Mask Mania ~ How to Make an Air Dry Clay Mask




Introduction: Mask Mania ~ How to Make an Air Dry Clay Mask

Masks have been around for thousands of years and now you can make your very own air dry clay decorative mask.


ACTÍVA Products PLUS air dry clay

Clay Roller kit

Wooden skewer for cutting clay

Texture for clay such as pre-made clay stamps, rubber stamps, buttons, lace or anything that can be pressed into the clay.

Piece of canvas or cloth to roll mask on Old magazine, masking tape and wadded up newsprint to make mask form or use 4” PVC pipe cut in half lengthwise 10” long.

Plastic bag to cover mask form. Wire cut off to slice clay (use a piece of fishing line or jewelry wire)

Small cup of water with small brush Acrylic paint

Step 1: Shaping Your Mask

Use 4” diameter PVC pipe cut in half lengthwise or make mask form by curving magazine into a semi-circle and taping it. Push wadded newspaper into the back to make a more stable mold form. Place this in a plastic bag so that clay will not stick to mask form. Set aside to use later.

Cut a slab off block of clay and place on canvas and use rolling kit.
Use the ¼” slats with the kit to roll out clay. If kit is not available use wooden paint sticks and a rolling pin. Make sure to always use the slats with the rolling pin. Press lace or texture into clay by rolling the pin over the clay still using the slats. Do this before cutting out the shape. Cut out the desired shape with skewer and place on mask form.

Step 2: Add Detail and Features to Your Mask

Cut out eye holes and mouth if desired.

Add other features by rolling clay into a snake and scratching lines on both pieces to be joined.

Make a slip to adhere pieces by adding a small amount of water to clay and brushing this on both pieces to be joined.

Gently press the pieces together to make sure they are stuck together.

Step 3: Make Holes If You Wish to Hang Your Mask

Use a straw to punch holes on sides to hang the mask with a wire.

Allow the mask to dry slowly overnight with a plastic bag placed loosely on top of it. The more complicated and thick the mask is the slower you should allow it to dry to prevent cracks and warping.

Step 4: Paint Your Mask

Once dry, it is time to paint your Mask.

Paint with acrylic paint, powdered metallic powders or mica paints for a beautiful finish!

Created by Karen Lowrey (March 2015); photographs by Suzanne Bardwell

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    I'll let you know how it goes. It may be a while before we start. We are going to do a stained glass project and Lichtenstein cartoon project first.

    This sounds like a nice classroom project. What a great way to simplify mask making for kids. I have been trying to decide what 3-D project I would give 4th grade this year. I think they would love this. I do think I will substitute sharpened pencils for the dowels. That is what I usually use for clay projects when the students are too young for traditional pin tools. I will also probably use poster board and clear contact paper for the mold. I have a ton of the poster board and contact paper on hand from another project. For some reasons the kids love peeling the contact paper.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. We would love to see some end results! Good luck with the project.