How to Make Slipknot Masks

Slipknot became a very famous heavy metal band in the 1990s.

They are also very popular for the masks which are attention grabbing and their costumes that can match any monster mask in Hollywood.

By using classic techniques in making monster masks, you can create your own Slipknot mask which is almost the same price as the ones you can buy online for fan use.

Just follow the instructions below in creating your own liquid latex Slipknot mask.

What You’ll Need

  • Mask reference pictures
  • Headstrap or elastic banding
  • Styrofoam head
  • Latex paint
  • Liquid latex
  • Plasticine clay
  • Rope
  • Burlap strips
  • Sculpting tools
  • Paintbrushes
  • Baby powder
  • Krylon Crystal Clear
  • Ladle
  • Water
  • Gypsum
  • Bucket
  • Modeling clay

How to Make Slipknot Masks

  • Look for reference images of the specific Slipknot mask that you want to create. Set-up the reference images, soft plasticine clay, sculpting tools and Styrofoam head in a clean workspace. Cover the Styrofoam by applying clay all over the sides and front of the neck and head.
  • At the bulkiest parts of the masks such as the chin, nose and eye cavity areas, add more clay depending on the kind of mask that you are creating. Be certain that you have pressed the clay into a realistic copy of the general shape of the mask and that you have layers of clay which are deep enough to sculpt from. Following your references, add detail to the clay using the sculpting tools. Cover the entire head with Krylon Crystal Clear when you are already contented with the result then allow to dry.
  • By mixing water and gypsum, combine a little amount of soupy plaster in the base of the bucket. To create an impression coat, paint the plaster mixture onto the clay. You also need to cover the parts that you do not plan to include in your mask. Allow this impression coat to cure for several hours. Paint another layer of plaster then place burlap strips on the wet plaster over the impression coat. Again allow this layer to dry and add more coats of plaster and burlap until the shape is sturdy and thick. Allow the whole mold to cure for a period of six hours.
  • Draw away the mold from the Styrofoam head and allow the clay to pull separately. Take away any clay from your Styrofoam head and from inside the mold.
  • Into the mold, pour the liquid latex and allow it to coat the whole surface then just simply pour out the extra liquid. Let the latex dry thoroughly by placing the mold in front of a fan. When the latex darkens in color, that is the time that it is also dry enough. Add more liquid latex by pouring it into the mold and do the same process. Until you have achieved the desired mask thickness, just keep on repeating the process. Onto the dried latex, dust baby powder then pull the latex out of the mold carefully.
  • To apply the finishing touches of your mask, put the latex mask onto the Styrofoam head. You can also cover the Styrofoam head with a plastic bag first so as to avoid any remaining clay residue from sticking to your mask. Simply cut all the extra latex away from the mask. Paint the latex with latex paint with your reference pictures serving as guide. You can start with the common shadows then build up to the highlight colors gradually. Coat with a clear sealer after the paint has dried up. In the sides of the mask, poke holes then fasten a strap to the holes.

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