Step 3: Pouring the Latex

After the Hydrocal was set, the clay was removed and cleaned out from the mold.  There had been one air bubble right near the eye, which left something like a mole on the eyelid.  I liked it, so I left it!  If there are corrections to be made, it's easy to just fill in holes the more plaster, or carve away extra build up with a sculpting tool.  

I used very basic mask latex for the casting, which is super easy to use.  I poured the latex into the mold, sloshed it around to make sure that to get it in all the tiny spaces, let it sit for a minute, and poured out the excess.  Then I tapped the mold a whole bunch to get out any air bubbled (believe me, there will be air bubbles - esp around the nose! 

After this layer of latex was set, I repeated the process several times until the mask was as thick as I wanted it to be.  

When the final layer of latex was set, I removed it from the mold and dusted it with cornstarch to keep it from sticking to itselt.  Traditionally, talcum powder is used, but it's so bad for your lungs, why risk it!

Next I cut away the excess latex and hand sewed it to a wool hood so it would fit over my entire head.   Trying it on was like looking into a creepy future-mirror.  Note to self: moisturize daily! 
Wow, what a great piece of work! Nice job on the paint too. Where did you get the mold for the face?
oh, it's difficult for me to finish.
Harry potter mask please!!
Congrats on this Grand Prize-winning Entry, Scooch!
Thank you! How did you know? I didn't realize it was posted anywhere?
Carleyy announced it <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Winners-Autodesk-Employee-Halloween-Contest/" rel="nofollow">here.<br> <br> C</a>an you tell us what everyone won? &nbsp;Bet the prizes were great... and I'd love to know!!!
One does not simply make a Gandalf mask. <br>Great Work!!
Scoochmaroo, you always make things look so easy!!! Well done! I may finally get the guts up to do something like this.
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
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&nbsp;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...<br> <br> A tip for those who might wish to follow in your footsteps would be <strong>PLENTY</strong> of reference photo's - not just of yourself, but 'wizards' in general <em>and</em> any ancestors/older relatives&nbsp;you're told you resemble. Or you could try and find somewhere/some software that can 'age' you electronically.<br> <br> 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..;-)<br> <br> And finally, Scooch, could you&nbsp;re-design your glasses or try some coloured contacts, please..?
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 <em>really</em> bright and rich&nbsp;emerald green, with flecks of ruby and gold. I doubt they make such things (affordably), though :-(<br> <br> Whether that would suit either of us, I don't know - but the 'super weird' look&nbsp;would certainly add a dimension or 2 to your Wizard persona.<br> <br> I should have made myself clearer, but I just don't think your glasses work&nbsp;in the 'Scoochmaroo The Grey' picture - they're too 'Earth-bound', rather than being rooted in Middle Earth.
WOW, just amazing!
Seriously, Scooch. Is there anything you CAN'T do? You're one of the only people on here that seriously intimidates me. lol
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.
Just WOW !
Amazing :)
This is fantastic!

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