How to Make a Steampunk Mask

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How to Make a Steampunk Mask
Steampunk masks and art re-envision the Victorian era through the lens of science fiction. ( Images)

Steampunk is a genre that grew in popularity in the 80s and 90s and is often based around style rather than subject, as it's a mix of historical and science fiction. According to "1,000 Steampunk Creations," by Dr. Grymm, "Steampunk is a chance for artists to build with their hands and their imaginations, just as the great innovators of the industrial revolution did." The Neo-Victorian costumes and masks define the genre more than anything and resemble ornate, alternative versions of clothing from the 18th and 19th centuries. Anyone hoping to make their own steampunk mask should opt for something interesting but feasible.

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Things you need

  • Material
  • Fabric pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft or utility knife
  • Fabric paint
  • Elastic string

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  1. 1

    Select a style of cloth or felt you'd like for the mask. Steampunk masks come in a variety of materials including leather, steel, vinyl and the aforementioned materials. Choose a darker colour to reflect the somberness of Victorian times.

  2. 2

    Use measuring tape to get an idea of your facial measurements. Take measurements across your nose between the outside and inside corners of your eyes to determine eyehole spacing, and vertically from above the eyebrows to below the nose for the mask's height.

  3. 3

    Lay the fabric on a flat surface. Approximate the measurements onto the material using a fabric pencil. Create a basic oval shape to wrap around the eyes and nose.

  4. 4

    Cut out the mask using scissors or a utility knife. Make two small holes on either side behind the eyeof the mask to attach the elastic string or a rubber band. Bring the string through the hole and knot it at the end.

  5. 5

    Create an ornate design on the mask using fabric paint. Once again, stick to darker and metallic colours to fit the genre. Paint around the eyeholes to highlight them. Include shapes such as a cog or a sprocket --- anything that appears mechanical in nature is suitable. Let the paint dry completely before trying on your steampunk mask.

Tips and warnings

  • Incorporate some metal objects or mechanical pieces into the mask, either literally or by painting them.

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