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Latex Mask Part 2: Molding the Sculpt and Casting Latex

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This is part 2 of an Instructable which will show you how to make a latex mask. In Part 1, we made a 2-part plaster mold of our head and used it to make a clay copy. Now, we will be taking the clay sculpture, molding it with plaster, then pouring liquid latex inside of the mold, and pulling out the final mask.

Normally, molding a sculpt can be difficult, but this method is somewhat simple and easy. Usually, molds of mask sculptures are done as 2-part molds. For simplicity's sake, I'm doing it all in one piece. It is generally easier to do it all at once instead of in halves, but the method does have its disadvantages as well. I'll point those out along the way.

And, as always, we'll try not to spend too much money. You'll have to make a mess, though, and the process will take some time: a few hours to make and clean the plaster mold, and several hours more for casting the latex.


Here's a video tutorial you can follow, or watch as an introduction to the overall process, including both Part 1 and Part 2. The step-by-step Instructables are more detailed and have more advanced tips and recommendations.

 
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Jazzy133 days ago
I've noticed on some of your mask you just paint the latex right onto the clay. On others you make a mold then pour the latex in. Which one is an overall better quality?
How did you make the ears and the nose? Did you put holes in them and then attach them to the mask so the liquid latex could seep in and make the ears
123Prime11 year ago
Can't you just fill a regular batman Halloween mask with clay modify it and just sculpt the rest?
nissan07121 year ago
great work. sucks it fell over. keep up the great work.
finfan71 year ago
Amusing for someone who looks like Harvey Dent to become batman.

But seriously, good Instructable. Lots of pictures.
where can i buy liquid latex?
poofrabbit1 year ago
Holy Silicone Batman! Looks great!!! Very Nice Job!
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