How to Make a Monster Mask

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    • 1). Stretch the leg of a nylon stocking over a head form. This form could be anything from a stone statue to a Styrofoam wig form. Special head forms are available from special effects suppliers.

    • 2). Trim off the excess nylon from around the neck with a pair of scissors. If there is excess nylon sticking up from the top of the head, cut that off as well.

    • 3). Brush a layer of liquid latex over the stocking with a cheap paint brush, saturating the material completely. Use somewhat forceful pressure to force the latex into the stocking. The stocking will give the latex mask extra strength.

    • 4). Allow the latex to dry. You can speed this process with a hair dryer.

    • 5). Brush a second coat of latex onto the surface. Let it dry, then brush on a third coat. These coats should be thin. Latex dries through air contact; if it is too thick, an outer skin will dry and prevent the latex underneath it from drying.

    • 6). Brush more latex onto the mask in small sections. Press cotton batting into the wet sections of latex to begin building up facial features such as cheekbones, snouts and horns.

    • 7). Brush more latex over the cotton batting to encapsulate it. If necessary, add more layers of cotton and latex to build up additional thickness.

    • 8). Continue adding surface features until you are happy with your mask's shape. Remember to leave empty spaces for the eye holes, nostril holes and mouth hole.

    • 9). Allow the latex to fully dry to ensure that the shape is not damaged in the next steps.

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      Tear the edges off of several paper towels. Use towels without texture stamped onto them.

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      Brush more latex onto the mask, then lay pieces of paper towel into the latex. This will form a unified skin, smoothing the lumpiness of the cotton layers. The torn edges will blend together better than straight edges.

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      Brush more latex onto the paper towels to encapsulate them. If desired, scrunch up the towels to create wrinkles, scars and other surface details.

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      Allow the latex to dry completely.

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      Paint the mask using paint designed to be used on latex. Begin with a base coat in the monster's main color. Add a darker shadow tone in areas that you want to appear sunken in, such as eye sockets, and a brighter highlight to areas that you want to stand out, such as cheekbones.

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      Allow the paint to dry.

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      Cut a slit up the back of the mask with a sharp pair of scissors, then peel the mask off of the form.

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      Cut the eye, nostril and mouth holes open.


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