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Epic Papier Mache Indian Cannibal Mask!

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in this Instructable I will teach you in detail how to make this particular Indian cannibal mask, plus i will teach you the art of making paper mache masks! This mask is almost completely recycled or recyclable. Paper mache masks are a great cheap thing for halloween and can be applied to more than just halloween but for any other time a mask is needed.

I will be making a costume to go along with the mask by the end of this week!!
 
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Step 1: Shopping, i mean Recycling list.

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So for the mold for the mask you are going to need clay. About 3kg worked for me.

You are going to need a nice slightly head shaped object to mold your mask on (If you are lucky enough to have a Styrofoam head than use it). I used a Bicycle helmet to mold on, but lobster pot buoys, elongated bowls, and Head shaped rocks work as well.

You are going to need plastic wrap or those thin plastic bags that you fill with fruit at the grocery store to cover up the clay before molding.

You are going to need preferably brown paper bags to use for the paper mache, but any less stiff type of paper will work as well such as phone books, newspaper, or old textbooks that you hate with all your guts!

Some sort of paper mache solvent will be needed. You can get professional paper mache at art stores, but if you dont have that then a flour water and elmer's glue mixture will be fine.

You are going to need simple poster paints for when the mask is dry and it is painting time. You will need mostly white paint and then all of the primary colors plus black.

For the embellishments on the mask you are going to need to collect some big red leaves. I used maple leaves, they work best but if you can't possibly find some big red maple leaves then use big red oak leaves, or any other big red leaves.

You will also need any long dry grass, make sure you have a lot of this because it will be needed in the costume part of the build.

Last but not least you are going to need a large amount of big long, seagull, eagle, crow, or any other big bird feathers. Find as many as you possibly can, these can be found best at beaches, dunes, parks, and sometimes forests. These will also be used in the costume and the more the better with feathers because you will need a lot! I you cant possibly find any feathers, then go to a craft store and get the most real looking black and white feathers as you can find.
I don't mean to be hostile..but this is stereotypical and impolite to people of Native American lineage. It would be more polite to call this something like "Tribal-looking Mask" , which may not sound as good but is less racist. Native Americans today are peaceful and not cannibals. They are also not Indians.
DainiusGB (author)  themadjeweler2 years ago
First of all this mask is not all stereotypical, the markings on the mask are clearly based on the native americans of the pacific northwest (see step 11) and the over arching concept was based on the hamtasa ritual, in which a dancer wears this mask to represent a cannibal. This does not mean that i think native americans are cannibals, and this mask does not mean that modern day native americans are cannibals either. This mask is not racist, and the instructable is not at all focused on the lineage behind the mask, simply making a sweet looking halloween costume. And i have to say, your comment does not fit anywhere within instructables' "be nice" comment policy. It is neither constructive, nor positive.
lindsey403 years ago
I have a question about this one though, say you wanted to make a costume, how could you modify it to fit females?
lindsey403 years ago
This is the bomb. Great job!
Kaiven4 years ago
That looks really good! And I never thought to use phone books for paper macheing... awesome!
dakellymon5 years ago
Outstanding, Great mask. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing. Very nice instructions also, Well done.
red-king5 years ago
very good mask! clear instructions too.
pokiespout5 years ago
That's a nice looking mask! Good instructable, but strange for me to read because you and I have such very different approaches to papier-mache. That's why I love reading other mask instructables, I'm always looking for the best alternative to any papier-mache challenge!
DainiusGB (author)  pokiespout5 years ago
How do you papier mache?
Well, there are lots of little differences. I've never used clay, I've never employed a professional papier-mache mixture, I tear my paper into strips before I get them pasty and I often moisten the surface prior to applying the paper. I think I just started out blind and gradually figured out what worked best for me as I went along.

I put in a couple of links below. The "Horror Head" instructable will show you the mask I made for Halloween this year, and the "Montessaurus" instructable is actually a very detailed description of my process.

That's the thing about papier-mache though! There are lots of approaches because it's such a malleable medium!

Horror Head

Montessaurus

Akmuo5 years ago
Awesome job Dainius! Very thourogh, nice pictures, clear instructions! Well done! How come I can't rate it five stars?!
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