How to Make a Plaster Face Mask

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Try this amazing project to make an original creation of you and your face. Making a Plaster Face Mask is easy and truly a unique project. Make one or experiment with a couple of different and unique masks and designs.

Things You'll Need

  • Plaster bandage strips
  • Vaseline
  • Tupperware or pan of water
  • Straws
  • Newspaper
  • Gesso, varnish or other surface preparation
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint, make-up or markers

Make Mask Form

  • Cut the plaster bandages into strips suitable for the size of the model's face; usually 2"-4" lengths.

  • Cover face with vaseline. Be sure to apply plenty of vaseline at the hairline, eyebrows and eyelashes.

  • Place straws into nose to be used as "breathing tubes".

  • Immerse the bandage strips into the water, remove extra water, and begin to cover face. Start at the bridge of the nose and then work outward to cover all areas of the face. Smooth any uneven bandage edges with wet fingers. Cover the whole face with bandages.

  • Let the mask dry for about ten minutes and then try to remove it very carefully by lifting along the edges.

  • Place wet mask on a table covered with newspapers. Support the mask with crumpled newspaper and allow it to continue to dry.

  • Poke holes about an inch in from each edge while mask is still wet. Make holes so that the mask is wearable.

  • Sand with fine sandpaper for a softer feel and appearance once the mask is completely dry.

Decorate

  • Decorate your mask with beautiful colors and paint.

  • Add hair or special characteristics to make your mask come alive.

  • Make silly faces or beautiful portraits and masterpieces of yourself.

  • Get creative with your decorating. Let your imagination go wild to make a unique and creative face mask.

  • Cover the mask with varnish for a nice clear protective coating.

  • Tie ribbon or string through previously made holes so that you can display your mask.

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