Every year my close friends and I try to come up with great costume ideas from famous trios in entertainment to dress up as for Halloween.
A few years ago, we decided on The Nightmare Before Christmas. I thought it would be a cute idea that gave us a lot of freedom costume-wise. The only thing mandatory was having the masks because they were a key part of the characters. But wouldn't you know it, I couldn't find any being sold! (How retailers have passed by this golden opportunity I will NEVER know.)
So began my quest for teaching myself how to make the masks.
I started with a cheapo mask I found at my local Big Lots. I bought several packs of clay, 2 packs for each mask actually, and began to mold a template around each one.
The colors don't matter at this point because you're going to be covering them with plaster anyway. I molded large enough that it would fit an adult's face. These were children's masks after all because I couldn't find any normal adult sized ones for some strange reason.
After the clay part was complete, I slathered petroleum jelly over each one so the plaster wouldn't stick. I used the pre-done plaster rolls so I had a nice smooth finish. (I saw some tutorials say to use shop towels. Tried that, but the result was NOT smooth.)
Once the plaster was complete, dry, and smooth, I printed off a color reference photo for how I needed to complete them. This was after the first couple coats of paint and the beginning of shading the faces. At first I wasn't going to shade, but they looked so unbelievably flat that I needed to do something. Then after shading them...I discovered I hated that even more than being flat. I had to re-coat the faces with paint and start ALL over again. Very annoying, but worth it.
These were the completed masks. They weren't perfect, but I was very happy with them. We wore them, took some great pictures, and everyone got to keep a masks!
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