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You can wipe it down after with 99% alcohol...that should clean up any mess and if you use pros-aide over it, paint should stick to it. Also using a burning tool on latex like this is best when the seam needs only light amounts. If the seam is pretty thick may be best to just trim with scissors and fill with cabo paste (mixture of cabosil and prosaide)
Once again, thank you for the detailed and useful tutorial. The notations on painting are especially useful. Heard a lot about PAX paints but I didn't realize how simple they are! Out of curiosity, and if you have a chance to answer, what type of acrylics do you use? The thicker painting type that comes in tubes, or the thinner craft type that comes in bottles?
for airbrushing would mixing dipping latex ( thinner) with the acrylic paint work ? Or would it plug the gun up ? I use latex and acrylic flexible varnish mixed with acrylic colours when I paint my masks for larping. I need a very strong finish. And I,ve been wondering about using a thinned down version of my mixture...
Thank you so much for sharing this! I'm in the process of making my first mask for a client (I repeatedly warned them it'll be my first, but they insisted). I had figured some steps in my head, thanks to the experience Ive had with similar projects, but this tutorial definitely showed me an easier way for some things, and solidified the steps I had in mind.
Does this work for making gelatin or latex appliances? I was really hoping to learn how to make some for this falls Fan Expo in Toronto (I go for the horror section) and the zombie walk. I got such fantastic responses from last time that I need to find a way to up myself from what I did last year. And proper appliances that I could sculpt would prolly be my best bet.
But either way thanks for the tutorials! Fantastic!
PsychotropicFoxFeatured By OwnerApr 12, 2010Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are much younger than I assumed you to be. For all the gruesome detail you put into your masks and sculptures, there is indeed a beauty behind it. It's more of a challenge to make something frightening or gross to today's society than to make something 'pretty'. In my eyes, this is a true work of art. One can see all the time and work put into this, very imaginative. By any chance, was this used for anything? I didn't expect any hair to be put on it, but once it was, it looked a bit familiar. I also got to wondering how anybody could wear it, since you put a second layer of burlap in it. Does it open somewhere, or is it just for looks?
this walkthrough is fantastic! i'v been wanting to do this for so long but the confidence just hasnt been there but this makes me want to give it a shot. i was wondering, inside the clay head, do you build it over some sort of armature and if you do, what is it made out of? also how lond did the head take you to sculpt?