Plaster masks are a fairly easy way to create a mask that is customised to fit a specific person. They are typically made with plaster bandages, which can be expensive when purchased in hobby shops. A much less expensive alternative is to use gauze and plaster to make your own bandages. The finished mask can be painted in any way desired, or left white for a ghostly appearance.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Gauze rolls
- Pitcher of water
- Mixing bowl
- Petroleum jelly
- Razor blade
- Paint (optional)
Cut several rolls of gauze into 6-inch strips.
Lay a plastic tarp on the floor and have a model lie on it.
Set a mixing bowl and pitcher of cool water on the floor next to you. You will also need plaster and the cut gauze strips.
Apply a generous coat of petroleum jelly to the model's face and hair. Keep the hair as slicked back as possible.
Combine the plaster and water in the mixing bowl, following the instructions on the plaster packaging.
Dip the first gauze strip into the plaster, then squeeze out the excess plaster.
Smooth the strip onto the model's face.
Apply additional strips to cover the model's face. You will cover the face from chin to hairline and ear to ear, leaving holes open for the eyes, nostrils and a slit for the mouth.
Apply three more layers of gauze strips over the entire face. The finished mask with be four layers thick for strength.
Allow the mask to harden. This should not take longer than 20 minutes. Occasionally rub the mask with your fingers as it hardens to smooth the surface.
Remove the mask from the model's face. The petroleum jelly should allow it to come off without difficulty.
Cut a small hole near each side edge with a razor blade.
Tie a string to the two holes to allow your model to wear the mask.
Paint the mask with acrylic paints if desired.
Tips and warnings
- Models should be clean-shaven for the best fit.
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