Material and technique mask making research

good notes to take from video above:

  • use oil based clay for big masks so you can keep reworking it
  • use alcohol to smooth sharp edges.
  • make texture stamps for skin textures, can use the skin of an orange, or make textures by carving into 1″ of domed clay and build a mould to fill with plaster
  • use a sealant on the clay before making mould so clay can be easily removed from mould. (clear plastic spray, glatzan plastic cap material, thinned 50/50 with acetone)

The tutorial above is slightly different from the technique I wish to use but has som interesting knowledge and materials used. Her mould making is excellent so I can use this going forward. In this she brushes on silicone to her clay, as I wish to make a latex mask, using silicone for the mould may be best. she makes her mould jacket from epoxy resin and finer glass. Im sure this is extremely sturdy however I feel it is unnecessary and a waste of expensive materials. A plaster case would work just fine for my project.

In this tutorial rather than sculpting the form by hand the design is modelled in a CAD program called Blender. From there it is printed in sections and glued together. This may be more suited to my design as I’m trying to replicate a digital effect. And will also help me create a more realistic and hopefully uncanny effect.

She uses Ecstasy 3D, an epoxy resin to coat the mask to smooth out the 3D print. This is something I could use in my product if I decide to use 3D printing for the base of the mask.

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