Latex Mask of Postmortem Alien

I’ve always wanted to make Halloween masks!  I knew that I needed a strong sculpt to begin the process so I decided to start with Plastalina since my husband has a ton of it in the garage.  It can be tough to work with because it ‘s extremely dense and does not dry; which is a problem when your intention is to mold the sculpt with plaster.  Next time I’ll give Super Sculpey a try.

Once I was comfortable with my creation, I decided to go against many YouTube artist’s advice and use strips of plaster instead of pouring plaster over my mold.  Since I have an Ed Head, I mapped out an area for where I wanted to half mask to fit.   Next, I added drippy, chalky strips of plaster onto the clay before realizing there’s a much better way to it.   I have since ordered a half mold armature that I will use in the future.  I will also definitely mix the plaster since you lose some of the fine detail when using strips.

I waited for the plaster to dry before adding more layers.  Once I had about 7 or 8 layers of plaster, I felt that the mother mold was strong enough to begin separating the mold from the clay.

Next was the latex phase.  I used a generic brush to apply layers to the inside of the plaster mold.  I let each layer dry completely before adding more latex.   I also made sure there were no bubbles, which would totally ruin the look of the mask.  After I was sure there was enough latex, I left it outside in the sun and 100 degree heat for the day.

The final phase was definitely the most fun and rewarding!  Paint!  I took the advice of Stiltbeast Studios and made a mixture of 1/3 latex house paint, 1/3 latex and 1/3 distilled water to paint the mask with.  I also used the “dry” brush technique.  I was happy with the outcome.

Here’s my postmortem alien mask:


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