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

ffrisell made it!1 month ago

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!

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ffrisell1 month ago
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...
thanos655 months ago
That is so creepy, love it.
mslaynie6 months ago
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!
EmpressOfDark6 months ago
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?
That my dear friend looks like the mad hatter only MADDER!!!!
madenairy1 year ago
never mind the kids! thats scaring me, and im 31!
tinker2342 years ago
what type of wig did you use he is very creepy
rjordan-12 years ago
is it just me or does this mask look like it would be from a Tim Burton movie?
it does
tinker2342 years ago
wow a 7ft tall man in a pinstripe suit would make children scream
U4562 years ago
If somebody were in that mask and go loo loo loolooo would you laugh or be scared?
If the purpose of this is scary the people.

You have achieve it, LOL.
Really This mask give me goosebumps!
shantaram5 years ago
Creative people are just the best....
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You are so ugly.
BraisedDuck3 years ago
that mask is going to scare th crap out of some three yr olds
diannagail3 years ago
How do you see out? This is so cool!!!!
scoochmaroo (author)  diannagail3 years ago
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!
diannagail3 years ago
Do you think something similar could be made with paper mache?
scoochmaroo (author)  diannagail3 years ago
Absolutely!
grundisimo3 years ago
this is AWESOME!!!!!
broken_eko4 years ago
talk about scary, this thing's like the mad hatter from hell! great detail in your guide
finfan75 years ago
I just want the hat. That is an awesome hat.
scoochmaroo (author)  finfan74 years ago
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!
oh god your avatar is the creepiest loop EVER!!!!
Hephestus4 years ago
if were to sell this mask or make another one to sell how much would you want for it?
Jedistruth4 years ago
wow that is really creepy
scoochmaroo (author)  Jedistruth4 years ago
Thanks!
goosezilla5 years ago
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.
csmiler5 years ago
I'm lucky!I don't need a mask to freak people out!
Awesome mask!
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!
Wow, same thing I thought. Guess its not just me.
yeah, me too
That's what I was thinking Oh and 5/5 stars. High-five.
nave5 years ago
hahaha its slash...
Skreetsha5 years ago
Holy ....! Thats awesomely scary and cool at the same time. 5 stars :D
hey it's top hat slash XD! nice best mask I have ever seen!.
Nabil5 years ago
It can be made with vacuum formed PVC too ;)
he also looks like SLASH HHAHAHAHHAHAH
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