Making of the Tusken mask from crustacean shells

The Tusken mask was a relatively smaller project, though it did require many of my tricks I normally need for bigger sculptures. The making of the mask included the following steps:

1. Selecting materials


Though most of the green shells have kept their original green colour (with black stripes), there were some tails which turned to tannish. For this project, I needed the tan ones. Other shells I used were two crab shells from a Cronish supplier and some small pieces of American shells (knockles and legs). The white shell on the middle is the mouth of a green lobster (yes, this is vertical). Note that I ended up using some more shells as well.

Other than crustacean shells, I needed some soper glue and wooden dowels as well.

2. Connecting the crab shells with wooden dowels


This is going to be the base of the mask, none of the crab shells or the wooden dowels will be visible in the final artwork.

3. Finishing the frame and placing the eyes on the base


4. Placing the ‘face screwes’ and the ‘nose’ on the frame


5. Creating the triangle


This was a bit challenging part as there was not a lot of surface to use for bonding.

6. Placing tail shells on the forehead


This was the longest step as it required the highest number of pieces.

7. Continuing placing green shells


For this step, I used the frame I had made to fix the tail shells on.

8. Placing tail shells on the lower crab shell


9. Covering the triangle


I replaced the green lobster mouth I originally used for the nose because I wasn’t satisfied with it. Normally I have a high preference to crustacean shells over seashells, but for now, the seashell seemed to be a better choice. Also, I placed two split body shells and some few more tail shell to finish the part inside the triangle. And the mask is nearly done.

10. Creating a stand


Now it can be exhibited together with the Lobster Trooper mask I made earlier. Hope you enjoyed this special post and don’t forget to join lobsterism!