Thank you! Yes, I was surprised Michael's had them too! Even the woman who worked there that I asked didn't know they had them, but I scoped them out!
I had two mask "prototypes"; one was newspaper+mache which I lay on the foam mask, which had been wrapped in plastic wrap, but it was too small for my head. The second was newspaper and toilet paper+mache built on the foam head but not around, but that one got moldy (SO much yuck! It turned green and fuzzy and I almost threw up.) So then I gave up and bought the strips The front of the mask is built off of a cheap dollar store mask, laid onto the foam head to keep it in place. It took a lot of trial and error to get it to the size I wanted! I'd wait for it to dry, then check how it looked on me so I'd know where to add extra padding. But I am definitely appreciative of the dollar store mask because it keeps the plaster off my face! It was also a lot of help to figure out where my nose, eyes, etc. would be. Then when that was totally dry, I put a plastic bag on my head with holes cut out with the mask over that on my face and my lovely boyfriend then wrapped the back of my head with the first layer of plaster. I kept it on until it dried a little then took it off so I could finish the rest (and breathe properly!) I hope that makes sense! The mask took the most trial-and-error.
It's a little difficult to get on and off; I don't think anyone else could wear it properly because it is fitted to my head and face. But I wanted it snug because I didn't want my head to be shifting everywhere seeing as I may be attending a concert or two in full Silent Hill garb