Today’s blog post will be my step by step guide to creating His and Hers fancy punk masks for a masquerade ball. The inspiration for this set was a photo sent to me of a mask online from my customer. But of course I felt like it was a bit too “simple” and plain. So I knew I would jazz it up in my style of course. I do make masks completely from scratch, meaning similar to unique and original Venetian masks out of paper mache.
So first things first, we started out with 2 full face, tie on masks, primed in advance. Like these shown below. We then draw our guidelines of where we want them cut and I used an Exacto knife to cut them and turn them each into half masks. Now some of you may be wondering why I didn’t simply buy half masks already made. Those really don’t have a large enough surface space and I wanted it to be a bit more custom. Once I cut them, I also sanded the edges to make sure they stayed smooth.
Next, we paint the masks. I used a black satin spray paint for one and a white semi gloss for the other that both had primer in them to ensure there was a nice even coat for a base paint. I used acrylic paint for the design on the surface as seen on the surface. It takes at least 24 hours to dry, surface will still be tacky for a day so its best to wait before adding other details.
Now we work on the trim for the female mask. I used an 20 inch long piece of white satin fabric, trimmed the edges, and sewed a hem on all 4 sides. Then, once hemmed, I folded it in half, tucked in the sides and sewed it together with a gather and pleat to get the puffed ruffle piece you see featured. Then, once I had this piece I realized it was too long and I really didn’t want to cut it and re-hem it, so i folded it in half, and sewed it together again so it would become a fuller, double trim/ruffle.
Step 4: Just a Continuance of Step 3
An additional photo showing the next steps of sewing in half, etc.
Now its time to start adding some final touches and details. Now this is the cool part I enjoy that adds a quality feature to the masks instead of glued on trim and detailing. Nothing wrong with using glue, but you always want to ensure the life of a custom made product. For the ruffle and feather piece, i actually sewed it onto the mask on my sewing machine. No special needle, the material the mask is made from is a super pliable plastic. It isn’t hard at all. Very soft and supple actually.
Then we add the cool screw on studs and some beautiful Swarovski crystals for an added touch after the ruffle and feather trim. I used an Exacto knife to create the small holes just large enough for the screw back to fit into.
Now we add the cool chains and ear hole spikes with the satin ties attached through the ears you can see in the photo above and below. I chose a beautiful, sterling silver thin chain juxtaposed with a gun metal chain. I measured each piece, depending upon how long I wanted it to hang against the face. I created a hole near the nose and used the already existing ear hole that the tie backs are in to hang the chains from.
And now, a bit of a simpler mask, the male mask. This one we simply let minimalism do its work. We added spikes to the earholes with black satin ribbon, and a sharp angled brow on the mask. I used the same application process of using the Exacto knife to create the holes and screw in the spikes.
TADA!!! All finished. Here are a few to die for finished photos. Take lots of photos. Enjoy!
Take lots of photos of your finished piece in action!