Silicone Mask Help

Tony BearJug

New Member
Hello RPF. I'm 16 (I know my profile says I'm like 30 or something but I was just worried that I wouldn't be able to post or anything if I said I was 13 when I made this account) and I love the Nightmare on Elm Street series. So I really want to make a realistic Freddy Krueger cosplay thing. However, the silicone masks which look incredible and move with your face are always $500+ which is way too much for me. I heard it was possible to make your own. Is this really difficult? I come from a pretty crafty family but I'm not sure if that would help in this situation. I like making props and I have made some decent looking one's before but usually on a smaller scale. I am posting this now, right after Halloween because I want to have a lot of time for trial and error before next Halloween.

Anyway, I was wondering if this process is expensive or extremely difficult where it would be easier just to buy a mask. Are there any similar and cheaper alternatives? They don't have to be as realistic as a silicone one would, but I do want it to kinda look like it's my actual face. I also suck at doing makeup on myself.

I also saw one guy on here who made one for the Jackie Earle Haley Freddy and it looked really good. I'm sure he was an expert but I'd still like to try my hand at making my own.

So if it's expensive and/or extremely difficult, let me know of any cheaper alternatives. If it's not, let me know of some tips on how I should go about doing so. Also, if you have any tips for doing some really good looking Freddy makeup, let me know.

Thank You everyone
 

Naveed2331

New Member
If you want it to look like it's actually your face, I'd suggest going the liquid latex route. You can buy a pint of it on ebay for like $30. https://youtu.be/WEJMhBF8EPM here's a tutorial on that. The issue with this approach is its pretty much a single use costume.

Making a properly fitting, reusable mask by my understanding requires a much higher skill level and mold of your head which is kind of a frightening process if you are at all prone to claustrophobia. This is an instucatble for a preditor mask so you can kind of get the idea of what's involved. https://www.google.ca/amp/www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Latex-Mask-with-a-2-part-mold/?amp_page=true

I hope this helps! Be sure to post your progress!

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Doh2

Sr Member
Tony, good for you for trying to make something yourself! To my knowledge, silicone is pretty pricey so might run you $100 just for enough of it to make one mask. I've never sculpted one myself, but maybe try the latex mask route first. If you're not happy with the results, the cost is much cheaper.

Either way, good luck!
 

Tony BearJug

New Member
Doh2, Thank you first of all haha.

But anyway, yikes, that's quite a lot of money just for a single mask which I'd probably screw up. I think I'll go the makeup route instead. :)
 
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