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Picture of Blighted Beak - Plague Doctor Mask
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This mask is based on the Blighted Beak Mask from TF2, but is good for any Plague Doctor costume.

Here’s what you’ll need:

- Leather (Varying thicknesses. Don’t know the technical measurements, so check the pics. Used a somewhat thick stuff for most of the mask, then a little bit of thin material for ze “goggles”)

- Leather shears or just some strong scissors

- x-acto

- Leather hole punch

- a “gold” buckle (mine was probably smaller than what’s in the game version, so size is up to you)

- Rivets

- Clear acrylic plastic (I bought a cheap acrylic frame from michael’s)

- Acrylic paint: White and burnt umber(or whatever sort of brown strikes your fancy)

- Strong glue of your choosing(I use E-6000)

 
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Step 1: Main Piece

Picture of Main Piece
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Draw out your main mask piece on paper. Should look something like this. Make your eyes perfect circles.

Trace onto thicker leather. Cut out. Soak in water and shape it into the correct shape. Use your face to get it right. The beak can take a while. Just keep at it.

Try to keep the eye holes as circular as possible. They tend to get deformed at this stage.

Let dry until hard. Paint white. I did a light wash of burnt umber to give it an aged look. Paint tip of beak with burnt umber like sooo.
FreakS13 days ago

Would there be anyway possible to upload the base drawing for it? I think itd help a lot to have the exact drawing to download

Ledyher4 months ago

Hello Katie nice mask I really want to make one but what is the best type of leather to use for this. And maybe a fabric shop I could go to?

ermac1025 months ago
Let's go practice medicine
CreationBoy-7 months ago
Oops. That was not medicine .
elephantwalker11 months ago
This looks like something my grandson would love . However we will be making ours out of paper mache though he loves leather work. That will be #2 after the paper. make a mold out of chicken wire (covered with clear wrap to keep paper from sticking of course) perhaps. Just another idea for a quick mask not a work of art or collectable. Just fun.
mrae111 months ago
how easy would it be to add a bottom piece to this mask? with either gluing or stitching the extra bottom leather on?
this idea is totally awesome.
also what size piece of leather did you use?
Well done.. Love your use of REAL materials and I love the grey stocking idea..
Black paint rubbed into the sandpaper scratches might work too. Polish off the spare paint with "BRASSO" brass polish after the paint had dried..

Regards... MichaelMacNZ
corvhinus1 year ago
i was wondering if you can help me with an idea of mine that requires something like those venetian style masks.
KatieLawter (author)  corvhinus1 year ago
I can certainly try. What were you having issues with?
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been dreaming of attempting to make a mask like this but i have no idea on how to get started on it
KatieLawter (author)  corvhinus1 year ago
Hmmm..Have you ever used paper clay? Cool, light weight material. Personally, I'd probably buy a cheap craft mask like the ones they sell at craft stores. Cut it into the general shape of this design and then use paper clay on top of it to create the teeth and various design. Not really the sort of masks I typically make, but that's what I'd try if I were you.
Looks great, but a little vague on the leather forming part? Are there tools required? Do you form it over something? Never worked with leather before so just wondering.
KatieLawter (author)  jsolterbeck1 year ago
It's pretty much all done by hand. Once the leather is wet you can press that piece to your face to conform to the bridge of your nose and to wrap around the sides of your head(basically shaping it to your face how you want the mask to be). From there you can start hand shaping the beak. Sometimes if its really wet it starts to lose it shape, so it best to fix the shape a few more times during the drying process.
thing 21 year ago
Wonderful! Well done!
KatieLawter (author)  thing 21 year ago
Thanks. :)
kinfas1 year ago
Damn, i wanted to fo this like 2 years ago (for Carnval or Halloween) but didn't know how. Thanks for the tutorial!
How much time do you let the leather soaking in water? Thanks!
KatieLawter (author)  andrea biffi1 year ago
Until it soaks up the water completely and becomes very flexible. Doesn't take very long. You can typically see little bubbles come up from the material once it's completely absorbed.
Thanks!
cortchops1 year ago
mine is just bloody and great for halloween
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KatieLawter (author)  cortchops1 year ago
Can't go wrong with blood. :)
true that
Your masks on Etsy are really pieces of art! Congrats!
KatieLawter (author)  andrea biffi1 year ago
Thanks so much!
awesome!