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« on: March 08, 2011 08:48:12 AM »

I was recently commissioned to make 20 primitive style, animal masks for a production of "Children of Eden"  Each of the animals need two masks so that's a total of 10 different animals.  Only problem is that they waited until the last minute!  So, I've been doing designing, cutting and paper mache for hours every day.  I think they are coming out pretty well but I am tired of paper mache...lol!

Here is the collection of 12 I finished and mailed out....8 more to go!



And here are the close ups of each animal with a side view so you can see the dimensionality of the masks.  They were all made from cardboard and paper mache brown paper...I can do a tute if anyone wants it.  Each of the masks are made from at least three separate pieces and then the paper mache turns it into one whole piece.

Zebra



Anteater



Orangutan



Turtle



Frog



Skunk



Thanks for looking!  Back to the paper mache drawing board for another few days!


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Unfortunately, I will not get to finish the rest of the mask project since I am dealing with a lice infestation 
Sad  Had to send the rest out assembled but not paper mached and they will finish it on their end...I was enjoying the project but gotta get rid of these awful pests!
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011 09:41:21 AM »

Wow, a huge amount of work, for a really amazing product!  I love the way you have interpreted the different animal faces. Though I think my favorites are the orangutan and the turtle.  I am sure the actors will look great in them!  Gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011 09:42:41 AM »

These are so gorgeous.  I love them.  What did you use for the base?
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011 09:46:05 AM »

Those are fantastic! I like all of them, but I really like the dimensionality of the frog! I would love the tut if you have time for it!
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011 10:22:56 AM »

Wow, a huge amount of work, for a really amazing product!  I love the way you have interpreted the different animal faces. Though I think my favorites are the orangutan and the turtle.  I am sure the actors will look great in them!  Gorgeous!

Thanks cute_anarchy!  Funny...I feel like the orangutan doesn't go with the style of the masks as well as the  other ones...everyone else tells me it's their favorite but I sent that one off still not satisfied with it...lol.  I think I'm too close to the work.  Thanks for the compliment!
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011 10:23:52 AM »

Lovely! Nothing like a looming deadline to get you going, eh?! Cheesy

Just the right amount of detail, just the right amount of "left up to your imagination!"
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011 10:37:05 AM »

These are so gorgeous.  I love them.  What did you use for the base?

They are all made of cardboard.  I created a mask shape with flat cardboard and then cut the dimensional shape and wet it so I could form the cardboard and then I used brown paper for the paper mache.

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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011 10:39:44 AM »

Those are fantastic! I like all of them, but I really like the dimensionality of the frog! I would love the tut if you have time for it!

Thnks!  Glad you like them.  Of course...right now, I need to be making 8 more but I'll try for a tute in a few days...I actually had to send the theater company plans for making 10 because they wanted like 50 masks and there was no way I could do that in 3 weeks.  So I have a tute written out in PDF...just gotta recreate it here on craftster....but for now...back to paper mache!   Grin
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011 12:42:58 PM »

Fabulous! That's a LOT of work!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011 01:09:01 PM »

Those are amazing! My favorites are the zebra and the turtle. I would love to just hang one on my wall!
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