Although I didn’t do it for Halloween, when my good friend, Amy, asked me this 4th of July ( a day when I airbrush tattoos on any guest to our annual barbecue) if I would paint a representation of her baby trying to escape the womb, here is what I came up with:
Here is a mask I’m working on possibly for Halloween this year (2013)
I made a brush-on silicone mold of the orc sculpture I created the other day.
I made my first couple layers runny, so as to pick up all of the details in the clay–especially the rotten and mottled skin texture. Only mix about 8-10 oz. (4oz part A to 4oz. part B) to do each layer. Once it gets a bit tacky, it’s good to start mixing the next layer–this stuff kind of needs to be layered up before it cures fully, or you risk de-lamination.
After about two solid layers of runny, I added some fumed silica to it to thicken it up.
Here is the first video of the mold-making in progress:
NOTE! Wear a mask and mix this stuff outside if possible–it creates little clouds of dangerous silica particles that are very toxic to your lungs (I found this out the hard way).
After making about three layers of the thickened urethane, especially in areas like the eyes, nose chin, ears, and around the neck, I let the urethane dry and cure overnight.
Then, I added an ultracal 30 plaster mother mold in two parts, using fiberglass mat for a strengthening material. This is a task you shouldn’t undertake without watching several videos. I’d recommend Mitch from Brick in the Yard on Youtube. He’s a genius.
So, once I pried apart the mother mold, then slit the back of the urethane mold from the clay sculpture, I de-molded it and got two separate parts.
So far, so good! I’m VERY excited to add silicone into this mold and add the mannequin armature back into it to make it fit a human head a bit more snug.
This is all an experiment, so you might want to see the next part before you follow any of my advice.
I’ve always wanted to get into mask making. I loved the movie “FX” and even the two goofball teen effects wizards in the movie “Summer School” were demigods to me. Then, when the movie “Predator” came out, I fell in love with alien and monster masks.
But I never got into it–just didn’t really have anyone close to me as influences, so I put my interests on the back burner.
Fast forward to a few years ago, when I saw some of the silicone masks coming from CFX and SPFX studios, and my dreams were reignited.
Right now, after watching MANY how-to videos and reading articles about mask making, I began the first part of my journey, sculpting the head of a creature that you might find in movies like “Legend,” or “Lord of the Rings”–an orc / goblin. My son, an avid WoW lover, wanted me to make my goblin more in keeping with that world–because I think he might want to wear it when it’s done.
So, first off, I got a blank mannequin head armature bust as a base for the sculpt. Then, with several blocks of plasticine modeling clay (easy to find in craft and art stores), I started sticking clumps of clay onto the bust. I didn’t draw anything specific, just let the clay shape itself, more or less, to my imagination.
Here is the result:
I’ve also uploaded a short video of the final sculpt to Youtube: