The Plague Doctor Mask wasn’t originally designed to look funny (although it does) and it wasn’t intended to be worn to parties or for Halloween – it was part of the 17th and 18th century’s version of a Hazmat suit. But, in keeping with the original spirit of Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate this year.
The mask first appeared in my book How to Make Masks, and the photos in the video were taken from the book’s files. It would have been a better video if started with a new mask, but I’ve been kind of busy with other things, and haven’t been up to the studio in weeks. I’ve been thinking about moving again, and I’m trying to finish up all my many projects on the house. And I’ve been spending many hours designing tiny houses, (something I’ve been obsessed with for years) even though it isn’t really legal to live in one so I’ll probably never actually build any of my designs.
The full instructions for the shop-towel and fast-setting paste can be found in the videos about the Pantalone mask. You’ll find links to all three videos on this page. And you can find the portrait mask video here. To see a mask that was made with the joint compound/glue combination instead of the fast-setting paste, check out the green witch that I made a few weeks ago. And the cheap plastilina clay I mentioned is available on amazon.com.
If you’ve made a mask for Halloween, we would all love to see it – be sure to post a photo in the comments below, or on our Daily Sculptor’s page. Quite a few people have already posted masks on that page, so be sure to check them out.