List of Materials:
White Glue (I used Elmer's)
Plaster of Paris
Plastic Half Mask
Shop Towels (heavy paper towels)
Matte Black Spray Paint
Black Feathers (large and small)
Scrap Piece of Wood
Bolt or Long Screw
Hot Glue Gun
I chose a black suit and tie with a white collared shirt and suspenders. I already had the tie, suspenders and black shoes. The other clothing I picked up for $12 at a local thrift store.
Step 1: Making the Frame
Step 2: Adding the Muzzle
After that I cut two pieces of paper board and bent them into a round shape for the muzzle sides before taping them in place.
Step 3: Begin Paper Macheing
Plaster Based Paste:
1/4 cup of white glue
1 tablespoon of cold water
1 teaspoon of vinegar
1/4 cup of plaster of Paris
A warning, you will get your hands dirty (plus any work surface), so be sure to have a bowl of water and a towel nearby. I used a bowl of water to get most of the plaster off my hands because I didn't want to wash it down the sink.
Start by tearing your shop towels in half and soaking them in water. Make sure to ring them out. Place the damp towel on your mask's frame and smooth out the towel as best you can starting with the front of the mask. Now paint on the plaster paste. I let it sit for about 15 minutes before doing the same to the back of the mask. After letting it dry I added another layer to the front so it was more sturdy.
Step 4: Adding the Gesso
Plaster Based Gesso
1 tablespoon of white glue
2 teaspoons of water
2 tablespoons plaster of Paris
1/4 teaspoon of vinegar
Once mixed, paint the mask with the gesso and let dry (you may have to make more gesso depending on the size of the mask).
Step 5: Painting the Mask
Place your mask on a surface you don't mind getting spray paint on and paint away. I used a matte black spray paint and took my time to get all the tricky spots (like around the eyes). After about half an hour the top was dry and I began painting the back. I was a little worried I would be smelling paint the whole time I wore the mask but after a few days of drying it didn't smell at all.
Step 6: Making the Cane
Next I drilled a whole in a piece of scrap wood (again, part of a banister post) about 3/4 of an inch off center to give it that cane shape. I then put the two pieces together with a spare bolt I had lying around.
Optionally I gave thought to leaving the nub on the top and using it as a base to attach the head but I didn't have a drill bit that big.
After spray painting it matte black (it was easiest just to stand it up in the dirt while painting), I hot glued some large and small feathers to the head of the cane. I I glued the large feathers on first and then filled in the rest of the area with small feathers.
Step 7: Ready for a Night on the Town
Hope you liked it and happy Halloween!