Time to go get your mask on and go to purify the infected, oh wait, you don't have one... Now what kind of pseudoscience doctor doesn't have a creepy mask to ware while sticking on leeches and poking people with sticks while chanting? Guess you'l have to make one; but you don't want a paper one that will crumple at the first infected's fevered thrashings, it's time to make one that will last...
Here is what you'll need to accomplish that.
- Vegetable tanned leather (The thinner the easier)
- Leather sowing needles and thread
- Power drill with a small bit
- Leather stain (Your choice of color)
- Rivets (Look up "Rapid Rivets" on Amazon)
- A mask with a human face that is close to the proportions of your own
- Some bottle caps (Big ones)
- Colored Lenses
- Lots of paper
- Leather Glue
- Hack saw (Or some other saw to cut through plastic
- Some form of sanding tool
- Painter's tape.
Grab this stuff up, make sure you have some time on your hands, then go barricade your door and get to work.
By the way, be sure to send me your masks, I love seeing other people's take on this.
Step 1: Forming the Template
Take your mask (I used a Guy Fawkes mask from "V for Vendetta") and use your paper to make a template, get at least one side looking just how you want it.
Take your time, paper is much cheaper that leather, and you will thank yourself later for this step.
In the photo I got the whole left side done just the way I wanted it to look.
*If you aren't comfortable with leather work (I assume you are, or else you wouldn't be here) this is a good time to stop, Papier-mâché the template, and use it like that.*
Step 2: Cutting the Template
That's right, I said cut it. Should have quit while you were ahead bub, your here for the duration now.
Quite frankly, as long as it's is in three major pieces it should be fine, just as long as those cut are horizontal.
Remember that the less you cut now, the less you will sow later.
After you have those pieces were going to take the forehead, and the bottom jaw/ Beak and put them on another piece of paper, fold the paper in half and place the line you just cut down on to the fold. Trace it, then cut it out again. This seems a little weird, but trust me, it will make sense at the next step.
Step 3: Reforming the Template
Take the now four pieces and put them back on to the mask, does it look right? Do you like the way it looks? If not, go back and do it again. This is the time for doubt and mistakes, not later in the process. Leather costs money, it juts doesn't grow on cows or anything like that.
You heard me...
Cut them out again if you need to to assure some overlap on each piece, so you can tuck them under each other.
Step 4: Cutting the Leather
Step 5: Sowing the Beak
Drill holes in the top of the beak with your drill, then sow them together.
Step 6: Manhandeling the Leather
Drill and hole through each layer of leather in the same place and run some wire through that hole.
Do that in the indicated places in the picture.
Then affix it to the mask again.
Step 7: SOAK IT!
Place some tape on the mask to keep it on, the tape will also serve to keep it in shape while in the next step.
Soak it in warm water while still attached to the mask. How long you soak it depends on what thickness you got. Mine seemed to do well after 30 minutes of soaking.
Step 8: DRY IT!
This would be a good time to get a sandwich, because we want it completely dry when we go for the next step.
I let mine dry overnight.
Step 9: Time for Glue!
Since you listened to me and made sure that there was so overlap in the pieces, it should be simple to glue those pieces along the jaw, temple, and bridge of the nose. Let the glue dry and go get another sammich.
*Read the directions on the bottle for optimum usage.
Step 10: DRILL BABY DRILL
I folded the mask in half to make sure my holes were all symmetrical.
Because I'm OCD and it makes me feel good....
Step 11: SEW BABY SEW!
Check your doors and rat traps, I think I hear moaning...
Step 12: Tape and Soak!
This will be the last soak and your mask will stay in that form. Tape it so that everything is nice and neat.
After the soak, let it dry, but NOT COMPLETELY, we will still want it damp for the staining process.
I also took this time to cut three straps on leather out. that we will later use in the process.
Step 13: Sleep? Sleep Is for People Who Are BROKE! or Maskless...
Step 14: On Straps
Step 15: Patience Is a Virtue Little Babies...
I chose white...
Dye the mask according to the directions on the bottle, you may have to put several coats on.
Don't be discouraged, the lighter the dye the more coats you will need, try getting some alcohol based dye.
Step 16: Huzzah!
And being creative DIY people you've already put a belt buckle on to one of the strap, some holes in the other, and a loop on the the top one to keep it on your face!
I'm so proud of you guys...
Now for the final step.
Step 17: Goggles!
Here is what I did.
I took the tops of some bottles and cut out the middle, then placed my colored lenses inside and screwed the bottle top into the eye hole AFTER SANDING ALL THE SHARP PIECES OFF, and then screwed the top back on with the lens in the center.
Now, don your floppy hat and long coat, grab your leeches, poking stick and cross, and go forth to combat the impurities!