IMPORTANT:Be sure to have adult supervision.

Materials:

  1. A friend's face.
  2. One role of plaster-impregnated gauze bandage material (available at medical supply stores and pharmacies that carry medical supplies.)
  3. A bowl of water.
  4. Vaseline.
  5. An absorbent cloth or paper towels to wipe up drips.
  6. A sheet to cover your friend's clothes to protect from plaster drips.
  7. Scissors.
  8. A shower cap or other covering to protect hair.
  9. Light modeling paste (Liquitex, available at Aaron Bros.)
  10. Non-serrated butter knife for applying paste.
  11. Acrylic paints and other supplies for decorating mask.

Procedure:

  1. Pull hair back and cover with shower cap.
  2. Apply Vaseline VERY liberally around the hair line and over eyebrows. Any exposed hair that isn't coated with Vaseline will be pulled out (ouch!!) when mask is removed. Cover entire face with a lighter coating of Vaseline.
  3. Cut plaster bandages into strips about 1" x 3". Smaller pieces will be cut as needed to define areas around the nose, eyes and mouth.
  4. Lightly dunk a strip in the bowl of water, sliding it between your fingers to remove excess liquid.
  5. Starting at the forehead, apply wet plaster strips in a single lager around the perimeter of face and under chin, overlapping slightly. Smooth strips with your fingers so that each conforms to the face's contours. Continue applying strips until entire face is covered with a single layer of bandaging.
  6. Smaller strips can be cut and curved with scissors to conform to the contours of the lips and around eyes; narrow strips can be used around nose.
  7. Fill in and thicken with another layer of plaster gauze as above. Be sure to reinforce the nose area. Features can be exaggerated by adding additional gauze strips wherever needed.
  8. After about 30-40 minutes, your friend will begin to notice the mask pulling away from his or her face; carefully remove the mask, examining it to see if any areas are too thin (consisting of only a single layer). Add more gauze as needed.
  9. LEAVE IT ALONE!! It will need an entire day (24 hours) to cure, so don't be tempted to play with alt or add an decoration.
  10. After curing, use butter knife and side of finger to apply modeling paste, smoothing entire surface of mask. Let dry and reapply as needed. Modeling paste can used to build up areas of the mask, as well. Use to make warts, scars, horns, whatever!
  11. Speed up drying time with a blow dryer (ONLY when using acrylics--never oil-based substances.)
  12. Paint and decorate!

To wear, carefully make small holes with an Exacto-knife on either side of the mask near the edge at about eye-level. Thread holes with elastic cord or ribbon, and tie at the back of the head. The mask will fit perfectly the face on which it was modeled, so get your friend to return the favor and make one for you! To print this page; choose PRINT from your web browser menu.

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