Steampunk Gas Mask




This is my first instructable, and it's how I took a Optimus prime mask from walmart, some super glue, spray paint,  acrylic paint, and time into my sexy gas mask. Hope you guys like it!

Step 1: It Begins

So First, I saw a lot of potential in the mask, and took it home to see what I could do with it.

Step 2: Might As Well Wear It Once As Intended!

It was a pretty cool mask for what it was, but it needed to be more. We needed it to be better. sleeker. sexier....older?
Now, To steampunk it!

Step 3: No Disassemble!

My first step was to remove all the screws, and take every piece apart. there was a lot I decided to do without. For this part, you'll obviously need a screwdriver.

Step 4: At Dawn, We Ride!

When I took off the earpieces and part of the face vent (it slides right off), I noticed it seemed to look like a motorcycle helmet. I'm so easily amused.

Step 5: Hello, Clarice

And now it looks like Hannibal Lector's mask. But that's an instructable for another time. What I did here was remove the eyepiece with a screwdriver, and I cut the over the head pieces off with a pair of sharp scissors. at this point I also removed the voice changer part. I did that because the way it was wired wouldn't fit with how I was building the mask, and I cut the top off because I wanted to be able to fit my hat, of course!

Step 6: Half Way Done

At this point I put it all back together to get a feel for how it was taking shape. I loved the way it fit my face, but it's still far too futuristic for steampunk style. As you can also see, I cut the antenna-looking parts off the earpieces too, and sanded them a little to make them smoother.
Now then. Lets see how to make this a little more interesting.

Step 7: I See a Red Door, and I Want It Painted Black

First I decided to spray paint all the pieces I wanted to use a nice flat black color. I did this because;
A) It keeps the original colors from showing through, but most importantly,
B) The acrylic paints I want to use do not stick to plastic!
By using sandpaper to rough up the plastic just a little, and then spray painting them with a flat black paint, it makes the surface much much MUCH easier to paint on. Trial and error. Glad I told you this trick, in case you wanted to steampunk a nerf gun or something in the future? (Thats where I got my start)

Step 8: One More Time in Original Order

I reassembled them one more time for two reasons. A) they look damn sexy now, and B) it makes it a little easier in this state to figure out what should go where.

Step 9: An Idea Is Forming!

after playing around with the pieces, I decided to turn the vent looking piece backwards, and at an angle. Now it looks like a fancy design, like a vent and a wing at the same time. Also, something I forgot to mention. The buttons that controlled the voice changer are visible here. I simply glued the plastic button part into place to make it stay. it still looks good!

Step 10: More Ideas!

I decided to keep my wing idea, and glued them into place with hot glue. I also cut a little more of the mask of for nicer definition and shape. If you notice the earpiece area is also removed, because I decided to turn them upside down, and put them in the cheek area to make gas mask canisters! Am I brilliant or what?

Step 11: It's Beginning to Take Shape!

I tacked the 'canisters' into place with superglue to see how it looks. I love it!
Remember all this time I'm also holding this against my face in a mirror to see how it looks, feels, and fits. Don't ever make something like this without trying it on every time you change something! You might get into dire straights. Aren't you glad I reminded you of that too?

Step 12: Now to Make It Visually Pleasing

Now I began to paint it using gold and copper acrylics. these are at walmart's craft section on the cheap, and are AMAZING for steampunking plastics.

Step 13: At Last, My Greatest Creation Is Completed!

I used a shirt stay to hold my mask on using holes already there on the 'wing' vents from it's original position. But any kind of strap will due. I put a lot of time and care into building this, and I think it turned out great. Let me know what you think! I hope this gives you ideas, and inspiration! Now get steampunking!



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    41 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    It looks good but it still has too much of a manga feel. It needs some embellishment. Great paint job.

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    Reply 8 months ago

    You may not like manga as much as steampunk, but either way i think the mask is friggin' cool. (i love manga)


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thats what you get when you work with premade plastics, I'm afraid. I could have embellished it a bit, but I like the fact that it went from one mask to another, you know?
    I'm going to do more original works as soon as I get the funds to do so, but it's fun to 'upcycle' no?

    I also think it's pretty awesome, and if you're in the mood for tips, I think bigger canisters could help the look. Great build.

    Bigger canisters probably would be cool, even those where very difficult to use, but I was kind of challenging myself to use the mask itself. I know it's a bit corny, but I wanted to see if I could make something everyday into something else without really adding anything.
    I can't wait to try more original builds though!
    I'm always in the mood for tips, pointers, constructive criticism, what have you. You can only go up, you know?


    Ok, Never left a comment or an instructable... yet, but I'm a thinker as well as a tinkerer...
    Canisters- turn your existing canisters around and hot glue or whatever your fancy for adhesion, tuna cans. Preferably empty and cleaned, lol.
    It will give it a more diesel/ steam punk affect.
    When I start getting ideas I start looking through what I have available in my junk stores...
    Otherwise, if my boys wouldn't kill me in my sleep I would start one as well- kudos for the idea, keep it up!

    Not corny at all, building something with a limited source is a great way to test skill and creativity. Used to do writing exercises back in the day where we had to write poetry with a specified set of words. It can have some great results, which you have. Fact is I'm considering the possibilities for a similar project now that you've shown me the way.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe add extras - I found springs made all the difference to the plastic goggle I modified.


    2 years ago

    Thought this might be an amazing Sith mask also... to bad that mask is a collectors item now that cost $150+ on Amazon.

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    Check out Goodwill stores, consignment shops, Megathrift, any sort of second-hand store. I actually saw one of these at my local Goodwill store not long ago and now I'm upset I didn't buy it. xD I find Nerfs upon Nerfs at Goodwill.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    It might not be the most expensive or intensive Instructable, but it's still friggin' cool.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Fabulous! Could also pass as a Steampunk Bane mask or bottom half of a Steampunk Ironman mask. :)


    5 years ago on Step 12

    you have no idea how much I love this. Thank you! <3