So I'm a larper and my boyfriend organizes a Warcraft LARP. I'm from Hungary, which isn't an excuse for me being poor as hell but it's kind of an explanation. I don't have the money to buy expensive utensils for crafting so I always try to use the cheapest kind of materials with the highest rate of effectiveness - and it usually works.
In summer I will play a troll witchdoctress at the larp and I decided to start with the costume as soon as possible and to make something like a tutorial to show how I get stuff done.
So, here it comes.
THE TROLL VOODOO MASK
The mask base.
What I used:
- cardboard paper, the thin kind
- a ruler
- pencil and eraser
- x-acto knife and scissors
The measurements.I think it's pretty obvious from the picture which sizes I checked on my face and used later on.
(Everything is measured in cm.)
The bad prototype. I used this to see what my mask base will have to look like. The eyeholes went totally askew and the nose was terrible, too. But I learned from my mistake.
the annoying furball.He is an important part of the process. Always.
The outlines. This is where to cut out.
I messed it up the first time. Now, the upper nose shape is the good one. As it will 'come out' of the mask, the sides have to be a bit wider. The dotted lines are the edges of the area which is exactly the same size as the drawn nose on the outlines. As you can see, I added some space.
The nose done right. As you can see, I fixed it. I used thin cut ducktape to attach the 'wing' parts to the inner side of the mask. For the shape of the nose I made a thin cut on the middle line with my x-acto knife. I din't cut it through, just enough so it will bend nicely. I did the same thing with the middle of the head/forehead piece, as you will see in the last picture. This has to be done so the mask will fit my face.
Now the paper base is ready!
This is the finished version of the paper base.
I will continue to upload photos and decsriptions as I work on the mask. The next part will be how to stabilize the base from the inner side, and then I will start with the coating.
I hope you have enjoyed it so far!