A cheap yet menacing variation of the mask seen on Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
1 Large Sheet of Cardboard
8 Cheap Plastic Bendy Straws
Black Spray Paint
Gray Spray Paint
Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: The Shell
After measuring your head from one side of your mouth to the other (going around the back of the head) to find the horizontal distance of your cardboard shell, measure from the bridge of your nose just below the eyes to the back of your head right above where it meets the neck. Cut a piece of cardboard following these dimensions and the curved shape of Bane's mask. It should fully cover your cheeks without intruding in your eyes or below your jaw and get thinner as it goes up. To create the three-dimensional shape, "break" the cardboard by rubbing it back and forth against the side of a table. This should get the cardboard to bend and start forming a mask-like shape. *Don't worry if there are major creases on the inside of the mask.* For the front of the mask, take a square piece that is slightly larger than the width of your mouth and cut a small line going towards the center at each of the four corners. The sides can now be bent in to make a mouth/nose covering and hot-glued to each other. As a method of keeping the mask from sliding up (not necessary if it fits perfectly, but chances are it won't) make of rectangular strip and glue it to the bottom of your mouth/nose piece at and angle. It should be able to bend to sit flat against the bottom of your chin when fully assembled. Next, carve a small mouth hole (actually more of a line) in line with your mouth, as well as a rectangular hole on each side over the cheeks. Be careful to line these three holes up with the actual places on your face. Lastly, hot glue the pieces together to form a complete shell.
Step 2: Tubes
The tubes found on the mask are made of four separate bendy straws (It can probably be made with less). The design is symmetrical down the center and creates a bug-like feel. To create the "curved" and "striped" pattern of some of the tubes, I used the bendy portion of the straw bent to the right angle. For the other parts, I cut a straw into 2-3 pieces and hot-glued them together at an angle. **It is very important that the corresponding tubes on each side are symmetrical for the mask to look right.**
Step 3: Painting
This is by far the easiest step. To paint the shell, spray paint the entire outside and most of the inside black. Try to refrain from getting spray paint on the inner mouth covering as you will not want to inhale the fumes while wearing the mask. However, the smell will go away after several days. It is also important to note that the paint on hot-glue takes around a week to completely dry, so if you put the mask on too soon it may smear on your face (I found out the hard way). To paint the tubes, it is easiest to take a wire (copper wire, coat hanger, etc.) and slide the completed straw pieces on it in a bent line. This allows you to hang the wire and spray all sides of the tubes at once. Let these dry on the wire before removing them.
Step 4: Putting It Together
For this step, just glue the tubes on the mouth/nose piece. While this is more time-consuming than it seems, the product is well worth it. Be sure to line up the pieces evenly and symmetrically around the mask. I used a lot of glue on attaching each end to give the desired "tube going into the mask" feel, and I had to paint the glue black later.
Step 5: Finished Product
Your finished masterpiece not only makes you look like Bane, the muffled voice also helps you sound like him!! Have fun and enjoy!!
Tip #1: To get the mask to stay in place, use electrical tape to attach the folding chin piece to the cheeks of the mask after you put it on. In some of my pictures I am holding the mask, which is due to my lack of electrical tape at the time :)
Tip #2: For a better effect (if you have hair) wear a bald cap or shave your head.
Tip #3: There are several other details on Bane's mask that, while requiring more materials, can be easily added to your mask.
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