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Making a mask for a masquerade party

My dear, creative veggie friends,

Please help me figure out how to make a mask for a Valentine's Day masquerade party.

I don't know where to begin. 

Thanks!

eta: a picture, as an example...

Go to a craft store and just buy a basic eye mask and go crazy decorating.
Glitter and sequins?
You can buy sheets of foam type stuff for mabye 40 cents, you can cut that up and change the shape of the mask if you would like it bigger or something.
All i can think of at the moment

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First decide what kind of mask you want.  Something like the picture, something simple, something elaborate, what color, what material and how will it be held on.

Once you decide that you can go about drawing out how you want your mask to look.  That is your blueprint.  Next go to the craft store!  You can buy generic blank plastic masks and then embelish them with paint, faux flowers, beads and ribbon.  OR you can make one via paper mache that is specific to your face with the help of a friend!  OR you could make one out of fabric and ribbon trim.

Personally, if I wanted a mask I would go buy a blank or six and practice painting, try decoupage and paper mache on it just to get a good idea of how it works.  Then decide on your colors, construction materials and pattern and go for it.

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First decide what kind of mask you want.  Something like the picture, something simple, something elaborate, what color, what material and how will it be held on.

Once you decide that you can go about drawing out how you want your mask to look.  That is your blueprint.  Next go to the craft store!  You can buy generic blank plastic masks and then embelish them with paint, faux flowers, beads and ribbon.  OR you can make one via paper mache that is specific to your face with the help of a friend!  OR you could make one out of fabric and ribbon trim.

Personally, if I wanted a mask I would go buy a blank or six and practice painting, try decoupage and paper mache on it just to get a good idea of how it works.  Then decide on your colors, construction materials and pattern and go for it.

Can you come make it for me?  I'm not very creative.

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Oh, I forgot! Wearing the mask!

You can use the around the head elastic if you want.  Or you could dress it up with ribbons to tie instead.  OR you could use a sturdy round trim and use that in two strips with beads at the bottom so the trim rests behind your ears (like glasses) and the beads weight it down so that it stays on without being tied!  Though that is really only good for lightweight type masks I think.  But you could play with that!

Oh oh! Or you could make a Victorian type wand mask and hold it in place when you want to!  Simply buy a very thin decorative spindle from a home depot type store.  Or just use a dowel you can buy at the craft store, hardware store or home store.

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Can you come make it for me?  I'm not very creative.

Tell me what you want!!!  Colors, materials, sparkles, design?

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Oh gosh, I don't know!  I know I wanted a stick-type one because I think I would get annoyed wearing it all night or taking it on and off.  Of course I want all of the materials to be vegan, so no feathers or leather.  I am probably going to wear all black so color is unimportant. 

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Ok, go to Etsy and look up Mask there.  They have everything you could think of!  From strange fabric ones to amazing twisted wire works of art.

Honestly, if I were to make one I would love to make it out of twisted wire and beads!

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Honestly, if I were to make one I would love to make it out of twisted wire and beads!

Would that be extraordinarily hard?  What would it look like?  Sounds awesome.

eta:  oooh!  like this? http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_6&listing_id=13366350

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Well I got the idea on Etsy from this mask.

But still looking I just fell in love with this one!

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LOL. We linked the same mask!

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hahahah!  We think alike then?

Join chat if you have time!

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hehe, great minds think alike! that IS a sweet mask....

so, uh...You have roughly three weeks to get this mask, eh?

I'd LOVE to make one for You, but it'd be my luck that if I committed to doing that, the project would get overwhelmed by other stuff I have to do. :P
but if You have some very specific details in mind, I'm thinking that You should have one custom-made, but not have to pay too much for it (hence my desire to volunteer myself). hmmm....
*contemplates*

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I could so help you!

But you'll do great because you're a very hands-on person. I would do as Cali suggested and buy a bunch of blanks at a craft store. Get some paints and glitter, see what colors you like together.

Ribbons would be really cool because they come in all sorts of colors, fabrics, and styles. You can probably use some sort of starch to make them stiff if you'd like to make poofy bows or just gravity-defying stuff.

Also, foam does paint very nicely and it is lightweight so it won't make your mask heavy.

JUST REMEMBER to buy a clear topcoat for your painting/foam decor. When I used to paint boxes and ceramics, I found that stuff indispensable. It gives everything a smooth, professional finish. You may even want to put a coat on the foam before you paint it because you probably don't want the foam texture to show through the paint.

Or, you could work with the foam texture, using circles and a sort of avant-garde style. That would so suit you.

Just get plenty of materials to practice with. Practice makes perfect, and you can see what goes together and what you like.

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." -Oscar Wilde

Also, watch MirrorMask. Good movie.

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I'd definitely use a basic one and embellish it myself. I'm not particularly arty and clever but I could just about manage that, I think. Replace the rubbish elastic they come with and use ribbon instead, much prettier. If you're wearing black, a coat of black paint then maybe silver decorations and ribbons would be awesome. Just my tuppence though :)

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I am going to try to make something vaguely based on this mask for MDV.  Will post pics when I have some progress!

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you should do a hannibal lecter mask since it would fit in with your theme of not being allowed to eat anything.. not too romantic though.. unless you relate it to some sort of eat your heart out kinda idea..

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you should do a hannibal lecter mask since it would fit in with your theme of not being allowed to eat anything.. not too romantic though.. unless you relate it to some sort of eat your heart out kinda idea..

;D

Anthony Hopkins... Oh yeah!

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I bought supplies!  The only thing not pictured is the chiffon but I have to cut out my chemise from it first but then the leftover material is all mask!  Check it out MDV.  The paint, ribbon and beads are "Wine".

Total cost $17.74  Nice!

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I created a FB account so I could see the pics.  It looks amazing, Cali!

Don't forget to let me know what you want to exchange.

Yay!  So exciting!!!

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yay friend me!

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