This instructable will explain how to make two different masks suitable for a masquerade ball. The two different mask types are suitable for male and female.
I am located in Australia, as with all my instructables prices are in Australian dollars and store locations are Australian.
Step 1: Introduction
Masks were required for a masquerade ball we were planning on attending. Rather than buying something that looked ugly and was expensive we had the idea to make the masks ourselves.
The two types of mask outlined in this instructable are designed to be worn by a male and female. It should be obvious which is which.
A lot of googling was done prior to give us ideas, the main criteria was we wanted masks that shared similar colours, hence, we decided on using a red, gold and black colour scheme.
For mask ideas have a browse through the hundreds of mask examples at MaskaSoo.
Step 2: Equipment
Below lists the equipment used in the making of my masks. Prices and shops are listed.
- masks $2.95
- sequins star 2 sizes gold 20g $3 Crazy Clark's
- Shanghai red spray paint $9.50 Supercheap Auto
- black spray paint
- moulding dowel 6mm 1.8m $2.35 Bunnings
- black feathers 10g $3.49 Spotlight
- large long $3.10
- yellow packet $1.80
- red small single $2
- hot glue gun
Step 3: Cutting the Basic Shape
The basic mask shape was drawn on the masks with pencil and cut out with scissors, it was quite difficult to get the mask exactly symmetrical, and hence the first masks were used as more of a template.
It is a good idea to keep all lines curvy, as this looks nicer and makes it easier to cut with scissors.
Step 4: Painting
Spray paint is recommended to coat the masks as this was the easiest to use. Automotive red paint was chosen for the male mask as this had a metallic shine; standard black matt paint was used on the female mask. A piece of dowel is used for a handle on the female mask; remember to paint this as well.
Step 5: Decorating (the Fun Part)
If you are still unsure on how you want to decorate your mask you can use the painted masks and hold feathers around it you see how it will look. Generally for the female mask a larger feather is looks nice in the centre.
Use a hot glue gun to glue the feathers in place.
We initially had the idea to add a gold border around the female mask with a gold marker, this was tried on the test mask and it was quite messy, hence not implemented on the final mask.
Step 6: Final Photos
Below are the final photos of the masks. Gold stars can be observed on the female mask.