How to Make Your Own Slipknot Mask

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How to Make Your Own Slipknot Mask
Use household items and basic craft supplies to make your own Slipknot mask. (green insulation tape image by green 308 from Fotolia.com)

The band Slipknot is known as much for their crazy masks as they are for their heavy music. Their costuming has a distinctive scary clown theme, which is easily replicated using inexpensive materials. Most of the things needed are likely already around your house.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Large styrofoam head
  • Nylon stocking
  • Duct tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Leather cord
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint
  • Leather punch
  • Tapestry needle
  • Embroidery cord

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Instructions

    Making the Mask Base

  1. 1

    Stretch the nylon stocking over the styrofoam head, inserting it until the top of the head is at the toe of the stocking.

  2. 2

    Wrap the head in duct tape, working carefully around the curved surfaces to avoid puckering in the tape. You may find it easier to work in smaller strips or pieces. Continue wrapping until there are several layers of tape on the entire head.

  3. 3

    Mark the placement of eyes, nostrils, and the mouth with a permanent marker.

  4. 4

    Cut a slit up the back of the head and remove the mask from the styrofoam head. Cut away the excess stocking from around the neck and even up any edges if needed.

  5. 5

    Cut out eye and mouth holes using scissors. Use a leather punch to make nostril holes.

  6. 6

    Spray paint the mask the desired colour.

    Adding Hair and Details to the Mask

  1. 1

    Cut three long sections of leather cord for each dreadlock. Tie all three strands together in a simple knot near the ends.

  2. 2

    Use a leather punch to make a hole in the mask where you want to place the dreadlock.

  3. 3

    Thread the loose ends of the leather cord through the hole from the inside, so that the three strands stick out of the scalp of the mask.

  4. 4

    Braid the three cords together and tie off at the end to secure. Trim the ends if needed.

  5. 5

    Continue adding dreadlocks until the desired look is achieved.

  6. 6

    Use a tapestry needle and embroidery thread to add rows of X shaped stitch marks to the face. Stitch along a cheek, stitch an eye shut, or add detail anywhere else you want.

Tips and warnings

  • If the knots in the leather cords begin to come undone, reinforce them with a dab of glue.
  • Work in a zipper by covering the flaps meant for sewing with duct tape. Mask the zipper off with masking tape when spray painting the mask to preserve its colour.

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