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So after looking around online I decided I didn't quite like any of the plague doctor masks that I was seeing as far as tutorials, it all seemed like a lot of extra work for something that never turned out very clean.I decided to throw caution to the wind and just take elements of masks I've seen that I liked for inspiration and try and make one up on my own. I decided on a base of crafting foam, I've yet to see one made out of it which surprised me (maybe I wasn't looking in the right places) but it bends nicely and still has a firmness to it.  So here's what I did if anyone is interested:

You'll need:
Crafting Foam sheet (x2, one for the mask and one for the straps for the back)
clear colored plastic binder divider
fabric of your choice (thinner/lighter the better, you'll be hand-stitching a lot)
wire gauge, stiff enough to hold a shape on it's own and not instantly bend
thread
black paint (forgot to picture, i used acrylic)
hot glue gun and sticks
scissors
needles of your choice (need to be durable and go through a lot)
any decor embellishments
paper and pen (to make the template)
something round to make the circles for the eyes and something straight to draw the lines

 

Step 1: Make A Template

using sheets of paper determine the size and shape you want your mask to have. The key elements are the left/right side panels, the bottom left/right panels, and the top panel (later you'll make the eye cutouts and head straps).

(attached are the scans of mine, the right panel is the same as the left, just face the flip side up and then they are symmetrical *also sorry for the poor lines, my scanner did not like me but I tried my best* originally cut out of computer paper so when I scanned it in I kept the same dimensions)
 
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fynger made it!1 month ago

Done the same as the one featured here except i used curtain rings for the eyes and didn't do the wider parts on the side of the straps........no lenses in the eyes allows you to breath ok.

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The stitching was a bit tricky but so far I've made the main part of the mask. I just need to craft a pair of eyepieces. I would include an image but I don't have a working camera at the moment.

RTunmore2 months ago
LintBallz made it!2 months ago

I MADE IT! Thanks for the help!

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LintBallz3 months ago

I like this build AND the instructions. The only thing i would change is make the lenses black or red. It just looks cool.

cherry.sein4 months ago

Of all the tutorials out there with both the ones being sold and free on the internet, this one was easy to follow with only a few steps. It allowed for me to tweak it a little to fit my forehead better. It also leaves room for the maker to modify it a bit to change the beak shape and such. I made mine out of white soft thin craft foam (stuff they use to line the inner part of the shoes, table mats, and coasters) and hand stitched it all together with black thread using the ladder stitching style that looks like a bunch of Xs lined up..I did not have time to do the proper mod you had for the eye sockets, but I put a quick projector sheet cut out and glue....The head strap is just a strip of the foam I hand stitched on that acted as a rubber band like thing that made the mask stay on.. It took about 5 hours because of the hand stitching and no glue..Oh and how did you breath out of yours? I had to cut out a 2 inches x 0.5 inch rectangle holes on each of the right and left bottom, which were only noticable if I looked way up or looked under the beak..

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Jislizard1 year ago
I have been looking at making one of these but I have been procrastinating over the type of leather and how much to get and what colour. I could probably get this done without needing to find a leather shop and it probably won't cost me as much.

Nice thinking!

We just got tooling leather from Hobby Lobby for 10 dollars to make the whole project and have some to spare! we are going to make one tonight for my son for Halloween!! (And Ebola protection)

How much leather did you get because that's how I'm making mine
I just posted an i made it pic of mine if that helps
I got a mid size bag of tooling leather at hobby lobby And a punch tool to punch holes because we laced it together at the seems. Its multicolored and every piece is different. I still have leather left over... but they are scraps in the bag so you just have to make sure you have pieces big enough. The measurement was the hard part. I made a few templates with paper and glued them togethrr and i had my son try them all on and tweeked things here and there intil we had a basic... and even then with the leather it was constant trying it on and altering as we went. Also.. it held its shspe pretty well so we didnt need the wire.
vivid-and-trivial (author)  Jislizard1 year ago
Thank you so much!
lotheriel79 made it!4 months ago
Using tooling leather scraps from hobby lobby.. this was a first trial run , and it went pretty well. We did not use the wire.
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BoeJohns4 months ago
Hey before I make this I wanted to ask how you get the measurements
Ninjakitty645 months ago
I don't think mine turned out well lol. I had to buy to different types of foam and I couldn't get the dimensions right! But it's an A+ for effort on my part! Thanks for making this!
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BorosS made it!8 months ago

Thank you so much. The only difference is the that I use glue.

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Zinjan made it!9 months ago

Mine turned out awesome! Thanks! I used a spray craft adhesive to glue my faux leather to the craft foam since I figured that there would be less glue to sew through when I began to stitch. To make my eyes glow I used a camping headlamp with a red gel taped over it. The eye pieces are purse grommets (bought at Joann Fabrics). I wanted my beak to be nice and curved so I used one piece unstead of the two shown in the pattern above.

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I'd been considering making one for a while, but until I found your page I really didn't know how to get started. Thanks!

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Is it possible to just stitch without gluing? Haven't worked with craft foam before, so I don't really know much about it.

stacy.robinson.9699523 made it!10 months ago

Thank you so much for getting me started on this! I have wanted to do something like this for a long time and with your ideas I was able to get on the right track!

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MeraHunt10 months ago

This is really helpful. I do have one question though. About how easy was it to breathe? Like, how often would you have to take the mask off to breathe fresh air?

Wardieb10 months ago
I will using this handy device to protect myself and family from the imminent Ebola scare.

You kid, but I swear I couldn't help thinking the same thing as I work on this project!

adanayala made it!11 months ago

thank you very much for sharing your patterns....this is my wip plague mask.

greetings from mexico

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hello XD i need to make one o these for a play, how did you make yours look like it was made from metal?

hippiedip11 months ago

This is just wonderful!! So glad I found it. Project for next weekend with the boyfriend for his Halloween costume, thank you for sharing! My only question is this...we're not sold on actually closing the whole mask up (I know, kind of straying from history)..so how would we be able to maintain the shape of the mask without adding the underside? I hope that makes sense. I thought maybe a crossing pattern of the wire could support it. Any suggestions? We will definitely post some shots when finished! You did great!

vivid-and-trivial (author) 11 months ago
Step 8 you can see the bottom, I decided to go with two triangles to create a more round shape but if you want you could easily just put the two together and make one piece instead :) thanks so much for the interest, if you have anymore questions just let me know!
ben.welker.111 months ago

do you have any pictures of the bottom of the mask? i was interested in how you put it together. and i was wondering if just making one big triangle would work better?

antaale made it!1 year ago

I made it! Thank you sooo sooo much!! *-*

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what materials did you use?

Only craft foam.

egarzav1 year ago

This worked like a charm, thanks a lot.

made it for my culminating history project (:

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Awesome thank you x

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Rezeinz1 year ago
So are you planning to do more mask like a bear mask?
JustALittleCattyWampus made it!1 year ago

Thank you so much for this Instructable! I modified the template a little and made one for the Arcade Fire concert in Pittsburgh. I received so many compliments. ^u^

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Daftehh1 year ago
Very cool! Thank you for the templates
Honus1 year ago
The finished look of this is really spectacular- I never would have guessed you made it the way you did. Nice job!
mvieke1 year ago
Really cool. Great instructable.
vivid-and-trivial (author)  mvieke1 year ago
Thank you so much!
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