Begin by creating a paper template of the mask and mount it on a sports face mask as a base.

Take the template apart, transfer the head and ears to cardboard (matte board.)

Build out features with Styrofoam; smooth with light hobby putty.


Cut 200 yards (yes, 600 feet) of 1/8 cord for hair.

The video shows all the steps.


Materials used:

1 sheet of matte board approx. 24" X 30"
several sheets of thick grade paper stock approx. 24" X 30"
1 roll of paper mache material
6 oz. air dry modeling putty
6 oz lightweight hobby putty or wood filler putty
1 Worth brand face mask (see pic)
1 roll 3/4" painter's masking tape (get GOOD masking tape)
1 roll packaging or scotch tape
1 bottle Elmer's Max glue (NOT regular Elmer's)
1 sheet 18 X 24 X 1" carvable Styrofoam
Approx 6 yard of gold material
200 yards (or more) of 1/8" rattail cord or similar (gold leaf if you can afford it)
1 pair of gold reflective sunglasses, polycarbonate lenses
8 oz can of gold leaf paint
Black gloss, clear, and metallic gold spray paint
two 5' lengths of PVC pipe, 1 3/4" and 1 1/2" (smaller fits inside larger)
1 length of foam plumbing insulation
1 black cloth beanie
1 cheap plastic colander with lots of divisions (see pic)
1 piece of flexible rubber or vinyl material
1 full body black suit from any costume supply house
General hardware: pipe cleaners, small nuts and bolts, etc.
Anything gold-ish for costume embellishments (jewelry, etc.)
Tools: utility knife, X-acto, Dremel, carving tools, files, sandpaper, paintbrushes, scissors

Step 1: Create a paper template.

Create a paper template beginning with the head.
<p>wowowow! great job have been done, upload more if u can - Horus, Seth, Ptah ;)</p>
<p>you guys freaking rock! i am a real live egyptian and i am jealous!</p>
These are amazing! Can you post the one for Isis there in the background??
<p>Sorry, that is my wife's expertise, she is a belly dancer and has her own creative flair about costuming - she doesn't plan things out, just does them. :-) Best I can offer is if you're interested in the material or how she made it, PM me and I can direct you to her site. I am not sure if she still has the full costume.</p>
really nice costume ! Can u make some pics from the side, front, Top , back pls ? maybe with a metre Stick in the picture. thx
<p>Thank you, here is the problem: I could spec it out with blueprints and one would still have to size it for any given user and apply their own creative touch as they work. I am no real artistic genius but the question is similar to asking Renoir to map out a painting for you, or how a paint by numbers kit never really comes out the same as the original. Dive in and trust your own exploration, you'll find the way!<br><br>We've worn both Anubis and Bastet for two Halloweens running, the greatest gift from them has been the joy they've given people. It's pretty awesome. :-)</p>
Could you please post the paper template you used to create the head and ears? I'd really like to build a mask like this, but I am not certain on the dimensions used to get the paper part of the mask off the ground. It would be very helpful. Thank you.
There is and was no template. Basically you have to experiment, as the video shows the first shot at ears was a fail and I had to try another approach before I came up with something that worked. Like any other art, you have to fail a few times to get it right. That's why you'd want to work with light stock at first to get the shapes worked out.
Can you please post instructions on how you folded the anubis head? Thanks!
Great job, very professional!
Thank you,! We've been a big hit with it at the Halloween parties - be sure to check the Bastet companion I just finished: <br> <br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Constructing-Bastet/
cool costume!
Very cool Anubis!
You should enter this into the epic costume contest.
Thank you, we did - OOOH Horus! . . . . next on our list!
Yep definitely way cool! Thanks a bunch for putting this up....costume in main background is nice too!!! You make that one also?
No - that is my wife who is a belly dancer and she has all SORTS of cool costumes. :-) Stay tuned though - this project has so inspired her she wants me to make a Bastet mask, which is in progress. I only have two weeks but I can pull it off. :-)
Oh cool....well you'd certainly would make a good background &quot;accessory&quot; if she performed in the costume she's wearing. You both would kill it at a costume party!! Can't wait to see the mask! ...I am following.
Impressive costume, thanks for sharing!

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