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Topic: How to make Venetian/Masqurade Masks  (Read 1213 times)
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« on: October 28, 2010 06:05:36 PM »

I had bought two while I was on a school related trip to Italy (one for me, and one for a friend) and I absolutely love them. They're so gorgeous. I would love to be able to make more for pictures for fun.

What would make for the best base? I honestly might try many different ways (cardboard, plastic, paper mache, etc) but I'm looking for opinions from others who might've made them before and might know beforehand which worked best for them, personally.
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2010 08:36:23 PM »

If you want to be able to wear them, I'd recommend plaster, and put fabric on the inside.  Paper mache would work in a pinch, but those masks tend to be better for decoration after a while.  They usually get sort of musty.  Leather also makes a terrific mask base, but there's a learning curve for working with it (you use wet leather and sculpt it).  For all three ways, you probably want to get a mask form to work off of.

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010 02:16:23 PM »

Thanks! I think I'll be trying the plaster. I have a mask already that perfectly fits my face so I'm going to use that to work off of.

I can't wait to try them!! If it turns out well, I might make a whole bunch of bases and then store them somewhere before I decorate them.
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2010 12:28:12 PM »

Plaster is good but can be heavy; have you tried Wonderflex or Fosshape?  Wonderflex is kind of like a plastic fabric that you can heat and shape with your hands, and Fosshape is a felt that hardens with heat.  I use both for making props and accessories; they're lightweight and sturdy.
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