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This snow leopard mask was a fun weekend project. Since I was having some problems with my Sony Movie Studio program, I think the video for this post actually took longer than making the mask itself. Oh well – sometimes, that’s just the way it goes. 😉
I did the clay model, covered it with plaster cloth, and then covered that with the slightly-altered air dry clay, all in one day. The next day it was dry (I put it over a furnace vent, so it had hot, moving air) and ready to paint.
I could have used the shop towels and fast-setting paste for this mask, but I didn’t have any shop towels in the house, and I was too lazy to go buy some. The plaster cloth was sitting there on my shelf, so I went ahead and used it. I used two layers for the mask, except for the eyes, which got only one. Since the air dry clay was going over the plaster cloth, I knew it would be strong enough if I left just one layer in those two small spots.
In case you’re wondering, I used the WED clay for the model/positive mold, but any modeling clay would work just fine.
Links to a few of the things mentioned in the video:
- Making the clay model for the concrete lion head
- Plaster Cloth Gorilla Mask
- List of Recent Guest Posts
- You can find my book on making masks here 🙂