The comic superhero Batman has been a popular figure for decades, and fans can often be seen in his many costume's variations. Although traditional Batman costumes include fabric masks, many fans prefer the latex masks of the early films for their sleek looks. Making latex masks is neither difficult nor expensive.
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Things you need
- Mask reference pictures
- Styrofoam head
- Plasticine clay
- Sculpting tools
- Krylon Crystal Clear spray
- Modelling clay
- Burlap strips
- Liquid latex
- Latex paint
Take a styrofoam head that is roughly the size of your own head and your mask reference pictures into a clean work area. On the head, pack some plasticine clay in the areas that the mask should cover. Build up the clay so that you have a good thickness to work with, and sculpt the Batman mask's shape into the clay with the sculpting tools. Be as neat as possible, and put as much detail as you like into the sculpt. When finished, coat the clay with Krylon Crystal Clear spray.
Build up a wall of modelling clay on the styrofoam head sculpture, from the base of one side of the neck, up over the head, to the other base side. Make this wall fairly thin but as tall as your mould is going to be or taller. Also, pile modelling clay around the base of the neck, below your sculpting, so you know where your mould should end.
Mix together gypsum and water in a bucket to create a thick, creamy plaster with as few bubbles as possible. Paint an impression coat of plaster onto each side of the mould, all the way up to the modelling clay parts but not covering them. Let this coat cure, then add a second coat of plaster. Lay burlap strips on top of this layer while it is still wet, then let the layer dry. Keep applying layers of plaster and burlap until you have built up a reasonably thick mould. Let the entire mould cure completely.
Separate the mould halves, pulling away the modelling clay and the clay from the styrofoam head. Clean the clay out of the mould, then strap the mould halves together using a few pieces of rope or large rubber bands. Make sure that all of the edges line up properly.
Turn the mould upside down, so the neck hole is facing upward, and pour liquid latex into the mould. Tilt the mould to each side, allowing the liquid latex to cover the entire inside of the mould, then pour the excess liquid latex back into the bucket. Let the latex dry in front of a fan. When the latex has changed colour and dried, pour another amount of liquid latex into the mould and coat it again, then pour the excess back into the bucket. Let this layer dry as well. Continue adding layers of latex until you have the desired thickness, then let the latex dry overnight. In the meantime, clean all of the clay off the styrofoam head.
Carefully peel the latex out of the mould. You may need to use baby powder on the inside of the mask so that it does not stick to itself. Place the mask on the styrofoam head, then paint the mask black using paint made for liquid latex. Let the paint dry completely.
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