Hello everyone, my name is Kevin Doheny and I am designing and making headpiece/masks and costumes for an upcoming school production of The Lion King, Jr.. My creations have been greatly inspired by the work of Julie Taymor and her Lion King Broadway production. I have used different materials and techniques in constructing them, including many fantastic ideas from our undisputed queen of paper mache, Jonni Good!
I often refer to my finished products as “masks” though it’s more accurate to call them headpieces or headdresses, since they are all worn on top of the head, as opposed to wearing them over the face. So in order to keep them on top of someone’s head for a performance, I needed to find a way that was easy, inexpensive, comfortable, and most importantly, secure so they will stay put!
To that end, I found what I call the baseball cap method. As you will see in my how-to video “How to Secure a Headpiece to Your Head”, I have detailed instructions on how to utilize a simple baseball cap, some nylon webbing and a plastic buckle to keep both large and small headpieces secure and in place on top of someone’s head. The method is relatively simple and you only need a few inexpensive items to do it. What’s nice about the cap method is that it’s very comfortable for the wearer and can be used for many different styles of headpieces and headdresses for theatrical costumes, dance costumes, etc..
After you’ve watched my video, be sure to check out my website at: http://www.kevinpdoheny.com/paper-mach-.html for more fun and inspirational paper mache and costuming ideas!
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