Scary Mask




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Make this scary mask! It's easier than it looks.

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:
  • A styrofoam head or a cast of your face
  • Wed clay (I love Monster Makers)
  • sculpting tools
  • Thermoplastic like Wonderflex or something similar. Plaster bandages will also work.
  • Cheesecloth and Ping pong balls for eyes
  • White glue
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Heat gun
  • Wig
  • Baseball cap or something similar
  • Paints and brushes- acrylics work fine
  • Zip ties

Step 2: Sculpt Your Mask

Find or draw an image of what you want your mask to look like.
My mask is a re-imagining of a mask I saw online.

Sculpt your shape on your head form. Remember to be aware of where the eyes, nose and mouth are. If you're using a styrofoam head, you can measure your own face and mark their placement on the styrofoam.

Wed clay is very forgiving and very easy to use. Adding water helps smooth it out once you've got what you want. Make your sculpt looks how you want from every angle.

Step 3: Form Thermoplastic or Plaster Bandages to Sculpt

Using a heat gun, form your thermoplastic to the sculpt.

Use your fingers to get the plastic to form into the little grooves and crevices. Keep cool water nearby in case you touch the plastic while it's still a bit too hot and to rinse some of the glue from the plastic off your fingers.

When forming the shape, make sure to hold the plastic in place until it cools or it will spring back out. It takes a few minutes to get the hang of, but it's really quick, and really easy once you do.

If you are using plaster bandages, make sure to cover your sculpt in petroleum jelly before you begin. Lay short strips over the sculpt, making sure to form it into the creases.

Complete one layer. When this is dry, add a second layer with strips running in opposite directions. Let dry and repeat a third time. This should be sufficient for strength and shape retention.

Step 4: Make the Hat

I used a big tube and Fosshape (a different kind of thermoplastic than Wonderflex, but either will work as well as plaster bandages).
I covered the tube with plastic wrap just to make sure it wouldn't stick.

Hit the thermoplastic with a heat gun and form wrinkles.

Remove from the tube and continue to wrap around and glue it to itself with heat gun. If using plaster bandages, glue together with the bandages.

Use thermoplastic or bandages to make flat top and brim.

Step 5: Form the Eyes

Cut the ping pong balls not quite in half. Use the larger side to be your eyes.
Cover with petroleum jelly.
Soak the cheesecloth in glue, and form over the ping pong balls.
Leave enough cheesecloth to sort of puddle around the side of the ball. This will give you a flange to glue to the inside of the mask.
Let dry thoroughly.

Cut holes out of the thermoplastic where you want the eyes to go.
Fit and glue in the eyes from the back of the mask.

Paint mask and hat with base coat of white paint (or gesso if you already have it).
I used some thin rope around the crown of the hat to give it some extra texture.

Step 6: Paint

Have fun painting your mask.
Go overboard with shadows and highlights. What seems natural will get washed out from a distance, so go big.
Periodically hold the mask in front of a mirror from a slight distance to see how it looks. This gives you a different perspective than how you have been seeing it and may give you some ideas of how to perfect your design.
Paint the interior of your hat and mask black.

Step 7: Attach Mask, Wig and Hat

Cut the brim off of the baseball cap.
Use zip ties to attach the wig to the mask, and then to the cap.
Style the wig to look totally crazypants.

To place the hat, it's best to try the mask on and decide where it's most balanced on the whole rig. Then attach the hat with zip ties.

Step 8: Scare Your Friends

Wear it out and terrify your neighbors! Or place it in your flatmate's bedroom while they're asleep.
Be sure to duck under doorways, or you might lose your head!

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53 Discussions


2 years ago

is this from the babadook?


3 years ago

I really wish there was a video for this... Do you have one?


4 years ago on Introduction

for those of you wondering this is a Red Jack mask designed by Erich Lubatti

Love the design, and I had very little difficulty adapting it for a Ryuk* mask (only minor differences like slightly different wig, no hat, and slightly different paint job--the neck is separate) . However, I have a bit of a beginner question. I am using a Styrofoam head form as a base, but the clay seems to be cracking. I tried once just soaking it and covering it, and the cracks went away, but then they came back when it dried. Should I be using a thicker layer of clay or is it something else?



5 years ago

Me and the kids made our own version of this great mask. We didn't come close to the craftmanship of your maskbut it turned out scary enough. Not sure how to post our picture of it though...


5 years ago

That is so creepy, love it.


5 years ago on Introduction

Is it bad that I want to have dinner with you to pick your brains, or maybe have a craft day? OOh, I know, a crafting afternoon with mixed drinks and lots of laughter!!

This is phenomenal, but then again, most stuff you do is!


I actually just came across the words 'wonderflex' and 'fosshape' after watching "Heroes of Cosplay". Is it very expensive to purchase and how simple is it to use?


7 years ago on Introduction

wow a 7ft tall man in a pinstripe suit would make children scream


7 years ago on Introduction

If somebody were in that mask and go loo loo loolooo would you laugh or be scared?


8 years ago on Step 8

If the purpose of this is scary the people.

You have achieve it, LOL.
Really This mask give me goosebumps!


8 years ago on Step 8

that mask is going to scare th crap out of some three yr olds