Step 4: Eyes

The genius of the mask is in the eyes. You can find these novelty alien sunglasses online or at the costume shop. Mine cost about $5, plus $5 shipping. Then I found another one-dollar pair at the thrift store.

1. Cut the lenses apart, and cut off the arms.

I used a rotary tool for this. You might also be able to use some heavy duty shears or a hacksaw. I don't recommend trying to snap them with your hands. You might crack the frames around the lenses.

You should now have two separate, individual lenses still framed by their plastic rims.

2. Sand off the nubs.

I used a the rotary tool.

3. Decide where to place your lenses and trace them onto the mask.

Stick your head into the mask and use a sharpie to mark where your eyes are. Center the lenses on the dots to maximize your visibility.

I rotated the lenses 180 degrees so the "pointy" end was down rather than up. It looked less feminine that way.

4. Cut out the eyes of the mask.

Cut them smaller than the lenses so that the lenses will still have a small shelf to rest on when you attach them.

5. Attach the eyes!

Line the rim of the eye holes with a ribbon of salt dough and press each lens onto the salt dough. Let it dry for several hours or all day.

If you like, you can leave a gap in the ribbons of salt dough to allow some ventilation of the eyes so they don't fog up during your Halloween 5k. Unfortunately I didn't think of this until after.

6. Once dried, cover the lens frames with papier mache.

Mix up some more papier mache mixture and add some strips around the lens frames to blend the eyes into your mask. This will allow you to paint right up to the edge of the lenses later.
<p>Hi! I' m planning in making one, resembling a classic grey alien from X Files, I have uploaded a drawing I made of what I want him to look like. I' m going to make an X Files fan short film. Looks great, I like the lenses idea. Keep up the good work! :)</p>
<p>That video is so awesome. And recitalist. </p>
Thanks for a great instructable. Based on your concept I have made my own version. This was worn at the recent 'Secret Garden Party' festival. <br> <br>https://www.instructables.com/id/Another-Realistic-Alien-Costume/ <br> <br>The really enjoyed the video too! <br> <br>
Awesome! Very happy to see another one of these. I'm going to put a link to it in my instructable since I don't have any photos of the process in mine. Thanks.
Great! I thought it might be helpful to have some in process pics, even if they aren't identical! <br>
Excellent Instructable. <br>
I'm fairly new to paper mache myself but I have a few suggestions. Skip the 'flour and salt' formula, its only plus is it's safe to eat. The downside of that is, it's a breeding ground for insect pests, bacteria, molds and fungi. But its worst fault is it is weak and crumbly. Try a mix of Golden Harvest wallpaper paste and Weldbond glue (find both at Ace Hardware) mixed to the consistency of heavy cream. Weldbond is great stuff; glues almost anything, very strong, dries clear, thins with water, no fumes and can be used by itself for a tough final glaze. Newspaper is cheap and plentiful but not very strong. Tear up strips of kraft paper or brown paper bags, soak them in your glue mix, strip off excess glue with your fingers and smooth them on to your balloon or whatever you are using for your form. Let it dry between layers. A half-dozen layers of strips and you'll have a tough, rock-hard mask.<br>
I'll be using papier mache again this year, and I will try these tips out. Thanks!
Fab Video &amp; really shows your skill off too!<br>
I also meant to say that this is really a wonderful costume and a very entertaining, well written Instructable.
Nice costume, and an excellent short story, thank you for sharing.
Great use of papier mache! I have tried it several times and i'm never able to get it smooth enough. This on you first try is... More than amazing. <br>Hope you keep doing papier mache creations!
me like movie
I want one.
I'll take the space girl.
If I might offer some advice, wear tight underwear if your male, or else you might find yourself with an unsightly bulge :)
Cool costumes, enjoyed the short film. : )
You are kinda short or all of those people are really tall!!
Yeah I don't know what's going on. I think its because I'm next to Chinese Woman, Jailbreaker, and Joe Dirt, all of whom are very tall. If you compare me to Indiana Jones or Spiderman, suddenly I'm quite imposing. FTR, I'm the US national average of 5'9''.
OK SERIOUSLY next costume Instructible the Hot Astronaut Nemesis! how did you guys make the helmet? This would be an AWSOME combo for me and my wife at our next Convention!
At some point I would like to make an instructable for the Astronaut. But if you need it soon, basically you get the space suit the same way as in step one.<br><br>The helmet is really easy (though kinda pricey). We bought an outdoor lamppost cover from an online retailer. You can choose the size of the globe and of the hole cut in the bottom. They get occasional request for them as space helmets and can recommend a good size. Then we used a soldering iron to cut out the bottom of a plastic mixing bowl to make the base, and stuck them together with silver reflective duct tape (also covered the base with it).<br><br>The boots, belt, and jet rocket pack are made from odds and ends from the thrift store and around the house, spray painted silver.<br><br>Just FYI, the astronaut costume is even more awkward than the alien one. Its hard to breathe in and forget having a conversation. Maybe you can solve those problems when you make yours.<br><br>Good luck!
I'm with everybody else, I love the alien tutorial and want to see an instructable on the astronaut!
This is great!<br> <br> I built this <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Gorilla-Tape-Gorilla-Mask/">mask</a> onto an existing hard hat (like you mention as on option), and it worked out really well. I think if I had been planning on running in it like you, I would have used a bike helmet. It seems like that might be a more comfortable option. Just a thought for your next running costume!<br>
I would like to say, that this is a great instructable, but i have two things I'd like to say: 1) how do you know what is realistic alien looks like? ;) 2) a few pics of the actual making process would be cool (I'm one to talk, but still).<br>Anyway, great instructable. 10/10.
It's true; regrettably, it didn't occur to me make this into an instructable until after I had already finished making it. I thought I could sneak it in anyway with tons of other pics!<br><br>With regards to your other point, one morning I woke up with a vague recollection of being abducted. I thought it was a dream until I realized that my pj pants were on backwards. I realized that aliens could easily make such a mistake after performing their various tests. Anyway, this costume is EXACTLY WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE.
So By disguising yourself as a &quot;realistic alien&quot; the other aliens may pick you up see you and mistake you for their long lost brother Marklark thus avoiding and unnecessary and uncomfortable testing.......GENIUS! <br> <br> <br>Awesome costume BTW
are going to say &quot;basinga&quot; next aren't you
What a wonderful video you made! It made me sniffle a 'bit.
Such a grand movie.
I love the pic of the alien reading. Beautiful work!
Hahaha that is awesome! Love the &quot;Lost Mime&quot; guy, now all you need is a photo running down a beach, Baywatch style ;)
This looks very awesome!
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