Removable masks
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Removable masks

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I was posed with an intesting question the other night.
" How do I make a removable mask?" I thought about it and thought about it and figured it out.
things you need.
1 latex glove
sculpt material <perfered>
sculpting tools.

1st: cut the finger off the latex glove. <compare> I used the pinky after several trials.
2 : place the before said finger on the head of the finger making sure it is tight on the face, tape down in back in nessacary.
3 mix equal parts sculpt.
4 begin sculpting mask. <when smoothing it out I found that pushing towards the jawline worked best.
5 sculpt detail into mask.
6 let dry
7 remove tape in needed.
8 make an incession around the diamater of the head <ear>
9 carefully remove fingerand mask from head. peel latex out of sculpt and glue the two sides together.

Cowboys notes. : I made a trial mask using this method, it was a 3 quarter mask with bad sculpting, but I just wanted to see it work. I will work on a pic tutorial as I can.

Posted by cowboyink
on Saturday, March 22, 2008
User Comments
MrBlu -
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I finally got around to making a full mask but I'd forget aboot using craft porcilin for a mask it shrinks,so sooner or later its not gonna fit,or at least mine did.
cowboyink -
Thursday, March 27, 2008
right, and doing one like that should work. the hard part is getting the thing off the head, maybe a coat of patrolium jelly would help
MrBlu -
Thursday, March 27, 2008
oh you mean a full mask,the one I made was more of a vega mask,it only covers the face not the whole head.Iwas thinking of naking a full head mask like Xorn's or Magneto's
cowboyink -
Thursday, March 27, 2008
for a full mask? I don't know where to get craft porcelin
MrBlu -
Thursday, March 27, 2008
you could also try using craft porcelin,thats what I used
cowboyink -
Thursday, March 27, 2008
okay so I did a full mask, and failed. May be because of my talents, im guessin that a full mask needs to be done in 2 parts. A 3/4 mask will work though
JohnnyCustom -
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Hello,


WOW! I can't wait to try this out. It would be cool if you got some pic to go with this awesome tutorial. I learn something new by reading the step by step :'-).



Thanks for the great tip
Take Care
Bye :-)
cowboyink -
Sunday, March 23, 2008
im workin on a pic by pic tutortial, but I have to make my camera and pc play nice
Aquila08 -
Saturday, March 22, 2008
That's true-- I should try that if the magna joint thing turns out to be tricky...

Thanks for the tips! You should definitely add this to the tutorial section!

Aquila08
cowboyink -
Saturday, March 22, 2008
should work, or your can sculpt the face and make the mask reach the ears and use those indentions for a holding spot
Aquila08 -
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Hi there,

It's a custom for a female warrior in Knights of the Zodiac.
Female fighters wear metallic masks, and while it's OK if the mask isn't removable,
it would be a fun challenge.

I'm using Psylocke as base figure, but
I will need to sculpt the head myself, as it is a little too small to balance with
the commercially released action figures for the anime series.

So, I guess the order is:

1. Sculpt the head with epoxy clay. Embed a piece of metal near the forehead, close to the surface, in the process.
2. Once the head is hardened, do what you suggested and make a mask. At this point, maybe I can have a tiny magnet
(the one which I will embed into the mask) stuck to the forehead of the face, so the mask will have a corresponding indentation which
will allow me to insert the magnet later.
3. Once the mask is dry, glue the magnet into place.
4. Paint face and mask. (The mask needs to be shiny silver, so I will be messing with Killer Chrome spray, but that's another story...)

Maybe a bit complicated for a newbie like me, but I would like to try....

Aquila08
cowboyink -
Saturday, March 22, 2008
what kind of fig you doin this on?
Aquila08 -
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Wow,

This is awesome-- I'm trying to make a silver mask that fits the face exactly, and this is a really cool way to do it!
(I'm hoping there's a way to hold the mask in place-- maybe with a tiny neodymium magnet?? Will have to embed a piece of metal
in the face, though. Hmmm.)

Anyway, thanks for the info. I will try it out sometime!


Aquila08
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