Molding a Mask

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    Molding a Mask

    I have a mask that I need help molding:

    I need as much advice as you can give me, this is the first time I will be molding....thank you

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    Re: Molding a Mask

    ANYONE??

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    Re: Molding a Mask

    it might be better to ask in the Propbuilding Methods and Materials section. Personally I have no idea.

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    I would suggest getting pieces of plastic, either styrene or sintra, and trying to make the basic shape of the helmet. Although it might be a little hard if you only have that pic.

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    I agree, maybe vacuum forming might be your best bet, but it would be hard to put on, I wouldn't use latex because it is soft and holds a lot of imperfections that would kill your effect. maybe if you devided it up and made the top part plastic and from there down do latex so that way you can still move relatively comfrotably. But as stated earlier, it will be extremely difficult to make or even get advise on how to make it without more pictures.

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    thanks, I will make a few more drawings, a friend of mine is making a 3d model

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    I would work on making the best patterns you can from the basic shapes first. The helmet area and the two neck areas. I would either try to vacform those parts over shapes or I would use shaped sintra. With the sintra you could first create base shapes and then bend the sintra around the shape as it was hot from boiling water. You would probably have to do the upper helmet in a few joined sections or at least two sides.

    To get in and out, I would connect the helmet and neck pieces all seperately with elastic straps. That way you could stretch it on/off and likely comfortably. Still consider ventilation.

    You could glass it, but I don't have a lot of experience with that yet so someone else would have to chime in.

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    thats pretty cool, what is it for???

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    Man I wish I had molding skills, or casting skills for that matter. I will just have to settle for airbrushing skills.

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    Liquid latex is your best friend.....

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    My best friend is Bob.

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    Re: Molding a Mask

    Tim Allen said: View Post
    Liquid latex is your best friend.....
    As long as it's not a latex mold, cuz then you'll hate it

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    naw i use it on all my sculps for moulds along w/ a plaster backing to keep the shape. Works really well. Just maker sure you put in "cheese cloths" between layers of paintin on the latex to give it strength

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    Would anyone be able to make it for me, I'll pay them.
    Last edited by Comet; Sep 5, 2006 at 5:40 AM.

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    Tim Allen said: View Post
    naw i use it on all my sculps for moulds along w/ a plaster backing to keep the shape. Works really well. Just maker sure you put in "cheese cloths" between layers of paintin on the latex to give it strength
    What kind of liquid latex are you using? Every kind I have come across shrinks up to 20%

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    Re: Molding a Mask

    Anyone??

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    I really would like to but I don't do fiberglass..

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    Re: Molding a Mask

    do a slush my brother... its easy... just about any quick setting resin will due.

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    Re: Molding a Mask

    i hear about slush casting alot how would you go about doing a slush casting?

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    Slush casting is easy. You take the slush (the material the item is going to be made out of) and then you pour it in a pourous mold (such as plaster of paris). You let it set for a while and the mold will leach out the water, etc. from the slush. You then pour out the extra slush and you are done. Though this won't work well with resin, generally this is how latex masks are made.

    To use resin, and I think this is what Evan was talking about, you want to roto-cast. Pour a small amount of the resin into the mold and then slowly rotate it (i.e. "slush") around until the resin has hardened.

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    so, would anyone be able to do it, if I pay them.......

    PS: Thanks anyway zombierepellent

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    Re: Molding a Mask

    wookieegunner said: View Post
    Slush casting is easy. You take the slush (the material the item is going to be made out of) and then you pour it in a pourous mold (such as plaster of paris). You let it set for a while and the mold will leach out the water, etc. from the slush. You then pour out the extra slush and you are done. Though this won't work well with resin, generally this is how latex masks are made.

    To use resin, and I think this is what Evan was talking about, you want to roto-cast. Pour a small amount of the resin into the mold and then slowly rotate it (i.e. "slush") around until the resin has hardened.
    Yup that's the latex route. normall what you do first is brush a coat of latex in first then check for air bubbles then fill it with latex, if you don't have enough you can "slosh" it around to get it to build up a thickness.

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