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Identity Preserving Balaclava (all the warmth with none of the anonymity!)

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It's pretty easy to wear warm clothes on just about every part of your body except for your face. As far as I can tell, the main reason that cold-weather facial attire is somewhat socially taboo is because it generally obscures the identity of the person wearing it. Despite all of the progress our society has made towards accepting and treating all people fairly, we are still yet to escape the notion that a person in a balaclava (or ski mask) is generally up to no good. The "Identity Preserving Balaclava" is my solution to the social stigma associated with the identity concealing effect of the average balaclava.

Here is the method and pattern that I used to make my own "Identity Preserving Balaclava." Hopefully other people will be able to use this to liberate their cold faces from social repression!
 
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Step 1: Stuff you will need

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Ok, here's a list of all the stuff I used to make this project:

-Digital Camera
-Photo Editing software (pretty much any program that you can crop images with)
-Inkjet printer
-Inkjet Iron-on transfer paper (at least 6 pieces)
-Light-colored sweatshirt material (from a cut up sweatshirt or from a fabric store, 1/2 a yard is more than enough)
-An iron
-A good pair of scissors
-Needle (or a sewing machine if you know what you're doing)
-Thread
-Straight pins
-A flat surface to iron on and a pillow case to lay on top of it
-A ruler or tape measure

Step 2: Take pictures of your head

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The pattern I came up with uses 6 digital images that are 8 x 10 inches. Each image is taken from a different angle of the head, so that when they are sewn together properly they will make a mask that displays everything that it is covering up.

Here are the angles that need to be photographed:

1. Face straight on
2. Left profile
3. Right profile
4. Back of the head straight on
5. Top of the head straight on
6. Neck and upper shoulders straight on


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Creepy, morbid...but, very cool.
GREAT instructable!


I think you should have left the eyes and just cut pinholes where the pupil is.
lpobiak2 years ago
I love this idea! :-D
whoisKMO3 years ago
That's awesome. Next project: Identity preserving body suit! OR Identity enhancing body suit!
One. whoisKMO3 years ago
OMGWTFBBQPIZZA ITS LEATHERFACE
Biggsy3 years ago
This is creepy.... but fun :D
JacSpark3 years ago
Leatherface from texas chainsaw massacre...... D:!
AstralQueen5 years ago
Silece of the lambs, much? XD
"It puts the lotion on the skin or else it gets the hose again."
OMGG!!! hahahahaha joe dirt
Life's a garden. Dig it.
No...
exactly what i was thinking  :D
 SHLOLOLOLOLOL.
time to wear my friend's faces
This will haunt my nightmares for a while. I have to say it looks pretty awesome though.
5tar4 years ago
instead of sewing it is better to glue them together. makes it more seamless
driesyo4 years ago

can som1 send me the pictures of obama

Brilliant!
I'm totally going to try this, except on mine I'll make an extra triangular nose piece, cut out a slightly smaller triangular hole where the nose in the main front piece is, and sew the two sides of the extra nose over the hole, leaving the bottom unattached. This should add a little extra realism, plus make it a little easier to breathe.
depotdevoid4 years ago
That is awesome . . . and scary as hell!
sk8er64 years ago
this scares the hell out of me. it reminds me of Ed Gein.
Notbob5 years ago
This, is truly epic! I just wonder how long before someone make one of these with a TF2 characters face on it, and plays spy....
Grr... I'm trying to think up a TF2 joke but I cant.. :(
greenwink5 years ago
Dude - You look like a creepy blow-up doll. LOL! -shivers-
LMAO!! EXACTLY what I was thinking!
cb25cb5 years ago
i realy want to do this for halloween, just be my sel;f for halloween
Ouchimoo5 years ago
Hehe! That looks just like a N64 Golden-eye character.
gfella Ouchimoo5 years ago
So I'm not the only one....
cros13 gfella5 years ago
Dammit...
Juklop5 years ago
Best luchador ever.
matroska Juklop5 years ago
Hell yeah!
matroska5 years ago
With this balaclava, you're sure to get known in the area. Hell yeah.
the balaclava in action. Thanks for the inspiration.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRHXVPscW0E
snag hazzard (author)  pvcstreetgang5 years ago
Wow. This is pretty much the best thing that could possibly happen.
driesyo5 years ago
great but pleas somone ples can you send me pics of obama or ww bush
The reason the "ski mask" is so taboo is because virtually everyone identifies each other by means of the FACE. Your invention could be used to frame others of a crime. The only real solution to the face quandary is a clear fishbowl of a space helmet with heated ventilation. (which also defogs the "windshield") The drawback to that is extreme geekiness.
LOL! VERY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!! /o/
NICE!!!! Perfect for ninjas!!!!! This was a great idea man!
dosent it defeat the purpose if they know who you are. Ninjas are supossed to be healthy
When someone sees your face on an obvious mask, they wouldn't think that you would be behind it :-) It's the perfect mask
Well, they could always put someone ELSE's face on it.....now couldn't they...if...however....they got that person to let them take a bunch of pictures of them....might be a little difficult....but they're ninjas...they probably don't need cameras.
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