Peel away, custom look alike masks?

by Hello Mails
Posted April 13th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I want to see the look on my bosses face, if I walk in and sit down in his chair this halloween, with a mask that looks almost identical to his own face. Is this possible? Even if not for my bosses face, could I MAKE my own masks, and style them after friends and family? I have seen some of the silicon special effects masks people wear on youtube, but those are all standard, mass produced masks. I am interested in them, but i’m more interested in something a little more custom.

I am on a budget however, and I cannot afford any of the $500 dollar, high-end sf masks on the market, but I’m wondering if there are cheap, mask making kits I might buy, and learn how to make them myself? Surely it cannot be THAT hard? I know of a few sites, but, honestly I have work tonight, and I don’t want to spend all morning going through websites. If anyone has a specific website you could direct me to, or have first-hand experience with this type of thing, I would be most grateful for any help and/or suggestions. Thank you very much for your time. :-)

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  • mike1942f
    April 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    The first requirement of a peel away mask is an exact mold of your face.
    The first requirement of a good reproduction mask is an exact interior mold of the subject face. To make that mold, you must make a positive plaster of your face and build an exact image of the subject face – this is usually done by adding clay to the plaster of your face, but could be done by making a sculpture that was guaranteed to be bigger than your face – which would probably be heavier than one made the first way.
    A mold would be made of the subject face model with rigid backing.
    Then a copy of the plaster of your head (one without the clay) and the mold of the subject face would be put together with latex liquid between so the thin gap was filled and all allowed to set. When set the mold would be taken off and the mask colored with makeup, etc. to produce the peel off to fit your face.
    If done by professionals, the sculpting, molding and makeup takes a couple of weeks and costs several thousand dollars, mostly in labor fees for time and experience. You have 8 days to gain the experience and recover from mistakes.
    If you really, really knew theater/movie makeup techniques, you could build the mask layer by layer on your own face or a plaster of your face using latex, foam, gauze and makeup. But if you knew that, you would probably not have asked the question since it is a fairly basic part of makeup for making smaller appliances.

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