How to make a Custom-made Superhero Mask
a Cosplay Tutorial by Aigue-Marine
Step 1: Gathering Material
To make your own superhero mask you need the following materials:
- 1 sheet of Worbla’s FinestArt
- 1 sheet of paper and/or crafting foam
- Hair dryer or Heat Gun
- 1 jar of acrylic paint in the colour of your choice
- Transparent varnish
Step 2: Creating a Stencil
Take the easy way out: Go on Google and look for mask stencils. There are plenty out there!
Choose the stencil you like best, print it and cut it out. Try it on and adjust the shape of the mask (e.g. eyeholes, etc.) if necessary.
TIp: Prepare a second stencil out of crafting foam and press it to your face. Crafting foam is more flexible than normal paper and gives you a better impression of what your mask will look like. A stencil out of crafting foam makes the adjusting of the shape much easier as well.
Step 3: Cutting out the Basic Form
As soon as you’re content with the way your stencil looks, copy it onto the sheet of Worbla’s FinestArt and cut it out. Round the edges of the mask with sandpaper.
Step 4: Shaping
After the basic form of your mask is finished you can proceed to the most difficult step : the shaping of the plastic.
Place the cut-out plastic on the floor (or another even surface) and heat it up with a hair dryer slowly. You know Worbla’s Finest Art is ready to use as soon as it changes its colour from caramel to light brown.
Llft the warmed up plastic off the ground carefully, place it on your face and press it into shape. Keep the mask on for a out 1 minute until the plastic has cooled down agaln. After this step the mask is basically finished.
Tip: in case that you’re not happy with the shape of your mask place it on the floor and heat it up ogain. You can change the shape of the mask as many times as you want to.
Step 5: Paintwork
After the shaping of your mask is done the only thing left to do is the painting. Depending on the colour of your choice you will have to apply between 2-5 layers of paint.
Make sure to use acrylic/paint/varnish. Poster paint wlll chip off. After the acrylic paint is dry apply 1 or 2 layers of transparent varnish to make your mask look shiny an cool!