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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Jason Sipe is an artist, craftsman and writer. He has spent the last 20 years working in the art and media fields. He now turns to this blog and helping others learn about creating art as his main focus.