Step 4: The Art of Papier Mache Preparation!

Now that we have our lovely shiny smooth mold me need to cover the whole thing as tight and as smooth as we can in plastic wrap. Try to get it in the cracks of the teeth, in between the pupil and retina of the eye, basically as detailed as we can possibly get it! Try not to have any wrinkles but if they can be pressed pretty much flat then it's okay.

Now we need to mix up our paper mache solvent. If you are using the professional stuff (which i strongly advise) the instructions are on the bottle, something like leaving it overnight until it gets thick enough but otherwise i dont know.

If you are using flour, water, and elmers glue (which is still fine) then follow these instructions: Mix about a cup of flour in with i think 1 1/2 c to 2 c water and then about half a cup of school glue all together. Beat until no clumps then prepare to get dirty!

Make sure your poor old floor will not be destroyed by the paper mache by putting out an old plastic table cloth or newspapers. Just be sure that wet pages covered in the stuff wont be sticking to it.
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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