So I wanted to share some pictures on the first stages of my mask for my Vargulf cosplay for LBCC. It’s coming up in a few weeks, so I don’t have much time. You should see some more process posts coming really soon because if you don’t, I’m in trouble!
Here is the first chunk of work done in steps (click on the pictures to enlarge if you like):
- I started out by cutting a plaster roll (paper mâché) into strips. I mostly did medium length strips (approx. 2 in. x 4 in.) but I also did small squares and triangles that could be used to cover gaps or form to weird angles like around the nose.
- I filled a bowl up in the sink with warm water for wetting the strips. The sink is a great place to do this because you’re right in front of a mirror.
- I then covered my face with plastic wrap. I used adhesive tape (the kind you would find in a first aid kit) to affix the wrap. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Just cover as much as you can while leaving it as smooth as possible. I used a headband to kill two birds with one stone: keep my hair out of the way and the wrap covering my hair line.
- I wet one strip at a time, rubbing each wet piece until it had a creamy texture, and then laying it as flat as possible over my skin. I’m sure you can start anywhere, but I went: forehead, side, side, mouth/jaw, nose. The plaster is quick-drying (stiff in about 5 minutes and hard in 15), so once an area is dry, you can go back and reinforce with more strips. Also, this probably goes without saying, but just to cover my ass: Please DON’T cover your nostrils. You need air or you will die.
- Once I was at the stage where I had everything nicely covered (except for the eyes), it was time to cover those as well. Now, I believe you could take the mask off and then cover the eyes separately as long as you had something behind the mask so that the strips didn’t fall through. I would recommend taping a piece of plastic wrap on the inside and then applying the strips to the front. That’s not what I did. I put a small piece of plastic wrap on the eye slit and kind of tucked the edges underneath. It was loose enough that I could open my eyes and look through the wrap, though I kept them closed for the most part just in case. You obviously don’t want plaster in your eyes. I then placed big pieces over the eye area, making sure each one was molded to my cheek bones, bridge of my nose, and brow bones nicely.
- Then I sat in front of a fan for 10-15 minutes while listening to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The rest of the mask had already hardened, so really it was just getting the eye area to dry.
- Once the entire thing was hard, I went back into the bathroom and leaned over the sink while I slowly wiggled the mask off. Some plaster will fall out, so it is best to be in an area where you can get white dust everywhere. The mask came off easily. After that, I carefully removed all the plastic wrap and tape from the inside of the mask and around the edges of my face. I was left with white speckles around my ears and nostrils, which easily washed off with a little soap and water.
The finished product:
Alright, that’s the first part of the process done easy peasy! All it took was half an hour of looking like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I will have more soon!