I am working on a burlesque type outfit for a friend's costume birthday party; one of the requirements for attendees is that you must have some sort of mask. I like to make stuff, so I decided to try making a lace mask that would be a little more exotic than just a normal mask. I wanted it to look sort of Lady Gaga-esque and I really like how it turned out. It was so easy so I thought I'd post it for future halloween costume needs!
I bought a black lace remnant for cheap at Joann Fabrics. Here is what I started with:
I put it up on my face and trimmed it to about 1 cm past my hairline. I also carefully trimmed along the pattern so that it wasn't just a straight line on my forehead.
Next, I soaked the lace in a mixture of water and Elmer's Glue to give it some firmness. I got the idea from a technique I used when making a mask out of leather. When you get it all nice and soaked, put it on your face and shape it how you want it; the water/glue mixture helps shape the mask to your face and helps it hold its shape. I then dried it with a hairdryer. Note: I put vaseline on my eyebrows, just in case, but I'm not sure it was really necessary.
As you can see in the pic, it is curved to the shape of my nose and face and now has enough body to stand on its own:
To secure the mask, I used a bobby pin on each side. Here is the finished product (please excuse my ratty appearance):
I'm thinking it will look better once I'm in the whole ensemble, lol. I'm planning to post pics of that as well because I made this awesome feathered skirt that I also want to share. I hope you like it and c/c are welcome!
PS - I just noticed that it looks like there are some um... strange items on my bed behind me in the last pic. I PROMISE that they are both remote controls for my television and DVD player!!!!!!!! lol