Step 3: The mold!

To make the mold we need to cover the whole molding surface with about a cm of clay or more. Then we need to lop on all our features. We need to smooth them to make sure they come together with one another. just like in my mask.

Make sure the anatomy and proportions are right. I just took a picture of myself making a face just like in the mask and looked off that. For this particular mask i am going for a crazy but still high jawed and proud sort of face. I put 4 jagged teeth on the top and 2 small ones on the bottom.

Once our rough version of the face is done we must smooth it into our final draft. We need to make it as smooth as we possibly, possibly can because after paper macheing its going to be very rough.
We can start shaving at it with the blade of some scissors or with a flat ended butter knife. We also can use our hands to rub it down and smooth it. Dampening the surface can help sometimes when smoothing.
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.
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.
I have a question about this one though, say you wanted to make a costume, how could you modify it to fit females?
This is the bomb. Great job!
That looks really good! And I never thought to use phone books for paper macheing... awesome!
Outstanding, Great mask. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing. Very nice instructions also, Well done.
very good mask! clear instructions too.
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!
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.<br/><br/>I put in a couple of links below. The &quot;Horror Head&quot; instructable will show you the mask I made for Halloween this year, and the &quot;Montessaurus&quot; instructable is actually a very detailed description of my process.<br/><br/>That's the thing about papier-mache though! There are lots of approaches because it's such a malleable medium!<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant_Mask_Horror_Head/">Horror Head</a><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant_Mask_Montessaurus/">Montessaurus</a><br/><br/>
Awesome job Dainius! Very thourogh, nice pictures, clear instructions! Well done! How come I can't rate it five stars?!

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