The Murder Hornet now has his Halloween colors, and he’s ready to scare the neighbors into handing out some treats.
I think the hornet mask would slide around a little without some felt glued around the inside, or perhaps he could be worn over an backward-facing baseball cap. I didn’t take it that far because I’m a little old to go trick-or-treating this year. There just comes a time when you have to step aside and let the kids have all the candy. 🙂
I used some drywall joint compound to smooth the paper mache clay. If you’d like to see a video showing how that’s done, click here. If you keep it paper-thin, it will work over paper strips and paste, too. But it will need to be protected by paint, because the joint compound all by itself is quite fragile.
I drilled three holes for the shanks of three buttons. They’re all different, but I think they still look just fine. I held them in place with hot glue.
Then I sprayed it with white primer, and painted him with acrylic paint.
Now all that’s needed is a coat of varnish. I’ll use matte varnish on most of the carapace, and gloss varnish over the eyes. This self-leveling clear medium might make it look even more glass-like. Or maybe a resin product of some kind. I don’t have either one, so I’ll use the gloss acrylic varnish that I have on hand.
When the tiger is done, you’ll find him on my pattern page, along with patterns for all my other patterns for realistic animal sculptures and masks.
We want to see your Halloween masks, too. Whatever you make, be sure to come back to the Daily Sculptors page and show it off. Or just drop by and say “hi.” 🙂