in a zip file).

      BTW, I work and made the zips on a Win7 computer, and this is the first time I’ve heard of someone having an issue with them.

  3. Low-Poly Mask - PaperModelers.com says:

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