I recently received some requests for a Oni mask & thought I would take this opportunity to show you how I make my resin masks.
I’m not covering the process of creating the mold in this post; you would be much better served checking out Smooth-on.com for a very extensive library of mold-making and casting videos!
Also; If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen some of these photos before, I update there more often than here (oops)
These are my molds, made from silicone (the pink stuff) and a layer of plaster to hold the silicone mold in shape. I mix up the two part Smooth Cast resin 65D and pour it into my mold. The process is called slush casting or rotocasting, you pour the resin into your mold and rotate it to get the resin evenly coating the mold surface. (I have some extra molds set out, so if I mixed too much resin I can pour it into the other mold and not have wasted materials.)
I used 3-4 coats of resin for each mask, what you see below are some de-molded masks with the flashing not trimmed off, I will also have to so some light sanding on the edges so there are no sharp parts.
Batch of Oni and Skull half-masks with the flashing trimmed, I still need to cut the eye-holes out for the Oni masks – and drill the holes for the elastic cord that will be used to secure the masks.
Sanded masks! – I use a dremel tool to smooth out edges and drill the holes where the elastic cord will pass through.
Painted masks! – These have been sprayed with a coat of metallic spray paint, then I do washes of acrylic paint to achieve the look I want. After everything is dry they are coated with a clearcoat sealer.
Finished Oni Masks – they have been sold & shipped off to their new homes.
My next post will be about the Skull masks in the 2nd to last photo.
Also, If any of you desperately want a unicorn horn to use for a costume or in your own craft projects let me know – I am thinking about posting a few in my shop depending on the demand for them.
Thanks for reading~