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A Plague Doctor was a physician specializing on tending to those who suffered from the bubonic plague.They were associated with death (where there's plague, there's the beak doctors and also death).
Because of this a Plague Doctor's costume is creepy - also with the added benefit of it's resemblance to both The Grim Reaper and Ravens.
 
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Step 1: Pre-Construction

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To figure out the mask dimensions I constructed a simple form from newspaper.
Then trimmed and shaped it to provide a snug fit to my head.

Step 2: Cutting & Arranging

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Once the newspaper prototype was finished, I cut it in half and flattened it. I cut a template of each section of the mask from this flattened form.
The resulting template sections are traced onto the mask material and cut out.
I constructed mine out of light-weight foam paper. This foam paper is available in 12"x18" sheets at most hobby and craft stores.
Once the individual pieces for the mask base were cut out they were assembled and holes were punched along the seam using a tiny hole punch.
I used paper brads to hold the sections together to give the look of rivets instead of stiching.

Step 3: Attaching Straps

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Attaching Straps
Once the base of the mask was complete I cut the forehead and side straps from craft foam -
Two pieces were cut about an inch wide and (one) the length from ear to ear, (the other) from forehead to nape of neck.
First, a long vertical strap was attached at the top of the head using the same rivet technique from before. The base of the vertical strap was then looped
back on itself so the horizontal strap could pass through it. The horizontal strap was then threaded through the vertical strap, and riveted at each side
of the mask.
didactylus made it!3 days ago

Thank you so very, very much for this! So many of the other how-to's I've seen have involved leather working and I was getting kind of despondent, but then I found this and had the whole thing ready in about a week and in plenty of time for the party! The paper-mock up idea saved me so much time and material. Thank you again.

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I really like this. If I do end up using it, I think the only change I'll make is possibly a type of screen instead of the plastic for the eye holes to hide my eyes better. Other than that I love it. Especially how cheap it is compared to other ones, but still looks as good.

troberts8 (author)  nicholas.pinkert24 days ago

nicholas.pinkert: I like your idea and think that it would be a nice improvement. I chose to use plastic lenses because traditionally the masks were equipped with red lenses and it was my intent to dye the plastic ones. However - with the plastic lenses in it made the mask even more air-tight and harder to breath in - your use of a screen would eliminate that issue!

halb511 month ago
Great idea I'm going as this for halloween
Plo Koon11 months ago
Grim Reaper, a raven, and the Black Spy!
troberts8 (author) 11 months ago
Thank you everyone for these thoughtful compliments! You've all made my day! :)
nerd747311 months ago
I say this a lot, epic
rasha yellow11 months ago
Cool and original
Mielameri11 months ago
Looks fantastic and feasible! Nicely done
jessyratfink11 months ago
A beautiful mask! Love the photo edits too, very moody :D