This week, I gave the owl mask a coating of shop towel mache.
Now all that’s left is to let him dry all the way through and then take him (or her?) off the Sargent’s Plastilina mold and add the color and texture.
This would make a very nice display mask if it was painted, perhaps with the feathering indicated by one ply of paper towel that is laid on and then scrunched up. You can see how that works if you watch the video about the gorilla mask. I’m going to use the colored tissue paper to add some texture to the owl, and to give him some color. That’s how I finished the raccoon and the bongo antelope.
This is supposedly (in my imagination, at least) the owl mask that was stolen from the main character in my first cozy mystery novel. Utah O’Brien sold her masks online, (before the recession that happened before the beginning of the second book), and that got me thinking about how I would make masks to sell. What I decided is that I would make them the way I made the gorilla mask.
With that method, you start with the original clay model, just like I did for the owl mask. Then, instead of paper mache, you use plaster cloth. The plaster hardens in minutes, while it can take days for the paper mache to harden enough to take the mask off the clay. Time is so important when creating a product to sell, so if I wanted to sell masks, I’d go with the plaster cloth method and finish the masks with just one layer of paper mache if it’s needed for texturing. I also used some air dry clay for the finer details on the gorilla.
But for those of us who aren’t in a hurry, paper mache is much less expensive. It just takes a little longer.
Watch for the next video, when we all get to see how this great horned owl turns out.