I have a Pixie King costume I made for Hallowe'en a few years back. I'm pretty happy with it and at the time I wore a latex mouth and put on pointy ears to give myself pixie features. I really wanted wings for the costume too but at the time I didn't really have a plan or the time to make them so I just went with a tail and painting stripes on my outfit.
So recently I decided to finish off the pixie costume and because I wanted to play around with leather I thought I'd make a mask to go with it too - as an experiment. As you saw in my last blog post, I ended up doing a fox mask at the same time and in the end that was the first one I officially finished.
I finished my pixie mask a few days later and it is definitely not the shining success that the fox was as I think I cut the entire thing a bit crookedly. But it it was still a really good first attempt and one that has prepared me for more ambitious leather masks including things like horns, ears or spikes.
|The initial sketch indented into the leather and ready for cutting.|
|All cut out! Looking at it now I can see how I didn't get both sides even.|
|Moulded around a plaster casting of my face, starting to dry.|
|The fox and pixie, all dry and ready for the dye!|
|All the videos I watched said to dye the leather masks|
as the dye helps with hardening. I went with a tan dye and
didn't cover it evenly because I knew I'd be painting over it.
|Left the dye to set for a day and then painted it blue!|
In good time I'll have a shot of the entire costume with wings included.
My first attempt at wings has proven problematic because they were simply too big.