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Foam and Airball Mask Project made on a Plastic Base, at The Costumer'sManifesto Costume Design & Construction Foam and Airball Mask Project made on a Plastic Base (5D+5C)

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For this project you will need

a plastic base mask from a craft store

cheesecloth or tobacco cloth

craft scissors

acrylic glaze, flexible glue or white glue

Hot Glue Gun

bits of foam, cardboard, and/or poster board as the design requires

Non-toxic paints, decorative do-dads like feathers, fake flowers or rhinestones, as the design requires.

Step 1: Make a sketch of the design you wish to produce, including a plan for the 3-D bits.

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Step 2: Take your plastic mask, compare it with the rendering, mark it and cut to match the plan:

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254images254photos33081.jpgStep 3: Cut and shape pieces of foam, cardboard or poster board to make the 3-D parts of the mask. Hot gle them to the mask on a "cool" setting.

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Step 4: Take your tobacco cloth or cheesecloth and lay it over the whole of the mask, stretching and tucking it around the 3-D parts. Tack it loosely in place in a few spots with hot glue so it won't shift.

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Tuck the outer edges under the mask and tack them with hot glue, being careful not to pull them too tight. You want to keep the wrinkled texture, and a little extra material to be tucked in the crevasses at the next step.

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254images254photos33097.jpg Trim off the excess.

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Step 5: Using the acrylic glaze or glue, dampen the cloth thoroughly and use a paint brush to tuck the cloth into the crevasses. Dry.

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Paint the surface of the mask with the colors and design you want, and allow the mask to dry again.

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Step 6: Finally you can use hot glue to affix any other decorative elements like feathers, ribbons, rhinestones, artificial leaves, etcetera. You can use

Making Instructions or one of the sets of additional instructions below, to get ideas about how to further build/decorate your mask. Try to get the mask to look as much like your intended design as possible. Any material is ok as long as it works.

When it is finished, photograph the mask as jpeg files and post them to your File folder at the class

[1]. Post a message to the group letting everyone know you have posted these pictures so you can get feedback.

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