My husband is a huge Spiderman fan and wanted a me to design and create a simple mask to wear for conventions without having to wear a full costume. This mask is so comfortable that you won't even notice it's on!
Check out the video for any extra tips!
Supplies for cutting and engraving
Water dish and sponge
Rounded or sharp tool for making marks on the leather. If you don’t have this you can use a pen or pencil.
Cutting knife or craft knife
Tandy Industrial knife - https://amzn.to/2JaCPQ4
Craft Knife - https://amzn.to/2Yd5ZEv
Hand engraver -https://amzn.to/2Ycjgx6
Rotary knife (not needed but useful)
Border tool (optional for creating outline around eyes)
Vegetable tanner leather 4-7 oz (whatever you have on hand. 5/6 oz is ideal).
Leather scissors (optional)
Something to shape your mask over - either your own face or a mannequin head
Step 1: Color Supplies
Dish for dye
Dye and paint (I used Tandy’s Eco-Flo and Cova colors) https://amzn.to/2J5PhR5
Brush of some sort to apply your dye
Paint brush for any acrylic paint or accents
Lint free cloth to wipe off any excess dye.
Step 2: Finishing Your Mask - Supplies
Step 3: Template
Print provided PDF on a heavy weight paper and cut out templates. The second template is for the detail around the eyes.
Tape template down on leather.
Step 4: Trace Around Template
Trace around template with pen or sharp tool etc.
Step 5: Cut Out Your Mask
Use a craft knife or an industrial craft knife to cut out the leather. My favourite knife is the industrial knife from Tandy (link in supplies). The blades are very sharp and can easily cut through thick leather. You may have to go over each cut several times (depending on thickness).
You can use your leather scissors or craft knife to cut out the shape of the mask.
Step 6: Wet Down Your Leather
Use your sponge and small dish of water to wet down the leather to carve your webs etc.
Step 7: Add the Details to Your Eyes
I used a rounded tool to draw around my eye template. You can free carve, with your engraver If you like or use a border tool.
Step 8: Add Webs
Measure where you want your spider webs to be. You can free hand this as well if you would like. I used my rounded tool to draw in where I was going to engrave.
Step 9: Wet Down Your Mask
Shape your mask either over your own face or over a mannequin head. Once you are done shaping make sure you let your mask completely dry
Step 10: Choose Your Colors!
Choose the colors you are going to use. In the video I did two masks with two different color schemes.
Step 11: Red Mask
I dyed this twice and let the mask completely dry each time. It’s up to you if you are going to finish the inside of the mask or not. If you are going to dye the inside of the mask make sure you put a sealant or finish on it.
Step 12: Black Suit or Symbiote Spiderman
The mask was done in black. I was careful not to get any black on the area I was going to paint white around the eyes.
Once the mask is completely dry you can paint the black around the eyes.If you are doing the black version with the white eyes. Wait until the black is completely dry then add the white.
Step 14: Seal the Leather
Once everything is dry you can seal it with a finisher of your choice. Now that your mask has been sealed. Burnish any edges with a burnisher of some sort. I used a wooden one with a tapered edge to smooth out the eye area.
Step 15: Adding Holes
I punch the holes for my masks around the mid point of the eyes. I make the holes about the same size as the cord.
Step 16: Cut Your Cord
The length of the cord is determined on the head size of who is going to wear it. You don’t want to make it too short as when you are putting it on it will stretch out and come out of the cord keeper. Lace through your mask and add your cord keeper or tie your mask closed!
Step 17: Done!
Now you have your Spiderman mask! Check out our video for any questions you may have!
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