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NovemberWed
« on: October 27, 2010 07:03:08 PM »

Hello

I'm having a "winter wonderland masquerade" wedding and the wedding favors are going to be masks for the guests. I bought some basic black plastic masks and wanted to paint/add feathers etc... I discovered that the masks are very flimsy and will not be able to hold up to any decorating. I wanted to reinforce them in some way but not sure how. I thought of wrapping them in plaster strips but making about 100, this will be a big job. I thought about fiberglass epoxy but that was a fail on many levels. Basically something that will harden them a bit, maybe something liquid I can dip them in. Any ideas?? Thanks in advance!
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010 07:27:03 PM »

Maybe spray adhesive? Just spray it over the entire outer surface, and once it dries to tackiness, you can quickly deco the mask. Or let it dry completely (I think the one I have takes 30 mins in dry conditions), and then paint/deco. I know spray adhesive remains somewhat flexible (I re-covered a mouse pad for my other half), but it may be juuuuust enough added sturdiness to make it practical. And spray adhesive is useful for LOTS of stuff because it sticks almost anything together.

Another option may be tool-dip. It's essentially really thick liquid latex and comes in lots of colours. I don't know how expensive it is, though.

Yet another option is to dispense with the plastic masks completely and just cut your own out of posterboard, which is also available in an insane array of colours. Spray adhesive would come in handy with these, because then you'd already have the background colour you want, and you can just spray the whole front of the mask and deco away with no goopy mess from a glue gun or white PVA glue. You'll have to test out what sort of colour change the spray adhesive causes, though.

I hope that was helpful, and best of luck with your DIY wedding Cheesy
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