foil and tape masks, 2012

b.’s krampus headpiece seems to be finished. a bit gluey around the eyes at the moment, but for the most part, finished.

IS he a krampus? is he INSIDE a krampus? it’s high-concept. which means we don’t know.

it goes without saying, anyone can make a krampus mask any way they wish. but if you are new to maskmaking and are looking for a low-cost, quick, and only-as-messy-as-you-want-it-to-be method for maskmaking, foil-and-tape is that method.

this is a photo of the masks and headpieces just lying around my house right now, all made with this method. (the frau perchta mask, with the knitted babushka, is still a work in progress.) the green man and hare masks never even got a covering over the tape layers, other than the paint that the kids put on them.

the jack pumpkinhead piece, and frau perchta (as well as béla’s new krampus headgear) got a single layer of crepe paper (not tissue — crepe) applied with cornstarch paste. how do you make cornstarch paste? put some cornstarch in water. whisk and cook until it’s glossy and thickens (i’ve made it super thick, i’ve made it thin. i haven’t suffered unduly in either instance. well, thin is a little less convenient).

whatever you put over your foil and tape base — paint, crepe, glue, fur — is up to you. but for little to no money, nothing’s more form-fitting, cheap and fast than foil and tape.

arun’s minitutorial is the final word on this technique, mostly because it contains no words. i tried to write the technique up with words once, but i honestly don’t think it helped to do so. you really. just. do it.

try it at home! try it tonight! you almost certainly have what it takes to get started: foil (NOT the non-stick kind), masking tape (oddly, the more expensive the better) and your face.