Batman Latex Mask First time casting question

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jmedina

Member
Hi,

Not sure if this is the right place for this. So if it isn't I apologize ahead of time. I am sculpting a Batman cowl to make out of 40 shore urethane. So far I have cast my head in Plaster of Paris and formed it in clay so that I can begin scultping. My question is: Do I suclpt directly on my head or do I apply more clay on top of the head to create the mask? I guess where I am getting confused is when the final product is made I want the mask to fit me. I think if I apply more clay on top of the head and then create the mask, the mask will fit me loose. Am I correct in my thoughts?

Thanks

Jorge
 

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jmedina

Member
I did a life cast of myself and then sculpted the mask on top of that. So this mask is going to fit me loose? Damn that sucks.IMG_3372.JPG
 

reaton89

Active Member
Depending on your casting material, you want at least 1/4- 3/4 inch of clay over your life cast. You can taper everything inward around the perimeter, and openings (eyes & mouth) to make it appear like it fits tightly. Hope that makes sense. Nice sculpt btw.
 

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jmedina

Member
Thanks for the tip. I'll adjust the sculpt and taper around the openings. Thanks for the compliment
 

reaton89

Active Member
Welcome!.. I know pictures can be deceiving, so this is just my opinion (on the 1 you posted). But you might consider opening the eye holes (slightly) outward and downward. Maybe an 8th of an inch, at most. The top of the eyelids and inside corners look perfect IMO. Only other suggestion I have would be to build the jaw bone out (again, just slightly). Give yourself a little breathing room. You'll want to be able to talk without worrying about tearing your batman mask, joker style.
 

clonesix

Sr Member
Latex shrinks and I don't think that you need to worry about it being loose fitting. More probable to be tight fitting.
 

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