How to Make a Kamen Rider Mask

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"Kamen Rider" is a Japanese television series from the 1970s that chronicles the tales of Takeshi Hongo, a super-powered vigilante. As a man with an extraordinarily high IQ, Hongo became the target of global terrorist organisation, Shocker, in which he was the subject of a brief experiment that left him with a large internal source of wind-based energy. Like most of the characters in "Kamen Rider," Hongo performs his heroics dressed in a bug-themed costume.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Balloon
  • Paper strips
  • Paper mache
  • Craft knife
  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Resin
  • Fibreglass mat
  • Bowl
  • Stirrer
  • Fibreglass gel coat
  • Glue
  • Radio antennae
  • Spraypaint
  • Red plastic reflector

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  1. 1

    Blow up a balloon so that it is slightly larger than your head. Knot the bottom so that the air inside cannot escape.

  2. 2

    Moisten paper strips with paper mache paste and apply them to the balloon in a cross-hatched, overlapping pattern. Apply a single coat of paper and then wait one to 12 hours for the paste to dry. Drying time will vary based on the paper mache paste you use, the thickness of the paper, ambient heat and humidity. Repeat to apply 10 to 15 coats.

  3. 3

    Use a craft knife to cut the paper mache so that it resembles the rounded upper half of the Kamen Rider helmet. The helmet covers 3/4 of the head and features a larger front cutout from the nose to the cheeks, leaving the mouth and chin exposed. Pop and remove the the balloon from the interior of the helmet.

  4. 4

    Use the paper mache remnants and cardboard to construct the lower half of the face mask -- an angular, stylised mouthpiece that has a four-paneled grill instead of lips.

  5. 5

    Paint the exterior of both pieces with a coat of fibreglass resin. Repeat to coat the interior.

  6. 6

    Cut out two ovals in the upper mask for the eyes. The ovular eyes of the original Kamen Riders were angled towards the nose.

  7. 7

    Wait for the resin to cure and then apply a coat of resin and fibreglass mat. Wear gloves, safety goggles and a breathing mask and work in a well-ventilated area. Rip or cut pieces of the fibreglass mat and use the resin to moisten them. Press the mat against the paper mache, adding more resin until it conforms to the shape of the mask. Cure overnight or as directed by manufacturer.

  8. 8

    Sand all of the pieces to soften sharp edges.

  9. 9

    Spray paint the helmet and hand paint a stripe down the middle following the line of the nose. The original two Kamen Riders wore a green and a blue helmet; however, newer characters are depicted with different colour schemes.

  10. 10

    Glue the lower half of the mask in place so that the upper mask overlaps it. Glue red reflectors to the interior of the helmet for the eyes.

  11. 11

    Glue an 8- to 12-inch radio antennae to the top of the helmet centred above the inner edge of each eye.

  12. 12

    Line the interior of the helmet with felt or foam before wearing to prevent cuts from sharp fibre glass. Blocks of foam adhered to the sides and top of the helmet can provide a snugger fit. For ideas on padding view the interior of a sports helmet.

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