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Latex Wizard Mask

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"I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. Go back to the shadow. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udun! You shall not pass!”

Everyone needs to channel a little Gandalf in their life from time to time.  I find my own outbursts to be taken much more seriously when I'm donning this wizard-like costume.  Well, slightly more seriously.  

My apparent need to walk around in flowing robes, wielding staffs, and quoting various lines from both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter made it clear to me that I would need a proper mask to really be legit and garner the respect I clearly deserve.  So I set out to create one based on my own features to make it as life-like as possible.



 
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Step 1: Sculpting

Picture of Sculpting
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To make this mask as realistic as possible, I decided to make it out of latex.  There are a lot of special materials required for this.  I got all of mine from Monster Makers, whom you know I love.  It's one-stop shopping from a very helpful shop in Ohio that specializes in making only superrad stuff. 

I happened to have a plaster cast of my own face, but this could also be done on a styrofoam head with the prominent features mapped out to match your own.  Using my own face allowed me to follow the contours more closely to create shapes that would look like my own natural aging.

I gathered some reference photos to help me along, and sculpted on top of my face cast with plastalina clay.  Here you can see my first rough sculpt, followed by some refining I did.  Since I was going to cast this in latex, I knew that every detail was important.  
badmoonryzn9 months ago
Wow, what a great piece of work! Nice job on the paint too. Where did you get the mold for the face?
lala19891 year ago
oh, it's difficult for me to finish.
Harry potter mask please!!
bajablue1 year ago
Congrats on this Grand Prize-winning Entry, Scooch!
scoochmaroo (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Thank you! How did you know? I didn't realize it was posted anywhere?
Carleyy announced it here.

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an you tell us what everyone won?  Bet the prizes were great... and I'd love to know!!!
One does not simply make a Gandalf mask.
Great Work!!
poofrabbit1 year ago
Scoochmaroo, you always make things look so easy!!! Well done! I may finally get the guts up to do something like this.
scoochmaroo (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
Thanks! I hope you do try it, it was fun!
I will I'm inspired, I'm downloading the PDF now. :) BTW you look slightly freaky in the mask, having seen your picture as your user picture for a few years now it is plain WEIRD to see you as an old man, lol
spike35791 year ago
Really well done! Is this your first latex mask? Very nice sculpting. They could have used you on Cloud Atlas.
Very nice indeed! It's almost a pity my own facial hair would mess up any cast of my own face (kids today think I'm trying to look like Hagrid, but I was more inspired by Grizzly Adams) - and it'd make it tricky to wear. But maybe I wouldn't need to...

A tip for those who might wish to follow in your footsteps would be PLENTY of reference photo's - not just of yourself, but 'wizards' in general and any ancestors/older relatives you're told you resemble. Or you could try and find somewhere/some software that can 'age' you electronically.

Of course, that may be more time (and, potentially, cost) than people might be able to devote to this, but it might be worth consideration..;-)

And finally, Scooch, could you re-design your glasses or try some coloured contacts, please..?
scoochmaroo (author)  karlpinturr1 year ago
Colored contacts? My eyes are brown, so they would look super weird. What color were you thinking? I like my glasses! But my face is crooked so they look weird sometimes.
I have brown eyes, too - personally, I've always wanted a really bright and rich emerald green, with flecks of ruby and gold. I doubt they make such things (affordably), though :-(

Whether that would suit either of us, I don't know - but the 'super weird' look would certainly add a dimension or 2 to your Wizard persona.

I should have made myself clearer, but I just don't think your glasses work in the 'Scoochmaroo The Grey' picture - they're too 'Earth-bound', rather than being rooted in Middle Earth.
janw1 year ago
WOW, just amazing!
kirnex1 year ago
Seriously, Scooch. Is there anything you CAN'T do? You're one of the only people on here that seriously intimidates me. lol
scoochmaroo (author)  kirnex1 year ago
I'd like to think there's nothing I won't try. To that end, before this year is out, I hope you'll be seeing a project form me that involves Arduino too - but I'm scared! :D
It should be a walk in the parc with your skills!
Amazing! So skilful.
fretted1 year ago
Just WOW !
Amazing :)
Wow!
Ninzerbean1 year ago
This is fantastic!
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