Introduction: Scary Mask

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Make this scary mask! It's easier than it looks.

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:
  • A styrofoam head or a cast of your face
  • Wed clay (I love Monster Makers)
  • sculpting tools
  • Thermoplastic like Wonderflex or something similar. Plaster bandages will also work.
  • Cheesecloth and Ping pong balls for eyes
  • White glue
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Heat gun
  • Wig
  • Baseball cap or something similar
  • Paints and brushes- acrylics work fine
  • Zip ties

Step 2: Sculpt Your Mask

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Find or draw an image of what you want your mask to look like.
My mask is a re-imagining of a mask I saw online.

Sculpt your shape on your head form. Remember to be aware of where the eyes, nose and mouth are. If you're using a styrofoam head, you can measure your own face and mark their placement on the styrofoam.

Wed clay is very forgiving and very easy to use. Adding water helps smooth it out once you've got what you want. Make your sculpt looks how you want from every angle.

Step 3: Form Thermoplastic or Plaster Bandages to Sculpt

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Using a heat gun, form your thermoplastic to the sculpt.

Use your fingers to get the plastic to form into the little grooves and crevices. Keep cool water nearby in case you touch the plastic while it's still a bit too hot and to rinse some of the glue from the plastic off your fingers.

When forming the shape, make sure to hold the plastic in place until it cools or it will spring back out. It takes a few minutes to get the hang of, but it's really quick, and really easy once you do.

If you are using plaster bandages, make sure to cover your sculpt in petroleum jelly before you begin. Lay short strips over the sculpt, making sure to form it into the creases.

Complete one layer. When this is dry, add a second layer with strips running in opposite directions. Let dry and repeat a third time. This should be sufficient for strength and shape retention.

Step 4: Make the Hat

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I used a big tube and Fosshape (a different kind of thermoplastic than Wonderflex, but either will work as well as plaster bandages).
I covered the tube with plastic wrap just to make sure it wouldn't stick.

Hit the thermoplastic with a heat gun and form wrinkles.

Remove from the tube and continue to wrap around and glue it to itself with heat gun. If using plaster bandages, glue together with the bandages.

Use thermoplastic or bandages to make flat top and brim.

Step 5: Form the Eyes

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Cut the ping pong balls not quite in half. Use the larger side to be your eyes.
Cover with petroleum jelly.
Soak the cheesecloth in glue, and form over the ping pong balls.
Leave enough cheesecloth to sort of puddle around the side of the ball. This will give you a flange to glue to the inside of the mask.
Let dry thoroughly.

Cut holes out of the thermoplastic where you want the eyes to go.
Fit and glue in the eyes from the back of the mask.

Paint mask and hat with base coat of white paint (or gesso if you already have it).
I used some thin rope around the crown of the hat to give it some extra texture.

Step 6: Paint

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Have fun painting your mask.
Go overboard with shadows and highlights. What seems natural will get washed out from a distance, so go big.
Periodically hold the mask in front of a mirror from a slight distance to see how it looks. This gives you a different perspective than how you have been seeing it and may give you some ideas of how to perfect your design.
Paint the interior of your hat and mask black.

Step 7: Attach Mask, Wig and Hat

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Cut the brim off of the baseball cap.
Use zip ties to attach the wig to the mask, and then to the cap.
Style the wig to look totally crazypants.

To place the hat, it's best to try the mask on and decide where it's most balanced on the whole rig. Then attach the hat with zip ties.

Step 8: Scare Your Friends

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Wear it out and terrify your neighbors! Or place it in your flatmate's bedroom while they're asleep.
Be sure to duck under doorways, or you might lose your head!


FAWNGIRL10 (author)2016-10-05

is this from the babadook?

KiekieA (author)2015-10-20

I really wish there was a video for this... Do you have one?

WilliamD17 (author)2015-04-19

for those of you wondering this is a Red Jack mask designed by Erich Lubatti

elizabeth.hopkins.18 (author)2014-10-25

Love the design, and I had very little difficulty adapting it for a Ryuk* mask (only minor differences like slightly different wig, no hat, and slightly different paint job--the neck is separate) . However, I have a bit of a beginner question. I am using a Styrofoam head form as a base, but the clay seems to be cracking. I tried once just soaking it and covering it, and the cracks went away, but then they came back when it dried. Should I be using a thicker layer of clay or is it something else?


ffrisell made it! (author)2014-03-05

Thanks Scoochmaroo for this brilliant idea for a halloween mask! Me and the kids loved making our simple version of it. My daughter used for the "Shockholm Halloween parade 2013" (in Stockholm obviously.) It was a big success!

ffrisell (author)2014-03-05

Me and the kids made our own version of this great mask. We didn't come close to the craftmanship of your maskbut it turned out scary enough. Not sure how to post our picture of it though...

thanos65 (author)2013-10-27

That is so creepy, love it.

mslaynie (author)2013-09-24

Is it bad that I want to have dinner with you to pick your brains, or maybe have a craft day? OOh, I know, a crafting afternoon with mixed drinks and lots of laughter!!

