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Casting

Without a doubt, casting is the simplest and most straight forward step in the whole process.

Supplies

One of the biggest start-up costs for a beginning mask maker is latex. I prefer to have at least 5 gallons on hand for any casting job. It’s possible to get away with less, but I really like to fill my mold up with latex to ensure a nice even consistent cast.

 

Latex

The main ingredient is latex, a natural rubber compound. There are many different types of latex on the market. For beginners, I would recommend gong with a 5-gallon bucket of Monster Makers RD-407, it’s a great quality and consistency. Once you have a good feeling for what type of thickness and consistency you like, you can start to experiment with other brands if you’d like.

In addition to my 5-gallon bucket(s), I keep a small 2-gallon bucket with thinned out latex for my initial detail coat. Latex thins down with ammonia or water, I prefer to add a bit of both. It won’t take much, maybe half a cup for two gallons. Start with a small amount, you can always add more.

Latex Colorant

Not a necessary item. I don’t dye all my latex, but I do dye most of it black. My painting process relies heavily on sponging techniques which we’ll cover in the Painting section. Trust me for now, dying my latex black helps out a bunch in the long run!

 

 

 

Milk Crate & Bucket

Both are musts for the mask maker! This is a great tool to hold your mold in place while pouring the latex, or letting latex dwell in the mold.

A 5-gallon bucket of water helps to moisten the mold before casting with latex, whcih leads to less chance of air bubbles. I don’t have a sink in my garage, so this bucket works out perfectly! I seem to have a bucket of water around for several steps of the mask making proces.

Airbrush

Very helpful for blowing out air bubbles in the cast.

 

 

 

 

Rotary Tool

A rotary tool like my Ryobi, or a Dremel is needed along with felt pads to “seam” your finished cast. The felt pads will easily remove or cast’s seam without tearing apart the mask. I like to have a variety of felt pads around for handling different areas of the mask. These are available at any hardware store.

 

Small Plastic Bottle & Sponge

I find a small plastic bottle with latex and a small synthetic sponge help speed up the “seaming” process. Both can be found at arts and crafts stores and are inexpensive. I prefer to buy my sponge in large quantity from my local fabric store. I buy large cushions and cut them up into little squares to use for this step, as well as painting.