When I first saw the cover art for the newly released game Dishonored, I knew that I had to make Corvo's mask as an Instructable. Most of the items required can be easily obtained at your local hardware store, such as Home Depot; Halloween stores; and art supply. It is not recommended that this mask actually be worn since it is rather heavy and cumbersome. I had a hard time posing with it on because it was so heavy and kept sliding down my face. Instead, it may be used as a decoration around the home or even attached to dummy draped in a black cloak. Or just let it sit and be spooky all on its own! (Corvo tattoo not included)
Step 1: Materials
For this re-creation, you will need the following items:
A full face blank mask
A black half mask
Hot glue gun
Thick jewelry wire
1" Electrical conduit fitting
Black spray paint
Silver, black, and copper acrylic paints
Stipple sponge (optional)
Other miscellaneous hardware items
(NOTE: I forgot to take a picture of everything I gathered prior because I got a lot of items after I began working on the mask)
Step 2: Cutting and Painting
I didn't have to cut up the black mask seeing as it was already how I needed it to attach the other mask. For the white full face mask, however, I cut it down the middle and then shape the jaw. I cut the other unused pieces using several images of Corvo's mask as reference so the jaw structure could be attached easily. Not exact, but close enough.
I then took the white pieces and spray painted them with black paint and let them dry for at least a half an hour before bringing them back in the house. (NOTE: Please wear a mask when using spray paint!) After it had dried, I brought the mask in and dry brushed it with silver acrylic paint. Just before it fully dried, I went over it with a stipple sponge to pull off some of the paint, giving in an antique feeling.
Step 3: Attaching and Wiring
Once the paint was fully dried, I began to piece together the mask with hot glue.
The next step was to punch holes in the lower and upper jaw to run the wire through.
Step 4: Odds and Ends
I had seen in various reference images of Corvo's mask that he has hinges on the sides, though the jaws are wired shut in the front. So to make the 'hinges', I found two plastic sink stoppers and a rubber O-ring gasket. I took two nuts and hot glued them to the top of the stoppers and then cut the gasket in half. I painted both pieces with copper paint and splattered some black and silver onto the stoppers. For the gasket, I painted it copper with a dry brush and then made little lines to give it more of an antique feel.
I also got a small length of stiff, thin rope and painted that gold with a dusting of black eyeshadow to give it a grunge effect.
Step 5: Finishing Up
I finished up by hot gluing the 1" conduit to the right eye and gluing round brass ringlets inside the other eye, then gluing down the rope and applying small 'U' shaped pieces of the remaining gold wire over sections of the rope. I found a few other miscellaneous bits and ends and glued them on as well. I know it's imperfect, but that's what gives it character and brings it to life.
So now you have completed your Corvo mask, put it somewhere for it to be enjoyed!
Participated in the
Halloween Props Contest