Mask Making Part 1 – THE LIFE MASK

Posted By on March 28, 2009

My good friend Kirby is an expert mask maker and clown in Arizona.  He was my roommate at the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Clown College in 1989.  He’s coming for a visit this week to catch up a little and show me some of his mask making techniques.  I’ve had a lot of experience with prosthetic make- up and masks but I’m looking forward to learning a few new things during his visit.  I’m also looking forward to sharing this process with Sarah.  We got a jump on the process today so we’ll be ready when he arrives.

To create a well fitting mask you first need to create a life mask and then a plaster positive of your face.  This video is of the life mask process using plaster mesh cut into strips. 

This is a great activity to do with kids as long as they trust you and don’t mind staying still and quit for about 30 minutes.  While the mask dries take them on a trust walk!

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