This is phenomenal, but then again, most stuff you do is!

EmpressOfDark (author)2013-09-19

I actually just came across the words 'wonderflex' and 'fosshape' after watching "Heroes of Cosplay". Is it very expensive to purchase and how simple is it to use?

Dusk Shadows (author)2012-09-29

That my dear friend looks like the mad hatter only MADDER!!!!

madenairy (author)2012-07-27

never mind the kids! thats scaring me, and im 31!

tinker234 (author)2012-02-27

what type of wig did you use he is very creepy

rjordan-1 (author)2011-10-16

is it just me or does this mask look like it would be from a Tim Burton movie?

tinker234 (author)rjordan-12012-02-27

it does

tinker234 (author)2012-02-27

wow a 7ft tall man in a pinstripe suit would make children scream

U456 (author)2011-10-23

If somebody were in that mask and go loo loo loolooo would you laugh or be scared?

voldemortkein (author)2011-02-11

If the purpose of this is scary the people.

You have achieve it, LOL.
Really This mask give me goosebumps!

shantaram (author)2008-10-28

Creative people are just the best....

Screamo (author)shantaram2010-12-30

You are so ugly.

BraisedDuck (author)2010-10-21

that mask is going to scare th crap out of some three yr olds

diannagail (author)2010-10-03

How do you see out? This is so cool!!!!

scoochmaroo (author)diannagail2010-10-03

The eyes are made of a material called buckram. It's like a stiff mesh. If you get up close, you can see that they're mesh, but from a distance you can't. And it's easy to see through!

diannagail (author)2010-10-03

Do you think something similar could be made with paper mache?

scoochmaroo (author)diannagail2010-10-03


grundisimo (author)2010-07-20

this is AWESOME!!!!!

broken_eko (author)2009-11-27

talk about scary, this thing's like the mad hatter from hell! great detail in your guide

finfan7 (author)2008-10-30

I just want the hat. That is an awesome hat.

scoochmaroo (author)finfan72009-10-22

Did you ever end up making the hat?  It's sooo easy.  I recommend you give it a shot for Halloween, if you haven't already!

peach_fart (author)finfan72008-11-02

oh god your avatar is the creepiest loop EVER!!!!

Hephestus (author)2009-10-21

if were to sell this mask or make another one to sell how much would you want for it?

Jedistruth (author)2009-08-27

wow that is really creepy

scoochmaroo (author)Jedistruth2009-08-27


goosezilla (author)2008-11-05

Awesome! Also, I know some people who put celophane over their clay sculpts and then make multiple paper mache forms. It's a bit longer to set than the technique shown here, but also very effective.

csmiler (author)2008-11-02

I'm lucky!I don't need a mask to freak people out!

Johnsons on fire (author)2008-11-01

Awesome mask!

eomonkeyboi24 (author)2008-10-27

OMG! That look amazing! When I first saw it, it reminded me of a Tim Burton style character. Good job, I'm definitely wanting to try this!

Sora_1_2 (author)eomonkeyboi242008-11-01

Wow, same thing I thought. Guess its not just me.

jakee117 (author)eomonkeyboi242008-10-30

yeah, me too

mg0930mg (author)eomonkeyboi242008-10-29

That's what I was thinking Oh and 5/5 stars. High-five.

nave (author)2008-10-31

hahaha its slash...

Skreetsha (author)2008-10-31

Holy ....! Thats awesomely scary and cool at the same time. 5 stars :D

the_burrito_master (author)2008-10-30

hey it's top hat slash XD! nice best mask I have ever seen!.

Nabil (author)2008-10-30

It can be made with vacuum formed PVC too ;)

Vynash (author)2008-10-29

he also looks like SLASH HHAHAHAHHAHAH

Nabil (author)Vynash2008-10-30

I thought he would look like that if he shows the face behind that load of hair

Vynash (author)Nabil2008-10-30


yerjoking (author)2008-10-30

I've seen a mask exactly like this one, type "red jack mask" into google, and look on the images, but this looks very realistic, 5 stars =D.

mag400 (author)2008-10-29

I took one look at it a i freaked. Its so scary...

scoochmaroo (author)mag4002008-10-30

Aww, thanks you guys!

Vynash (author)2008-10-29

thats the most beautiful <3 mask i have ever seen LOL jk jk jk jk jk

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