Bane Mask




I love instructables and Halloween. They go together hand in hand (whether it be a ghoul hand, a zombie hand, a monster hand or a yellow and red robot hand.) 
Every year, I get caught up in the spooky season and try different projects.
For example two years ago, I was inspired by: and spent about 30 hours making my own monster creation and a good old BP Oil spill costume
And last year, I was Steve Jobs.

This year, I thought I would go a few steps further with my costume creation and get all "Baned up." The project took about 30 hours to complete and the mask was a pleasure to build during my spare time. What inspired me to do it was the complexity of the mask and of course the trendiness of it.

Now that it is complete, I am happy to say that I can fit the mask tightly up against my face and it does not obstruct my view too much. But, I will likely trip a few times on Halloween night. 

Materials Used:
Tent mattress ($10)
Container ($1)
Glues ($10)
Paints ($5)

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Step 1: Pattern

I drew up this pattern by taking a few simple measurements of my face. I measured from the bridge of my nose and across just below my cheek bones to create a cross. From that "T" shape, I was able to draw out some of the specifics of the mask from an image that I found using Google Image search. I was specifically concerned with the locations of where the pipes would enter the mask.

I eventually had to correct the height of the straps as they were too low. They had to be raised nearly and inch and the pitch was also adjusted so they could cover my ears.

Step 2: Cutting

Once I was happy with my pattern, I traced around it onto the tent mattress using an Ultra Fine Sharpie. Then I was able to cut it using a very sharp kitchen knife. The sharper the better! I used two different knifes to cut everything. I tried using a razor blade knife but I found it too cumbersome and imprecise. 

Step 3: Basic Shaping

Once cut, I notched a few areas of the mask to be able to fold it over. I used Elmer's Spray Adhesive (very sticky stuff) to bond the notched areas. Later on, I used hot glue to attach high tensile areas securely.

***Don't use hot glue from the start. It is hard to cut and was the source of a few frustrations. The spray adhesive does not offer any resistance when cut.***

***Spray the glue onto a paper surface and then dip your glueing areas into the glue.***

At this step, I also, removed a bunch of the material to get the correct profiles.

Step 4: More Shaping and Piping

With the basic shape cut from the mattress material, I now had to add pieces of foam onto the mask to create the pipe couplers. Carving with the knives was not enough and I had to use a pair of scissors. 

The pipes were actually quite easy to form. I was worried that I would abandon the project once I got to this step but with extra attention to the angles, I cut the basic shapes of the pipe and used scissors to cut out the 90' angles of the profiles. In other words, once the rectangular shapes of "pipe" were cut (and I was happy with the angles,) I created a rounder look to them by removing the 90's resulting in 2 x 45' angles. This step of the project took a lot of time and I wasted a few pieces of "pipe." 

I also found that I had to remove a few millimeters of piping in the center of the pipes to get them the right length. Hot glue held these pieces together a lot better then the Elmer's.

I also attached the top strap at this step and reinforced it by glueing it, not only directly onto the mask but also from the inside with a thin piece of foam (doubled up.)

I also added the velcro so that I could put on the mask and walk around handsfree and practice my Bane voice.

Step 5: Paint

I used many layers of paint to get the effect that I wanted. I started by painting the entire mask in a metallic silver. Then I layered on black except for on the pipes.) 
I was happy to see that the paint filled in some of the foam bubbles in the material. With all of the layers of paint, they aren't very noticeable but in retrospect, I wish I would have experimented with a few materials to try to fill in them in. I was just excited about getting paint on the mask.

I also airbrushed some green on top of the black and silver. 
Again, I repainted the pipes silver...
These steps may have been unnecessary but it smoothed over the holes.

Step 6: Final Touches

After taking a break for a few days, I added black lines on the pipes using a fine point Sharpie to make them look corrugated.

Once the pipes were Sharpied, I airbrushed another coat of paint. Light and dark brown to cover up the hardness of the Sharpie lines and to accent some of the corners and make them look roughed up and dirty.

Finally, with black paint, I brushed the small plate (located on the forehead strap) that covers part of the corrugated pipes. I also dabbed a bit of here and there for more accents.

Step 7: Coat

To finish off the project, I purchased a $10 leather jacket that I found at a second hand store. I looked and looked for one that matched the one used in the film but, I could not find one. After several trips to the store, I figured, I should just be Bane and find one that Bane liked. "I'm Bane, which coat do I like?" and found one pretty quickly. Bane paid the lady at the front and was polite and said thank you.

I also airbrushed the fur on the inside of the coat to create contrast with the mask. This really finished off the costume.

So now, my question is: Do I shave my head and get completely "Baned out?"

Please don't forget to vote for me (top right of the page) in the Halloween Costume Contest.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Lol really? If i spent that much on just a cool looking mask from Batman, my mom would kill me. Maybe literally. She can get intense... :/

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    SO FRICKIN COOL! I tried to make one with craft foam and a small painting/doctors mask. It didn't work. I'll put up a picture when i do it your way.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    i live in hisar,india and nobody knows bane here


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!

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    Thank you, Poofrabbit! I just wanted to make an Instructable as a personal Halloween project and realized there was a contest I could enter. Having Tankmom create a mask for her son was simply awesome to see!

    That is pretty neat to see someone else make your instructable. I'm so glad you saw the contest!! Keep posting awesome stuff!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You're a finalist!! Beautiful mask and instructional! Great work Justin!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I totally loved this and made a version for my youngest, didn't take pictures as I went along as I was wrestling with my glue gun! Using a camping mat was a brilliant idea , we are trying to think of other cool stuff to make with the rest.Here's the result.

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    Hi Tankmom! Wow! Your picture and message made my day! I'm glad that I was able to help you with the project. The mattress is a fairly easy medium to work with, isn't it? I've used it for making insoles for snowboard boots and I came up with something else this past weekend...I guess I have another Instructable in the works.


    7 years ago on Step 7

    Yes, shave your head! I just did for my Bane costume, but do it at least half a week beforehand so your scalp can toughen up. Plus, you might like the look.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This looks great! Nice job! When I was working the midnight show at our cinema, one of the guys in line at the IMAX had a decent mask his friend had made and told me the base of it was an athletic cup, haha. I told him I hoped it was brand-new. This looks much better and obviously is a great budget-friendly one!

    And you wouldn't find a coat quite like Bane. I've been reading "The Art and Making of The Dark Knight trilogy" and I'm pretty sure all the costumes are custom for the film, as some behind-the-scenes thing I remember reading/watching talked about the influence in Bane's clothing being multi-ethnic. I think the one you found is perfect and what a great price!

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    Haha! I hope the cup was new too! lol.
    Thanks for the backstory, StoryAddict. When I was looking, I found a few close matches but nothing that I thought was awesome enough for the price. The closest I found was an inverted version, dark on the outside and light on the inside. It was a soft fuzzy material. It didn't feel "Bane" enough.
    I was surprised to find the one I bought for $10...and quite "Bane." lol
    Thanks again, StoryAddict.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Did you watch the insecurity-episode from Southpark?


    7 years ago on Step 2

    Forgive me if I'm too blunt but wouldn't an exacto knife have worked better? Sharper than any kitchen knife I know of and very precise.