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I love instructables and Halloween. They go together hand in hand (whether it be a ghoul hand, a zombie hand, a monster hand or a yellow and red robot hand.) 
Every year, I get caught up in the spooky season and try different projects.
For example two years ago, I was inspired by:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Velociraptor-Statue/ and spent about 30 hours making my own monster creation and a good old BP Oil spill costume http://www.instructables.com/id/BP-Oil-Spill-Clean-Up-Costume/.
And last year, I was Steve Jobs.

This year, I thought I would go a few steps further with my costume creation and get all "Baned up." The project took about 30 hours to complete and the mask was a pleasure to build during my spare time. What inspired me to do it was the complexity of the mask and of course the trendiness of it.

Now that it is complete, I am happy to say that I can fit the mask tightly up against my face and it does not obstruct my view too much. But, I will likely trip a few times on Halloween night. 

Materials Used:
Tent mattress ($10)
Container ($1)
Glues ($10)
Paints ($5)

Enjoy my instructable! 
 
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Step 1: Pattern

I drew up this pattern by taking a few simple measurements of my face. I measured from the bridge of my nose and across just below my cheek bones to create a cross. From that "T" shape, I was able to draw out some of the specifics of the mask from an image that I found using Google Image search. I was specifically concerned with the locations of where the pipes would enter the mask.

I eventually had to correct the height of the straps as they were too low. They had to be raised nearly and inch and the pitch was also adjusted so they could cover my ears.

poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
justinlamoureux (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you, Poofrabbit! I just wanted to make an Instructable as a personal Halloween project and realized there was a contest I could enter. Having Tankmom create a mask for her son was simply awesome to see!
That is pretty neat to see someone else make your instructable. I'm so glad you saw the contest!! Keep posting awesome stuff!
Rachet172 years ago
You're a finalist!! Beautiful mask and instructional! Great work Justin!
NorthernBoy2 years ago
Nice!
tankmom2 years ago
I totally loved this and made a version for my youngest, didn't take pictures as I went along as I was wrestling with my glue gun! Using a camping mat was a brilliant idea , we are trying to think of other cool stuff to make with the rest.Here's the result.
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justinlamoureux (author)  tankmom2 years ago
Hi Tankmom! Wow! Your picture and message made my day! I'm glad that I was able to help you with the project. The mattress is a fairly easy medium to work with, isn't it? I've used it for making insoles for snowboard boots and I came up with something else this past weekend...I guess I have another Instructable in the works.
Yes, shave your head! I just did for my Bane costume, but do it at least half a week beforehand so your scalp can toughen up. Plus, you might like the look.
StoryAddict2 years ago
This looks great! Nice job! When I was working the midnight show at our cinema, one of the guys in line at the IMAX had a decent mask his friend had made and told me the base of it was an athletic cup, haha. I told him I hoped it was brand-new. This looks much better and obviously is a great budget-friendly one!

And you wouldn't find a coat quite like Bane. I've been reading "The Art and Making of The Dark Knight trilogy" and I'm pretty sure all the costumes are custom for the film, as some behind-the-scenes thing I remember reading/watching talked about the influence in Bane's clothing being multi-ethnic. I think the one you found is perfect and what a great price!
justinlamoureux (author)  StoryAddict2 years ago
Haha! I hope the cup was new too! lol.
Thanks for the backstory, StoryAddict. When I was looking, I found a few close matches but nothing that I thought was awesome enough for the price. The closest I found was an inverted version, dark on the outside and light on the inside. It was a soft fuzzy material. It didn't feel "Bane" enough.
I was surprised to find the one I bought for $10...and quite "Bane." lol
Thanks again, StoryAddict.
t.rohner2 years ago
Nice.
Did you watch the insecurity-episode from Southpark?
kurtnotkirk2 years ago
Hair grows back. Shave the dome! Great mask!
timsbro20002 years ago
Forgive me if I'm too blunt but wouldn't an exacto knife have worked better? Sharper than any kitchen knife I know of and very precise.
justinlamoureux (author)  timsbro20002 years ago
An exacto knife might have worked really well but, I didn't have one.
The kitchen knives I used were deadly sharp and they worked really well with this medium. I was surprised how easy it was to get clean and exact cuts. There was very little drag when cutting. I was quite surprised, especially when slicing it thin across it's width to make the straps. I suppose it might make a difference on the type of foam used. I purchased the tent mattress from Princess Auto.
CementTruck2 years ago
Cool application of the foam. Wish I had thought of that. I'm still finishing up my son's. Hope to get it done this weekend and post it.
padkel1002 years ago
>> minecraftnow.us <<
This is just awesome! It looks just like in the movie :) You should enter this in the Masks Challenge!