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Mask Making Demo Part B by Qarrezel Mask Making Demo Part B by Qarrezel
An overview to explain how we mold and cast our mask bases.

WEAR CHEMICAL RESISTANT GLOVES, A RESPIRATOR, AND PROTECTIVE CLOTHING!
I'll say it again:
WEAR CHEMICAL RESISTANT GLOVES, A RESPIRATOR, AND PROTECTIVE CLOTHING!
DO NOT DO THIS NEAR FOOD SURFACES! DO NOT EAT OR DRINK NEAR YOUR WORK AREA! DO NOT HANDLE OR USE THESE CHEMICALS NEAR CHILDREN OR PETS!
If I see anyone else blatantly ignoring basic safety precautions, I absolutely will take this tutorial down.

PLEASE READ the whole description! It explains all the steps, lists materials used here, and links to smooth-on.com where I buy my rubbers and resins.
I WILL NOT answer any questions the answers to which are in the descriptions or can easily be answered with a visit to smooth-on's website (or even a quick google search). I will also not detail this process further.


Description of steps:

9.) I am using plaster bandage* to make the mothermold (also called a matrix or support shell). I moisten several long strips (probably about half a roll or more) and start applying them to the mask surface at the edges.

10.) The mothermold is done in two halves. I build up a ridge in the middle where the two halves wil meet.

11.) The first side is completed, smoothed out, and left to fully set.

12.) I apply a strip of aluminum foil to the ridge that I built up on the first half of the mothermold. This will help separate the two halves later.

13.) The second half of the mothermold is applied same as the first.

14.) Once both halves are set (and preferably completely dry), they are gently pried apart and removed.

15.) And finally, the silicone is removed from the model, nested in the mothermold (the two halves of which are held together with a rubber band), and the mold is ready for casting. Notice that the original model has remained completely undamaged.


CONTINUED:
Part A: [link] Part C: [link]

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* not necessarily everyone's mothermold material of choice. I like it because it's fast, lightweight, and fairly inexpensive. However, it's far less durable than Gypsum cement, like Ultracal. Again, though, with my high mold turnover rate anyway, I don't like to invest too much in these, and the weight of gypsum really bothers me. For a very durable mold, I would recommend a thick Gypsum mothermold.
To cut down on durability issues, though, I never use the craft grade bandages, always medical grade.

Materials used here:
Medical grade plaster bandages
Aluminum foil

To learn more about the materials I'm using, and to learn more about mold making and casting basics, visit Smooth-On.com: [link]
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:iconcaballero-nocturno:
caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Thanks! :D
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing such a thorough tut!
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IIOANA-DOUBLEYE Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i have a question. how do you avoid that the final piece doesn't get stuck in the mold? is that why you make a layer of silicone? so that it's more flexible and lets the catchy shapes get out?
or do you just avoid making any complicated turns in the shapes?
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:iconazureran:
Azureran Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
I've never done this personally, but I've seen it done. The mother mold comes off in two, then as you said the silicon is flexible. You can even turn it inside out (as long as you're careful with it, don't go ripping away XD, also dependent on how thick your rubber layer is), but yeah you've got the right idea.
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IIOANA-DOUBLEYE Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks sis!
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:iconazureran:
Azureran Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
No probs :]
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:icondancameron:
DanCameron Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Would it be okay to use a sealant on the plaster mother mold to keep plaster from flaking off?
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DragonGames Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is this plaster bandage Gypsona? or wouldyou reccommend it? im not sure if you have used it or even know what is so sorry if im botherin you XD
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Corvus-Pacificus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I was wondering..if I want to do only one mold...is the trial size big enough? [link]
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TalonArt Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Looking amazing. I'm attempting to do something like this....can you use Plasti-paste as the mother mold? I hope I got the right stuff. This is my first time doing it.
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DragonGames Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
im a mask maker myself (sorry if you wanted an answer from Q) Plasti-paste works for mothermolds. when :iconsugarpoultry: used to make masks she used it so thats how i definately know its the right stuff. :)
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:icontsukikalynn:
tsukikalynn Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
whats the purpose of the mothermold? i dont get it o.o
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:iconsugarpoultry:
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It surrounds the rubber compound and hardens to keep the shape so you make sure your mask is cast correctly. ; So it doesn't wabble around while your casting the resin. Otherwise your mask would be disproportionate.
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tsukikalynn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oooooo o.o i didnt know that X-3 cool
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TheFrostFoot Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Hello Qarrezel! I have a question...

Are keys necessary if you're using rebound 25? Because, When I tried to attach some clay keys they wouldn't stay. D:; So I continued on without them. Is this bad, will it ruin my mold? I'm just a casting newb.

Also, how long does it take for each half of the mothermold to set?

Thanks a lot!
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Dakunoi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
I just tried using cubes of styrofoam, the type when you package frozen foods
it works great too
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Qarrezel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
They are very, very helpful, but it won't ruin your mold to not have them. Apply an extra couple layers of silicone so that the mold holds its shape better.

Rebound should fuse to itself though. Did you apply rebound pieces directly to the still uncured rebound surface?

