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« on: September 29, 2011 10:35:55 PM »

Myself, my hubby and our daughter are going as Carol, kw, and Max from where the wild things are. Im making the masks out of paper mache, and I used an exercise ball for the form. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to keep these things on our heads! I kept working on them anyways, thinking it would come to me and well.. it never did. There is so much extra space inside the mask, even a helmet is too small. Any ideas? Im sooo stuck!  Undecided

Thank you everyone for your suggestions!! I ended up building a cardboard frame resembling a basket inside the mask to fill up some of the extra space. I then sprayed the inside of the basket with expanding foam, and carved out where our heads went. It worked wonderfully!

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2011 10:51:24 PM »

If it were me, I would try and rig them to sit on my shoulders.  It's an awful lot of weight to be sitting on the head/neck.  Some kind of upside down padded U shaped ridged bit for the shoulders and then 2 pieces that stick up from the U shaped bit and attache to the mask.  But I've never done anything like this so I'm just guessing.  The mask looks fabulous BTW.  and Good luck Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2011 12:47:06 AM »

i'd agree with Sureal, i'd try and rig something so that the majority of the weight is on your shoulders, it'll be a bit more stable that way too, depending on how much space you have inside, maybe attach a head harness ie strips of inch wide ribbon so that it doesn't bobble about too much

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2011 01:46:33 AM »

fashion it like a lampshade of sorts with supports and a halo thing (embroidery hoop?) for your head...stuff the inner parts with newspaper and tape it to form supportive mold around your head... or further paper mache it.
whatever you do a helmet could keep it on if the chin strap works well?

« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2011 05:16:32 AM »

Depending on how a helmet fits in there, you could place the helmet in the position you want, and then fill the rest of the empty space with spray foam insulation.  It expands to fill the area its sprayed in.  I'm unsure on its dried weight, but I'm sure you could google. it.

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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011 06:43:22 AM »

ooh yea, expandy foam would be good, it's really light weight, we used it to repair my brother's old kayak

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2011 08:35:36 AM »

how about a backpack rig and hold them up above your head, so you can have see through panel on the monster's neck and will make them larger than life

« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2011 09:59:18 AM »

I would try wearing a snug fitting hat, and glue foam between hat & mask.

-- I see others have suggested this.  Must be a good idea  Wink

Another thought is to build a wire support from your shoulders, if the mask is big enough to fit that far down your head. 

Something better work, that's a gorgeous big head mask!

The french still wear those for Carnival. Maybe there is something on the web... if I can find a link to instructions I'll come back and post it.
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2011 05:45:07 PM »

thank you everyone! Awesome ideas, I am sooo grateful! I'll let you know how it all turns out!
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2011 01:28:43 PM »

You might have already solved the problem, but I use either construction helmets or (more $$) skate-boarding helmets to support masks.


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