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Brain Coral HeadpieceView Instructable »
It's common foam core. 3/16" thick, in black
That's a good question. Got a minute?A couple years ago I needed to make a mask for NY's Coney Island Mermaid Parade.I decided to do a pufferfish, and grabbed whatever materials were at hand. I've always got foam core laying around, so it just happened spontaneously. I'd already ruled out paper-mache, wanted to do something different. I'd been looking at African masks, the ones from the Congo with incised linework on a simple shape, wondered if I could do something like that but with more of an open framework.If you go to my umbrella instructable and watch the video, you can see the result at 0:31. The first model didn't hide the structure. It was made out of white foam core and paper and spray painted yellow. BTW I work in the architecture field, and my approach is no doubt infl...
That's a good question. Got a minute?A couple years ago I needed to make a mask for NY's Coney Island Mermaid Parade.I decided to do a pufferfish, and grabbed whatever materials were at hand. I've always got foam core laying around, so it just happened spontaneously. I'd already ruled out paper-mache, wanted to do something different. I'd been looking at African masks, the ones from the Congo with incised linework on a simple shape, wondered if I could do something like that but with more of an open framework.If you go to my umbrella instructable and watch the video, you can see the result at 0:31. The first model didn't hide the structure. It was made out of white foam core and paper and spray painted yellow. BTW I work in the architecture field, and my approach is no doubt influenced by that. There are parallels in the form of this mask to the Bird's Nest Stadium at the Chinese Olympics, which may have been an unconscious influence at some point in the process. There are two advantages to this style mask. 1) It's lightweight. Critical for me as I've had disc problems in my neck. (the multi-color skull mask weighs only 3.5 oz)2) The open framework allows air to pass through, making it more comfortable to wear and not so claustrophobic. Also vision is good because you can see through the whole of the structure, instead of two little eye-holes typical in many traditional masks. For the next parade, another pufferfish (0:35 in the video). I decided to make the framework disappear, so that the circular shapes would appear to float independently of each other. Again, the idea just came to me.The latest skull mask (glove instructable) was intended to look like dotted lines, but I spaced them closer together and it ended up looking more like mosaic, so I just went with it. I've got other masks planned, including another pufferfish, so keep an eye for that sometime within the next 6 months or so.UK, your kind words and compliments made my day! Thank you for that.All the best, P
SKELETON GLOVESView Instructable »
Well done, S! Love your color choices, thanks for including so many views! Have a great Halloween!
Way to go, Jim! You Rock! Have fun wearing it on Halloween!
Thank you Linda, much appreciated!Cheers, P
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Thanks PK, much appreciated!Cheers, Paul
Thanks JS. Nice of you to say so. Much appreciated.Cheers, Paul
The eye discs are situated above the eyes, you see through and between the colored dots on either side of the noseand through the nose opening itself. And through the cheeks, mouth and chin as well to some degree. Hard to imagine from the photo, but visibility is really pretty good. Comparable to conventional masks. Thanks for the question! Cheers, Paul
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Thanks, K! Just for kicks I weighed it yesterday, it's 3 1/2 ounces, very light. And yeah, cash-wise it's pretty cheap to make. The only expensive thing is the reflective fabric, which can be substituted with cheaper tape.Cheers, Paul
You can see better than one would guess, looking at the mask. I usually try to leave just a little more space between dots in front of the eyes. Peripheral vision is a bit more compromised, but that's true with any mask.In daylight, vision is fine. At night, not as good but still OK.
Hey, thanks for the encouraging remarks! A couple others also suggest I swap that image for the cover.Might have to look into that. Thanks again for the kind words. Cheers
It's also super-lightweight. 3 1/2 ounces, I weighed it today just out of curiousity.I've made others, and right now I'm working on a neanderthal skull, we'll see how it turns out
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Same technique but different texture and color scheme. I didn't document it for an instructable, but will be making ablowfish mask in a few months which I will document. Stay tuned
This is perfect for you then! Cheers, P
Skull Mask (wearable)View Instructable »
No, I'm afraid the light wouldn't get through(I did a test). As far as cutting out circles, you can use any shape.I've used irregular trapezoids, triangles, and oblong shapes with rounded corners, all to interesting effect. Good luck!
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I went ahead and folded one up and let it sit for several days, opened it yesterday and it's fine. As for the films, I was using a pack I bought a couple years ago and don't remember the price. Any well-stocked photo shop should have colored films. You can also buy them in larger sheets if you want more of one color. I wonder if craft stores would sell colored celophane, if that would work and be cheaper?
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good question- I've folded them all the way and the film hasn't popped off. I've never folded them up for long periods though, the films might get creased but I doubt that would ruin the effect when the umbrella is opened again. Usually I keep them open at home and use them as decorative lighting shades. When I fold them to transport them usually I close them about 3/4 of the way. Another point: some colored films are thicker than others, so fold easier. As to your other question, where to acquire the films. I get mine from B&H Photo in New York City. You could probably order from them online. Also I would bet Amazon has something on offer as well. Let me know if you need any more clarification or have other questions. Thank you for your comments and questions!
Colored Light UmbrellaView Instructable »