Hi all,

The purpose of this instructable is to give you an insight into how to sculpt and cast a basic one piece full face latex mask.

There are many different techniques to make masks and prosthetics using two half casts, injection, paper mache and so on and so on, however, this Instructable gives you an insight into a simple,cheap and effective lightweight full face mask that can be re-used.

This mask is a reasonably low cost application as you can re-use most of the materials.

The entire cost was approximately 2 Euros (when you have your initial resources already).

As you are using latex you must check that you are not allergic to rubber latex as you will be using it extensively around the edges of the mask and around the eyes, mouth and cheeks still do all the usual tests with the materials to check for allergies prior to application as you can see in the next step.

The whole process takes about an 10 hours not including the initial set-up and clear up processes, as you have to design, sculpt, refine the sculpt, cast the clay and then make the latex mask.

Hope you find it useful and enjoy yourselves trying it out.

Step 1: Skin preparation and allergy testing

Allergy testing

With all the products used in these instructables there is potential for allergic reactions. Certain common things may be unlikely, but paints, latex and other fx supplies have the potential to cause reactions. Large numbers of people are allergic to latex, and you do not want to find this out after you have just painted it all over your face.

The most common way to test products for allergies is to place a small amount (a few mm across) on the inside of your arm. This skin is very sensitive, and is also not visible normally, so not so much a concern if you do get a rash or staining.

You can do multiple 'dots' for your different products, and it is sensible to do this a day in advance so you can be sure there is no problem.


To ensure a smooth makeup application, it is sensible to exfoliate your skin first to remove the layer of dead skin on top, which will ensure that any prosthetics you apply will stay in place as long as you want them.

After exfoliating it is a good idea to moisturise. This is not only good for your skin, but should also help the smooth application of the makeup, and provide a slight barrier to prevent any staining that you might get from, e.g. fake blood.

When applying prosthetics to skin, or anywhere you will be putting liquid latex, you will most likely want to shave any hair (certainly on arms and legs) as it is extremely painful to pull these off when they are attached to hair. When applying Gelatine prosthetics they are easily washed off with warm soapy water.

<p>Hi all,</p><p>Hope you enjoy this Instructable.....it took ages to put together. I have entered it into the Makerlympics contest ... <a href="http://www.instructables.com/contest/makerlympics2014/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/contest/makerlympics2...</a></p><p>so if you have found it helpful Please 'VOTE' for me...many thanks....Steven (The Animator)</p>
<p>Love the process, thanks for sharing. Can you please help me understand how you get the right amount of latex on the INSIDE of the mask to fit your face? </p>
<p>Hi! Thanks for taking time out to make this tutorial, I can't wait to try it! I was wondering, the link for the gelatin seems to not be working. Could you send me the link so I can check it out? </p>
Some Sclera contacts would look good with this one.
<p>Agree mate there a bit pricey though ;)</p>
This looks like the lead singet from GWAR lol
think I could get a list of things I would need and their prices and where to get them just like a simple shopping list instead of going through link after link
<p>Hi firobug,</p><p>Here are the links to the main websites however you will have to put in you location to see the local supplier then it will tell you the costs for products and post and package...there is always ebay too</p><p>With regards to the gelatine mix you can see all the products in my other instructables and they are all available in local supermarkets</p><p>Kryolan liquid latex (I get most of my make-up from Kryolan, have a look at the site for inspiration <a href="http://global.kryolan.com" rel="nofollow">http://global.kryolan.com</a> they will tell you where your local supplier is its around &pound;15.00 a litre.</p><p>Mixing jugs </p><p>Setting powder (or Talcum powder this can be a little to course sometimes but good for practising)</p><p>Paint brush/make-up brush with soft bristles</p><p>Scissors (for triming prosthetic)</p><p>Hairdryer (for drying latex)</p><p>Plasteline clay (or equivalent) h<a rel="nofollow">ttp://www.chavant.com/new_site/index.html </a></p><p>Plaster of Paris base face/Dummy head/Polystyrene head (chose your base that suits you)</p><p>Plaster bandages (Optional)</p><p>Metalic paints (or metalic sprays)</p><p>Polymer super Sculpty clay <a href="http://www.sculpey.com/products/clays/super-sculpey-firm" rel="nofollow">http://www.sculpey.com/products/clays/super-sculpe...</a> </p><p>Sculpting and refining tools</p><p>Hop this helps a bit... Steve</p>
Thank you so much ^_^ I will make sure to make one&hellip;it's really easy, cheap, and fun. :D
<p>Cool ...!</p>
This awesome man&hellip;nice work
<p>Thanks <a href="/member/Abdullah+Balack/" rel="nofollow">Abdullah Balack</a> give it a try with a small piece first like a wound or bullet whole then move onto the half face then the face. Using the gelatine as a mould means you can re-use it countless times keeping the cost down...please post anything you might try ;)</p>
<p>Thats some nice sculpting!<br>I used same techniques for a mask i made for new years eve, only from silicon and the mold was made from plaster(was a little bit more difficult to pull it off) but i can make multiple casts with it and it doesn't degenerate. I covered my positive head cast with layers of silicone and when it was still wet i pasted my mask on it so it became a full head mask instead of an prosthetic. Maybe soon ill make an inscrutable about that with silicone </p>
<p>Thanks boeietoch...i'd look forward to that instructable as i've not used silicone yet ..thanks for the kind words :)</p>
Nice job man ^_^<br>To bad you couldn't keep the mouth part covered because of breathing issues though. :/

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