This years halloween costume. The mask is made from air dry clay and a cpu fan. There is a layer of plasti-dip on the top to strengthen and give a "distressed look". There is a hidden toggle switch under the chin that to control the interior lights. I'd like to apologies for the lack of photos, I hadn't intended to do a step by step but a few people asked.
- Plain white plastic face mask
- Crayola Model Magic Clay 8oz pack
- Swimming goggles
- 40mm computer fan
- 2 Leather Belts
- Plasti-dip Spray can
- Plastic lid
- 5V Blue Leds, battery clip and wires
- Soldering Iron
- Super Glue
Nothing difficult here guys. I'm not artistic and I haven't soldered since school. Just takes some patience.
Step 1: Working with the clay
The make or break part of this build is how well you build up the clay on the mask, so this is just a few tips and pointers of how to work with the clay. All of which were learned from this tutorial.
I first rolled small sections of the clay out using a rolling pin (read: wine bottle) until it was roughly 5mm thick. Then any piece I wanted for the mask was cut out from this "sheet" using the scalpel and a ruler. The rule was only used very roughly, as any excess or lack on the mask could easily be fixed by removing or with a bit more clay. I used my fingers for 90% of the shaping, but the few flat edges I wanted I just used the handle of the scalpel.
Each piece was laid on the mask and the edges pressed down to stick it in place. I then used the "wet finger" technique from the linked tutorial to remove any joints between pieces. I didn't bother with sandpaper, I tried it and couldn't make it work. I found I could smooth out the clay sufficiently by wetting my thumbs and sliding them across the clay, pressing softly as I went.
Be sure to work with small pieces of clay at a time. If you have a large rolled sheet it will dry out on you, this is air-dry clay after all.