Hi all,

I thought I would put together this instructable on creating a creature from scratch.

It involves character concept, sculpting, making negative mould, casting, hair punching, painting and makeup therefore I hope it will help with your own stages of mask making. This one is a half face mask.

It a very low cost rubber latex "beast" prosthetic. Please remember to do all the usual tests with all the materials to check for allergies prior to application. The whole application process takes about an hour when you have produced and coloured your prosthetic after a couple of attempts and you can re-use your negative mould multiple times but if the alginate (soft moulding product poured over the clay sculpt then strenghtened with plater of paris bandages ) is left for around a week then it will become moulded and dry out as it is seaweed based.

Normal ratio is Plaster of paris 2 parts to 1 part water. Simple plastic cups are the best way to measure amounts required.The most important part of any prosthetic is to ensure you have thin edges for effective blending to the skin. This example is a little rough and needed more blending but it was done just to show the process and less emphasis was put on realism but it's still fairly effective and hope it gives you the basic idea.


Step 1: Materials and Safety

This is a very low cost prosthetic, it cost me approximately two Euro's as I already had the most of the products such as the clay etc that I just recycle to keep all the costs down. The liquid latex is probably the most expensive bit.

  • Plaster of Paris and bandages.
  • Liquid latex
  • Old wig (I got mine from a charity shop for 20 pence)
  • Plasteline (or any type of modelling clay such as super sculptey firm or plastecine)
  • Sculpting tools
  • Mixing jugs
  • Basic make-up pallette
  • Pros Aide (or spirit gum but I find this can tingle a little)
  • Setting powder (or Talc)
  • Mould release agent (or baby oil etc etc)
  • Paint brush with soft bristles
  • Make up brushes (cheap ones will do as long as the bristle don't keep coming off)

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Cheers bud! It turned out really well in the end, the hair on the side of the chin evens everything out. <br>Paint needs a little more gray coming down the cheeks though, just to blend in with the face so it doesn't look so much like a prosthetic. <br>But props my friend!
<p>Cheers pal </p>

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