this yule i made some masks for a winter solstice ritual celebrating the return of the sun. i'm still a novice at mask making, but i felt much more confident with the process this time. i'm definitely pleased with the results and impressed that these seemed to fit well even though i made them without measuring or molding the faces of the people that wore them. that is the benefit of using model magic i think. it remains slightly flexible even after it's cured.
here's the sun god mask ready to dry. i sculpted these both out of crayola model magic, just like the henry killinger mask. again, it's hard to get a smooth surface (as is obvious here. it looks like the sun god has some severe acne scars ;) i didn't care too much this time because i knew i was going to add glitter and several coats of varnish.
the masks were built on top of some styrofoam wig stands i picked up at a thrift store for cheap. i covered them with aluminum foil to prevent the clay from sticking to the foam.
unfortunately i didn't take any in-process shots of building the rest of the god mask, but here he is. the mask is coated in a couple different types of glitter. i used mod podge to glue it on. there's finer gold around his eyes and mouth, coarser for the rest of the face. to create the rays i cut apart a bunch of super glittery "christmas floral" stems in varying colors i found at the craft store. he's almost a sun green man in that way. the rays are all hot glued on. (i love my high temp hot glue gun!)
here's the moon goddess after her glitter treatment.
here are two pics of me wearing the completed masks. i wanted to show off how the eyes look through them since the photos of the people in the ritual don't show that. i was going to cover the eye holes with black see through fabric, but decided against it. i really like seeing the eyes.
thanks so much for looking!