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Mitternacht
12-20-2011, 03:52 PM
Hi peeps!


I have a slight question. My boyfriend is planning on making a Garrus Vakarian costume (http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/133/b/b/Garrus_Vakarian_06_by_johntesh.jpg) and I agreed to help him.

However, we discovered a bit of a problem with the mask. We looked at previous Garrus costumes, and found this awesome half-mask (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammnra/4698684140/in/set-72157624269887824/) and figured we could do something like that. The problem is that the mask I just linked is cut directly off an already excisting Garrus Bust made in some form of plastic, and I'm afraid we do not have those materials (nor skills) to work with.

I was thinking a half mask much the same, but the question is in what material. It needs to


1. Be easy to sculpt in (easier than regular paper clay)
2. Have a fitting "underside" that matches my boyfriends face.
3. Be relatively light weight (our thought of a plaster mask vanished at this point)
4. Be relatively hard to break (we were thinking papier maché, but that would be a pain to apply to my boyfriends face at first, since it takes hours to dry + isn't very comfortable to attatch directly onto your skin).

So if you have any ideas, please help a fellow cosplayer in need!

Miloron
12-20-2011, 07:41 PM
What if you used plasterwrap 1-2 layers to get the form of your boyfriends face (place plastic wrap over his face first so it doesn't stick to his eyebrows and hair, not very fun) and after that used paper mache on this after it has hardened? Even if it takes long time for it to dry that wouldn't be much of an issue since he dont have to wear it while it dries. Only try it a few times so that the form doesn't change.

Though I'm not very good with making masks, I would then make the biggest rough forms with a little thicker paper and tape/hotglue and after that add paperclay to get the shape right. And if you want something that is easier to sculpt and make the fine details with you can add that as a final layer. Maybe paperclay that you have mixed with some extra water or so? Since you only have the base made with plaster it shouldn't be too heavy I hope.

Mitternacht
12-21-2011, 06:49 AM
Thanks for helpful reply!

I considered this too, but I don't know how hard it would be to remove the papier maché from the plaster afterwards, you think it'd work?

I'm also a bit afraid paperclay will be a bit to rough, I think it's harder to sculpt with that than with regular grey clay, or am I wrong? Will consider your idea of mixing with more water to get a smoother clay.

Miloron
12-21-2011, 08:03 AM
I think it will be hard to remove the paper mache from the plaster without the paper mache breaking but have never tried it, if you want that you may have to put a sheet of plastic wrap between, then there should be no problem. But you may have to adjust the form a bit more often then. But that you'll see =)

It may be a little more rough to skulpt with than grey clay but it will on the other hand be a little lighter too if you wanted to keep the weight down. What you can do is to get a small test piece and see what u think. Then you can also see if it gets any smooter to work with if you mix with some more water.

tommyfilth
03-01-2012, 09:25 PM
Put plastic wrap or foil over the plaster again and you have a barrier between plaster Mache.

TL

booksandcorsets
03-02-2012, 09:30 AM
You could try Apoxiesculpt.

It's a two-part clay that is workable for about 2 hours, and then it hardens permanently into a substance that can be dremeled or drilled.