As a mask-maker, I KNEW I wanted to give myself the challenge of creating a mask using THREAD for the Just Thread It challenge. Here's what I came up with: a "thread-mache" mask that uses only black crochet thread, Elmer's glue, gold wax paste, and a little ribbon and elastic (which are made of thread mostly!)
Close-up detail of the mask, to show thread texture:
YOU can make this super-easy mask as well...all you need is patience for drying time! And the following supplies:
--1 plastic mask face from craft store
--some crochet thread or ANY OTHER THREAD (thick is better and faster)
--Elmer's Glue All
--Treasure Gold Wax Paste (the faux gold leafing type stuff, comes in a tiny circular jar)
--elastic and ribbon, hot glue gun
First, you need to cut the thread into a bunch of short, even-length strands...this is much easier if you wind the thread around something (I have used a small picture frame here) and then shimmy it off and cut both sides...u will know what I mean when u do it
(you can see the tiny jar of Treasure Gold in this picture here: up near the top inside a round cookie cutter)
--Make a mixture of 3 parts glue to one part water in a disposable tupperware.
--Grab a hank of threads, and dredge through the watery glue.
--Lay across the face in any pattern you like (I created a kind of basket weave, celtic knot, over-under kinda thing...this only "came" to me after several tries doing other patterns I did not like. If you wanna imitate my pattern, just refer to the photo...or, try creating your OWN pattern--that's the fun of it!)
--Keep adding glue/water soaked clumps of thread until you create a pattern you like:
As you can probably tell from that picture and the next, after the pattern is done, u wanna squirt EVEN MORE GLUE over all the strands, adding extra at any joins or overlaps...don't worry, this stuff dries crystal clear.
FOR THE FIRST 3 OR 4 HOURS: keep adding new glue whenever it looks like it has all soaked in. I used 3/4 of a bottle on this project.
FOR THE NEXT 3 DAYS: Let your mask dry until it is BONE-DRY...u will tempted to take it off and try it on: don't! You CAN move things along with a warm hair dryer...but the mask needs at least a couple days to dry!
FINALLY: Carefully pry the mask off the mask form. This is a time to added any needed glue (and blow dry it), etc.
FINISHING: Hot glue gun two pieces of elastic onto either side of mask. Wrap with matching ribbon (and more hot glue) to hide the elastic join.
ADD GOLD: Rub some Treasure Gold on your finger, and pass over the mask, highlighting the thread-y texture.
Enjoy! Show me your thread masks too--have fun crafting! Great to wear to a ren-fair or something! Kinda looks like leather--nice and cruelty-free leather!