I'm making a mask and a headpiece for a ComicCon Costume, and I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions of how to go about it? I was probably going to make the headpiece out of Liquid Latex some how, and making the mask out of Silicon. The costume is going to be Silurian General Restac from Doctor Who episode "Cold Blood."
In short: sculpt it in clay, mold it in Ultracal 30, cast it in latex, paint it with fw inks, apply it with prosaide or spirit gum
Long answer: look up latex mask making/ making spfx appliances on google and youtube and you'll find plenty of step by step tutorials for exactly what you want to do... good luck and let me know if ya need help with specifics
I've been asking around for weeks and this has been the single most helpful thing anybody has said. Thank you so much.
What kind of clay would be best for sculpting it out first?
haha n/p man, you can use whatever your comfortable with..
Water clay is good for beginners as its easy to smooth out and you build up your sculpts fast...
the only downfall is that ya gotta finish your piece relativity fast cause it dries out.
Oil clay is a bit harder to start off with but you can get much more detail and spend much longer working on it.
Oil clays also a little more expensive but its reusable so it kinda evens out...
again, just look it up on google for more info....try oil vs. waterclay and it'll give ya a better idea
The photo showing the mask being applied is not the 'hero' mask/makeup, its a background mask. The hero makeup was done in the same way but used an encapsulated silicone gel appliance for the face with a foam latex cowl (the face mask in the photo looks like foam latex).
Heres a pic of the silicone prosthetic:
The easiest way to create your mask would be to do it as a one piece latex mask, but you won't get the perfect fit or movement of the mouth that a prosthetic can achieve. For a fit like the original you'd have to sculpt the mask over a lifecast of your own head and cast the mask in silicone because latex shrinks 5-15% as it cures depending on how thick it is.
You might find it easier to do the warrior version of the Silurian with the silver mask?