How to make an anbu ninja mask

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How to make an anbu ninja mask
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In the anime series Naruto, ANBU Black Ops are highly ranked ninja who perform special missions such as assassinations. ANBU are the elite, specially chosen by the village leader. An ANBU ninja is recognisable by a distinctive mask. The white masks are shaped to look like animal faces and contain simple markings in black and red. People dressing up as an ANBU ninja may choose to replicate the mask of an ANBU ninja from the show or create one that is original.

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Things you need

  • Blank plastic face mask
  • 227gr. white self-hardening modelling compound
  • Rolling pin
  • ½-inch black elastic band, 15 inches long
  • Instant bonding glue
  • Acrylic paint (black and red)
  • Matt acrylic sealer
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Prepare the modelling compound according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Shape the compound into a ball and place it on a clean surface.

  2. 2

    Use your hand to flatten out the compound a bit and then start using the rolling pin. Roll the modelling compound out to make a smooth piece big enough to place over the blank plastic mask. It should be at least 0.25 inch thick.

  3. 3

    Put the modelling compound over the mask and smooth it around the edges, it should be seamless. Shape a specific animal nose and muzzle, if desired.

  4. 4

    Use your fingers to create holes where the plastic mask eye holes are located. Remove the excess modelling compound from the back side of the mask.

  5. 5

    Use the excess modelling compound to make the animal ears for your mask but do not attach them. Allow the mask and ears to dry for 2 to 3 hours.

  6. 6

    Attach the ears to the mask with glue. Attach the elastic band to the mask with glue at the level of the eye holes.

  7. 7

    Paint the mask with the acrylic paints as desired. Allow the paint to dry for at least an hour and apply the matt sealer to complete your ANBU ninja mask.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don’t have a rolling pin, you can substitute any long cylinder. Wine bottles work well.

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