I've been throwing ideas/designs around in my head and on paper for a while now. I want to make a werewolf mask, of my own design. My earlier model fell apart, and I realized I really needed a plan before I tried again (I have a tendency to get excited and try to skip ahead...)
Here are the steps I've identified.
1) I need to cast my head, or at least put together a base with the same proportions. Can anyone link to or give me an idea of the best way to cast one's own head? (I will have help)
2) Build the structure--I want to use foam padding (like with a bike or baseball helmet?) and some combination of metal and/or plastic to build up a "skull" and jaw. The mask (which will be latex) will thus have something firm to hold it up/in place, and it will also allow me to have the lower jaw move independent of the main mask/with my own mouth. Does anyone have any recommendations for materials/methods? Particularly for teeth...?
3) Once I've built the base structure, I'll probably cover it in some way, and then sculpt in clay my mask over the top, to make sure everything lines up correctly. This sculpt will probably be destroyed (by necessity) but I also plan to do a sculpey bust of a similar nature that I am already working on.
4) Cast (this I've done before, but I would love a link/explanation of how folks do a split cast (or whatever you call it--I'm blanking) so I can do it in halves/more easily get it apart...
5) Assemble (!!!)
6) Paint... (I want this to look good, so if people have tips for painting on latex...?)
7) Fur... (Again, not looking like crap is ideal--fur/hair punching seems to look better, but I have no idea how this is done or how expensive it might be...?)
I'll try to post some of my sketches/designs soon, but in the meantime if you have any suggestions I would really appreciate it.