The primary function of a football face mask is to protect the player's face. That doesn't mean that you can't express your style while keeping yourself safe. With a bit of creativity, you could be taking to the gridiron while expressing your individuality. While you should definitely be careful not to do anything that would compromise the integrity of the mask, the only limits are those of your imagination. If your style is attractive enough, you may even convince teammates to adopt your look.
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Things you need
- Face mask
- Markers or coloured pencils
- Masking tape
- Hobby enamel paint
Examine as many different kinds of football helmet face masks as possible. This will help bring you inspiration for your own design. In an article about the evolution of the football helmet, "Popular Mechanics" demonstrates that face masks have changed a great deal over the years. Teams have also experimented with different colours and materials.
Brainstorm to get your ideas flowing. At this point, you should let your imagination run free. You could customise your face mask with a label emblazoned with your nickname. You could make the bars of your face mask look like a shark's open mouth for a more intimidating look. When it comes to colours, consider using some colour theory. Donald Johansson, writing for Colors on the Web, points out that using complementary colours with opposite places on the colour wheel (such as orange and blue) provides contrast, allowing you to stand out.
Finalise a design for your face mask by sketching a full-colour rendering for reference. It might be a good idea to get feedback from others or set your design aside for a few days so you can look at it with fresh eyes before you start the customisation.
Prepare your face mask for customisation. First, clean the face mask thoroughly to make sure paint or other materials will adhere properly to the surface. Next, apply masking tape along the design you wish to add. This may take a little while, but it will help you put crisp, professional-looking lines on your face mask.
Paint your face mask using hobby enamel paint or something similar. Model-making enthusiasts use this to paint their metal models, and your face mask is made of metal, so this is a good choice. (It's not your only option, of course.)
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