Alix and I were going to the Deadmau5 show at Petco Park in San Diego on the 28th of October and being so close to Halloween we decided to make our own deadmau5 head to commemorate what would surely be an amazing night. A few weeks before the show I went online and found schematics detailing the size, angles, and proportions that make up the very distinct look of the iconic mask and we went to work! We also found an excellent guide on instructables.com which made this project possible.
The full list of materials we used was staggering and took a few days just to find online and at least two weeks before they all arrived.
14” acrylic lamp post globe with 5.5” neckless opening
6” acrylic lamp globe
4’x8’ Dow blue extruded polystyrene Styrofoam sheet 1/2” thickness
12” fully threaded rods 8/32” diameter (4pcs)
1 ¼” fender washers (4pcs)
8/32” wing nuts
Professional grade ratcheting hard hat
4 ft El Glow Wire
Lighting for eyes – 10x Super Brite Blue LEDS
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Liquid Nails for foam adhesive and applicator gun
Ball end sewing pins
Dremel with bits for cutting, sanding, and drilling
Jigsaw or open ended hacksaw
Fabric measuring tape
Single-edge razor blades
Small jaw clamps
Metal Mesh Food Cover Dome
Nylon tights or sheer chiffon for mouth
Electrical or duct tape
The first step involved taking careful measurements around the globe (which came from a lamp post depot) to cut the holes for the neck opening and mouth. We used to a dremel to cut the acrylic and then sanded the edges smooth.
The ears were cut from a special type of light weight insulation in four pieces with threaded rods run through the centers. This way we could thread them through the top of the helmet with washers and wing nuts so we could remove them when needed. This made the ears incredibly durable and secure.
We added an industrial adjustable hard hat inside the globe for fit and comfort. I’d be wearing this for a number of hours so comfort and stability were critical. We secured it inside the helmet by drilling a number of holes through the top and flooding the space between with hot glue.
Alix had a few extra yards of this amazing soft and furry fabric that made our deadmau5 helmet really stand out. It made a huge mess putting it together, but the final results were amazing.
The mouth was made from a screen dome used for keeping bugs off your food while camping. The diameter and curvature matched the size of the dome perfectly. All we had to do was cut out the shape, spray paint it black and then wrap it in a see through fabric.
I wanted the mau5 head to be visible from space so I enlisted the help from my friend Roy who rigged up some custom circuit boards powering 10 of the brightest Blue LEDs you can buy. We also wrapped some blue EL Glow wire around the eyes and the outside of the mouth.
Here is a test with everything in place. I attached the domes to the head with hot glue after shaving the excess fur away to make a secure seal.
At the deadmau5 show we were constantly mobbed by fans taking pictures and making offers for the helmet. There were a lot of others who made their own helmets and it was a blast to take pictures and meet all the wonderful people who made the event special. Almost everyone was in costume and besides a slight neck ache the next day everything went according to plan. Out of the 500+ photos we took, we only managed to bring one back with us.
We went to another Halloween party later that week and managed to snap and few more shots.
We took the head around town for a few nights and had some fun with people around the community. Here is Collette from Zia’s pizza rocking the mau5!
A local drummer played a whole song while wearing the mau5 which was more entertaining than this picture suggests.
We handed out candy to the trick or treaters the next night and while most of the little ones thought I was Lilo from the Disney movie surprisingly a lot of people recognized me as the mau5!
Here is a demo video outlining the features of the mau5 head!
Thanks for reading!