How long it takes for your plaster mothermold to set up depends on your plaster bandages (brand, age), water temperature, ambient temperature, and thickness of the overall layup. You can make them set faster by increasing temperatures.
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raccoon12 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Hi there,
I'd like to make this mask and wonder if you could give me a comprhensive material list for the mask featured in the tutorial above?
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
All the major materials are listed or pictured already. The only other things you need are basic mold-making and casting supplies.
You can find everything you need here: [link]
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IrishZombie77 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
my question is would you still take the same steps with the birds like tierny or tawny? cause that just makes my head hurt trying to think that through at the moment XD
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, exact same process.
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:iconvampire-wolf-girl:
vampire-wolf-girl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Artist
I have a question...what is your head base made of and where did you get it??
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gypsum - I cast it myself from a mold of my head.
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vampire-wolf-girl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Artist
ah neat ^-^
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doctornumber4 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Hi, nice to meet you Qarrazel! Can I ask a question? I am looking to make a mask using fastcast resin. Could I use the slush method using this medium and would the resin bond to previous layers okay if I slushed several times?
Many thanks for any help given and keep up the great work! doctornumber4
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, the resin should fuse to itself.
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doctornumber4 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Many thanks for that. Muchly appreciated!
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
So, curious, does the same casting stuff used to make belly casts (like pregnant bellies) does that stuff work? I think its made out of simple lifecast material like Alja-Safe alginate and Body Double silicone (as it says on the Smooth-On website.
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can use just about any silicone, but don't use alginate. Alginate is a temporary gel-like mold material which can only be used once, and is only suitable for casting plaster into. Resins will foam and do awful things if cast into alginate, since the alginate remains wet.
I think the lifecasting silicones are a little more expensive than OOMOO and some of the others, so there's probably better choices anyhow.
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:iconsugarpoultry:
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, thank you so much for answering all my questions! You are such a sweety. ^_^
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:iconanioue:
Anioue Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Instead of useing plaster bandage, could I use air dry clay?
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
no.
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:iconanioue:
Anioue Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How come?
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Experiment and find out. Maybe if your clay is a hard enough variety, you'll just end up spending way too much on a mothermold.
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Anioue Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks again^^
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Confusedpanther Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Hi i;ve been using your tutorial for references for making my mask. I have just bought some clear casting resin by Tiranti [link];Product=1338

And i was wondering have i wasted my money because i wont be able to wear it. Or would i have to make a balaclava mask to put over it??? Its just i live in the UK so i cannot buy smooth cast's stuff =[
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmm, I get an error message when I try to load that page, but as the URL says "polester resin", it's probably not good to use. The polyester outgasses too much to put up against your face at all.
I'm not sure what to tell you to get, since I don't know of any UK suppliers. However, if you join up on this forum: [link] and ask about suppliers of two-part polyurethane resin in the UK, I bet someone will be able to help you out. You can link to my tutorial so that they understand your application.
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Confusedpanther Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Thanks ill have a go, I looked on the site and it did have a health and safety sheet for it, but only for when it is in liquid form, its says it is an irritant and that if it is ingested i should call a doctor immidiately.

However I did the other day also buy some white fast cast resin, I just looked at it again and it says that it is a polyurethane resin. So i think i will use this for the cast of the mask and use the other resin for my eyes instead. Thanks for your advice though =D
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Confusedpanther Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Ignore the link cuz it doesn;t work =[
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kittiara Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
I have to ask-- how do you get the rubber to stay in the mothermold? I tried recently and mine just flopped around and completely deflated when I tried to pour resin in. Haha, I think I missed something between here and the Smooth-On tutorials!
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's what the keys are for - they lock the rubber into the hard mold. You may also want to apply another layer or two of rubber if it's really floppy - added thickness gives it enough structural integrity to stay in place. I'd say you want it no thinner than 1/8".
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:iconkittiara:
kittiara Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Hm, all right. I'm guessing my keys weren't big enough. I think I'll thicken everything up a bit next time-- keys, rubber, plaster. Thanks!
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sounds good - and make sure to really push the plaster against the keys so that they fit in there snugly.
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:iconkittiara:
kittiara Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
You are just so unbelievably helpul, thank you!
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
What about clear casting resin? Could a person use that?
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:iconqarrezel:
Qarrezel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Clear casting resins can be hell, especially if you want a bubble-free glass-look. If you want a bubble-free casting, you need to vacuum-degas it, and preferably allow it to cure in a pressure chamber. In that case, slush-casting may be impossible, since it would probably work bubbles back into the mix, and there would be no way to pressure cure it. If you just wanted it pretty clear and didn't care that it would be all full of tiny bubbles, then by all means.

Oh, you also want something with a cure time of under 30 minutes for slush casting, otherwise you'll be there all day. Many clear resins take a long time, so that would be something to look out for.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm not worried about the bubbles since there'll be fur over it any ways.

Even if it is a thin layer?
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Qarrezel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, ok. What brand of resin are you looking to use? That may be the best way for me to offer advice.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Um, it's Cast'n craft, I think.
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Qarrezel Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, I was afraid of that. You can't use that to make a mask blank. Getting it to cure all the way is beyond hell, and it often doesn't get hard enough to support itself in a shell structure. Most importantly it's a polyester resin, so the fumes are horribly toxic, even after it's cured - you absolutely can not put that stuff near your face. You need an epoxy or preferably a polyurethane resin that sets up in under 30 minutes.
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