Step 1: Materials
- 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
- Baseball cap or something similar
- Paints and brushes- acrylics work fine
- Zip ties
Step 2: Sculpt your mask
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
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.