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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Friendly Plastic Masks by Adrienne Goodenough

A small paper mache mask form and some  friendly plastic sticks are all you need to create beautiful masks. Adrienne Goodenough share's her technique of how to make a mask with Friendly Plastic :

My step daughter asked me if I could make a mask similar to the one I had made for my daughter:

but in greens.

A mask takes between 3 and 4 sticks of Friendly Plastic, so I checked my stash and found 2 iridescent green sticks and 2 gold. I cut one of the gold sticks in half and then cut each half lengthwise into 7 strips. I did the same with one of the green strips.

I have a paper mache mask form, which I covered in aluminium foil, so that the Friendly Plastic wouldn't stick to it.

I then set my melting pot to 140 degrees and filled it with water. I dropped a gold strip into the water, coloured side down, and after about 10 seconds I fished it out (using a wooden handled pointy tool), and laid it onto the mask form. I repeated with all my gold strips, until I had my mask base. I pressed the pointy tool into each joint as I worked, the joints are what holds the mask together and I wanted them to be as strong as possible.
I topped up the water, and repeated the process using the green strips, overlapping and joining onto the gold strips as I went.
Next, I put a green strip onto a piece of non stick craft sheet and heated it with my craft gun until soft. I pushed a cutter into the Friendly Plastic then dropped the craft sheet, plastic and cutter into a bowl of cold water. After 10 seconds I took it all out, removed the cutter, peeled the plastic off the craft sheet and used sharp scissors to separate the shape I had cut out from the plastic. I repeated with the green and gold until I had 6-8 shapes of each colour.
I heated the centre of the mask with my heat gun, just enough to make it tacky, then laid a shape at top centre, and continued heating until I could see the shape was soft. I pushed into the shape with the end of the pointy tool - this gave a 'crease' down the 'petal' and also pushed the shape firmly into the layer below, making a strong joint.I repeated with more heat and more shapes until the mask was finished. You need to be careful not to apply too much heat at once, or the mask will melt so much that it loses definition and oozes off the foil...
Once happy with the mask, I left it to cool on the mask form for an hour or so, then just popped it off.
All it needs now is elastic!

Visit Adrienne's blog at

Liz Welch creates Masks with Friendly Plastic Pellets - to find out how, see the link below

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