Don't wait for a full moon to unleash your inner beast. Get your growl on with these tips on creating the ultimate werewolf mask.
Step 1: Make the cast Lubricate your face with a generous amount of petroleum jelly or lotion, and protect your hair with a wig cap. Using gauze that's been soaked in plaster, make a cast of the top half of your face from just above your hairline to the tip of your nose, being careful to avoid your eyes. Construct the sides of the mask from your temples to your cheeks. Let it dry.
Step 2: Make a cast of your chin Make a plaster cast of your chin and jaw from the bottom of one ear to the other and extending an inch under the chin.
Step 3: Create the headband Hot glue strips of craft foam to the inside of the mask on the head and forehead. Sew the elastic into a band that fixes around your head horizontally. Sew another piece vertically from the center of your forehead, to the back of your head. Hot glue the elastic to the mask making sure not to cover the eyeholes.
Step 4: Frame the snout Frame the snout. Bend a piece of wire into a narrow U-shape, leaving a few extra inches at the ends. Use epoxy glue to fasten the ends of the wire to the outside of the cheeks so the wire snout juts out under the nose of the cast.
Step 5: Sculpt the snout Hot glue a block of foam to the top side of the wire running from the tip of the snout to the plaster mask. Use scissors to trim the foam into a rough snout. Bend a second piece of wire into a U, leaving 7 inches of extra wire at each end. Epoxy it to the outside of the chin cast so that the extra wire continues several inches past the plaster.
Step 6: Create the jaw Glue foam to the underside of the wire attached to the chin cast and trim it into a rough jaw.
Step 7: Attach the jaw Bend the extra wire with pliers, and epoxy the wire pieces from the chin to either side of the face so the jaw attaches to the face-mask and matches up with the snout. Then, sculpt a more refined snout over the foam with paper clay, blending it into the plaster face. Sculpt over the jaw with paper clay and let it dry.
Step 8: Frame and sculpt the ears Create two wire frames for the ears and epoxy them to the top of the head. Wrap plaster gauze around the ear frames to form rough ears. Let the plaster dry, and then sculpt paper clay around the plaster and wire to refine the ears.
Step 9: Apply finishing touches Use the paper clay to sculpt details like nostrils, an angry brow, a lip line, and a tongue.
Step 10: Create teeth Using small chunks of white polymer clay, create teeth and fangs for the upper and lower jaw. Line up teeth and surround each group with a thin strip of red polymer clay to create gums. Bake the polymer clay according to the package directions. Then, glue the teeth into place.
Step 11: Prime and paint Prime or seal the mask inside and out. Paint the face and ears the color of your fur, and the tongue red. Then, finish the teeth and nose with a glossy clear coat.
Step 12: Cut out the fur Cut strips of fake fur to match the contours of the mask.
TIP: To cut the fake fur, place it facedown on a hard surface and use a utility knife.
Step 13: Attach the fur Hot glue the fur into place. It should hang just past the bottom of your neck. Trim so that it's shorter in the front and blends into longer hair in the back. The head's complete! Now watch "How to Make A Werewolf Costume: Part 2" to finish the look.
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