making a mask
- hi everyone!!
okay i have been lurking for a while and i really love our group!
recently we've been talking about v for vendetta masks or rather guy
fawkes, but thats not quite what i want to do. i want to make a mask
of my face, kind of phantom of the opera stylee -ish but the whole
face. does anyone have any ideas? i want it to look like plaster, but
i don't know anything about making masks. any help? thanks a bunch
Here is how I make masks the short version. Please ask if you have any
My current life mask is horribly out of date so I don't use it any
more. There are numerous sites that have information on how to make
them if you want to but I have been using as my base form those
plastic masks that you can get at just about any crafts store. I call
them neutral masks but that's my theatre background showing.
I do a non-drying clay sculpt of what I want the mask to look like on
the plastic mask that I have taped to a piece of cardboard to give me
something solid to sculpt on. I put masking tape on the cardboard
before attaching the plastic mask because it makes it easier to do
So I finish the sculpt and then I mix up a batch of paper mache paste.
I can't tell you my exact recipe again there are plenty on the web.
Mine is just water and flour until it hits a consistency of white
school glue. I tear up brown paper grocery sacks or brown shipping
paper. Tearing is the key. It gives you the rough edge. That is how I
blend the pieces together. I paper mache the sculpt and let it dry.
I peel the mask from the sculpt.
Then I go one of two ways depending on what the final mask need to
look like. I either felt it or paint it. Felting is a pain but done
right it makes the mask look really good. The big thing to remember
with either process is that you are getting your mask wet again so
give yourself the time to let it dry between sessions or the mask can
There are a number of other ways to make masks but I have found this
very versatile for my costuming needs.
Kath the Puppeteer
- Some useful links on this:
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/evilash/main.html (main website--
has some good tutorials:
Hope they help you. :) I know Jeff of Studio Creations and he's very,
very talented in costuming and prop making.
> okay i have been lurking for a while and i really love our group!but
> recently we've been talking about v for vendetta masks or rather guy
> fawkes, but thats not quite what i want to do. i want to make a mask
> of my face, kind of phantom of the opera stylee -ish but the whole
> face. does anyone have any ideas? i want it to look like plaster,
> i don't know anything about making masks. any help? thanks a bunch
- --- In F-Costume@yahoogroups.com, Puppetmaker <puppetmaker@...> wrote:
> Here is how I make masks the short version. Please ask if you have
> questions.thanks to both of you if i have any questions ill ask.