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A look at how my heads fit by LilleahWest A look at how my heads fit by LilleahWest
Being built on a baseball cap means they are easily adjustable not only to head size but where they sit on your head allowing you place the face lower or higher based on your comfort and range of vision. You can also easily adjust the fit with a bit of foam, in my case I needed that little sliver of green foamie sheet to make the jaw sit right since it was a tad too tight, amazing how such a thin little thing made the fit go from "meh" to "perfect" Now if the jaw were too loose I would have put the foamie on the back of the jaw not in the brow.

The jaw is hinged via tube and rod and works by bumping your chin. The movement is flawless for silent movement but does voice sync decently as your chin moves when you talk.

This head has no fan but when I add one it goes in the muzzle where that little triangle of firm foam is (helps keep the soft foam of the muzzle in in its proper shape) I have the fan blow up into the top of the muzzle with the nose end blocked off so it blows only out the face side of the muzzle, I then create a deflector in front of your nose to keep it from blowing in your eyes/on your nose and to direct the air across your cheeks and around your neck.

The only parts that actually touch you are the back of the jaw, the hat and sometimes part of the neck. Your nose, most if not all of your neck, cheeks and ears are left untouched allowing airflow, minimizing the amount of sweat that gets soaked into the head, and creates a less claustrophobic feel (honestly I cannot stand a head made on a balaclava, makes me freak the heck out and I have to take it off)
The one disadvantage to my method is making the inside look clean, with a balaclava head the inside is instantly lined but with my method I have exposed foam to cover up. I like to make the whole inside black so there is no exposed foam distracting your vision from the inside, I then sign and date the piece decorting the inside and adding a character name if I am given one <3

The neck opens in the back and you simply slide your face in, which also allows one with glasses to get the head on without messing up their specs (I myself do wear glasses btw) The neck closes via strong rare earth magnets an thus practically closes itself.

The neck connects from the ears back with the sides of the neck being taller than/behind the cheeks and the front of the neck gets pulled under your chin, this allows one to "pop the top" as in lift the face up like a welding helmet allowing you to take a quick breather or browse a vendor table without fully de-heading, you can even set the inside of the face on top of your head to be hands free if need be but ideally you'd hold onto it to keep the chin flap out of your face lol. Now if a kid rounds the corner while your top is popped it is super easy to slide it back down.

With realistic eyes I like to do huge mesh tearducts that go both at the corner of the eye and under the eye, normally working in the mesh as a black marking around the eye,. In this case this head has excellent forward and peripheral vision with minimal blind spots. You can also glance down through the mouth to manage stairs and not tripping over small children.


Now as for WHAT head this is.... I'll show you soon ;p
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CheshireMoonKittie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Im so intrigued by your design. A ball cap? I cant even imagine how to start that, but I bet i would be alot nice than using a balaclava, cuz man oh man those things make my head hot! I just love your work and I appreciate you showing off some of your technique.
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aShadedWolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I may ask you, what happens to the bill of the cap? Does it get removed, formed into the muzzle, or what haha?
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Lilleah, 

For what it's worth, I have since reversed the direction in which the muzzlefan blows, so that it takes air out of the mask and blows it out through the muzzle. I found that when I breathe, the muzzlefan was picking up my warm moist breath and blowing it back into my face. Now, the muzzlefan blows warm mask air outwards, and dissipates my breath out the muzzle, while pulling in fresh air in through the large tear duct eyes. It's much more comfortable! 

Oh, and the 12V rechargeable fan system went the distance at MFF2013, from 8:30 AM until 2 AM. The pack will recharge in less than one hour and run three fans for eight. 

Give it a try and see what you think.
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer

I finally got to meet Tycho this past weekend, and he was kind enough to let me see your "head work" close up, in addition to the cooling add ons that he did. I was very impressed!! The jaw movement when he talks is perfectly synchronized with his voice..

I look forward to when you start working on my commission, and think your idea of neck vision with the "bump jaw" mechanism you describe here would be perfect!!

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DownUnderStudios Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
What ~HyenaTeeth said.
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HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some awesome info. I can visualize most of what you're saying, but would you consider making a video to show how it works? Really cool.
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spotted-cat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
AMAZING! I love your work!
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soggycereal Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Man the inside of the head is spooky biz! Love it though.
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Corvinore Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Man your creations get me excited about life.
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DownUnderStudios Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Interesting technique - I've never seen a head done on a cap before. Does it create any difficulties with shaping the foam for the face then, as there's nothing to attach it to? Could we see more pictures; perhaps a quick step-by-step?
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