Sunday, December 21, 2014

Steampunk Cat Mask Tutorial

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I made this fun cat mask for a Steampunk tea party at the Geek Bar in Chicago. Here's a tutorial for making your own!

You will need:
Hot glue
Acrylic paint
Acrylic sealant
Pattern - I used the cat mask pattern from Chris Huebert
A LOT of patience
Optional: worbla/thermalpastics

Let's get started:

print out the pattern
you can absolutely make your own if you are good with pattern drafting!

Trace it onto craft foam, twice.

Cut out the foam (cat helper optional)

Optional: trace the pattern onto worbla and cut out the pieces

Optional: Heat and wrap the warbla around the foam.

Match and glue the pieces together
Worbla sticks to itself when heated, you can use contact cement or hotglue if you are only using foam

Start shaping the mask to head.
The eye hole were a bit small for me, so I enlarged it a bit.

All the mask pieces together.

Add ears.

Embellish as you like.
I used a mod podge hot glue mold for the cogs but you can also cut them out of cardboard.
The lens was from a pair of reading glasses from the dollar store.

Prime with gesso. Lens covered in painter's tape.

Prime again with black acrylic paint then start on first layer with a dry brush.
I used bronze for the main colour and gold for the embellishments.

Seal it with a clear acrylic sealant (I used satin) and we are done!

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