How to Make a Silicone Mask Part 3

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silicone masksOnce I got my mold cleaned out (by removing the sculpture and any remnant clay), I mixed up some Smooth-On Dragon Skin platinum cure silicone rubber (I had the medium cure time) and poured it into the nose and chin areas first, to make sure they got the most silicone.

I added a little bit of pigment for each mask I made.  In the photo above, the middle mask was my first (video), and I didn’t mix it correctly, so it didn’t cure correctly (it is still tacky, several weeks later).  Make sure to follow the directions to the ‘T’ when you work with platinum cure silicones!

My second mask (video), on the right in the photo above, didn’t have enough silicone, but it cured and turned out strong.

The last one–the fleshy colored one–turned out nicely, and you can  see how it works in the following video:

silicone mask video


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How to Make a Silicone Orc Mask Part 2: Urethane and Plaster Mold

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Orc Goblin Silicone Mask Sculpture (8)

I made a brush-on silicone mold of the orc sculpture I created the other day.

two part urethane and plaster mold for silicone mask of an orc (1)First, I bought some two-part urethane 70-20 mold making rubber and mixed it 1:1.  Gotta make sure you use a decent mixing container –preferably with see-thru measurement gauge on the side.

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:

mold silicone mask

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).

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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.

urethane mold for silicone mask

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How to Make a Silicone Mask Part 1: Sculpture

Orc Goblin Silicone Mask Sculpture (8)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:

mask sculpture

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Foam Head from Two Part Mold

Foam Head from Two Part Mold

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And, it worked!  The head was a bit smallish, but it looked right, and I cover it with Smooth-On Dragon Skin platinum cure silicone rubber
for a “skin”.  Then painted it with regular acrylic paint.

NOTE: All of this was more or less done trial-and-error style.  Lots of mistakes were made throughout (for example, you never paint acrylics on top of silicon–they just won’t adhere for long–you need to add pigment to silicon and “paint” it on top of the other silicon–this creates an encapsulated bond for the pigment to stay put).  But, you don’t give up when things don’t go your way–the show must go on!

Adding Silicone Skin to Head Severed Heads are Creepy

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