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Unread 01-24-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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Wolf mask into fake head

My friend has given the task of making this mask she bought look like a severed wolf head for her cosplay I'm making:


This is a simple latex mask, with fur-covered mesh around the latex. My first thought to fill it in was to get a foam head and fill in the rest with that foam-in-a-can that's used in housing. The problem with that is all the airholes and eyeholes in the front as well as the fact that the foam would leak out through the mesh bits.

The back is also very open:

So what is a good way to fill in the mask and give it shape, while also making the part where the neck should be sort of flat so I can put gore paint and effects on it?
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Unread 01-24-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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id still go with the spray insulation foam. cover the mesh up with tape. then add some cardboard to the back and a little down where the end of the head will be. spray all off this full AND then add it around the cardboard. carve and then cover w paper mache.
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Unread 01-25-2013, 07:44 AM   #3
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Polyfill stuffing would be less messy while in process, but either method will require some closing off of the inside cavity before stuffing as the color of the stuffing material will show through if you don't.

I'd get some black jersey fabric (an old tee shirt will do) cut circles and strips to cover any openings or porous areas from the inside- glue these in place with a silicone glue*. Sew up the slit in the back of the head (or glue it shut with an extra strip of your fabric). Let the glue dry fully! Then fill with whatever stuffing you decide on.

While I agree the spray foam would be nice for the completed item, the actual filling process can be messy and potentially ruinous. You need to have tape or something handy in case of a leak. You need to have something to support the mask- upside down, not smushed, no flattened areas- while filling and while drying. you need to have a practice run if at all possible. Maybe try it with some kitchen gloves first? (bonus! a hand to work with later!)

I see this as a full weekend project just to get it to the 'ready to gore-ify' stage.

* I'm guessing that this is the right glue for fabric-to-latex, you need it flexible once dry, but do more homework before completing that step.
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Unread 01-25-2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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Get a produce bag from the grocery store and put it into the mask. Squirt the foam into the bag, squish the air out of the bag and tie off the end, leaving room for expansion. press the foam head against it for back-pressure. As the foam expands, mold the mask with your hands so that it looks natural. Produce bags work well because they are very thin flexible plastic. This technique works a little bit better with 2-part polyurethane foam, but that costs more and must be special ordered.
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Unread 01-26-2013, 09:55 AM   #5
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I knew Verdatum would be along to make it sound easy I'd still cover the exposed areas from the inside to disguise the interior though.
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