My cicada bug mask keeps getting bigger – now it’s the whole bug and not just his face. (do bugs have faces?). This is what happens when you design as you go. 🙂
After I put the wings and legs on I’ll decide if I’m going to wear it on Halloween. If he looks as interesting as I think he will, I just might. You’re never too old to wear a giant bug on your head, are you?
Because the original clay sculpt was covered in plaster cloth, the inside of this sculpture/headdress/mask will still fit over a head. The back-end of the bug was added with light-weight crumpled foil and hot glue, then covered with paper mache clay. Next, I’ll add the wings, legs, and whiskers and paint the beautiful rust-colored markings on his head.
This is how he looked after the helmet shape was completed in plaster cloth, and before I added the crumpled foil for the tail end of the bug – it looks pretty rough, but by that time I knew I’d be covering it with the rest of the bug, so didn’t matter. It’s smoother on the inside.
The only part of this project that is remotely like the animal sculptures in my book is the actual recipe for paper mache clay. No bugs in the book, and no plaster cloth. No foil, either. But if you’d like a full course on how to use patterns to create realistic animal sculptures, you’ll like the book – you can find it here.
The only bug in my mask book is a butterfly, and it’s a lot prettier than this cicada – so if you want to know how I make masks when I’m not experimenting, you can find my book on how to make paper mache masks here.