Halloween is fast approaching and I wanted to make a great costume for one of our parties. I love the movie 'Saw' and it provided suitable inspiration for a costume. I don't like spending a lot of money on these projects so I have tried to pull this together spending as little as possible. The current cost runs to 99 pence (I'm English) so I feel like I have acheived what I set out to do.
Now some apologies.
1. This instructable is written after I completed the project. Only once it was finished did I realise it actually looked pretty good and I wanted to share it. This means all the images are taken from the leftovers. If there is anything unclear then please ask.
2. My digicam appears to have died, leaving only my webcam to take the photos from. This explains why they are poor quality. When I get a new camera I may update these photos.
3. I'm sure ripping off someone else's idea like this may infringe some copyright agreement or similar, therefore I recomend that you go and see Saw IV this halloween so some money gets back to the right people and you can feel less guilty in yourself (also you'll get to see a good movie)
Step 1: Raw Materials
Materials you will need:
A base mask to build the shape upon. Almost any mask will do but I chose a full face mask made out of paper which is easy to glue to and leaves me less to build on.
A ping pong ball. This will form the eyes for the mask.
Kitchen roll, this is an easy material to shape and is an easy way to add bulk to the cheeks, chin and nose.
Newspaper, saved from our recyling this is a cheap material for any project.
Plain white paper. This is used for the last layer over the mask, it saves you having to paint the mask pure white.
Tools you will need:
There is nothing special here, just a few things you probably already have around the house.
PVA glue, in quantity. The whole mask is held together by this stuff so you will get through a fair amount.
Red and Black paint. Red for the facial details; lips, eyes and cheek spirals. Black for the eyeballs.
Paint brushes. A thick one for smearing PVA over everything and a finer one for painting the details.
A craft knife. This is used mainly to cut the jaw off but it always find a use somewhere.
A drill to make some holes in the ping pong ball (you want to be able to see dont you?). I used a 8mm drill but the hole was a little larger when I'd cleaned it up with the craft knife.
Step 2: Making the Eye Socket
Cut the ping pong ball in half, this will give you two eyes. Drill a hole in the bottom of each half to give you something to look through. I then had to shape the cut of the eyeball to make it fit into the contours of the face (sorry about lack of picture). Once it was sitting on the face correctly I glued it in place.
The next step is to give it that recessed look:
Start by taking a strip of news paper (approx 5cm by 30cm) roll this strip lengthways to create a thick line 7mm thick by 30cm long. This gives the piece some thickness to hold it's shape. Fold the paper round in a loop and glue the ends together to form a fish like shape. This should be large enough to hold the ping pong ball. Cut the tails and stick the shape to the mask.
This gives you an edge which you can glue right up to and make the eye balls look recessed.
Step 3: Padding the Face
Scrunch some kitchen roll into tubes and shapes into bulk. Once you are happy with the position of these shapes then glue them down.
Add some cheeks to the mask, again this is just a scrunched up ball of kitchen roll which is shaped and positioned and finally glued into place.
The nose is more kitchen roll, as an afterthought I would probally use some small hoops on either side of the nose to form the nostril shape (again sorry no picture)
I wish there was more I could say about this step but there isn't. It's very simple. Just add kitchen roll to build up the face in the places you desire it.
Step 4: Covering the Mask
Mix up some PVA glue and water, there are lots of recipes for ratios but I prefer 2 parts glue to 1 part water. This is to be used to hold the paper to the mask.
This process is long and dull but worth doing well. Cover the whole mask in the newspaper pieces, ensuring you use plenties of glue. This will need several layers to give the mask some extra strength.
Once you are happy with the covering of newspaper to the right thickness and evenness, cut the jaw peice out of the bottom of the mask (see second photo). Give the whole thing one more layer with the plain white paper, but this time wrap the paper around the edges along the cut you just made. This will hide the layers of paper you just exposed.
Step 5: Painting the Details
Thats it. Having written this down it feels like my instructions are very simple. It turns out they are. This was a very simple project anybody could do it and make it look good. I hope this inspires someone else to give it a go for a great halloween costume.
There will be an update to this project. I still have a wig to add to the back of the mask and there will be some full photos of me dressed in my suit with matching red bow tie so check back to see the full effect. I'm also making a similar themed costume for my fiance so I'll detail that one too.
Step 6: Bringing It All Together
I glued a black wig to the top of the mask using some hot glue, this has the added effect of holding the mask to my face. The chin was glued to my own using copydex (spirit gum or some other latex based glue could also be used)
The costume is completed by wearing a suit, shoes, white gloves and a red bow tie. It was received very well at the party, although it had the downside of forcing me to drink through a straw all night, thankfully I stuffed my pocket full of straws before we left so I always had one handy.
If you look closely at the third picture you'll se a preview of the second mask I made for that party, the instructable (all bit it a small and brief one) will be available this weekend.