Step 2: Wolf Head
At first I was going to leave it as is and just paint it gray to match the fur, but my wife thought it looked too scary to be the big bad wolf and wouldn't look right with the rest of the costume. I agreed and decided to fur the mask as well.
On eBay, I bought some light gray, white, and natural crepe wool hair commonly used to make doll hair or in stage plays as fake beards and what not.
I started with the white crepe and after unraveling it it's quite wavy. I put it under an iron with the steam setting on to flatten out the hair. I then cut it into varoius length all around 1.5 - 2 inches long and fluffed it out.
You have to be careful how you attach stuff to latex and it is somewhat fragile when it comes into contact with other chemicals.
I used a bottle of liquid latex that can be found in any costume shop or online.
I started at the bottom of the face and worked my way up "glueing" tuffs of crepe hair onto the mask with the liquid latex. I ran out of white and so I mixed in the natural (off white) color. I followed the existing lines of the mask to determine where to put the hair and when to change over to the gray crepe.
I created to side strips of gray hair (you can see them in one of the photos) to cover the areas around the side of my eyes. I made these by glueing the fur to some netting I got from JoAnns fabric with the liquid latex. I will later glue these on with some spirit gum or Pros-Aide. Pros-Aide is an adhesive used to glue latex to the skin and can also be found in costume shops and online.
After glueing the hair onto the mask I painted the nose, mouth and teeth.
Again you have to be careful how you paint latex. You cannot use any oil based products because, like a condom, oil based products will deteriorate the latex.
I used acrylic based paints. Specifically Liquitex brand. In order to keep the paint flexible and not crack when the mask flexes. I mixed the paint 50/50 with Pros-Aide . The Pros-Aide/Liquitex combination is commonly referred to as PAX (Pros Aide liquiteX) paint.
Overall I think this makes the mask a little less werewolf like and a lot more big bad wolfish.
I made the rest of the head from a costume pleather old style football helmet from a local costume shop. I cut strips of foam and glued them with the Super 77 adhesive. Once I had the proper shape, I then cut out some ear shaped foam pieces and glued them to the top of the head. I then cut holes into a night cap (eBay) to accomodate the ears and put it onto the head.
Next, I cut strips of fur and furred the head around the ears and then cut pieces for the ears. I left the face of the "fur helmet" open so that I can glue the latex appliance to my face and the fur on the mask blends into the fur on the helmet.