Handmade Latex Mask and Zombie Suit

About: I am an independent mask maker specializing in top quality handmade latex masks for collecting and display. Each piece is handmade by me with the highest quality professional materials. No shortcuts are tak...

This year I decided to make my own mask from scratch. I created this character inspired by a classic mask called the Ghoul. I call this piece "Where's my Grave?"

Step 1: The Sculpture

I started by sculpting the mask in clay on a bust. I used plastic spheres for the eyes and acrylic teeth.

Step 2: The Latex Casting

I molded the sculpture in Ultracal 30 and cast it in mask latex. The first casting came out nearly perfect with a very small seam.

Step 3: Painting the Mask

I spent many hours airbrushing the mask with many layers of color. I then sealed it with an acrylic varnish and glossed the eyes and mouth.

Step 4: The Finished Costume!

I got an old suit and cut up the arms and legs to look shredded. To make it dusty I ground up cat litter in a coffee grinder and poured it in a trash bag. I put the suit in the bag and shook it up. I sealed the dust on with a clear acrylic spray. The rest was all performance having fun as a goofy zombie!

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    kylegilbert

    2 years ago

    Man, the detail here is amazing! Seriously great work!

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    4DIYers

    2 years ago

    Holy! You should definitely be doing special effects for movies.

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 years ago

    Super awesome sculpting and mask making skills!

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    Swansong

    2 years ago

    This looks awesome! I'd love to see more detail on how you made the sculpture for the base :)

    2 replies

    Here's a helpful guide you can use. :) https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Embed-Photos-in-an-Instructable/