are places online where you can purchase
kits that contain all the materials you need
to make your own Latex monster masks.
I'm sure these are fine products, and if
you've never done this before there's
nothing wrong with going that route.
However, if you don't mind doing a little
scrounging, and if you trust your own
creativity, then you can make three to five
latex masks for around $50.
the way, this project isn't intended to make
masks that can be worn. Instead, stuff
them with newspaper or expanding foam and mount
face only a 'weener' could love
in novelty, hobby, and art stores
in hobby and art stores (oil-based & doesn't dry out)
at Home Depot and hobby stores
at hobby stores and online (1 quart)
used plain old Testor model paints & brushes
your own monster mask is a very rewarding
experience. The girls will think you're all
sensitive when they learn that you're
"sculpting" and learning how to make
your own molds. That is, until they see the
vile creature you're actually sculpting.
mask making process can be broken down into the
following steps: Sculpting, molding,
casting, and painting. There is a fair
amount of work involved and you will need patience
(especially when you destroy your first mold
trying to de-mold it and have to
chuck the whole thing into the trash).
afraid of failure. Especially since clay and
plaster are really *cheap*. Luckily, the
hardest part of the project involves the cheapest
materials. By the time you start working
with the expensive stuff (Latex), you'll already
have your mold ready.
isn't really a sculpting primer. If
you've never sculpted before but you aren't
afraid to jump right in then you should be
able to follow along. If you'd like
more information about the how's, and why's
and where-fors before sinking your fingers
into some clay, then click
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(Plastilina) clay won't dry out. You
can work it and reuse it indefinitely.
Start your project by covering your
styrofoam head (or whatever armature you're
using) with clay. Knead handfuls of
clay and mash them flat, then just squish
them in sections all over your head (the
styrofoam head, that is). Your goal is
to cover the surface with somewhere between
1/8" to 1/4" of clay.
covered the front half of the head and I
recommend that you do the same for this
project. We're only making a
single-part mold (just the face), so don't
go back any further than the ears.