Introduction: VENDETTA Mask - Make It Your Own.

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As you know, this mask has become the symbol of rebellion against globalization, banks and governments . It represents  the stylised person of Guy Fawkes, a member of the  Gunpowder Plot , who attempted  to blow up the English Palace of Westminster  in London in 1605.    
I reproduced a solid version using a paper model.
You can download the zipped file from HERE.
The site has a step by step sequences of well illustrated pictures on how to make it.
I'm not the author of the paper model. Credit to the author (I dunno who is he/she).

Once you have printed, and glued it, this becomes the base for your final mask.



Step 1: Materials.

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What you need :

-  Clear tape
-  White glue (PVA)
-  Kitchen or toilet paper
-  White flour (optional ) mixed with salt (you can find on the net different recipes for the mixture).
  -  Acrylic colors

Step 2: Water Proof Your Paper Model.

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This is the first and the most important step in the sequence. You have to water proof the paper model. I used strips of clear tape. Once you finished , the mask should look like this.

Step 3: The Mold.

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Before proceeding, put some crumpled paper underside the mask to give it some support, and fix it on a flat surface.

Now, mix the white glue with water to thin it. I found 50/50 is a good proportion.
Thorn the kitchen or toilet paper in short strips.
Wet the mask surface with the diluted glue and lay the paper on it and brush it. Cover all the surface, and repeat this step at least 3 or 4 times.
Let  each of the layer dry well.

Step 4: Separe the Mold From the Base.

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Let the paper mache layer dry well.
Remove the paper mold.
Punch the holes for the eyes at this stage before proceeding further.
I used a small metal aluminum tube I teethed at the tip. You'll  have two clear cut holes without messing around.

Step 5: Hardening Your Mask.

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Now you have to find a good recipes for the final covering.
I used raw white flour (1 cup) mixed with the previous 50/50 PVA glue (1 cup). It's important to add some kitchen salt as a fungicide to prevent mould developement.

Brush it over the mask 2-3 times.
Let it dry well , and you have done it.

Step 6: Finish It With Some Color.

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Time to finish with some coloring. Use what you want and what you have.
I painted it black and white, with water based acrylic color.

Add some elastic bands.

Now,  dress your mask and ..............

GO !!!!    


TimTheScarecrow (author)2012-03-10

interesting. ive never seen paper mache done with paper towels before.

did you use 2 different models for the final product?
because on the last step the uncolored mask looks a lot more 3 dimensional than the finished and painted one.

Tim, you are right !!
I added some crumpled paper for the eyebrows and the mustach for the unpainted one.
The base mold was the same for both masks.

MakerMan234 (author)Frankyfly2016-11-06

Could You add that to the instructions?

HammE (author)2013-05-21

That's really cool! I'm gonna have to make it. I also like the movie V is for Vandetta, although I saw parts of it.

scarvalho brisola (author)2012-08-06

Very interesting. I loved the idea - in addition to being a job that helps de-stress. Thanks for the idea!

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