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Wade Wilson, better known as Deadpool, is a recurring character within the Marvel Universe. Although initially appearing as a villain, Deadpool evolved into an antihero, drawing a large fan base for his mercenary exploits in the "X-Force" series. Deadpool is almost always depicted with a full-coverage fitted mask -- solid red with black ovals around the eyes, similar to the one worn by Spiderman -- due to the fact that he suffers from cancer and a regenerative mutation, which create disfiguring scars.
Measure the distance from the crown of your head down over your ears to the base of your neck. Write down the measurement in two parts: A, the distance from your crown to your jawline, and B, the distance from your jawline to the base of your neck.
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Find the width of the top of the mask. Start measuring at the widest part of your forehead centred above the nose, wrap the measuring tape around your head horizontally and end at the back of your head above the nape. Note this measurement in two parts: C, the distance from your forehead to a point centred just above your ear, and D, the distance from the point above your ear to the back of your head.
Determine the width of the mask over the nose. Measure from the tip of your nose around to the back of your head. Divide the length into two measurements: E, the distance from your nose to a point centred just on or below the ear, and F, the distance from the point centred on or below the ear to the back of the head directly above the nape.
Repeat the procedure to find the width of the lowest part of the mask from the front of your chin, along the bottom of the jaw to the centre of the nape of your neck. Divide the measurement into two sections: G, from the chin to the point directly below the centre of your ear, and H, from the point below your ear to the nape.
Take measurements for the neck hole. Measure the from the centre of the Adam's apple, around to the nape of the neck in two sections: I, from the front of the voice box to just below the ear, and J, from below the ear to the back of the neck.
Draw a vertical line the length of A and B. Place a horizontal mark to indicate the top and bottom of each segment.
Divide A into thirds and place a horizontal mark at each section.
Draw two horizontal lines emitting from the point that marks the base of the highest third. Make the left segment of the line equal to C and the right equal to D.
Repeat Step 3 to create three additional horizontal lines at the base of the second third of A, the base of the final third of A, and the base of B. The finished markup will resemble a half ladder with one vertical post and four horizontal lines.
Connect the end points of each post with a curved line; the final pattern will resemble a masked silhouette. This is the first template.
Copy the first template and add a 2.5 cm (1-inch) band that follows the curve of the back of the mask from the edge of segment D to the end of segment J; this strip will accommodate a loop and hook fastener.
Add 0.5 cm (1/4-inch) seam allowance around the perimeter of both templates.
Draw an ovular shape to use for the eye template, which can be drawn freehand or traced from a drawing of Deadpool's mask.
Sketch a scalene triangle that mimics the shape of the white cutout in the eye portion of Deadpool's mask.
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Cut out all of the patterns.
Use the two larger patterns to cut two pieces of red fabric. Pin or tape the pattern to the material to hold it in place as you cut.
Cut out two black ovular pieces and two white triangles for the eye detail.
Line the perimeter of each piece of fabric with a glue that prevents fraying.
Glue or zigzag stitch the white triangles to the black ovals. Use white thread.
Dry all components overnight.
Lay the red fabric pieces on the table so the front of each mask, the terminating points of segment C, E and G, are mirrored, like nose to nose.
Place the eye pieces on the mask with a small drop of glue until the correct alignment is achieved. Adhere the eye pieces permanently with a zigzag stitch around the perimeter. Use black thread.
Place the red pattern pieces back to back with the right side of both pieces of fabric facing inward. The fastener extension of one pattern will extend beyond the perimeter of the smaller pattern; this is OK.
Hand sew along the perimeter of the pattern leaving the portion of the pattern that runs along the fastener extension open. Use red thread.
Invert the mask.
Mark the exterior side of the extension flap and the interior side of the corresponding section of the mask, where the other side of the loop and hook fastener will be attached.
Glue a red loop and hook fastener in place. Make sure the hook portion is on the extension flap facing outward away from the scalp; this arrangement prevents the hooks from catching your hair.
Sew along the perimeter of each fastener to keep them in place.
Test for fit and adjust as needed.
Invert the mask and carefully remove the fabric that is directly behind the white portion of the eye with a sharp pair of scissors so you can see through the mask.
Place glue around the raw material edges. Cure overnight and repeat.
Cure the mask for three to four days before wearing or washing.
- "Deadpool"; Joe Kelly; 2009
- "Make-up Costumes and Masks for the Stage"; Ole Bruun-Rasmussen, Grete Petersen; 1981
- "Costume Craftwork on a Budget"; Huaixiang Tan; 2007
- The loop and hook fastener extension flap can also be placed on the outside of the mask for a more flexible fit; however, this arrangement will create a visible rectangular outline on the back of the mask instead of a smooth line down the centre of the scalp.
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