Introduction: Duct Tape Batman Mask
Here's a Dark Knight version batman mask made of mostly duct tape.
It's fairly rough, but maybe it'll inspire somebody. Enjoy!
Step 1: Custom Fit for Your Head
What you'll need:
- some duct tape and a plastic grocery bag
- a good cutting mat (I have a couple mats, but this double-sided Alvin brand one is my favorite. I highly recommend getting a 24" by 26" one)
- a hobby knife (pick up a basic X-acto set if you don't have one)
To start, I laid out lots of strips of duct tape on my cutting mat, and sliced them into various sized smaller strips. Using a plastic grocery bag to protect my head, I started putting tape all over my head to get my personal head-shape. I trimmed off extra plastic as I went. My head was sweating like crazy, as plastic and duct tape don't breath very well...
Step 2: The Lucha Libre Mask Phase
Added strips of tape to cover nose and cheeks, leaving eye holes.
Step 3: Nose Piece
I used a sharpie to draw on the mask (while it was still on) where to cut out to make room for a nose piece. This was made through trial and error with triangular pieces of cardboard folded down the middle until I got one that fit comfortably over my nose. Another triangular piece was taped across the bottom to make it rigid. Then the nose piece was taped into place.
Step 4: Let the Shaping Begin
Once the nose piece was in place, I stuffed the entire thing full of wadded grocery bags and put a few pieces of tape across the chin area to keep the whole thing in a solid, head shape.
At this point I had to just sculpt till I had results I could live with. I used wadded newspaper wrapped in masking tape to get the shapes I needed, and then taped them on. Using a snap-blade style utility knife with a sharp blade fully extended, I trimmed off extra bulk as needed.
I had to put about a six-inch slice in the back of the mask to get it on and off.
The antennae were made of cardboard with newspaper on the inside to add bulk.
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