So I have finally finished a two-month-long major project: Creating eight original masks for a Cthulhu-themed Live Action Role Playing event. It was a challenge, but I enjoyed almost every minute of it!
The tentacles were made from polyfill fiber stuffed into plastic cones,
with a wire center to create the twists and curls. The mask itself was
cut from a piece of vinyl, then a layer of fusible webbing was added to
the back, then a layer of felt for the wearer's comfort. The front was
layered in small sequins. The entire mask was then painted with liquid
latex. The paint job is entirely done by hand. Then a clear coat to seal
everything completed the piece!
I couldn't believe how long it took me. I set them up assembly-line style, so they were all completed right around the same time. I think much of the time was waiting for the glue to dry, and of course those damn tentacles. If I were to make just one, I think it would take me a week... times that by eight... yeah, two months! I'm glad I got started nice and early...
This project was a blast, but I need a break after all the hectic insanity. No rest for the wicked though; I have a bridal party that needs hair clips!