Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] mask project
- During the Mardi gras season, we take the domino masks or something similar and glue felt to the back.? It can then be trimmed.? This makes it easy on the face.? Another thing we do is to get some inexpensive sunglasses (like those rubber ones from Oriental Trading), pop out the lenses and glue the frame to the back of the mask.? With these in place it will hold even the heaviest masks.? Definitely cut the eye holes larger.? Much safer vision wise and more comfortable to the eye.
From: Cat Devereaux <CatDevereaux@...>
Sent: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 8:11 pm
Subject: Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] mask project
>>I've been asked to give a mask-making workshop for a group of kids,possibly ages 10 to 18. Does anyone have a good idea that would be
able to span that age group, i.e., not be too difficult for the
younger ones but not too easy for the older?
Beginning masks for ANY age that works for me is to buy just some of the
cheap basic domino masks, bring extra cardboard, fabric scraps, shiny
things and bits of old jewelry, xmas ribbon, feather scraps.
Have them bring more fabric and more shinny bits.
Cut the eye holes out larger. Let them glue on extra paper/cardboard
to expend the shapes, up/down 3-D. Cover in fabric and decorate.
The cheapy elastic won't hold the extra decoration so... Narrow sticks
can be added to one side to hold, or add ribbon on the sides to tie
behind, or replace the elastic with something stronger.
You'll want a few low temp hot glue guns around for building out the
mask base, or attaching the holding stick. You can use regular glue for
most of the rest.
You might want to build a few masks as samples, and let the kids thing
about it in advance.
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- how about forming teams-
an older kid with a younger kid-
the younger kid gets the mask fit to him-
the olderkid soes some of the more complicated things-
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "anniethings53"
> --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, Sylvia Rognstad
> <sylvia@> wrote:
> > I've been asked to give a mask-making workshop for a group of
> > possibly ages 10 to 18. Does anyone have a good idea that would
> > able to span that age group, i.e., not be too difficult for the
> > younger ones but not too easy for the older?
> > Sylvia R
> I highly recommend any of the mask-making books by Michael Grater:
> I've made the rat mask with even younger children for a production
> The Pied Piper. For the younger kids, I had the basic shape pre-cutto
> for them and they painted it and added raffia whiskers. The older
> kids can certainly manage all the cutting themselves, but it helps
> have the shape traced first. It all depends on their age, skill
> level, and time alloted for the projects. The possibilities are
> I've also made many of the animal variations for Noah's Ark animals
> in a production of Children of Eden.
> I'd be happy to send you photos of the finished products, if you're
- Not to be self serving...but you might want to consider using the heat
activated materials WONDERFLEX and or FOSSHAPE for mask making.
Perhaps not the right medium for the younger kids since a heat source
or hot water required, but these materials might be good for the older
teenagers with proper supervision. If anyone has questions or wants
some free swatches to experiment with just email me
b.jeffrey@... with a regular mailing address.
The Thermoman of Dazian