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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

 
 
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Step 1: Make A Template

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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)

Step 2: Test your Template

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using tape try and test the shape, make sure it fits yourself or whoever will be using it comfortably

made it for my culminating history project (:

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rstruckmyre2 months ago

Awesome thank you x

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Rezeinz2 months ago
So are you planning to do more mask like a bear mask?
JustALittleCattyWampus made it!4 months 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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Daftehh7 months ago
Very cool! Thank you for the templates
Honus8 months ago
The finished look of this is really spectacular- I never would have guessed you made it the way you did. Nice job!
Jislizard8 months 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!
vivid-and-trivial (author)  Jislizard8 months ago
Thank you so much!
mvieke8 months ago
Really cool. Great instructable.
vivid-and-trivial (author)  mvieke8 months ago
Thank you so much!
prabuchresno8 months ago
Hi, nice work, I interested to create this mask after I read the newest Dan Brown book - Inferno. Do you mind to upload your template?
vivid-and-trivial (author)  prabuchresno8 months ago
Due to multiple requests of my template I uploaded the scans of the template I made, please keep in mind I made mine to fit my face, so you may want yours to be smaller/larger/a different shape. Good Luck if you attempt to make!
cvillada8 months ago
srry, where is the template?
vivid-and-trivial (author)  cvillada8 months ago
Due to multiple requests of my template I uploaded the scans of the template I made, please keep in mind I made mine to fit my face, so you may want yours to be smaller/larger/a different shape. Good Luck if you attempt to make!
boocat8 months ago
What were the originals made of? leather?
vivid-and-trivial (author)  boocat8 months ago
Mine was made out of a fabric I found at Joanns that that had a leather look but was actually a very thin fabric, the thinner the fabric with this method the better as stitching will then have less to go through! if you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask!
crickleymal8 months ago
I like this but I have no idea how to create the right shapes for the template
vivid-and-trivial (author)  crickleymal8 months ago
Due to multiple requests of my template I uploaded the scans of the template I made, please keep in mind I made mine to fit my face, so you may want yours to be smaller/larger/a different shape. Good Luck if you attempt to make!