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A deathmask is used to create masks and prosthetics for stage make up, that fit perfectly on your face. 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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You will need:
  • plaster (gypsum) (1kg / 35oz)
  • alginate (½kg / 17oz) - can be bought on dental supply stores
  • plaster bandage
  • plastic film
  • a long piece of fabric
  • facial moisture or solid vaseline
  • a scissor
  • a spoon
  • two small bowls
  • a box ou plastic bowl with sand
  • water
  • a friend to help you 

Step 2: Preparation

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Lay your friend on a comfortable place that can be soiled - the floor or a large table. Wrap his or her head with plastic film, protecting the hair; it will get the aspect of a bald person. Moisture his or her eyebrowns and eyeleashes. Tie the fabric around his or her head. It will define the depth of the mask, because it's the fabric that will stop the alginate from draining. Try to keep the fabric as low as possible, just like the picture.
AndyPipkin10 months ago
Not that it matters, but you never look the same lying down as standing up, due to gravity on the face, if you want to make a copy of your face, it wont be that accurate.
DbaiG11 months ago
Is this the photo of a real person who has applied this mask or just a fake photo? I am not sure what the use of this mask is but I find it interesting. For a moment it reminded me my own death. Looking forward for some more items like this!
DbaiG
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Trupe Por um Fio (author)  DbaiG11 months ago
The cover photo is the final replica of the face of a real (living) person, made of plaster. The replica itself is not used as a mask, but we model masks or prosthetics over it; that way, the masks/prosthetics will perfectly fit the face of the person. We are looking forward to teach this next step soon!
Rev Jim11 months ago
Happy is the uptime for we are ready to go, now making your own face is only these few steps away. How easy it must be! How easy for you, how easy for me! For once I shall be able to sustain a visage of my countenance for all to see,,,,for eternity! Yay Me!
Tin Man12 months ago
Excellent instructable. Should have posted this a week before Halloween! One of these suitably made-up would look very scary looking out of the window. Easy-to-make scary stuff to put the willies up your rellies.
cfaber12 months ago
Nice, but it should be called a life mask ( real term) instead of a death mask.
Boygasmo cfaber12 months ago
Actually, death mask is a real term. They used to do this in the 1800's to 1900's to memorialize the deceased. The practice died out.
I think that is a perfectly good reason to call this a Life Mask.
:-D
n0ukf12 months ago
What if you have a beard/moustache?
conmac863 n0ukf12 months ago
You can use a little vasoline to coat the beard and or mustache. This will keep it from sticking too much
Trupe Por um Fio (author)  n0ukf12 months ago
In this case, you must shave before starting.
cfaber12 months ago
I forgot to add, you can use drinking straws to make sure that air passages in the nose are clear. They won't mar the mask.
Asrael cfaber12 months ago
Do not use drinking straws. They bloat the nose and they can cause nosebleed which is not that much fun if you are covered in plaster.
You could cut them short (1" or so) and insert them only into the lateral nasal process ( or about as far as most people could insert their index finger without physical discomfort, emotional discomfort notwithstanding).
cfaber12 months ago
But if the person is alive then it's called a life mask. Semantics only.