Red Nebula Studios

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Sculpt and mold for my human skull mask!

A resin cast of my skull mask mold, done in white SmoothCast 65D.

It may only be the end of August, but I've already got a certain holiday on the brain. I figured it was a good time to add a nice, realistic human skull mask to my inventory! I call it "Smiley".

A work-in-progress oil-based clay sculpture for a mask in the shape of a realistic human skull. A work-in-progress oil-based clay sculpture for a mask in the shape of a realistic human skull.

This one was kind of a speed sculpt! I wanted to see how quickly I could take a relatively simple mask from conception to reality. The sculpture you see above is not quite finished, but I got to moving too quick and forgot to take pictures of the smoothed, refined version before I started molding it!

Starting to make a mold of my skull mask sculpture with Rebound 25 silicone. The outside of the finished mold of my skull mask. The finished mold of my skull mask, showing the silicone interior in its shell of FreeForm Air.

It follows my fairly standard process of molding - two initial layers of Rebound 25 silicone brushed on to capture all of the details, two more layers thickened with Thi-Vex (kind of "spatula'd" on like I was icing a very strange cake!) with a few mold keys (not shown) added, and then one final non-thickened layer to pretty up the surface and make sure there were no air pockets around my mold keys. FreeForm Air is used as the mother mold shell, in two halves, to hold the silicone's shape when the mold is cast. The final photo shows the interior of the finished mold.

Another view of my cast resin skull mask, showing how it looks while worn. A couple more views of my cast resin skull mask, showing it from the front and side.

And here's the cast version! It's a good look for me, I think. :)

Blank casts like these are available in our Etsy cosplay store. I will be doing some sample painted masks and even offering some custom ones, if people want 'em, after we get back from Saboten Con this weekend!

Posted by Sarrah Wilkinson on 8/28/2014 - Page last updated: 7/13/2015

Keywords: site update, mask, cast resin, SmoothCast 65D, human skull, skeleton, death, grim reaper, Halloween, horror, scary, creepy, spooky, zombie, monster, Skeletor, Red Skull, Murray, Ghost Rider

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