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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Half Mask Project


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Oscar Wilde

 A friend asked me to accept the challenge of creating a pair of ventriloquist masks for a show. Having already bought Jonni's book on making masks I felt prepared enough to make a go of it.

After sketching an idea on paper I bought a plastic mask from my hobby store to use as a form and taped it down to a board.


Features were added with clay. This is to be a ventriloquist's mask with a moveable jaw. The jaw will be made separately for later attachment.
 

The clay was covered with petroleum jelly, followed by a sheet of plastic to make separation easy. The form was covered with two layers of shop towels, well wetted with a plaster-based paste.
 

Once the layers were dry I carefully lifted them from the form and trimmed it. It doesn't look like much now, but there's lots of work still to do and it should clean up nicely.
 

This is all an experiment - I've never done anything like this before so wish me luck!

 

 

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