How to make a Plastic Mesh Mask


Hello, and welcome to my little FAQ on plastic mesh mask making! If you have any questions about anything I have on here, please feel free to click on my e-mail link at the bottom of this page and ask me.


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Step 1:

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The first thing I always start with is making a cylinder out of a piece of mesh. this should be long enough to cover your head and allow you to fit your head inside comfortably. I always make the top a couple inches longer than I need to, this is to allow for you to create a nice curve at the top. The two ends of the mesh are sewn together, I have also heard of some using staples to fasten pieces together, Sewing is much sturdier however. It takes a lot longer to sew a mask together, but it'll last forever this way.


Step 2:

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Next start at a point at the rear seam and count off some reference lines, I make a line every five holes, and make a slightly longer line every tenth one.. After you've gone all the way around count the number of holes, divide by 2, then make a line down the center of the face of the mask.


Step 3:

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Next I made the cheek pieces, the design of these will vary depending on the type of mask your making, you may not even need them. You'll want to make the shape of the cheek pieces close to what you want the fur to look like, keep in mind that anything you put fur on will look larger than what you started out with. Also shown is a close up shot of the stitching used to join the two pieces together.

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Here's the mask with the cheek pieces sewn in place. After this is done place the mask on your head and mark out with a marker where the bottom and top of your nose are, you can also mark where your eyes are as well, just be careful not to put out your eye *chuckle* (I use those permanent ink laundry markers to do all my marking)

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Here you see a variation of this, instead of using mesh I used foam to build up the cheeks on BBW v2, the foam pieces are sewn on in the example seen above.


Step 4:

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Next it's time for adding the muzzle, taking another piece sew it to the face of the mask, using the marks previously made. Ideally you'll want to use the mark for the top of your nose, however some cases (such as the fox used in this example) you'll have to make the muzzle smaller, use your best judgment on this. Note that the muzzle is much longer than it needs to be, I cut the size of the muzzle based on the size of the mask, turn it sideways and see what looks right for the mask.

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Here's the muzzle with a support strap in place, this will keep it from drooping forward. In the two following pictures you can see I scrapped that idea and went for a much sturdier design. Also note that the nose has been sewn together as well, doesn't look very good now, but once the fur's on there it'll look fine.

Just a quick note, Don't be afraid to try new things, as you see above what looks good at first can often lead to better ideas on how to go about doing something.


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