This is my Makeup / FX created from scratch for the character of the Demogorgon.
I made this using stuff I had laying around at home and some supplies I collected whilst doing (or trying to do) basic special FX. I used materials such as paper, glue, wire and paint cause I also enjoy doing crafts at home to relax and I thought this would be an easier way to create something without having to invest a ton of money.
-random thick plastic skull mask
- elmers glue and water mix (half and half)
- a drill
- clear acrylic paint
- coloured paint in red, beige and black
- cold porcelain
- coffee diluted on water
- a mix of flour, latex and red food coloring (paste texture)
- velcro stripes
- liquid latex
Step 1: Use a Skull Mask for the Base
I used a skull mask to create the base of the mask itself cause the character has a flat face without any identificable features so it´s way easier to begin with something like this.
Step 2: Attach the "flower Like" Pieces to the Mask
I made the "flower like" pieces using wire to achieve each shape, then using glue mixed with water I started building up the structure. I used newspapers and basic glue for that but you can pretty much use any kind of paper as long as you completely fill in the structure.
I made holes on the mask using a drill and attached each "leaf" to the mask once they dried up with wires which I covered with duct tape so they wont hurt my face.
Once you have each "leaf" attached on the desired position, add a coat of acrylic on top of each to make sure the newspaper have a more structure and it doesn´t peel off.
Step 3: Coat the Mask With Cold Porcelain
Make sure you fill in the mask with cold porcelain so it looks completely flat and add some more to define the shapes on the inner side. Let it dry overnight and add very little or very thin pieces, cause if you overdo it the mask will be considerably heavier.
Step 4: Using the Same Cold Porcelain Make the Teeth
On top of a glass make "drop like" shapes of cold porcelain in different sizes and thickness. Every drop should have a different look. When you put them like this they will start to bend to the sides and this will make them look like real teeth instead of simple drops of the material.
Let them dry overnight and make sure you make a ton of these.
Step 5: Paint the Teeth to Make Them Look Rotten
Once they are dry, soak them in a mix of coffee and water for less than 2 minutes. Dont let them soak too much or they will melt and turn into a puddle.
Adding the coffee mix will make the "teeth" look rotten and loose the white color they had before.
Dry them on top of a paper towel making sure they don´t touch each other cause they will be a little bit sticky and you need them to look like separate teeth.
Step 6: Add the Teeth to the Mask
Make a paste with flour, latex and red food coloring. Make a bunch of it and make sure it´s very thick. Add this paste with a wood stick to your mask making sure you create texture and then attach each teeth by pulling them onto the paste.
When this gets dry, add several coats of liquid latex to make sure the teeth are well placed and don´t move at all.
The paste color would look paler and pinker but once it dries it would have a deeper red color that will serve as your base.
Step 7: Paint and Coat With Acrylic
Paint everything as desired and once you finish add clear acrylic to add some gloss. This will make the piece look shinny and wet. Paint the teeth also so they will look like real teeth.
Step 8: Measure the Mask to Your Face
Measure the mask to your face and using the same holes you made to attach the "leafs" add velcro stripes on the back of your head so you can wear it comfortably.
For better support I added one on the top part and two on the sides, this will make it more confortable to wear and make all the weight lay on the head instead of the sides.
Step 9: Finish Off My Making the Neck With Latex
Add a light coat of vaseline to your neck and using toilet paper and latex make the neck piece as desired. Once it dries take it off and let it dry completely before painting it over.
I used acrylics for painting the piece and special fx wax to make sure the neck piece would "melt" seamlessly to my own neck. Then used cream makeup to merge the neck piece to the rest of my body carefully watching that the colors and textures I used would match each other.
Step 10: You´ll End Up With Something Like This
This is the end result, just shoot it or wear it and enjoy your demogorgon look!