Skull Mask - Customized

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Introduction: Skull Mask - Customized

About: I'm an artist, designer, and illustrator. For a more extensive view of my work and recent projects, I'm on Instagram at paul_j_maguire

This customized skull mask is unique and eye-catching. The iridescent faux-stone mosaic effect is achieved with paper and paint. Simple instructions.

Supplies

Plastic Skull Mask of your choice

Heavy Black Paper (I used black file folders)

Acrylic paint in the colors of your choice, plus black

Jacquard Textile Color Colorless Extender

Jacquard Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments

Paint Brush (I used a 1" Flat)

Scissors

Tweezers

Scotch Tape

Mini Hot Glue Gun, Sticks

Zots Clear Adhesive Dots

See-thru Vellum

Pencil or Pen

White or light-colored pencil

Optional: Gold leaf

Step 1: Purchased Skull Mask

Step 2: Paint It Black

I used acrylic paint applied with a brush. Spray paint would also work.

It's not obvious in this photo but I opened up a slit between the top and bottom row of teeth for easier breathing, using a knife and a file.

Step 3: Mix Your Colors

Paint an assortment of colors onto your black paper. When dry, mix jacquard Pearl Ex powdered pigment with colorless extender and water. Brush onto sections of your painted colors. This will give some of your color an iridescent sheen. You'll need to experiment with the ratio of powder to extender to water to get the effect you want. Do a few tests first. The image to the left shows this step already completed. The effect I was after was a family of colors in the blue/turquoise range, with an iridescent band across the middle of the skull. The reason I use black paper is that the edges of the paper pieces will show when viewed from an angle, if you use white you'll get a white edge.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT INHALE POWDERED PIGMENTS!

Wear a protective mask and handle and mix carefully and deliberately to avoid sending powder airborne.
Jacquard also has a line of paints called Lumiere which are metallic and don't need mixing.

Step 4: Sketch Guidelines

Lightly sketch on your mask your design guidelines with light-colored pencil.

Step 5: Mosaic Process

Pre-cut a bunch of 'tiles' and get started. Apply hot glue, set tiles one at a time. This takes a bit of practice. If you aren't sure about placement, use a clear adhesive dot to temporarily fix tiles in place until you decide. The teeth in this image are held in place with adhesive dots.
Note: If you don't like hot glue you could use thinner paper and double sided adhesive sheet as an alternative. I like hot glue because it's reversible. If you want to make changes simply hold the tip of the glue gun to a fixed tile for a few seconds. It will soften the glue and you can remove the tile. Another thing I don't like about adhesive sheet is that it really gums up scissors.

Step 6: Pre-draw Shapes

Depending on your design, it may be easier to draw your shapes before cutting them out. Tape a piece of vellum over the area you're working on, and sketch as desired. Then lay the vellum over your colored paper and use it as a guide for cutting your tiles.

The teeth here are a combo of gold leaf, gold paint (Jacquard Lumiere), and some light blue paint with a coating of Pearl Ex interference gold.

Step 7: Finished Piece

It'll take a while and a bit of effort and patience, but the result is worth it. The finished mask makes a nice object for display, or…

Step 8: Wear It With Your Favorite Hoodie!

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    32 Comments

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    egreer1
    egreer1

    9 months ago on Step 8

    love it, but damn takes some patience!

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Reply 9 months ago

    True, especially at first, but after a while you kinda get in a groove..

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    glamourd
    glamourd

    10 months ago

    AWESOME! Happy Halloweening!

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanks, same to you!!!

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    preyes12
    preyes12

    10 months ago

    make sans

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    loooo
    loooo

    Question 10 months ago

    This looks very good !
    where did you buy the skull mask ?

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Answer 10 months ago

    Thank you! I found the skull mask on Amazon. Just type in Skull Mask, and scroll a little bit and you'll see it. There are other styles too. Cheers

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    Hazem-chan
    Hazem-chan

    Question 10 months ago on Step 8

    does this turn me into a vampire? like the stone mask?

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Answer 10 months ago

    Hmmm, not sure... Try it and see!

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    jaymaks
    jaymaks

    10 months ago on Step 6

    Very nice. You do good work. So many other things could be done up like this.

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Reply 10 months ago

    True. And the possibilities for just the skull form are infinite. Thanks for your comments, much appreciated. Cheers

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    Zaacharia
    Zaacharia

    10 months ago

    Darn! Now I am trying to see how I can do this in glass - normally, it would be done on a flat sheet of glass then sagged into a mold. There are also some Day of the Dead skulls (down that rabbit hole now) that are nearly as beautiful - then I ended up at DeviantArt. I am stunned by the possibilities!

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Reply 10 months ago

    If you make it in glass I would love to see it! I was not aware of the DeviantArt site. Rabbit hole indeed, lot of creative people out there! Thanks for your comments. Cheers

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    horimag
    horimag

    10 months ago

    Super nice !!!

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you!

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    krakkdskullz
    krakkdskullz

    10 months ago on Step 5

    This project is a triumph! A truly beautiful object to behold, rarely am I moved to comment on the excellent projects I see on Instructables, but this one blew me away, thank you for sharing.

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you!! You've made my day!

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    bakrwomyn
    bakrwomyn

    10 months ago

    Damn! Had I seen this 1 week ago, I would've done this project for Halloween. I'll do this next year for sure!

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    paulmaguire
    paulmaguire

    Reply 10 months ago

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with! BTW I thought this would look good with a huge feather headdress or fright wig of some sort. Never got around to that part.. maybe next year.

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    RichieT8
    RichieT8

    10 months ago

    I love that. Reminds me of the mask artwork from ancient Americas at the British museum. Maybe that’s the inspiration, wonderful rendition.