The Making of a Zombie Cat Mask

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I am an artist based out of Montreal, Quebec. My current practice involves making masks using techniques I learned while working at a mascot production company. I documented most of the steps of my latest piece and edited them to music. There are a lot of steps involved and it would take a greater effort to go into every detail, but I hope this video can give you a general understanding. 

Enjoy!

For more of my works you can visit my site at: www.ianlangohr.squarespace.com

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    missmadhatter

    6 years ago

    Amazing!! My two loves...cats and zombies. Love to say I'd try it, but that's an epic fail on my part for another very far away day. Great job!! So impressive.

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    WindQueen

    3 years ago

    Great work :) I remember you from the zombie walk ! I'm a cat lover so obviously your costume appealed to me! My boyfriend was dressed as a giant Lego zombie so you might have seen him around (I was hanging around him, but realistically, I dont think you'll remember me : just a regular zombie among thousands)!

    I know this instructible isn't recent, but still, great job :)!

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    Lango84WindQueen

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hey!
    thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

    I do remember you somewhat. I was close in proximity to your boyfriends costume on the walk. I recall him asking for reassurance from you about how the costume was operating.
    please pass on my praise.
    maybe I'll see you all this year again.

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    jkramer7

    6 years ago

    Awesome! I'm jealous of your skills. Ha.

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    Lango84[THECREATOR]

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNwCojCJ3-Q

    Cyriak's wonderfully disturbing video was definitely consulted during the making of this! : )

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    bob3030

    6 years ago

    Cool!

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    cilewen

    6 years ago

    fun

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    Lango84rrkrose

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    you're welcome! please feel free to look at some of my other masks at www.ianlangohr.com

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    poofrabbit

    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is very very cool thanks for sharing! I'd love to know more about the materials you used! Simply fantastic!

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    Lango84poofrabbit

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you poofrabbit, I am glad you enjoyed it.
    My website is linked in the info, and under the Masks heading you will find a general breakdown of the materials used.
    But to go into more detail:
    I use a foam called ethafoam to carve the main shape. It's a foam that is used for packaging and costume making because of it's elasticity. This makes it durable for the masks as other more brittle foams tend to distort their shape when roughed up.
    I usually buy polar fleece to cover the shapes since it is also elastic and can stretch over odd forms. And because it has a thick texture it tends to hide my poor hand-sewing. For other details I use faux fur, felt or a material called burfab (though I am not sure where you can buy this one).
    I then use an airbrush to add dramatic shading and hand paint other details.
    The eyes and other select parts are made from pieces of ABS sheet styrene. For the eyes I bake the plastic for around 8 mins at 350 F and form it quickly over an eye shape carved from foam until it cools (That may be a harder process to explain in words.) A heat gun works well too.
    Other bits are usually made up of scraps of sheet rubber, carved wood wires and other bits of metal.
    I also use vinyl for details such as the reflection in the eyes.
    For the whiskers on this one I used a heavy fishing line (25lbs) and formed the shapes using a hair dryer.
    The mouth screen is made up of 3 layers. The one in the middle is a thin black foam similar to what you would put in a shopvac for a wet filter. That is sandwiched between a piece of chicken wire on the inside to add rigidity and a screen fabric on the outside to mask it all. It helps to find a screen fabric that is not too glossy and will allow paint on it to add more details if need be. The wire is also spray painted black to allow you to see from the inside, otherwise the silver finish would be distracting.
    For cushioning on the interior I use a foam similar to the spiky ones used on beds... not sure of the name. I cover it in a bit of material for comfort and place them where my head and face would otherwise rub up on the inside.

    That's all I can think of for now. I hope most of that is clear.
    I would be happy to answer any other questions.

    Thanks

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    poofrabbitLango84

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You are a rock star thanks so much! I'm going to make something similar, I will be sure to show you pictures. (LOL this might take me a while!)